Fall 2021 - CA 813 G100

Interdisciplinary Graduate Studio (5)

Class Number: 7302

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    GCA 4210, GOLDCORP

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 811.



A selected topics studio course with an emphasis on interdisciplinary artistic projects. Students with credit for FPA 813 may not take this course for further credit.


CA 813 is a studio course focused on compositional approaches to interdisciplinary collaboration. This project-based course is designed to focus on how we communicate across disciplines, how to develop a greater awareness of the different approaches used to generate new work, and to practice feedback and collective critical reflection. Artists will work in small groups to create original studies. We will discuss several compositional/collaborative approaches developed from artists from different disciplines. Some of the studio time will be used as a lab for exploring ideas. Readings will be assigned periodically for class discussion.

Four group projects will be assigned over the semester. Shorter in class assignments may also be facilitated. These projects can range from performance, installation, time-based works, sound art, film/video, etc. Students will share a short introduction to an interdisciplinary artist and short reflective writing will be assigned in reference to projects in class.

Note: We will do our best to provide you with materials and technical equipment for your projects, but this may be limited based on availability. We may also need to be strategic about storing materials you are working with in the class. If you need specific spaces for your presentation -you need to reserve them with Julie in the main office.


  • Artist Share: A short introduction to an interdisciplinary artist 5%
  • Compositions #1, #2, #3: 15% per composition 45%
  • Composition #4 20%
  • Short writing 15%
  • Contributions: In discussions, labs and workshops 15%



Selected readings for the course will be provided through Canvas

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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 may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.