What “Graduate Diploma in Creative Practice” has done for me!

Honestly, GDCP made me want to give up of keep working on the course for whole of time.

Nonetheless, I recognized about learning in life that the best lesson will always hurt you the most and that’s how GDCP could do. It was painful, sorrow and brought you boredom but you know if you get pass along and come over it, you start seeing everything more clear once again. It’s time to recover as to reset yourself to a new wisdom-mode.

I still remember the words from a tutor in the first Faculty meeting at the beginning of my course: “Studying here, it’s like torture. Hence, be ready for that.” That’s right, completely true and even though I had that caution from start, it was easy for me to forget to remind myself about my main purpose when I decided to study this course.

No excuse.

In my personal opinion, I acknowledge that the most essential key value of life is to work hard and keep working hard follow your big targets. It’s totally a secret that not many experts will tell you in the beginning but I had a chance to listen that secret from another tutor in GDCP course and even I replied him that it was all about our attitude of doing everything in life.

Remember. Keep working hard.

Of course, when I said that GDCP made me want to give up that means I did not satisfy with the course somehow as I already haven’t achieved the knowledge which what I expect to learn but… a better something in the end. It’s something I have to and must learn, not only for being a good designer but moreover, it is for being a better and valuable person from inside. If it could not be the best lesson, which one could be?

Finally, it’s time to answer the questions.


1) What are the most important of interesting aspects of creative practice for me?

According to Iowa State University (2015), the elements of creativity are sometimes generalized as cognitive, affective, personal and motivational, and social or environmental. Among these, cognitive and affective elements are arguably most important and I totally agreed with this perspective. In addition, the elements of creative practice are interconnected: each is caused by and causes the others [Figure 1].

Elements of Creativity

Figure 1. Adapted from Growing Up Creative (Amabile, 1989)  

Furthermore, it has been firmly proved through the article that motivation is essential to the creative process. The creative person is intrinsically motivated (that is, moved by the work itself and not by some external recognition or reward), with a passion for his or her field. Energy and persistence are central to creative accomplishment, as is self-confidence [Figure 2].

Three Components of Creativity

Figure 2.

Briefly speaking, I enjoy doing creativity the most.

2) What are my particular strengths as a creative practitioner?

In my personal opinion, there were many things that I could pick up to speak about myself for this question. I have been approved my creative ability by people around me, not myself but if I have to choose which one is my particular strength (one is enough that’s why we say “particular”), it is about always being honest to myself.

In summary, I am going to you my favorite quotes to illustrate the meaning of being honest as my strongest capacity at the moment.

As has been stated by Kerr (n.d), “A nice person is a ‘yes’ person, whereas a good person is a person who accepts their responsibility in things and moves forward and tries to constantly evolve and isn’t afraid to say no or challenge someone or be honest or truthful.”

As has been stated by Scott (n.d), “Positive feelings come from being honest about yourself and accepting your personality, and physical characteristics, warts and all; and, from belonging to a family that accepts you without question.”

Last words, I really wanted to choose my critical thinking as my particular strength but I believe that for the skills that I am already good at them, they won’t be my strengths anymore.

3) What capabilities would I particularly like to develop?

It might never been enough to learn about truthfulness and fairness in life. Thus, I keep following the path of being honest.

4) Whose praise for, or acceptance of, my work do I most value?

Myself or my future soul-mate. It doesn’t mean that I won’t listen to others when they criticize my works; it’s just because I believe it’s my own duty and responsibility.

5) What cultural and social factors influence me as a creative practitioner?

According to Erez and Nouri (2010), it was quite proved that the culture, social factors or environment are the significant impact to the creativity. However, I never believed that point of view (I might believe nothing but everything) from looking at my background and my life in the past. I truly thought that people were born with the ability of creation but it was about do they enjoy doing it because if it wasn’t, they would never want to use that ability in life.

6) What is the role of the professional artist/ designer in society?

Contribution and not only for professional artists or designers.

7) How do I see the identity of the professional artist/ designer?

I don’t see but I feel them and that’s how.

8) What is my personal manifesto as a creative practitioner?

It was my first time to make this motion graphic. I made it in 4 days without any background knowledge before and hope it was clear enough to my points.

be critical 2Be critical

commu1Communication is the key

takerisk1Take risk and dare to challenge (because of this motto, I was going to make the difference all the time as learned to do this kinetic typography/ motion graphic)

hakunanananaHakuna Matata (I strongly enjoy everything whatever it is)

9) Who is my audience? Who do I want to design/ make work for?

Anyone but I love children and I am going to make things free for them if I can.

10) Why do I want to be an artist or designer?

To make it clear, I want to learn but I can only be myself and artist or designer is just how others look at someone else.


It was around 1025 words count till this line and I think it’s time for me to stop typing as follow the requirement of this project.

In summary, I should also speak about me of then and now and simply speaking, I will state that everything is still on plan and there is no different between those terms in my case. Nonetheless, if it’s better to communicate by showing some visual. The images below here are me of then and now: ( <~ 1102 words till these lines, beautiful)




Amabile, T. (1989). Growing up creative. New York: Crown.

Erez, M. and Nouri, R. (2010) ‘ Creativity: The Influence of Cultural, Social, and Work Contextsmore ’ [Online]. Available at:  http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Miriam_Erez2/publication/228253093_Creativity_The_Influence_of_Cultural_Social_and_Work_Contexts/links/00b7d5261411ded530000000.pdf [Accessed: 12th May 2015]

Iowa State University (2015) ‘ Elements of creativity ‘ [Online]. Available at: http://www.celt.iastate.edu/teaching-resources/classroom-practice/teaching-techniques-strategies/creativity/elements-of-creativity/ [Accessed: 12th May 2015]

Kerr, M. and Scott, W.(n.d) ‘ Quotes about Honest ‘ [Online]. Available at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/honest.html [Accessed: 12th May 2015]


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