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If you think creativity is magic, then it’s time to become a magician.

Ideation is a hands-on journey through the creative process, a human-centred design course to learn and apply creative problem-solving skills.

Mixing elements of design thinking, user experience, prototyping and storytelling, this unit will give you the kind of insight you can only get by doing.

Chervon Tile

Our units are now fully online

Now more than ever, the world needs new ideas and innovation. That’s why, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 units are fully online. Our immersive online experience will give you the sought-after skills you need to help reimagine your life, build your community and shape the future. Along the way, you’ll receive regular engaged support from our facilitators and connect with like-minded students from across the state. And they remain free for students at our education partners.

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Lachlan Hicks

You’re surrounded by innovation here, it's really exciting and experimental. It's a great connector for like-minded people

Lachlan Hicks Charles Sturt University
Ideation alum

Tackle the unknown: Design thinking for startups and innovators 

Ideation gives you an understanding of the design thinking process, grounded in real-life examples and activities, to help you creatively transform problems into impactful opportunities.

Over 10 flexible weeks online, you’ll leap into the unknown and demystify the creative process.

Once you’re done, you’ll have the insight and confidence to create something new in any context, whether it be in your own startup or with an existing organisation.

Ideation is for you if:

  • You’ve dreamt of being more creative but don’t know where to start
  • You want to apply your experience to tackle and solve major problems in a variety of contexts
  • You want to see the world in a different way
  • You need a flexible learning experience to fit around your schedule
  • You’re currently studying at any of our 12 education partners (11 NSW universities and TAFE NSW).

2020 Dates

Applications close Friday 24 July 2020
Unit duration 27 July to 2 October 2020
Start of unit (online) Monday 27 July 2020
Online Workshop 1 Wednesday 12 August 2020
Assessment 1 due Friday 14 August 2020
Online Workshop 2 Wednesday 26 August 2020
Assessment 2 due Wednesday 9 September 2020
Online Workshop 3 Wednesday 9 September 2020
Online Workshop 4 Wednesday 30 September 2020
Assessment 3 due Friday 2 October 2020


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The nitty gritty

Learning roadmap

See what’s in store for you with our week-by-week online learning map below.

Ideation Roadmap 2019

Graduate capabilities

This unit helps you to achieve the following SSE Graduate Capabilities (GC):

  1. Interdisciplinary teamwork:
    Collaborative and reflective contributions to interdisciplinary teamwork in ways that advance the work of your team, facilitate the contribution of others, foster a constructive team environment and respond effectively to conflict that arises
  2. Entrepreneurship knowledge and skills:
    Knowledge and skills in relation to entrepreneurship (i.e . presenting, interviewing, pitching, )
  3. Critical thinking:
    Critical and creative thinking in relation to how value is created and captured
  4. Communication skills:
    Effective interpersonal and communication skills, empathy and succinct visual, oral, written and digital presentation skills with diverse stakeholders about entrepreneurial opportunities
  5. Wider community considerations:
    Integration of ethical, social, political and environmental responsibilities when considering entrepreneurial initiatives
  6. Strategic thinking and decision-making: Strategic solutions within an entrepreneurial context.

Co-curricular study

This unit is not currently available for credit and is considered as a co-curricular activity.

All students who complete Ideation will receive a certificate of completion and can add the achievement to your resume or LinkedIn profile.

Who can apply? 

No matter what you’re studying or where you live, if you are a student currently enrolled at an SSE member institution, you are eligible to apply*.

SSE members are Australian Catholic University, Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, Southern Cross University, TAFE NSW, The University of Newcastle, The University of Sydney, University of New England, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong, UNSW Sydney and Western Sydney University.

*TAFE NSW International Students are not currently eligible for this unit. We are working on a solution and will update this page when further information is available.

Application process

Applications are now open. Please review the steps below before submitting your application. You will then hear from SSE if your application has been successful. Please make sure you check your junk mail.

2020 Units Process Infographic

How can I find out more?

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