Creativity & Change - Crawford College of Art & Design

MTU - Crawford College of Art & Design

Creativity & Change - Crawford College of Art & Design

This accredited Special Purpose Award programme targets educators, change-makers, activists, artists, community workers, adult educators, youth workers, volunteers, and anyone who is interested how creative engagement can nurture global citizenship and empathic action around local and global justice themes.

Creativity & Change is about creativity and its power to ignite empathy, passion and learning about our interconnected and interdependent world. It is about imagining more humane, just and viable ways to live in the world and to connect with how we think, live, and act in the world. This course explores how we can live as connected global citizens becoming part of the changes we want to see.

As a response to Covid-19 restrictions, in 2020, we have developed a new pop-up mobile classroom initiative. We have acquired a cargo e-bike to carry materials and participants are asked to bring bicycles where possible and we travel together to different locations around Cork City and surrounds, applying our learning and creatively responding to the outdoor environment.

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The core of Creativity & Change's work is to explore and address global justice and we value the perspectives and experiences of a diverse participant group when doing so.

We are consistently seeking to improve the accessibility of our programme and would love to provide opportunities to those who may have previously experienced barriers to accessing post-graduate education, such as those in the Direct Provision system, or Travellers. We are now in a position to offer a number of free places on our course to those who may not have otherwise been in a position to apply.

Subjects taught

Module one 'Thematic Creative Engagement' considers the role of creativity in learning and its contribution to enabling engagement with knowledge, attitudes, values and behaviours of global citizens. It engages learners with a range of models and concepts of learning related to Development Education and Education for Global citizenship. Learners will engage with a range of global justice themes and topics related to local and global interconnectedness. They will also engage with a wide range of creative tools and methods. The module will require a deep critical personal engagement and self-reflection, developing personal perspective as a global citizen and connecting with values and themes. The learners will critically engage with the learning environment of the programme and their personal approach and style as learners in view of applying this learning to their practice.

Module 2 'Application to Practice' builds on on the experiential learning process of the 'Thematic Creative Engagement' module. Learners will consider the application of their learning in professional practice. They will apply their learning in design and delivery of live projects that provide learning experiences for others and be given space for personal and peer reflection on their practice.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
Applicants for this course should note that it is a Level 9, post-graduate level course, so there is an expectation that they will already have a level 8 degree. Equivalent, relevant experience is also taken into consideration. All applicants are asked to submit a statement outlining their experience, passions and motivations around creativity and global justice and highlight their intentions to apply their learning in a real-world context.

Application dates

Application Closing Date: 16th August 2021, however places are offered on a rolling basis, so course may be full by this date.




Location: 46 Grand Parade.
The course runs over 8 weekends September to May.

Our 2021/22 programme will offer a blend of face-to-face and online participation from September to May, with in-person engagement taking place mostly outdoors around Cork City and suburbs, with our new mobile pop-up bicycle classroom. In-person sessions occur one weekend per month where restrictions allow, with shorter online meetings taking place on a regular basis.


€680. This course is supported by Irish Aid's Development Education funds and is therefore offered at this subsidised rate.

Enrolment dates

Information Evening
Institute staff will be in attendance during each session to offer career guidance and assistance.

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

The Information Evening for the academic year beginning September 2019 will take place from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on the following dates:

Tuesday 3rd September 2019
CIT Bishopstown Campus

Business: Business Studies, Accounting, Management, Designing Innovative Services, Marketing, Human Resource Management, International Business with Aviation Studies, and Sales Strategy.

Humanities: Cookery, Hospitality Management, Bar Operations, Counselling & Psychotherapy, and Play Therapy.

Media: TV Production, PR with New Media, E-learning Design and Development, and Digital Media Design and Development.

Wednesday 4th September 2019
CIT Bishopstown Campus

Engineering: Biopharmaceutical, Civil, Structural & Environmental, Good Manufacturing Practice, Construction, Mechanical, Biomedical, Advanced Manufacturing & Manufacturing Systems, Supply Chain & Transport Management, Transport & Automobile, Brewing & Distilling, Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, and Automation & Control Systems.

Science & Informatics: Applied Physics & Instrumentation, Quality Assurance/Management, Computing, and Mathematics.

Course & Module Information, and to apply online, visit

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  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime,Weekend

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