Undergraduate Programs

Interarts Performance

The BFA in Interarts Performance is an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree jointly offered by the Stamps School of Art & Design and the Department of Theatre & Drama, Dance and Performing Arts Technology (PAT) in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance.

This is the perfect program for students who have interests in both the visual arts and theater as well as a desire to create original performance pieces. Interarts Performance introduces students to a diverse range of art forms and creative practices from new media to traditional acting skills, with the aim of generating work that blurs boundaries between the visual arts and performance.

The BFA in Interarts Performance includes a balanced combination of studio courses from the Stamps School of Art & Design (Stamps) and the Department of Theatre & Drama (T&D), a component of academic courses in both schools, and academic requirements and electives from across the University. Students are immersed in the cultures of both schools and have the advantage of the academic resources of a major research University.

Intensive faculty mentoring guides each student through an individualized program of study, with the objective of encouraging students to not only be able to work across disciplines but to be fully fluent in both the visual and performing arts. The goal is for students to be able to articulate their creative work to a variety of audiences and to be able to synthesize their explorations into original new works.

Interarts Performance also includes comprehensive reviews at the end of the second and fourth years, a recommended semester of international study during the third year, student performance opportunities and a final-year, capstone educational experience.

 

Advising

Holly Hughes is the faculty advisor and director of the Interarts program. Interarts students are citizens of both the Stamps School of Art & Design and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance, so they must work closely with academic advisors in both units to develop their curriculum. The academic advisor for the Stamps School is John Luther, and the academic advisor for Theatre & Drama is Tzveta Kassabova.

Most classes in Theatre & Drama have small enrollment caps and many require permission of the instructor, so it's important to plan your schedule well in advance.

Certain classes in Performing Arts Technology are open to Interarts students, pending permission of the instructor. Chair Andy Kirshner is the contact person for Interarts in PAT.

Many classes in Dance are open to Interarts students, but all require permission of the instructor. Clare Croft and Amy Chavasse are current advisors for Interarts in Dance.

 

Curriculum

Studio Courses (Interarts) Interarts Performance majors complete 24 credits of introductory courses, split evenly between Stamps School courses and Theatre & Drama courses.

Twelve of the credits are in required courses: ArtDes 125, ArtDes 220, ThtreMus 101, and ThtreMus 240, 250, or 256. More advanced coursework may be substituted on a case-by-case basis when deemed appropriate by the Interarts faculty.

Interarts Performance majors complete 33 credits of advanced studio coursework, split between Stamps School courses and Theatre & Drama courses, and 9 credits of the Integrative Project (IP), the capstone year-long course taken during the fall and winter terms of the student’s final year.

Advanced Studio Electives

Following the completion of introductory courses, students work closely with faculty to develop an individual program of elective courses that addresses their educational goals. Students choose 18 credits of Stamps (ARTDES) and 15 credits of T&D (THTREMUS) current elective studio offerings, as well as classes in Dance and PAT.

Elective Studio courses vary each semester - please visit the following links to view this semester's offerings:

Penny Stamps Lecture Series

The Penny Stamps Lecture Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students. Students must enroll in the 1-credit/semester Lecture Series and attend the weekly lecture each semester through all four years of the program.

Course Title Course # Credits
Penny Stamps Lecture Series (8 Semesters) ARTDES 160 8 total

Art and Design / Theatre & Dance Academic Courses

Academic courses in Stamps and T&D are designed to engage students in the history of art, design and performance.

 

Interarts Academic Courses

Interarts Performance majors must take INTPERF 150: Live Art Survey. Interarts Performance majors must enroll in INTPERF 160: Interarts Forum each semester. Students cannot engage in classes, extracurriculars, or other activities including but not limited to band, sports, theatre, glee club that conflict with participation in Forum or Survey.

Courses are listed under "INTPERF" in course guide - see current offerings here.

Course Title Course # Credits
Interarts Performance Forum I 160 8
Live Art Survey 150 3
Art and Design Academic Courses

One 3 credit Stamps academic course is required. Students have the option of taking ARTDES 150 (Art and Design in Context) or ARTDES 151 (Art and Design History).

