Summer 2020 - CA 285 D100

Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

Class Number: 4424

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 12:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • 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.


This is an online course. The course will meet regularly and be facilitated through video meetings, chats, class discussions, and virtual presentations.

CA 285 is an introduction to the techniques of artistic composition as experienced in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment.  Students will work in groups to create original compositions using elements of movement, music, theatre, video or visual art, among other forms.  Each student will participate in the creation of several short compositional studies and three separate larger compositions through group collaborations and will submit critical reflections (900word papers, that include reference   transcribed from classroom notes to Word in 12 pt. font) outlining specific compositional elements.   

Students should be prepared for some physical activity and group discussion /collaborations in every class meeting.  Your attendance and ability to work in groups through online platforms will be an important part of the course and your evaluation.


  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 different artistic/performance disciplines.
  3. The ability to create and present short performance works in a group environment.
  4. To acquire the observational and verbal skills that allows one to critique the work of others.


  • Composition #1 and #2 (15% per composition) 30%
  • Composition #3 20%
  • Composition Notes #1, #2 and #3 (10% per composition) 30%
  • Attendance and Participation 20%


Note: Students may 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.


Attendance and participation are mandatory.



Reading materials will be provided through Canvas (groups will present reading reports)

Registrar Notes:


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Please note that all teaching at SFU in summer term 2020 will be conducted through remote methods. Enrollment in this course acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning ( or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.