Launched in 2018, the UC Berkeley Creative Discovery Fellows Program (formerly Adobe Fellows) is a collaboration between the American Cultures (AC) Center and the Academic Innovation Studio, with strong support from Digital Learning Services, Educational Technology Services, the Library, and Arts+Design. The program functions as a core part of the undergraduate Discovery initiative on the UC Berkeley campus.
The Creative Discovery Fellows program supports faculty from different disciplines to develop innovative assignments that leverage digital design tools in service of instructional goals and the core principles of discovery--intention, immersion, and reflection. The program also partners with faculty to implement these assignments, providing students with individual and group consultations, design/story feedback, workshops and trainings, in-class demonstrations, tutorials, and other resources to ensure that novices and experts alike are supported and encouraged to utilize the full range of their creativity.
In many AC courses, creative projects are central to "lifting" the analytical work of the classroom into broader circulation. The AC curriculum also serves as a nexus for socially, personally, and politically meaningful scholarship and community engagement. For these reasons, AC faculty are a natural fit and launching pad for the Creative Discovery Fellows program, and the program, in turn, serves to highlight the critical productivity and interconnectedness of this work. From an equity perspective, AC is also a "home" for underrepresented and marginalized students, whose experiences and stories may be devalued within a traditional academic context, and who traditionally have less access to technology and opportunities for creative production.