This self-designed major in interdisciplinary studies provides exposure to all arts media, criticism, and history. This wider frame of reference will allow for greater creative possibilities in your art-making.
The contemporary artist is increasingly becoming cross-disciplinary. Students at the College of Art and Design frequently seek programs of study or individual courses in which they can concentrate their work in a discipline but also seek ways in which they can enhance and expand their primary area of study.
The Self-Designed Major in Interdisciplinary Studies provides a curriculum that allows you to focus on the study of interdisciplinary research, while also affording flexibility within the curriculum, in order to introduce students to a cross-disciplinary approach reaching across all College of Art and Design majors.
This also allows you to broaden applications of your practice with an emphasis on time-based work, installation, and the intersection of old and new media.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts - 4 years: Self-Designed Major in Interdisciplinary Studies will promote interdisciplinary work through a series of required and elective-based courses all serving to broaden your exposure to a variety of methods, materials, media that will enhance your individual research and exploration.
This course examines the contexts in which narrative and non-linear time-based work--specifically, digital filmmaking is viewed and experienced. Students will have the opportunity to create narrative (fictional), non-narrative (documentary), and experimental work (which may include non-linear videos, installation and live performance). Class critiques will address each student's work in regards to technical, aesthetic, and narrative aspects.
Students will explore the relationships formed between the still image and dynamic and evolving time-based works by artists such as Muybridge, the Bechers, Etienne Jules Marey, Duane Michals, and Sam Taylor-Wood. This course will familiarize students with contemporary uses of still-based video and its methodology which differs significantly from that of cinema. Students will experiment with a myriad of technical and aesthetic outcomes that are possible for the still image in relation to motion and time.
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