I have found the Applied Imagination course to be incredibly valuable. I have not only learnt about imagination and creativity from an academic perspective, but also in the context of many fascinating disciplines other than my own. I greatly enjoyed being able to put what I had learnt into practice; in my [assessments], and even in everyday life. The module is certainly very different to anything I have ever done before, and I hope it has made me a more open-minded, reflective, and (last but very much not least) imaginative thinker.
- Maths and Philosophy student, 2014-15.


What is imagination? What different forms can it take? Can we measure it? Assess it? When and how do you use your imagination? Do different disciplines engage and treat imagination differently? Is imagination important in academic studies, the working world, or life? What would it be like to not have an imagination? How could you get others to manifest their imaginative and creative thinking?

This module is designed to enable you to make connections between the 'imaginative' thinking and practice deployed within your own and other disciplines and to autonomously explore and develop your own theory of applied imagination. By engaging in inter- and transdisciplinary learning, the module will:

Imagination rules the world! The defect of our modern institutions is that they do not speak to the imagination." Napoleon Bonaparte


The module will consist of ten two hour sessions, for up to twenty students, from across the University's departments. Each week will be split between a subject-specialist led session and an hour in which the students and module leader will work with the week's set stimulus to develop student ideas. This latter part will embody an interdisciplinary emphasis and use IATL's Open-Space Learning alongside reflection and discussion.

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"Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create." Maria Montessori


Suggestions for an imaginative form of assessment devised by you with the support of the tutor might include a short story, poetry, a play, a short film, a graphic (animated) short story, original music composition, a workshop, and so on. You must demonstrate and communicate the theories and applications of imagination in your piece. If you wish to submit a non-language-based form of assessment, the piece must be accompanied by a reflective piece of written work.

You will be given full tutor support both when planning your imaginative stimulus and devised assessment and when bringing them to fruition. This will include some one-on-one time with a module tutor. The university also has a wealth of technological and creative resources which will be highlighted to you and aid will be given in obtaining and using them.

"To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk." Thomas Edison

Introductory Reading

'Imagine - Lennon Wall' by Paul Bowman (https://www.flickr.com/photos/bowmanpics/5316260136/)