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Interdisciplinary Studies

The interdisciplinary studies sequence provides students with an opportunity to design their own curriculum through consultation with and supervision by faculty.
Interdisciplinary studies is ideal for the student who wishes to pursue a hybrid artistic practice: that is, when concentration in a single discipline is not sufficient to realize his or her line of artistic inquiry. This course of study may entail research based practice, combination of two or more disciplines in production of work, or genre defying practices that nevertheless draw from various disciplines.
Students interested in interdisciplinary studies form a committee of two full-time Department of Art faculty members and develop an academic plan of study, along with a sequence of courses that address their particular areas of interest. The two faculty members must approve such a plan of study before it can be undertaken. The course sequence is to be determined depending on the conceptual aspect of the proposed studies, which should determine the most appropriate means to realize the ideas. Hence, students can draw from all disciplines offered in the Program.