Interdisciplinary Arts Learning at Cornish

Cornish has a proud history of interdisciplinary innovation. Our founder Nellie Cornish, understood the potential of the “Inter Arts” and our associations with Modern masters John Cage and Merce Cunningham set the pace.  We have offered this broad engagement ever since. As a college that has students working in Dance, Theatre, Performance Production, Music, Art, Film and Design, the energy created by cross-departmental works is exciting. The Inter Arts program encourages students to examine the languages and discourses of each other’s disciplines. This inquiry reflects current contemporary arts practices that are ideas driven, that explore collaboration, communication, and is a program led by faculty who are interested in the full context of an expanded field.

As part of their baccalaureate degree, all undergraduates must complete 6 credits of coursework beyond major and General Education (Humanities & Sciences) requirements.  These opportunities are provided by Interdisciplinary Arts and Creative Corridor offerings,  where students engage in inter-, trans-, and/or multi-, disciplinary learning, explore a diverse artistic practice, or deepen focus in a particular subject area. Students should refer to the Schedule of Classes each semester for special College Electives choices.

Recent Courses Have Included The Following:

IA 115  Stage Makeup  1 Credit  

Students will learn techniques of makeup for the stage, including character, corrective, old age and special effects.

IA 200  The Art of Yoga  2 Credits  

The class provides centering, breathing, and relaxation techniques.

IA 201  ST: Artist/Citizen  3 Credits  

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IA 207  Tai Chi Chuan  2 Credits  

This course will teach the 24 Movement Simplified Form from the Chen Style of Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi Chuan training develops smooth fluid movement, increases circulation, physical strength, balance, focus and clarity of intention. Supplemental exercises will also be taught to enhance the student’s experience, and increase the benefits of form practice.

IA 211  ST: Entrepreneur/Leader  3 Credits  

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IA 221  ST: Creative Practitioner  3 Credits  

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IA 231  ST: Critical Maker  3 Credits  

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IA 241  ST: Humanist  3 Credits  

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IA 251  ST: Innovator  3 Credits  

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IA 264  Special Topics in Film History  3 Credits  

Each course in this recurrent series relates a classical mode of narrative -- comedy, tragedy, epic, genre-at-large -- to the art of politics and cinema. Goals include the study and practice of core cinematic techniques. Activities include weekly viewings; short readings in theory, history, and philosophy; and a combination of creative and analytical assignments.

IA 266  Film History II: Comedy/Tragedy  3 Credits  

How do film genres differ from their predecessors in theater and literature? How do cinematic sometimes limit artistic output, and alternately how do they sometimes facilitate marginalized experiences and identities? We’ll approach these questions through explorations of major Hollywood genres (e.g. film noir, Western, horror, screwball comedy, musical, sci-fi, etc.) Course website: http://genrecine.blogspot.com/

IA 375  Global Arts Encounters I  1 Credit  

Travel to London, New York, and other cities. Each trip will feature visits to museums, theaters, and other cultural institutions and locations. Travel happens outside of the regular academic calendar. Lab fee covers program cost, airfare, and lodging.

IA 389  Design Special Topic IA  2.00 - 3.00 Credits  

Interdisciplinary Art is one of the most exciting forms of artistic expression today. This course focuses on active collaboration with other artists, the use of various mediums of artistic expression, in-class workshops and improvisation, and the process of creating art. Students will be introduced to different artistic disciplines and can be expected to share their own ideas and skills with others in a collaborative manner. The course culminates in the creation of a special interdisciplinary arts performance at the end of the semester. Recommended for all students.

IA 398  Theater Special Topic  2.00 - 3.00 Credits  

Interdisciplinary Art is one of the most exciting forms of artistic expression today. This course focuses on active collaboration with other artists, the use of various mediums of artistic expression, in-class workshops and improvisation, and the process of creating art. Students will be introduced to different artistic disciplines and can be expected to share their own ideas and skills with others in a collaborative manner. The course culminates in the creation of a special interdisciplinary arts performance at the end of the semester. Recommended for all students.