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BFA in 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.

The BFA in Inter­arts Per­for­mance 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.

Inter­arts Alumni Stories


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.

In this pro­gram, you will forge an entirely cus­tomized, indi­vid­ual path under the men­tor­ship of the Inter­arts Per­for­mance men­tors and advi­sors: Holly Hughes (Stamps/​SMTD), Andy Kir­sh­ner (Stamps/​SMTD) and John Luther. As excit­ing as a tai­lor-made path is, Inter­arts Per­for­mance stu­dents are required to bring both schools together. It’s a big respon­si­bil­ity and requires proac­tive, engaged stew­ard­ship on your part. While your cohort of Inter­arts peers will serve as a tightknit cre­ative net­work, your indi­vid­ual inter­ests, pas­sions, and tal­ents will inform your cur­ric­u­lar path through the pro­gram.

Inter­arts Per­for­mance stu­dents need 130 cred­its to grad­u­ate, 66 stu­dio cred­its and 64 aca­d­e­mic cred­its. Stu­dents who plan to grad­u­ate in four years are expected to com­plete an aver­age of 16 to 17 cred­its per term.

Required Stu­dio Courses18
Elec­tive Stu­dio Courses45
Required Aca­d­e­mic Courses31
Elec­tive Aca­d­e­mic Courses36
Sopho­more Review
Inter­na­tional Experience

Total Cred­its: 130

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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.

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Stu­dio Courses

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 BFA 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), at least one at a 400-level, and 15 cred­its of T&D (THTREMUS) cur­rent elec­tive stu­dio offer­ings, as well as classes in Dance and Per­form­ing Arts Technology.

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

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Aca­d­e­mic Courses

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

Penny Stamps Lec­ture Series

The Penny Stamps Speaker Series brings respect­ed lead­ers and inno­va­tors from a broad spec­trum of cre­ative fields to Ann Arbor to con­duct week­ly pub­lic lec­tures and engage­ments. Stu­dents must enroll in the 1‑credit/​semester Lec­ture Series and attend the weekly lec­ture for 7 of 8 semes­ters dur­ing the program.

Inter­arts Aca­d­e­mic Courses

Inter­arts Per­for­mance majors must take INT­PERF 150: Live Art Sur­vey, and must enroll in INT­PERF 160: Inter­arts Forum each Fall 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 TitleCourse #Cred­its
Inter­arts Per­for­mance Forum16012
Live Art Survey1503

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 aca­d­e­mic cours­es in T&D are required (THTREMUS) — for more infor­ma­tion, con­sult your T&D advisor.

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.

Require­mentCourse InfoCred­its
First Year WritingLSA Course Guide: FYWR3 – 4
Social Sci­enceLSA Course Guide: SS3
Nat­ural ScienceLSA Course Guide: NS3
Ana­lyt­i­cal ReasoningLSA Course Guide: MSA,
QR/1, QR/2, or any course in logic.
Envi­ron­men­tal StudiesAny 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 DiversityLSA Course Guide: RE6
Human­i­tiesLSA Course Guide: HU3
Aca­d­e­mic ElectivesChoose addi­tional courses to equal 36 credits.
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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 TitleCourse #Cred­its
Inte­gra­tive Project498/4999


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. 

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.