Theatre & Drama Academic Courses

Two 3-credit courses are required from this group (THTREMUS). Credit hours for Theatre History courses vary from 2 to 3 credits - for more information, consult your T&D advisor.

Course Title Course # Credits Prerequisites
Intro to Drama 211 1  
Intro Playwriting 227 1  
Theatre Hist I 321 2-3  
Theatre Hst II 322 2-3  
American Theatre-Drama 323 1  
Contemp Black Theatre 324 1  
Script Analysis Black Theatre 326 1  
Intermediate Playwriting 327 1 Prerequisite: 227
Black Theatre Workshop 340 1  
Performing Arts Management 385 1  
Practicum Performing Arts Management 386 1 Prerequisite: 385
Ideas Theatre 402 1  
Funding the Arts 426 1  
Adv Playwriting 427 1 Prerequisite: 327
Playwriting to Production 429 1 Prerequisite: 227, 327 or 427; by instructor invitation
Producing American Theatre 435 1  
Legal Issues in Theatre 438 1  
Directing Coloquium I 443 1 if offered
History of Decor 466 1  
History of 20th Dress 478 1  
History & Theory 1 521 1-2  
Thtr Hist & Theory II 522 1-2  

University Academic Courses

Students in the Interarts Performance program participate in the rich intellectual and academic life of a top tier university by taking University Academic courses. Liberal Arts Requirements are designed to develop basic familiarity with the three traditional components of liberal arts - humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The goal is to enhance analytical reasoning, to encourage empathy with other cultures, and to understand contemporary environmental issues. Interarts students fulfill seven specific liberal arts requirements and choose additional elective courses to equal 36 credits. Students must earn at least three credits in each specific area of the liberal arts, but may use one course to meet two or even three requirements.

Requirement Course Info Credits
First Year Writing LSA Course Guide: "FYWR" 3-4
Social Science LSA Course Guide: "SS" 3
Natural Science LSA Course Guide: "NS" 3
Analytical Reasoning LSA Course Guide: "MSA",
"QR/1", "QR/2", or any course in logic.
3
Environmental Studies Any course in the LSA Course Guide with the subject code ENVIRON. This includes courses cross-listed as ENVIRON. Other courses that meet the requirement are ARCH 357; BIOLOGY 101, 102, 109, and 171; EARTH 109, 114, 148, 154, 156, 277 and 331; ENGLISH 320 and 328; as well as URP 423. 3
Cultural Diversity LSA Course Guide: "RE" 3
Humanities LSA Course Guide: "HU" 3
Academic Electives Choose additional courses to equal 36 credits.  

Integrative Project

In the 9-credit Integrative Project, seniors use the techniques, concepts and skills they've learned to plan, conceptualize, and build a single project of their choosing over the course of their final year. With the help of faculty advisors, they manage their own creative process and working schedules, and work in their own dedicated studio space. The project culminates in a final presentation where the student engages the public through exhibition, publication or performance, and is documented in a written thesis, website, and digital portfolio.

Course Title Course # Credits
Integrative Project 498/499 9

Reviews

Students must complete a Sophomore Review and a mid-year IP Critique during their senior year.

In the Sophomore Review, students conduct a presentation of their work to date in the program to an ad-hoc faculty committee drawn mostly from the Stamps School of Art and Design. Students working in performance media are expected to have appropriate and high quality documentation (video, photo, audio) and to be able to articulate their work using the language of visual arts. In preparation for reviews, students must supply faculty committee members with statements about their work, and reflections on their development to date

A successful Sophomore Review is required for continuation in the program. Students who perform unsatisfactorily on their Sophomore Reviews are required to re-review at a designated date; some may be asked to take time off or improve deficiencies prior to advancing; and a small minority may be directed to leave the program. These reviews are a significant assessment component of the program.

The IP Critique is an opportunity for students to receive faculty advice and feedback midway through the year-long Integrative Project. Details regarding preparation for the IP Critiques are discussed in the individual IP classes.