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Creativity Unleashed: Skills for the 21st Century

November 23, 2015

Gerard PuccioWe know that creativity matters. We’re living in an era increasingly defined by creativity and innovation in which jobs constantly evolve and emerge. Studies increasingly point to creativity as an essential workplace skill and a linchpin of future economic growth.

But thinking creatively involves changing our thinking patterns which can be a difficult task, said Dr. Gerard Puccio, Sheridan’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Creativity, who spoke to alumni and students at Sheridan’s Mississauga Campus on October 29. “It’s not that we don’t have the innate ability to adapt. We were born to be creative, it’s a natural part of who we are,” explained Dr. Puccio, who led participants in exercises designed to tap into their creative powers.

According to Dr. Puccio, who is Department Chair and Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity - SUNY Buffalo State, Sheridan is leading the way in equipping tomorrow’s grads with the skills needed for the 21st century.

Introduced in January 2015, Sheridan’s Board Undergraduate Certificate in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving allows every degree student to gain a set of creative thinking skills and creative problem solving competencies that are recognized in a formal credential. This fall, 950 students were enrolled in board certified courses. Over 400 faculty and staff have been trained in creative problem solving and Sheridan is now working on providing creativity courses to the community.

“Sheridan is the only institution I know of that has put into action the desire to transform itself into a creative-thinking organization across the board,” said Dr. Puccio.

The Creative Campus philosophy is also reflected in the expansion of Mississauga’s Hazel McCallion Campus. Sheridan President and CEO Jeff Zabudsky highlighted the plans for the new facility scheduled for completion in fall 2016.

The building will house Sheridan’s interdisciplinary Creativity Commons and the Institute for Creativity which oversees the Creative Campus initiative. Programs in the new facility will be grouped together to encourage collaboration and will include business, visual merchandising, interior design and decorating, architectural technology and humanities courses in creativity. The building will also act as a living lab, exposing the architectural, mechanical and electrical elements to view.

In fall 2014, Sheridan launched a $9M Get Creative fundraising campaign which is helping to raise funds to support our expansion and to fund international scholarships.

Learn more about Sheridan's Get Creative Campaign