Summer 2023 - CA 285 D100

Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

Class Number: 4368

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.


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/instillation, 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 two critical reflections outlining specific compositional elements and 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 and #2 (15% per composition) 30%
  • Composition #3 20%
  • Written assignments - Critical reflections on course readings 20%
  • Attendance and Participation 30%



Reading materials will be provided through Canvas


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