Summer 2019 - CA 285 D200

Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

Class Number: 5930

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 4:20 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.


A 285 (3) 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 or 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.

The core of the course consists in the creation of three group compositions, presented to the class. In addition to these three projects, we will practice through short compositional studies, as well as read about, reflect upon, and discuss compositional processes. A number of individual or group writing assignments to further reflect on the process of composition, will also be requested

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 intersession. Students should be prepared for physical activity and group collaborations at every class meeting. Food and drink are not allowed in the studio.

Note: The SCA will not supply 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.


  • To acquire a set of basic compositional techniques that students can apply to any artistic/performance discipline.
  • To acquire basic skills that will allow the student to collaborate with peers in any artistic/performance discipline.
  • To create and present short performance works in a group environment.
  • To acquire the observational skills that allows one to effectively critique the work of others.


  • Reading groups (group) 5%
  • Projects (group) 55%
  • Composition notes and documentation (group) 20%
  • Critical reflection paper (individual) 10%
  • Attendance and participation (individual) 10%



Reading groups (group): 5%
Projects: Total 55%
   Composition 1 (group): 15%
   Composition 2 (group): 20%
   Composition 3 (group): 20%
Composition notes and documentation: Total 20%
   Composition 1 - Notes (group): 5%
   Composition 2 - Notes (group): 5%
   Composition 3 - Abstract & Documentation (group): 10%
Critical reflection paper (individual): 10%
Attendance and participation (individual): 10%

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