Diploma in Innovation
Speaker: Innovation, to me, is about being at the forefront of something. It’s about taking everything you know, from ideas to feelings to products, services and business, taking them all apart and using each aspect from those to rearrange it into something even better.
Innovation, to me, is looking at different situations and different problems from a new perspective. The reason why I chose the Diploma of Innovation was to be able to find those different ways of thinking to solve those problems.Speaker: I chose to add on the Diploma of Innovation to my core degree because it was an experience unique to UTS. Being a course that was part of the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation, it meant that we were able to work together with people that we wouldn’t normally see in our main degree.
The Diploma in Innovation is a fantastic opportunity to prepare students beyond the core degree for a variety of career opportunities. It’s structured as a three-year program, it fits within the summers and winters, students can finish at the same time as their core degree, and it’s also unique in that it has roughly equal parts creative intelligence and entrepreneurship. So, by the time the students go through the diploma, they’ll learn some of the creative methods like convergent and divergent problem solving, problem generation, they should be able to think broadly, think about really complex problems, but also more granularly, to think about how they can actually make something happen. More importantly, we also bring in a lot of industry partners. It gives the students a really good opportunity to learn how industry thinks, so they get to see the industry partner actually uses a lot of the creative methods that we’re teaching in the classroom – that’s practically third-party validation.
I feel like the diploma adds value into my core degree, just because in product design, we don’t really learn about how our designs can affect industry, and I feel like getting those perspectives from people that aren’t necessarily coming from a design perspective, and learning that collaboration and actually learning the business behind what we’re putting out into the world, is something that’s really important.
I chose to study the Diploma in Innovation because I wanted to be doing a course where I was taught how to redefine the world around me. I’ve been very impressed so far with the emphasis placed on the future and accounting for that, how closely we’re working with industry partners, and the ability to work with people form completely different faculties and create projects that I would have not been able to create just working in my core degree.
Supercharge your studies with the Diploma in Innovation, a future-facing course that can be taken alongside your UTS undergraduate degree.
- A dynamic transdisciplinary course where students from all faculties come together to experientially learn innovation, entrepreneurship and creative intelligence
- Subjects run in 3-week blocks in Winter and Summer session, so you can add an extra qualification and still graduate on time
- Gain access to industry experts across a broad range of sectors
- Tackle real-life problems, through real briefs with industry partners
- Can be a pathway into the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence & Innovation (BCII)
- Diploma subjects are also available as electives and submajors within your core degree
How to apply
Applications are open now. You can apply directly to UTS and start this July 2020. Applications close 19 June 2020. Simply submit and attach a completed application form (and any supporting documents) via My Student Portal.
|Jun 29 - Jul 10 (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri)**
Dec (Mon + Thurs)
|Feb 2021. Please note this will not be visible in timetable until October 2020.|
|81538 Frame Innovation*||Feb 2022|
|94665 Complexity and Sustainability*||Dec (Mon + Thurs)|
|94657 Futures Thinking: Making Futures*||Dec 2021|
|94663 Navigating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Initiating Change||Jul (Tue + Thu)**|
|94662 Entrepreneurial Experimenting and Innovation Validation||Jul (Mon + Thurs)|
|94658 Evaluating Portfolios of Innovative Opportunities||Dec (Tues + Fri)|
* Runs every second summer
** 2020 dates changed due to combination of 81539 and 81511. Clashes between diploma subjects will be managed between subject coordinators.
What’s the Diploma in Innovation all about?
The Diploma in Innovation is an exciting opportunity to stand out amongst graduates from your discipline, whether from UTS or elsewhere. It is available to students undertaking any UTS undergraduate degree (except BCII & BTi). It can be taken alongside your core degree, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in Winter and Summer session, so even though you are adding an extra qualification you can still graduate on time.
The Diploma has been created as a direct response to industry demand for graduates who can collaborate across disciplines. It brings together students from across all seven of UTS’s faculties in a collaborative learning environment, where you deep dive into the world of entrepreneurial ecosystems and experimentation, as well as hone skills in futures thinking and innovative approaches to business and social challenges. Rather than building the skills for a specific career, the Diploma in Innovation is about preparing you for the future of work.
From your very first subject, you will work on real-world challenges and briefs from industry partners. In the past students have delivered pitches to organisations such as WWF, Microsoft and the Australian Digital Health Agency. Students have also learned tips, tricks and advice from expert guest speakers and undertaken immersive learning excursions to startup hot spots like Sydney Startup Hub.
Flexible course structure
To complete the diploma, students must complete 48 credit points (cp) made up of compulsory subjects (32cp) and electives (16cp). Subjects are organised in two streams; Creative Intelligence (24 cp) and Innovation and Entrepreneurship (24 cp).
In the Creative Intelligence stream students explore complex problem spaces and develop broad critical thinking skills such as dealing with ambiguity, problem formulation and future possibility states. Subjects include:
- Impossibilities to Possibilities (81539)
- Choice of:
- Technology, Methods & Creative Practice (81540)
- Frame Innovation (81538)
- Choice of:
- Futures Thinking: Making Futures (94657)
- Complexity & Sustainability (94665)
In the Innovation and Entrepreneurship stream students master entrepreneurial experimentation methods to help navigate and leverage ecosystems that support entrepreneurial initiatives. Subjects include:
- Navigating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Initiating Change (94663)
- Entrepreneurial Experimenting and Innovation Validation (94662)
- Evaluating Portfolios of Innovative Opportunities (9468)
The recommended course structure is to start with the Creative Intelligence subjects, and then thread in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship subjects as shown below.
The subjects have few pre-requisites and can be taken out of sequence, to suit your study plan or personal circumstances.
Electives and Submajors
Pathway into BCII
The Diploma in Innovation can be a pathway into the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII). Eligibility criteria include:
- You are enrolled in one of 25 eligible core degrees for BCII.
- Have completed 81539 (I2P) and either 81540 OR 81538 in the Diploma’s Creative Intelligence stream
- Scored a weighted average mark of 75 or higher across those two Diploma subjects.
- Scored a weighted average mark of 65 or higher across all subjects completed in the core degree.
How to apply to the Diploma