Connections between science, creativity and the imagination
- Offered to 1st years
- Tuesdays 16.00-18.00
- 8 weeks (spring term only)
- Planned delivery: On-campus (South Kensington)
- Non-credit only
This module will offer you a chance to think creatively and exercise and develop your imaginative faculties. It will provide a set of techniques, models and avenues for creative work. We examine some theories about where imaginative ideas come from, different literary and artistic forms, how to reuse and rework previous pieces of work, the contrasting values of constraint and liberation, possibilities for putting scientific work to creative use, and how technology has changed the way we create.
You will observe the work of several writers, artists and thinkers and to think carefully and critically about the way they achieve their results. You will be invited to put these ideas and techniques in to practice in your own work. The class will be a space for sharing ideas, interacting and collaborating.
- Distinguish between different forms of creative thinking.
- Examine a range of different possible techniques and starting points for imaginative work.
- Propose and present ideas.
- Devise and develop an imaginative piece of creative work.
Indicative core content
Freedom and constraint
Reworking, recycling, updating
Map-making and Mind-map-making
Learning and teaching approach
- Coursework: Creative piece with 600-word reflective analysis of methods and process. (100%).
Each week has a corresponding formative creative exercise attached to it. You will choose one of these for expansion into your final submission, which will comprise either a piece of imaginative writing or a graphic work. This will be accompanied by a 600 word reflective analysis of methods and processes.
- ECTS value: 0
- Requirements: You must be prepared to attend all classes and to spend about an hour a week preparing for each session
- This module is designed as an undergraduate Level 4 course. For an explanation of levels, view the Imperial Horizons Level Descriptors page.
"Brilliant teaching, used a range of methods to get students to think and come to our own conclusions."
"The module was wonderfully put together and covered a wide range of topics while still maintaining sufficient depth....the course has helped and motivated me to develop my creative thinking, while giving me the tools I would require if I were to set out on such an endeavour."