Summer 2023 - CA 485 D100

Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Contemporary Arts (5)

Class Number: 4371

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Jun 19, 2023: Mon, Wed, 12:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    One CA (or FPA) studio course at the upper level, a CGPA of 3.0 and an overall average of 3.5 in CA (or FPA) courses.



A studio course focusing on creative collaborations between artists of different disciplines. The emphasis is on the creation, analysis and critique of new compositions created in collaboration between senior students in dance, film, music, theatre and visual art. Students with credit for FPA 485 may not take this course for further credit.


CA485 is a studio course focused on compositional approaches to interdisciplinary collaboration. This project-based course is designed to focus on how we 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 groups to create original studies.

Group projects will be assigned throughout the term. Shorter in-class assignments may also be facilitated. These projects can range from performance, installation, time-based works, sound art, film/video, etc, with a focus on live-ness, presence, and viewer experience/interaction.


  • Attendance and participation 25%
  • Project presentations 55%
  • Written assignments 15%
  • Classroom Community Engagement 5%



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