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The Diploma in Creativity Theory, History and Philosophy looks back at the most pivotal moments in human history and asks what it was that made particular cultures, societies and individuals creative. In part, this involves asking how our understanding of ‘creativity’ and of creative acts have changed over time. Yet equally, we too must think creatively about these moments; to reflect on our own lives and endeavours; and to try to ‘recapture at will’ our most creative moments.

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Teaching & Assessment

Teaching & Assessment

How will I be taught and assessed?


Teaching and learning on the course will be delivered through a combination of formal presentations by the tutor and through reading and assignments to be undertaken individually by students outside the course sessions. Students will also be expected to undertake interactive and participative methods of teaching and learning, such as group exercises, oral presentations and field trips. Student participation also involves sharing work and applying constructive criticism to the work of other students.

Students will also have access to online support through our virtual learning environment, which will accelerate learning and enhance your experience of the course.

All students are expected to take an active part in the course and submit work showing evidence of learning. In particular, you will be expected in each unit to: 

  1. attend weekend teaching blocks
  2. participate actively in class work
  3. undertake reading and assignments set by the tutors
  4. access resources and submit assignments through the Institute’s virtual learning environment. 

Students retain access to the learning resources on their course for two academic years after they have completed their course. 


Students will be expected to produce a portfolio of between 10,000 to 12,000 words. Termly assignments will be assessed formatively, in order to give students the opportunity to respond to feedback before submitting their assignments as a portfolio at the end of the year for summative assessment. Students will also be required to submit for summative assessment a self-reflective essay informed by their own online journal entries, their experience of formative feedback, and by group supervision records. Full details of the course assessment are available in the course guide (at the bottom of the page).

In addition to attending both the face-to-face teaching during each day school and submitting assignments you will need to set aside time for independent study. Credit is generally calculated in terms of hours of study and assumes that each credit is awarded for around 10 hours of successful learning; so, by this calculation, a 60-credit course will involve around 600 hours of successful study. Examples of how study may be broken down are: pre-class preparation, classroom time (lectures, seminars, discussion, presentations, debates, case-studies etc.); engagement with the VLE; peer-to-peer interaction, preparations for assignments, assignment writing and feedback and so on.

What is the status of this qualification?

The Diploma is taught and awarded at second-year undergraduate level (FHEQ 5) and offers 60 credits within the Higher Education Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS). This is equivalent to half of the second year of full-time undergraduate study.


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. If your first language is not English, please refer to our Information for Applicants pages for further guidance.

Course dates

07 Nov 2020 to 13 Jun 2021

Course duration

1 Year

Apply by

31 Aug 2020

Course fee

Home/EU: £3,050
Overseas fee: £3,050

Academic director


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

60 credits at FHEQ5

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 12

Course code