Summer 2024 - CA 285 D100

Interdisciplinary Studio - Composition/Collaboration (3)

Class Number: 3794

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Jun 17, 2024: Tue, Thu, 9:30 a.m.–1:20 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.


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, sound, light, video or visual art/instillation, among other forms. Each student will participate in the creation of several short studies and three separate larger compositions through group collaborations and will submit short critical reflections outlining specific compositional elements. Students should be prepared for group discussion /collaborations in every class meeting. Your attendance and ability to work in groups will be an important part of the course and your evaluation.



  1. To acquire an awareness and a set of basic compositional tools that students can apply to any artistic/performance discipline. To bring focus to the choices we make in the construction of our ideas.
  1. To learn basic skills that will allow the student to collaborate with peers in different artistic/performance disciplines. Getting to know ourselves as collaborators.
  1. To develop the observational and verbal skills that allows one an approach to critique of the work of others through an analysis of composition.


  • Composition #1, #2: 15% per composition 30%
  • Composition #3 20%
  • Written assignments: Critical reflections on course readings 20%
  • Attendance and Participation (mandatory) 30%


You will create several short studies in a collaborative group to share in class. These works can range from video to live performance, sound score or installation, etc. You will have time during class to work with your groups in the studio and you will need to plan for some group meetings outside of class time. You can book additional space if needed for class projects.

Written Assignments:
Several short reflections and assignments will be distributed throughout the term through Canvas. You will also be expected to contribute to discussions about the readings in class.

How you work- your attention and level of engagement in the class is the largest percentage of your grade. Your attendance, energy in the group work, focus during showings and feedback are all considered in your participation mark.



Reading materials will be provided through Canvas

Registrar Notes:


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