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2012-2013 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, BFA

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Lori Spencer \ \ 215.717.6065
Fine Arts Program Director


Students in the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Program are exposed to a wide range of both art historical precedents and contemporary art in order to realize that meaning is always specific to the form that is used to express it. The program fosters the understanding that choices in technique, process and format must be appropriate to the desired end results. Students develop a personal studio practice based on conceptual interests, technical advancement and expansion, and the appreciation that the personal, the cultural and the historical are interlaced.

The curriculum is based on a framework of research, studio experimentation, artistic invention, and daily practice. Personal vision and artistic innovation anchor the development of work for significant cultural contributions and dialogue, gallery and museum exhibitions as well as creating work for diverse communities and public spaces. To that end, students will be given assignments designed to develop conceptual skills and become proficient in the necessary processes and techniques appropriate to their artistic vision and intention.

Student in the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Program have multiple options. They can choose a discipline concentration in one of the following: Painting/Drawing, Printmaking/Book Arts, Sculpture, Photography, Film, Animation or Crafts (Wood, Ceramics, Metal and Jewelry, Fibers, Glass). Five required classes are taken in a chosen discipline. Using electives, the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts major can choose a broad field of study or they can choose to use their electives for deep concentration in their chosen discipline.

Most semesters have the Interdisciplinary Fine Arts major taking one discipline specific class and one Interdisciplinary Commons class as their studio requirements, balancing the acquisition of discipline specific skills with conceptual development in a context that extends beyond a specific discipline.

Research into culturally important areas outside of the arts, such as, philosophy, psychology, history, sociology and science, are at the center of the curriculum along with critical thinking and visual analysis. Our emphasis on the liberally educated artist assures that our graduates will be knowledgeable beyond contemporary studio skills, be enabled and motivated to add something of value, not only to Art’s historical legacy, but to the broader contemporary context of serious human enterprise.

The senior thesis project/exhibition prepares each individual for successful entry into graduate-level programs, and to be competitive in gaining other forms of support, such as those available in grants, residencies, and gallery exhibitions. The program also addresses and prepares students for a variety of professional pathways related to their skill base and interests.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate the ability to define and perform strategies for individual research and practice toward the realization of artworks that are relevant in the larger world.
  • Demonstrate an engagement with art ideas that spring from multiple creative practices that are artistic, culturally, scientific, industrial, and technological in focus.
  • Demonstrate the primacy of the role of the “idea” as the basis for their art practice.
  • Understand that craft and content are equally important and that materials, process and structural decisions are based on the support of the content.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a number of advanced processes and techniques in their individual studio practice.
  • Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, the thoughts behind their choices and decisions concerning content and strategies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge in the history of their discipline and an understanding of how their work relates to that history.
  • Understand and apply readings, theories and methodologies toward the production of critically informed artworks.
  • Acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as practicing artists, entrepreneurs, and productive citizens.

Program Requirements (126 Credits)

CAMD College Core (18 credits)

Required CAMD Core


  • Select 1 course from subjects: IMAG or TIME


  • Select 1 course from subjects: OBJT or ENVI


  • Select 2 courses from subjects: IMAG, TIME, OBJT, or ENVI

CAMD School Core (6 credits)

All CAMD students are required to complete 6 credits of School Core coursework during their first three semesters.  Students are free to select courses from any school or cross-college program.  Refer to the CAMD School Core  page for additional information.

Illustration (Cross-College Program)

Program Concentration

Select 1 concentration from:


  • CRFT 211  Craft Exploration 3 credits
  • CRFT 401  Craft Senior Projects 3 credits
  • Select 1 course from subjects: CRCM, CRFB, CRGL, CRMT, CRWD; 200 level. All courses applicable to this requirement include the word “Exploration” in the course title. 3 Credits
  • Select 1 course from subjects: CRCM, CRFB, CRGL, CRMT, CRWD; level 300 3 Credits
  • Select 1 course from subjects: CRCM, CRFB, CRGL, CRMT, CRWD; level 300 or 400 3 Credits

Discipline History (12 Credits)

Liberal Arts Distribution (30 credits)

Humanities Seminar (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject HUMS

Period Interpretation (6 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject LAPI, level 800
  • Select 1 course from subject LAPI, level 900

Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject LACR, level 200 excluding LACR 210 

Liberal Arts Electives (12 credits)

  • Select courses from subjects: HUMS, LAAH, LALL, LAPR, LASM, or LASS
  • Select courses from  : Art History or LA Elective.

Electives (21 credits)

  • Complete 21 credits of free electives. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.