During the summer of 2012, four multi-disciplinary faculty from the School of Fine Arts are collaborating to create a new thematic sequence focused on the integrated arts. Students will travel to Paris for an immersive series of three courses that focus on the global importance and impact of the integrated creative arts (e.g.: architecture, interior design, theatre, studio arts, graphic design, music, etc.). This intensive, experiential program will help a student from any major develop a general knowledge of cultural history, and an understanding of the theories and application of various forms of the creative arts in Paris. This sequence assumes no prior knowledge and is intended to make the creative arts interesting, accessible, and valuable for all majors.

The sequence begins with CFA 121: Introduction to the Integrated Arts and Culture. This course will focus on learning basic arts vocabulary, concepts and principles, with an emphasis on those words and ideas that are common to all the arts. (e.g.: syncopation, rhythm, pattern, etc.) This will give the students a shared vocabulary with which to move into more complex information and application. In the second course, CFA 221: Immersion in the Integrated Arts and Culture, students will learn more specifically about various forms of art, always emphasizing the connections between them. For instance, much of the class will be organized around case studies, such as the Opera House in Paris. Students will learn about how its architecture affects the theatrical and musical performances and/or how the graphic and interior decoration of the building is integrated with the architecture and enhances the theatrical performances. Learning will take place in the classroom, as well as in an experiential fashion through local expert speakers and field trips. The final course, CFA 321: Application in the Integrated Arts and Culture, will focus on both team-based and individual application of the knowledge and experiences gained from the first two courses. The team-based project will put students in multi-disciplinary groups of four-five that collaboratively research, write and present a particularly important urban site/environment that demonstrates arts integration. The individual project will be a blog where students chronicle their learning by answering specific research questions both visually and verbally.

For more information please contact one of the faculty:
Peg Faimon, Art/Graphic Design/IMS
Julia Guichard, Theatre
Harvey Thurmer, Music
John Weigand, Architecture & Interior Design