About Collaborative Arts

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Program Overview

The BFA in Collaborative Arts is a course of study designed for a diverse group of motivated, versatile, curious, and enterprising undergraduate students. Students in the Collaborative Arts BFA are required to practice and learn a variety of artistic disciplines as they explore the process of working together in groups. These students are seeking a curriculum and learning environment that has collaboration as its cornerstone and urges them to integrate the arts in their study and practice. Collaborative Arts students are trained to be creative and critical thinkers as well as innovative producers. The Collaborative Arts BFA appeals to students who are passionate about working in the arts across disciplines and are socially-conscious researcher/collaborators and entrepreneurial producers.

BFA Curriculum

The core Collaborative Arts curriculum combines the investigative process and the creative process, requiring students to make art; undertake research; bridge subjects, ideas and disciplines; raise awareness; address problems; and activate their communities. Students are introduced to the process of artistic collaboration on day one and continue to experiment with collaboration as they gain skills in dramatic writing, acting, dance, filmmaking, digital design, web based media or photography. Throughout their course of study, students immerse themselves in the practice and study of collaboration, experimenting with and gaining skills in co-creation and shared authorship as they move along.

Year 1

Beginning in their first year, students in the B.F.A. in Collaborative Arts are introduced to concepts in traditional and arts-based research, theories of group development, and historical and current cinematic, performing and emerging media arts collaborations. Students are also exposed to professional artists’ research and production processes for making meaningful work. Continuing in their first year, Collaborative Arts students engage in required core training in multiple forms of storytelling, including: visual, digital, text-based and performance/movement. This first year lays the groundwork for further collaboration.

Required Courses: Year 1

FALL SEMESTER

 

 

SPRING SEMESTER

 

 

Course 

Type

Credits

Course 

Type

Credits

Collaborative Arts Workshop I 

Lecture

6

Research

Lecture

4

Written Language & Storytelling (dramatic writing)

Lecture

4

Visual Language & Storytelling (film & media production)

Studio

3

Performative Language & Storytelling (acting, embodied performance)

Studio

2

Digital Language & Storytelling (computer & web-based media)

Studio

3

Rhythmic Language & Storytelling (dance and movement)

Studio

2

 

 

 

 

Year 2 / Year 3

In their second and/or third years, students work together in Collaborative Workshops, to investigate and research cultural and/or global perceptions, beliefs and traditions. These semester-long workshops provide students with a platform for discussing, refining, and testing ideas. B.F.A. students engage in ongoing training through tiered courses across the arts disciplines to support their work in Collaborative Workshops. In years 2 and 3, B.F.A. students choose courses in a minimum of two areas of study and practice among the visual, digital, text-based, performance, or movement fields.

Required Courses: Year 2 and Year 3

Course 

Type

Credits

Collaborative Arts Workshop II

Studio

6

Collaborative Arts Workshop III

Studio

6

Craft Tier I

Studio

12

Craft Tier II

Studio

4

Craft Theory

Lecture

8

Producing Essentials

Lecture

4

Art Matters

Lecture

2

Year 4

The final year of the degree program is a capstone project comprised of Thesis I and II, in which students pursue research questions in a year-long group project of their choice. In this capstone year, students form working groups to research and investigate an issue of local and/or global resonance. Working as a collaborative team, students then apply their research towards an artistic response to that issue. Each working group is assigned a faculty project advisor who will support their collaborative capstone. Students present their final creative projects and research to the Collaborative Arts community and, as a group, defend their creative projects to a panel of faculty at the conclusion of the capstone year.

Required Courses: Year 4

Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
Thesis I (research seminar) Lecture Thesis II (lab and evaluation) Studio

 

 

Admissions

The Collaborative Arts program is ideal for students with a rich diversity of talents who crave a wide variety of experiences. We’re looking for independent minded students, who are motivated to challenge themselves and work with other artists to generate interdisciplinary projects. Our students are curious, willing to take risks, and interested in exploring the wonderful possibilities of working between disciplines.