Aalto University Summer School

Introduction to Creativity

Creativity allows us to view and solve problems and complex challenges more innovatively and open-mindedly. This summer course will give you the tools to unlock your own creative potential through hands-on exercises tied to creativity.
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Application period:

1.2.2024 – 31.5.2024

Course format:



2 weeks part-time

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Field of study:

Art and design




School of Arts, Design and Architecture

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The ability to think creatively is a critical asset in today’s society and working life. It allows us to stay innovative and approach challenges with new perspectives and out-of-the-box thinking while navigating the complexities of the modern world. 

The course Introduction to Creativity gives you fundamental knowledge about the mechanisms of creativity. After the course, students will be able to understand the definition of creativity, innovation and imagination, factors that enhance and kill creativity, intuition as part of creativity, and limitations as a resource for being creative. 

This interdisciplinary course welcomes students from all fields: engineering, business, education, arts, and others who are simply curious about tapping into their creative potential. The students are encouraged to find new cross-disciplinary perspectives and get to know their strengths through a series of lectures, workshops, discussions, and assignments.

The course aims to explore the creative process with examples from the creative industries and art. With instructors hailing from the film industry, the assignments involve writing, but various other creative exercises are explored as well.

Kirsi Reinola
Kirsi Reinola is teaching the course Introduction to Creativity. Photo: Leena Koskela

Teacher Information

Kirsi Reinola is a versatile writer, researcher, and educator with a rich experience in the field of art. With over two decades of experience, Kirsi has excelled in various roles, including freelance writer and researcher, project manager, partner, and strategist. In addition to her practical experience, Reinola is actively engaged in academia, teaching and lecturing at Aalto University and other institutions.

Reinola has a background in professional screenwriting for film and television. Currently, she is a PhD candidate at Aalto University. Her interdisciplinary research draws from academic fields such as cognitive film studies, creativity, creative writing, literary studies, and psychology.

In her research, she specialises in the micro-phenomenological interview and analysis method advocated by the neurobiologist Francisco Varela. Reinola’s study on emotional transportation in screenwriting bridges multiple disciplines and offers insights into the power of imagination, human cognition, emotion, and the role of empathy, identification, and narrative affect in shaping fiction.

Elisabeth Morney
Elizabeth Morney is teaching the course Introduction to Creativity. Photo: Anne Häggblom

Elisabeth Morney honed her competence in interdisciplinary creativity in 2015 at the University of Georgia at the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development, USA. In 2021, she served as the chair of the international Aalto Creativity Symposium, which brought together participants from 15 different countries. She has lectured and presented on topics related to non-domain-specific creativity in universities and organisations across Finland, Norway, Spain, the United States, Japan, and Uruguay. 

Since 2023, she holds the position of Director at the Global Creativity Initiative, an emerging organisation with the goal of connecting professionals and academics interested in interdisciplinary creativity.

Morney is in the final stages of her doctoral dissertation at Aalto University's School of Arts, Department of Film and Television. Her research focuses on innovation and creativity in the context of the creative process for the development of audiovisual concepts and formats. Morney is also an experienced content producer, editor, director, and facilitator with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry since 1990, earning several awards.

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