THE last decade has seen a tremendous demand for in-house creative services. This has necessitated the need for training in creative arts and technologies. The corporate world today heavily needs industryready graduates. To fulfil this need, The Technical University of Kenya has taken the cue, hence the constitution of the School of Creative Arts and Technologies to cover the following areas of study: design and art, music and dance, printing, packaging, performance, electronic and digital media. From idea generation to production, our training processes are legendary, thus making creativity is our middle name.
The school of Creative Arts and Technologies is a school of its kind in the University with a student population of more than 1000- for both full and part-time programmes. The school has 46 staff members on full and part-time appointments. There are 4 professors and 3 staff members with doctorate degrees. The unique title of the school was derived from the following explanation. "Creativity (or "creativeness") is a mental process involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations between existing ideas or concepts. From a scientific point of view, the products of creative thought (sometimes referred to as divergent thought) are usually considered to have both originality and appropriateness." The key here is the appropriateness; without it a novel solution cannot be considered creative. The creative arts (art as discipline) are a collection of disciplines that produce artworks (art as objects) that are compelled by a personal drive (art as activity) and convey a message, mood, or symbolism for the viewer to interpret (art as experience). Art is something that stimulates an individual's thoughts, emotions, beliefs, or ideas through the senses. Artworks can be explicitly made for this purpose or interpreted on the basis of images or objects.