ACA102 - Creativity: Thinking Through Doing

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Katie Lee
Cohort rule:Nil


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 3-hour seminar per week


The unit prepares students for the journey towards the articulation of what creativity means for them, starting with the threshold concept fundamental to all Creative Arts degrees: the intellectualisation, articulation and representation of embodied knowledge. Through engagement with theory and disciplinary practice through reading, practical research, and written assignments, students are introduced to critical reflection as a fundamental skill in academic study and professional work within the creative arts disciplines. Learning is undertaken through a series of collaborative practice-based projects. Students work individually and in groups to solve creative problems, explore contemporary practice processes in cross-disciplinary environments, and build their collegial networks with others. The unit investigates the use of self-reflexive and critical writing and practices of documentation and feedback to strengthen creative practice.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Apply technical skills and creative strategies of a chosen discipline to generate solutions to creative arts problems and original creative outcomes

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Document, articulate and evaluate the development of a creative investigation and decision-making process through appropriate audio/visual and written forms

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Identify and manage personal goals and individual contribution to the planning, negotiation and realisation of individual and group creative outcomes

GLO6: Self-management



Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 - Independent Creative Practice and Critical Refection 800 words or equivalent 20% Week 4
Assessment 2 (Individual or Group) - Creative Practice 1600 words or equivalent 40% Week 10
Assessment 3 - Portfolio 1600 words or equivalent 40% Week 12

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

There is no prescribed text. Unit materials are provided via the unit site. This includes unit topic readings and references to further information.

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