Fall 2019 - CA 285 D100

Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

Class Number: 10556

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    GCA 4210, GOLDCORP

  • Prerequisites:

    One of CA (or FPA) 122, 130, 145, 150, 160, 170.



An introduction to the techniques of artistic composition as experienced in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaborative groups by students in dance, music, theatre, film/video and visual art. Students with credit for FPA 285 may not take this course for further credit.


CA 285 is an introduction to the techniques of artistic composition as experienced in a collaborative interdisciplinary studio environment.  Students will work in collaborative groups to create original compositions using elements of dance, music, theatre, video, and visual art, among other forms.  This is a bodywork studio course, therefore, students should expect to work without shoes during class and wear loose fitting clothing appropriate for bodywork.  In addition, all students should have a notebook suitable for taking handwritten notes.

 Each student will participate in the creation of short compositional studies and three separate larger compositions through group collaborations and will submit critical reflections (900 word papers, that include references, transcribed from classroom notes to Word in 12 pt. font) outlining specific compositional elements adopted.

Since this course may have a large enrollment and is introductory by nature, it is essential that good studio practices be established on the first day of classes and be continued throughout the semester.  Students should be prepared for physical activity and group collaborations at every class meeting.  



  1. To acquire a set of basic compositional techniques that students can apply to any artistic/performance discipline.

  2. To acquire basic skills that will allow the student to collaborate with peers in any artistic/performance discipline.

  3. To create and present short performance works in a group environment.

  4. To acquire the observational skills that allows one to effectively critique the work of others.


  • Composition 1 15%
  • Composition notes 1 10%
  • Composition 2 15%
  • Composition notes 2 10%
  • Composition 3 15%
  • Composition notes 3 10%
  • Attendance and Participation (mandatory) 25%


Note: Students will have some access to video cameras or other technology for use in this course. However, personal technology may be used in the creation and exhibition of compositions in consultation with the instructor.

Food and drink are not allowed in the studio.



Reading materials will be provided through Canvas (groups will present readings)

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html