Department Chair

Gerard J. Puccio

Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity


Susan Keller-Mathers

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This project focuses on the creative person, process, product and press- the 4Ps of creativity as articulated by Rhodes (1961). A curricular framework was developed with an emphasis on enhancing the abilities of those who already identify themselves as creative, specifically undergraduate Freshmen and Sophomores looking to study various fields of Design at the university level. The objective of the framework is to not only identify the innate processes that may have led these students to identify themselves as creative- thereby choosing their major- but also to allow them to recognize, improve and be deliberate in those processes, to enhance their creative environments, and to allow them to see that creativity is transferable beyond their chosen craft or profession. This curriculum framework also focuses on identifying the knowledge-gathering, thinking, and decision-making skills that are the foundation for the type of innovation and problem-solving that is valuable in industry.