University Common Curriculum (UCC)


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University Common Curriculum Overview

The University Common Curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary thinking and collaborative processes as a central cross-university curriculum for all undergraduate students in the University of the Arts. The UCC, consisting of 4.5 credits, addresses two related content areas, Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio. In collaboration with Liberal Arts and First Year Writing, Creative Practices introduces first year students to contemporary practitioners across the disciplines. Collaborative Studio, offered as a set of course options taken in the sophomore or junior years, focuses on the collaborative creation of student-directed projects.

University Common Curriculum Requirements

All students are required to complete 4.5 credits of University Common Curriculum. Students complete UACC 101 Creative Practices during their first semester of study. The remaining 3 credits are selected by students from the list of UCC choice courses below.

University Common Curriculum Course Offerings

Required Course

UACC 101 Creative Practice 1.5 Credits

Creative Practices serves as an introduction to the broad range of contemporary professional activities in all of the disciplines available for study at UARTS. The course will emphasize the principles and ideas common to all contemporary art/design/media/performance - pointing toward the potentials inherent in the array of course listings offered in Collaborative Studio.

Choice Courses

CRFB 227 Experimental Costume and Performance 3 Credits

The garment provides a tangible yet pliable boundary between the space of self and the space of the world. In this introductory fibers studio, students learn costume construction fundamentals (hand and machine sewing, millinery, flat pattern design, etc.) and explore the garment as a vehicle for personal expression. Students are encouraged to experiment with technique, and a variety of both traditional and unconventional materials are used. Concurrent with studio work, students are introduced to the cultural, political, social, historic, and aesthetic dimensions of costume as it relates to contemporary art. The semester concludes with a collaborative performance.

MACR 304 Image and Performance 3 Credits

For artists and performers of all disciplines. An intensive cross-disciplinary workshop in which the students create their own short performance works using fusions of video, animation, dance, motion, and sound to explore the interactions between visual media and the performing arts.

MMDI 141 Collaboration and Spontaneity 3 Credits

Through a series of exercises, class discussions, and readings, students explore what it means to work as part of a team. Students learn to develop environments in which the creative process is encouraged to unfold. The basic assumptions that affect the formation of collaborative groups, such as personal responsibility, authority relations, leadership issues, individual differences, competition, the development of norms, and the generation and uses of power, are experienced, explicated, and examined. Students work within this collaborative environment to explore the connections between spontaneous verbal and nonverbal communication.

UA 112 Interdisciplinary Collaboration 1 Credit

The focus of this course is on the PROCESS of creative collaboration rather than on the PRODUCT. Students work in their own area of specialization and may venture into other artistic disciplines as dictated by of the nature of the collaborative project they choose to create. All UArts majors are invited to participate in this student-driven course, with guest professor/artists from various disciplines.

UACC 201 Collaborative Studio 1.5 - 3 Credits

Collaborative Studio engages students in cross-disciplinary and collaborative processes, building links and connections across the disciplines. A variety of different delivery options is a preference, supporting the belief that varied courses and formats will reflect the diverse range of collaborative processes and intentions, pointing toward the potentials inherent in the array of course listings offered in Collaborative Studio.