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“Jobs are going to be very different in the future: 40 to 60 per cent of jobs are disappearing and the nature of work is fundamentally changing,”
UTS Vice Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs, December 4, 2016. The Australian Financial Review.

Three years ago, to prepare for the changing nature of work and ready graduates for a future where careers will be transitory, UTS introduced the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII), which provides immersive, transdisciplinary learning experiences. In 2016 with just 200 places on offer 3,600 applications were received with just one in 18 applicants being offered a place.

A double degree, the BCII sees students work towards completing their Bachelor degree in their specialist area (such as Engineering, Communications, or Architecture or Science for example) for the first three years while also completing an additional four weeks of intensive cross-disciplinary coursework. The fourth year is solely devoted to the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation.

First offered in 2014, the BCII is the first transdisciplinary degree which aims to develop graduate attributes such as; problem solving, critical thinking and creativity all while responding to real industry problems in multi-disciplinary teams. These student teams are comprised of a balanced mix of disciplines and is one of the course’s biggest drawcards, “Its what students love most, working with different disciplines” Professor Brungs said.

Since launching the BCII, UTS has continued to forge ahead creating more degrees which cross disciplinary boundaries including the Master of Data Science and Innovation, “A postgraduate version of the BCII but slightly more focused,” Professor Brungs said. “It’s about data science but it’s not just software, it’s all elements of data science. It’s transdisciplinary because it uses a whole lot of different disciplines to understand data science.”

In 2017 the first cohort will commence at UTS in the all new stand alone bachelor of Technology innovation (BTI). Deputy vice-chancellor (education and students) Shirley Alexander explains, “If you look at what a bachelor of arts is, it’s learning problem solving and critical thinking in the context of the arts. This is learning problem solving and critical thinking in the context of digital and data.”

Industry has communicated that there is enormous appetite for graduates from these degrees which emphasise creativity and innovation and UTS is responding.

Adapted from an article written by Tim Dodd for the AFR
Photo by Kirk Gilmour
Last updated December 5, 2016.

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