What are some good colleges for interdisciplinary arts?Answered
I am very interested in the arts, but my interests span many different artistic activities, like dancing, singing, playing instruments, studio art, and filmmaking. I would love to be able to pursue a major or degree where I am able to integrate those. Some of the schools that have it are Ivy Leagues (like Visual Arts at Princeton, Visual Studies at UPenn, Modern Culture and Media at Brown) but are there any 2nd tier or less prestigious schools that offer something like this?
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Hi there! This is an interesting question that I don't believe the CollegeVine blog has really answered comprehensively, so thank you for raising it! By the same token, this response won't be fully comprehensive, but I hope it gives you a good starting point for some more research.
There is no one type of college that offers this exact approach, which makes searching for such programs difficult, but in addition to the ones others have already listed, you may want to look into:
- The Comparative Media Studies co-major at Miami of Ohio (https://www.miamioh.edu/academics/majors-minors/majors/comparative-media-studies-comajor.html).
- The Narrative Studies (https://catalogue.usc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=11&poid=10595&returnto=3699) or Visual and Performing Arts Studies (https://catalogue.usc.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=11&poid=10813&returnto=3699) programs at USC
-Emory's Integrated Visual Arts Co-major (http://creativity.emory.edu/academics/IVAC/index.html)
-Tufts's Interdisciplinary Art Major (https://admissions.tufts.edu/discover-tufts/academics/majors-and-minors/)
-A few minors at WashU, including Creative Practice for Social Change (https://samfoxschool.wustl.edu/minorCPSC) and World Music, Dance and Theater (https://bulletin.wustl.edu/undergrad/artsci/performingarts/#minors)
-This certificate at UT Austin in Digital Arts & Media (https://ugs.utexas.edu/bdp/programs/dam)
I also strongly recommend looking into schools where you can design your own major. These are plentiful, but there are some particularly well-known ones, including Brown (which you've already mentioned) and the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study. These could give you the opportunity to have a heavier hand in designing your course of study if you don't find what you're looking for elsewhere.
I hope this is helpful, if not comprehensive, and I wish you the best of luck in putting together a school list that works for you!
RISD, School of the Art Instititue Chicago, Columbia, Bowdoin, USC, NYU, UCLA, Berkely, Berklee, etc.
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