Soft Skills for Hard Problems

At Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) creative leaders are challenged to orchestrate the creative design process with an emphasis on leadership, innovation, and communication.

In this Executive Education program, challenging experiences will elevate your ability to build teams who collaborate, experiment, and iterate solutions to design challenges and ultimately create unique innovative products.

The Executive Education program balances education goals, professional development, and engaging experiences throughout the course.  You will learn, work, and play.


Learn the Six Lessons of the ETC’s Creative Chaos through daily sessions and guided discussion exploring how these lessons relate to your workplace.


Work with a team of your peers to apply those Six Creative Chaos Lessons to product development.


Play with the Creative Chaos process through a series of improvisational workshops to break through challenging communication barriers.

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ETC is simply different

The ETC is simply different.  It was founded in 1998 as a joint venture between Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science and the College of Fine Arts. This interdisciplinary approach remains unique today and has led to one of the most inventive and impactful programs in the world. Students from a diversity of backgrounds converge at the ETC to study and work together on applied design-based research projects, develop their skills as leaders, innovate in their work, and create cutting edge products for their clients

For the first time, this ETC Executive Education program gives practicing professionals the opportunity to be part of this unique journey.

Join us if…

Are you already a leader working with creative people and processes to develop innovate products?  Are you considering how to be more inspiring to your interdisciplinary creative teams?  Do you want to learn from academic and industry leaders who have the knowledge, experience, and insight to elevate your game? Do you want to be part of a cohort with industry colleagues who share your passion and interest in excelling in a creative culture? 

The ETC Executive Education program was specifically developed with you at the core of its vision.

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Key Takeaways

The ETC Executive Education program will expand your creative leadership ability and accelerate your organization’s ability to successfully innovate.

When you’ve completed the Executive Education program, you will have created a tailored plan to apply the Six Lessons of Creative Chaos as you lead your own creative teams throughout the coming year. Your plan will support you as you…

  • Build teams and systems that support collaboration;
  • Augment current rapid prototyping, playtesting and iteration;
  • Leverage context, constraints, failure, doubt, and curiosity for success;
  • Embrace first steps to building a culture that values inclusion and diversity;
  • Discover more effective ways to support and manage creative teams; and
  • Apply game designers’ techniques for constant improvement.

When you are back in the workplace, the ETC Executive Education team will continue to support your cohort.  Periodic Zoom check-ins will provide a forum to engage with your peers, working through the nuanced realities of implementing your plan. The Executive Education team will participate, answering questions, providing feedback, offering guidance. This support structure will bridge the gap between education and workplace, increasing your success in implementing your plan.


Carl Rosendahl
Distinguished Professor of Practice

Drew Davidson
Director ETC, Professor

Brenda Bakker Harger
Teaching Professor

Dave Culyba
Assistant Teaching Professor


June 2nd to 10th, 2021

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2021 program will be online.

Sessions begin Wednesday, June 2nd at 9am EST and will finish around 5pm each evening through Thursday, June 10th.

Sessions will not be held on the weekend, but an optional group activity will be planned for Saturday, June 5th.

There will be plenty of out-of-class work to be done. Participants should plan on working with their teams many evenings.


Cost for the inaugural program is $10,000. Contact us about an alumni or partner discount.