The program consists of a Graduate Certificate program and a Master Program,  divided into six blocks and three elective courses. 

*Note that this is a tentative schedule, course schedule may be subject to change depending on enrollments and other circumstances beyond our control.

ICSC's Graduate certificate program in Europe 2022

You will start with the Graduate Certificate program, providing you with the knowledge and skills to put you in a better position to operate as a change leader. The Graduate Certificate program in Creativity and Change Leadership consists of four blocks. The program combines online courses with seated courses based in the Netherlands. 

ICSC's Graduate program in Europe 2022

After completing this State University of New York Graduate Certificate program, you can choose to continue with the Master of Science degree in creativity. The Master program includes one required online course, three elective courses and a Master’s project as a capstone course.

What is the content of this Master program
in Creativity and Change Leadership?

Highlights from a conversation between Gerard Puccio, chair and professor at ICSC and Branko Broekman, director of ICSC’s Master program in Europe.

Graduate Certificate program

The Graduate Certificate program is divided into four blocks. You will start the Graduate Certificate program with two seated courses during a Summer School, followed by two distance courses and then again two seated courses during a Summer School in the Netherlands. 

CRS 559 Principles in Creative Problem Solving

This course overviews research and development in the study of Creative Problem Solving (CPS) and includes practical application that is appropriate for students in a variety of contexts and disciplines. The course focuses on developing creative potential and on learning to use CPS individually and with groups. It emphasizes the application of the CPS framework and tools on challenges, goals, and opportunities that people face in their personal and professional lives.

CRS 610 Facilitation of Group Problem Solving

This course is an exploration of elements in cultivating creative behavior. It provides supervised practice in the use of effective methods and techniques for facilitating creative problem solving. The course also addresses challenges encountered by facilitators in a variety of group settings. The objective of this course is to develop creative leaders who have mastery of facilitation techniques and skills.

CRS 620 Creativity Assessment: Methods and Resources

This course examines general assessment and research issues. Students will explore characteristics of research in varied formats. They will develop the ability and comfort in reading research reports. Students will have the opportunity to review and evaluate several creativity measures. These experiences will enable them to recognize productive approaches to assessing creativity, as well as promote insights into their own creative strengths. 

CRS 670 Foundations in Teaching and Training Creativity

This course provides practical experience in using principles of creative learning and change leadership to facilitate and train groups in Creative Problem Solving. The course emphasizes guided practice and independent work within realistic teaching/ training/facilitation situations. Students will build on their knowledge of CPS facilitation to develop instructional designs and examine ways to modify teaching by leading with CPS.

CRS 560 Foundations of Creative Learning

This course provides an introduction to theory and research in the field of creative studies. The focus is on knowledge and understanding of creative learning models and theories. The course is designed as an orientation to theoretical perspectives in the field and includes the application of this deepened understanding to help students orient themselves as practicing professionals within the field of creativity.

CRS 635 Creativity and Change Leadership

This course is the capstone for the Foundations of Creativity strand of the curriculum. Students will weave together all their theoretical and practical knowledge of creativity, CPS and change leadership to their personal philosophy and definition of creativity. They also envision their future contributions to the field of creativity by exploring how their personal philosophy and creativity skills integrate with other disciplines to create lasting and impactful change. 

Master program

The ICSC offers the opportunity to extend the learning and pursue a Master of Science degree through distance learning. A Master of Science degree requires 33 credit points, of which 18 have been acquired during the Certificate Program. Students will learn how to explore and understand current issues on creativity and change and they will use the elective courses to develop their mastery. 

The Master program gives you the opportunity to concentrate on a specific topic of your choice. The program has some mandatory elements, but the areas of specialization are different for every student. This means the order and dates for block five and six are not set in stone. During the second half of your Graduate Certificate program you will receive more information about your Master program.

CRS 625 Current Issues in Creative Studies

This course provides an in-depth survey of current issues on the nature and nurture of creativity. The focus is on skill development in research and scholarship that will increase the critical thinking skills and general content literacy of creativity practitioners in any discipline. The course provides an in-depth examination of current work in the field of creativity, as well as an introduction to contemporary creativity researchers. 

CRS 690 Master’s project

As a culminating experience, students work on their Master’s project. The Master’s project is an application of Creative Problem Solving (CPS), change leadership and facilitation skills in a change initiative that could have a direct impact either on the community or for the field of creativity. Students develop analytical skills in the definition, implementation and evaluation of their projects.

Here you’ll find examples of Master’s projects.


Elective courses

Elective courses are courses that can be chosen freely, provided that the International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) faculty approves the course. You must complete a total of 3 electives by the end of Block Six.

Some options can be found below. Click on one of the images in the row for more information about the elective course.

Students are not limited to these options. Which elective you want to pursue is determined by your preference and the availability of the course within the timeframe of your program.

It is possible to pursue other electives, either at Buffalo State or at a university of your choice. The student is fully responsible to select and organize his/ her enrollment in such a course.

It is also the student’s responsibility to check if the elective course of his/ her choice meets the requirements of the Graduate School and to obtain the approval of the faculty for the course. 

Buffalo State’s course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Catalog.