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2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Arts Studies, B.A.


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About the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts Studies


The Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Studies (IAS) is a unique undergraduate program for students who wish to pursue future careers in arts media and technology by integrating disciplinary content in the arts with non-arts based specializations. Instead of a traditional major and minor, students select three fields of specialization, each of which meets the minimum requirements of a departmental or interdisciplinary minor, and two of which must reside in the TCVPA. Areas of study include digital media production, theatrical and sound design, game design and development, motion graphics and digital animation, and music technology. The B.A. in IAS is ideal for students preparing for careers in creative media industries, or who plan to complete graduate or advanced degrees in arts media and technology.

Students may select one of two curricular tracks within the IAS degree program. The arts media track combines traditional studio-based coursework in the fine arts with interdisciplinary training in electronic media and digital media production. Typical course plans in the arts media track include minors in Creative Media Industries, Transmedia, and Studio Art.

The arts technology track blends creativity and design with a rigorous curriculum in computing applications and technology. Typical course plans in the arts technology track include minors in Computing Applications, Music Technology or Theatre Arts – Design, and General Music.

Finally, the IAS includes an interdisciplinary core curriculum that juxtaposes, integrates, and synthesizes the selected fields of specialization for each student.

Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 16

Spring


Total: 15

Second Year


Fall


  • 3 Semester Credit Hours †
  • Political Science 3 Semester Credit Hours *
     
  • Foreign Language 3 Semester Credit Hours **
    OR
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
     
  • Field of Specialization One (General TCVPA Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Life & Physical Sciences 4 Semester Credit Hours *
Total: 16

Spring


  • Political Science 3 Semester Credit Hours *

 

  • Foreign Language 3 Semester Credit Hours **
    OR
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours

 

  • Creative Arts Core or General/Interdisciplinary Arts Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Life & Physical Sciences 4 Semester Credit Hours *
  • Field of Specialization Two (Media/Technology TCVPA Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 16

Third Year


Fall


  • General or Interdisciplinary Arts Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization One (General TCVPA Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization Two (Media/Technology TCVPA Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization Three (Media/Technology Tracks Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Spring


  • Interdisciplinary Arts Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization One (General TCVPA Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization Two (Media/Technology TCVPA Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization Three (Media/Technology Tracks Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization Three (Media/Technology TCVPA Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Fourth Year


Fall


  • Field of Specialization One (General TCVPA Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization Two (Media/Technology Track) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization Three (Media/Technology Tracks Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization Three (Media/Technology Tracks Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Interdisciplinary Arts Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours
Total: 15

Spring


  • Field of Specialization One (General TCVPA Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization Two (Media/Technology Track) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Field of Specialization Three (Media/Technology Tracks Minor) 3 Semester Credit Hours
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  • 1 Semester Credit Hours AND
  • 4000-level Independent Study 2 Semester Credit Hours
    (for a total of 3 Semester Credit Hours)
Total: 12

Total Hours: 120


* Choose from the university’s core curriculum .

† Fulfills Social Sciences Core.

Fulfills Language, Philosophy, and Culture and Multicultural Core.

§ Fulfills Oral Communication Core.

** Entering students are expected to have had four semesters credit of a single foreign language in high school. Students who do not meet this requirement will be required to complete one year (or the equivalent) of a single foreign language taken at the college level. For more information, refer to the “Foreign Language Requirement ” in the Academic Requirements  section of the catalog.

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