Undergraduate Programs

Interarts Performance

The BFA in Interarts Performance is a new 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 be not only be able work across disciplines but to be fully fluent in both the visual and performing arts, to 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.



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 advisor for the Stamps School is Joann McDaniel, and the advisor for Theatre & Drama is Vince Mountain.

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 Michael Gurevich 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.



This chart represents basic credit distributions for a sample plan of study. Schedules will vary for each student.

Requirement Credits
Stamps/T&D Introductory Electives 24-30
Stamps/T&D Advanced Studio Electives 24-30
Lecture Series and Stamps/T&D Academic Courses 28
University Academic Courses 36
Integrative Project 12
BFA in Interarts Performance - Total 130


Interarts Required Courses

There are two required Interarts (INTERPREF) courses, which are also open to all students in SMTD and Stamps. INTERPREF 150, Live Art Survey, must be taken during the freshmen fall, or the first year a student enters the program. This academic course is conducted in a seminar style and introduces the theory and history of performance, performance art, experimental theatre and related hybrid art forms from its origins in the European Avant-garde to contemporary practices. This course also fulfills an art history requirement for Stamps BA and BFA students.

INTERPREF 160, Interarts Forum, is a one credit course that is taken every semester by students in the program. Rather than meeting during regular class hours, this class is immersive and experimental, with field trips including trips to Chicago, overnight camp outs, workshops with visiting artists and opportunities to publicly present new work each semester.

Art and Design / Theatre & Drama Introductory Electives

In consultation with their faculty advisors, students pursuing a BFA in Interarts Performance choose 12 to 15 credits in introductory Art and Design courses (ARTDES) and 12 to 15 credits in introductory T&D courses (THTREMUS), from the lists below. Students are also able to fulfill their introductory electives from classes in Dance or Performing Arts Technology by working with your SMTD advisor Christianne Myers to identify appropriate courses.

Art and Design Introductory Courses (12 - 15 Credits)

Students working in time based and interdisciplinary media must be fluent in basic video, audio and photo skills. Accordingly, all Interarts students must take Studio 4D in the first year in the program. This requirement cannot be waived. Additionally, Interarts students must one 200 level class in both video and photography. Students will then take an additional 3 to 6 Introductory Elective Credits, to be determined in consultation with their advisors. Any Studio Course at the 100 or 200 level can fulfill your Introductory Studio Requirements.

Theatre & Drama Introductory Elective Courses (15 Credits)

In consultation with their faculty advisors, students pursuing a BFA in Interarts Performance choose 12 to 15 credits in introductory courses in SMTD, which must include the following: Intro to Acting I (101), and one of the following courses in the Design and Production area: 240, 250, or 256, plus Practicum. In certain exceptional cases and pending the approval of the SMTD academic advisor and the Director of Interarts, students might be substitute another introductory performance course for Acting 101, but only if it fits the same curricular goals as Intro to Acting 1 (101). All classes are offered both semesters and must be taken in the freshmen year to give students a common vocabulary for further performance work. Students take an additional 6 to 9 credits of Introductory Studios, in either Theatre and Drama, Performing Arts Technology, or Dance. Please keep in mind SMTD studios have lower admission caps and may require permission of the instructor.

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 12 to 15 credits from both Stamps (ARTDES) and T&D (THTREMUS) current elective studio offerings, as well as classes in Dance and PAT.


Art and Design Advanced Studio Electives (12-15 Credits)

All Interarts students must take one advanced Performance Studio in Stamps, generally offered during the Winter Semester. Students are required to complete a total of 30 studio credits, with the exact number of introductory courses versus Advanced Studios varying according to the individual needs of the students as assessed by their academic advisors. Elective Studio courses vary each semester, please see this semester's offerings.

Theatre & Drama Advanced Studio Electives (12-15 Credits)

All Interarts students must take Creating Original Theatre (399) with Malcolm Tulip. Students are required to complete a total of 30 studio credits in SMTD, with the exact number of Introductory versus Advanced Studios varying according to the individual needs of the students as assessed by their academic advisors. New faculty in Theatre and Drama have opened new course opportunities for Interarts Students, including Introduction to Puppetry and Documentary Theatre. Advanced studio requirements can be meet by taking courses in Dance and PAT as well as Theatre and Drama.

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 and in the potential of contemporary live art and live artists.


Interarts Academic Courses

Interarts Performance majors must enroll in INTPERF 150: Live Art Survey in the fall semester of their first year of enrolling in the program. 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 1
Interarts Performance Forum II 161 1
Interarts Performance Forum III 260 1
Interarts Performance Forum IV 261 1
Interarts Performance Forum V 360 1
Interarts Performance Forum VI 361 1
Interarts Performance Forum VII 460 1
Interarts Performance Forum VIII 461 1
Live Art Survey 150 3
Art and Design Academic Courses

One 3 credit Stamps academic course is required. Courses vary each semester but may include Art and Design in Context (ARTDES 150), or Modern Art: Avant-Garde to Contemporary (ARTDES 272). Students work with their Stamps academic advisor to choose an appropriate course.

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; 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
Upper Level Writing LSA Course Guide: "ULWR" 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.
Environmental Studies LSA Course Guide: Any course offered in "ENVIRON" or NRE; Bio 101, 102, 109, 171; ENGLISH 320, 328; GEOSCI 148; STDABRD 303. 3
Race and Ethnicity LSA Course Guide: "RE" 3
Academic Electives Choose additional courses to equal 36 credits.  

Integrative Project

In the 12-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 400 12


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 résumés, statements about their work, and reflections on their development to date. Special meetings for sophomores are held prior to the reviews in order to help them prepare.

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.