Spring 2021 - CA 285 D100

Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

Class Number: 8099

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 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 class is online
: The class is currently scheduled as a 3h lecture but you'll be happy to know we won't be sitting talking over Zoom for 3 hours! We will meet on Zoom for about 1-2h each week at the scheduled time- depending on projects. We will also use Canvas for assignments, notes and readings.

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 outlining specific compositional elements or develop abstracts and documents for their projects.

Students should be prepared for some synchronous 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 an awareness and 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. To acquire the observational and verbal skills that allows one to critique the work of others through an analysis of composition.


  • Composition #1, #2 (15% each) 30%
  • Composition $3 20%
  • Composition Notes #1, #2, #3 (!0% each) 30%
  • Attendance and Participation (mandatory) 20%


The minimal technology requirements for successfully completing this course are:

  • A stable internet connection;
  • Video access for online meetings;
  • A laptop or desktop computer no more than five years old;
  • The following software: Zoom (free)
If this course is a requirement to your degree and you are unable to meet one or more of the technology requirements, please contact the course instructor for possible alternative arrangements.

Link for SCA information on online courses: http://www.sfu.ca/content/sfu/sca/events---news/news/computer-help--sca-online-.html

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 spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

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 (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).