Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Creativity for Transformation

IACT is home to the nation’s first undergraduate certificate in Applied Creativity for Transformation. Open to undergraduate students of any major, the certificate is a first step in achieving the University of Dayton’s vision of innovation, applied creativity, entrepreneurship and community engagement for the common good. The certificate program is sponsored by the School of Engineering and housed in the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT). 

IACT curriculum (ACT I - ACT IV) introduces students to the creative competencies that today’s job market demands, — critical perspective, complex problem solving and collaboration with others — while applying those same skills to the students’ diverse disciplines of study.

For graduating students looking to secure employment or admissions into graduate school and continuing students pursuing an internship, co-op or study abroad opportunity, the undergraduate certificate in Applied Creativity for Transformation becomes an immediate separator in the application and interview process due to the collaborative skill set that is fostered to work across any field of study and practice.

The IACT Mindset

Our mindset of Applied Creativity is defined as “new idea creation for action across all disciplines of study.” This mindset is fostered through transdisciplinary learning, or the contribution of one’s own knowledge and expertise towards a collective effort, and a humanity-centered approach.

Ikigai+ - An individual’s reason for being in action

Through the Ikigai+, an award-winning purpose-based development and advising model, students will use social innovation as a catalyst to actionize their purpose over the course of 3 years.  

The Process for Earning the Certificate

→ 12 Credit Hours Total


ACT I (UDI 371)          1 credit              (Fall)
ACT II (UDI 372)         1 credit             (Spring)
IACT Course Descriptions >>

Declaring Candidacy for the Certificate in Applied Creativity for Transformation
(middle of fall semester)

  • Positive progress and authentic curiosity during ACT I
  • Certificate intro meeting or face to face with IACT Executive Director
  • Complete first advising session

Ikigai +: Understanding Purpose
Life's "Big 4" Questions


(Gap Year, no official IACT courses can be taken)
EGR 103 Engineering Innovation*         2 credits        (Fall or Spring)        CAP Inquiry Elective
SSC 200 Social Science Integrated*    3 credits        (Fall or Spring)        Requirement for All Students
CAP Pivot Elective                                   3 credits        (Fall or Spring)        Course will fulfill CAP requirement

Continuing Candidacy Towards Certificate Completion

  • ACT I and II Reflection Sit-Ins
  • ACT III Engagement Sessions
  • Continued Ikigai+ Advising

Ikigai +: Developing Purpose
Mission | Passion | Profession | Vocation

*If not already taken. The academic advising approach of the certificate allows students to complete the certificate without additional coursework beyond the ACT mini courses. SSC 200 is a requirement of all students and EGR 103 and the CAP Pivot Elective also fulfill CAP requirements. SSC 200 and the CAP Pivot Elective should be taken in consultation with the Academic Development Coordinator.


ACT III (UDI 471)         1 credit                  (Fall)
ACT IV (UDI 472)       1 credit                  (Spring)

Completion of Certificate

  • Collaborative Collision Development
  • Authentic Ikigai+ Portfolio
  • Culminating Collision Showcase

Ikigai+: Colliding Purpose
Develop | Serve | Advocate | Innovate

In the two-part capstone of ACT III and IV, students put the applied creativity mindset into action with purpose-based and problem-based learning that cultivates marketable ideas and/or experiences to address societal issues across academic disciplines.


Read the News Release (April 2017)

Students collaborating at ArtStreet

Applied Creativity

The University of Dayton will offer the nation’s first academic certificate focused specifically on applied creativity.

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Contact Us

Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at ArtStreet

ArtStreet is located on the 300 block of Kiefaber St. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2620