Spring 2024 - CA 285 D100

Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

Class Number: 6342

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.

  • 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.


INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIO - provides opportunities to collaborate and compose devised live performances and immersive installations within an ensemble. Students will be given limited time frames, restrictions and parameters to experiment and create short works using the themes of Portals, Dimensions and Labyrinths as a departure point. Taking inspiration from the Library of Babel by Jorge Louis Borges including the class themes, students will research, develop, rework, and present micro works-in-progress throughout the semester. 

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIO encourages a landscape of risk taking, lateral thinking, shared vocabulary, trial and error, where ideas and concepts can be discussed and challenged in a constructive collaborative environment. As a collective, we will question and discover through rigorous exploration, the relationship between installation, movement, text, context, architecture, sound, light, and design. We will investigate how an audience is navigated through a given work, and how we can translate each project’s concept from a rehearsal room into a live performance or immersive installation. 

Through this course, students will develop skills in collaboration, communication, and the creative devised process. By the end of the semester, students will have a portfolio of short works-in-progress that they can continue to develop with their ensemble at SCA or potentially create seeds for future works. INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIO - COMPOSITION / COLLABORATION provides a unique opportunity for students to explore new creative territories, learn from their peers, and develop practical skills for creating collaborative works in a range of contexts.

*Please be prepared to rehearse, schedule and book rehearsal times outside of our class time with your ensembles. 

*Please be prepared to be physical, engage with other students in ensemble practices and in movement compositions as we explore the vocabulary of time and space; Arhctecture, Topography, Duration, Tempo, Repetition, Shape, Gesture, Kinesthetic Response and Spatial Relations.  

For any questions please feel free to reach me at erika_latta@sfuc.ca


  • Participation, attendance, engagement, positive work ethic, knowledge of class composition vocabulary, and collaboration 30%
  • In-class micro assignments, ability to experiment, adjust and apply constructive criticism 40%
  • Articulation of research and process / project documentation of scores / project proposals / writing / website 20%
  • Visiting Artists attendance and participation 10%



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