Creativity is central to Emerson College – it is at the heart of our identity.
Creativity has been identified as one of the “4 C’s” that are essential to an effective education (the others are Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Communication¹).
Emerson College educates students in and across creative fields. Emerson College also supports the creative thought and practice of faculty and staff. Funds are available for faculty research and creative work, curricular innovation, and evolution of operational processes.
We also aim to be creative as an institution by approaching our work with imagination, generating multiple ways of facing challenges and opportunities, taking risks as we move forward, and even being willing to fail now and then, if that failure can teach us something.
Creativity is ultimately a core capacity of Emerson College, essential to realizing our strategic goals and to our continued development as a college. Going forward, we are committed to the intentional cultivation of this capacity in the individual members of our community and in the college as a whole.
These web pages provide a centralized resource for information about creativity at Emerson. Visit them when you want to know:
- What resources the college has available to foster discussion, development and use of our collective expertise on creativity as a subject of study;
- What projects the college has developed as part of its strategic focus on innovation;
- What individuals and organizations within the college are dedicated to making connections with the city of Boston around questions of creativity and cultural development.
¹ See the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and also the National Education Association’s "Preparing 21st Century Students for a Global Society: An Educator’s Guide to the Four C’s" for a full exposition of this framework.