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The Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship Bridging Disciplines Program Certificate teaches students about the entrepreneurial process and the history of innovation in the United States and around the world. Through an interdisciplinary program that combines courses from Business, Communication, Fine Arts, and Liberal Arts, students will learn how ideas, inventions, talents, and skills are developed and transformed into commercial and social ventures. At the same time, the program asks students to learn about creativity and the creative process within their own disciplines or fields.
With its focus on creativity in all fields, from the sciences to classical music to chemical engineering, this BDP can complement a range of majors, teaching students about the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to turn ideas and talents into ventures, and providing them with social and historical perspectives on innovation and its impact on economies, cultures, and societies.

Declare This Certificate

Applications for the Bridging Disciplines Programs are accepted twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters. Learn additional information and how to apply to the BDPs. Interested students can attend an information session, which are offered throughout the semester.

Any degree-seeking undergraduate at UT-Austin is eligible to apply to the BDPs. Students must plan to be enrolled at UT-Austin as a degree-seeking undergraduate for at least two semesters after the semester in which they apply to the BDP. The BDPs are open to undergraduate students from every college and school at UT-Austin, view eligibility and benefits. Learn about advising services for Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP students.

Required Courses

With 19 credit hours of coursework and connecting experiences, students may earn a BDP certificate in Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship. View a complete list of courses and requirements.


Students in the Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship BDP form a community with shared interests in developing and converting ideas into products and services for artistic, social, and commercial applications. Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship students have come from a wide range of majors at UT, including Journalism, Sociology, Radio-Television-Film, Sport Management, Advertising, International Relations and Global Studies, and many others.


After completing 19 credit hours consisting of coursework, research, and internship experiences, students earn a certificate that will be recognized on students' transcripts, demonstrating a secondary area of specialization that complements their major. By pursuing an interdisciplinary certificate, students in the BDPs learn to become more flexible, versatile thinkers, better prepared for a professional world that values innovation and collaboration. Students in the BDPs gain access to unique research and internship experiences at UT and around the world, giving them hands-on experience applying what they have learned in the classroom. View student profiles to learn about personal experiences in the Innovation, Creativity, & Entrepreneurship BDP.