Why study creativity?

Ongoing development of leadership models during the last century has drawn a close connection between creativity and leadership. At the core of many current leadership models is the concept of change—how to foster and manage it. This concept is clearly reflected in the language used to describe the essence of leadership today. For instance, many leadership theories focus on visionary, transformational, and change leadership. In addition, the view that leadership consists of a set of specific attributes that one has or does not have has shifted to a view that leadership skills can be learned.

The ability to think creatively is an essential leadership skill: the creative process brings about change. Often, a leader must act as a catalyst for change. Thus, it is imperative for leaders to learn how to facilitate their own creative thinking, as well as those they work with, to bring about productive change (i.e., new products, services, resolution to problems, opportunities, etc.).

Leadership is a process. This certificate program teaches students how to better manage this process. The program is not designed strictly for those in formal leadership roles; anyone can learn how to positively influence others as a leader. Leadership is about action, not position.

Why study creativity?

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

Creativity as a life skill

Dr. Gerard Puccio, chair and professor at ICSC, at TEDxGramercy about creativity as an essential life skill in the face of a fast changing and increasingly more complex world.

What’s in it for me?

Perhaps you are wondering what you can do with a Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership. Of course this depends on your situation and on what drives you to pursue ICSC’s Master program in Creativity and Change Leadership. 

This Master of Science degree enables to:

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Strengthen change leadership skills

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Push intellectual and personal boundaries

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Balance between a solid research base and applied creativity

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Understand how to teach creatively 

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Become part of a community of creativity scholars world wide

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Earn a solid academic credential setting you apart as expert in the field of applied creativity

Students and alumni about why they have chosen to study creativity

Why study at the ICSC?

The International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) credentials creativity through diverse programs that cultivate skills in creative thinking, innovative leadership practices and problem solving techniques. Their Graduate Certificate program in Creativity and Change Leadership provides students with the knowledge and skills that can put them in a better position to operate as change leaders. The program applies more than 50 years of research, development, and practice in the field of creativity toward leadership development.

After completing this Graduate Certificate program, which is awarded by the State University of New York, students can choose to continue with the Master of Science degree in creativity. Both the Graduate Certificate Program as well as the Master Program in Creativity and Change Leadership are conducted by the faculty of the ICSC, Buffalo State, State University of New York (SUNY).

Igniting creativity around the world

ICSC’s vision is “Igniting creativity around the world: Facilitating the recognition of creative thinking as an essential life skill.”  Watch how it all started.

The credential in creativity

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

The International Center for Studies in Creativity (ICSC) is the first program in the world to teach the science of creativity at a graduate level.

ICSC is known around the world for its personally transformative programs that cultivate skills in creative thinking, innovative leadership practices and problem solving skills.

Curious to learn more about the International Center for Studies in Creativity?
Consult their website for details about the programs offered in Buffalo and for inspiring and valuable resources on creativity.