M.F.A. - Interdisciplinary Arts & Media
Interdisciplinary, as a means of connecting and integrating distinct creative methodologies, is a defining characteristic of contemporary art practice. At Columbia, the Interdisciplinary Arts department encourages its students to confront traditional ideas about creative practice by working across disciplines—such as visual art, dance, music, theater, or literary arts—to catalyze radically new inquiries, methods, and forms of art-making. Students become fearless innovators in contemporary art by approaching interdisciplinarity as a fluid term—it may mean that they ground their work in research, tools or techniques from disciplines outside the field of art, work with artists from other art mediums or non-artists, or create artwork that is itself interdisciplinary: an artist book, an installation, a sculptural work incorporating sound, an interactive video, etc. The Arts & Media program is designed for studio and performing artists who want to incorporate new media into their artistic practice and for media artists who want to expand into areas such as performance, installation, interactive and community-based art. Students are encouraged to engage with new technology and to experiment with media as a tool for inspiring a diverse array of artistic outcomes. The program encourages students to create a body of work that reflects the complexity of their world. They are also asked to consider the context for that work—who is the audience, where will it be seen, how will it be presented? The emphasis on both creative practice and professional practice gives students an advantage—they become not only innovative practitioners, but sophisticated professionals who understand how to position themselves in the contemporary art landscape. The student’s classroom and studio experience is enriched by a Visiting Artist program that allows for meaningful interaction—through seminars, workshops, lectures, and individual critiques—with internationally renowned practitioners.
Accredited at graduate and undergrad levels by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Also accredited as teacher training institution by Illinois State Board of Education
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Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities I
Institution Sector: Private not-for-profit
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 10,000 - 19,999