University Common Curriculum

Art Stories/Kid Stories (Collaborative Studio) Fall 2014

Art Stories/Kid Stories (Collaborative Studio) Fall 2014

Zoe McCarthy, Elizabeth Tong, JiHyun Lee, Emily Anthony-Craig, Patrick Luong; The Dream Academy after-school program at Childs Elementary School; Credit: Lindsay Sparagana
The Supernatural in Asian Performance and Art Fall 2014

The Supernatural in Asian Performance and Art Fall 2014

Credit: Chelsea Lyons
The Supernatural in Asian Performance and Art Fall 2014

The Supernatural in Asian Performance and Art Fall 2014

Subject: Ellen Boyle; Credit: Mara Finestrauss
Creative Practices Fall 2014

Creative Practices Fall 2014

Credit: Alex Vail
Art Stories/Kid Stories (Collaborative Studio) Fall 2014

Art Stories/Kid Stories (Collaborative Studio) Fall 2014

Perry Melat, The Dream Academy after-school program at Childs Elementary School; Credit: Lindsay Sparagana
Creative Practices Fall 2014

Creative Practices Fall 2014

Credit: Lindsey Martin

Welcome to the University Common Curriculum (UCC), where interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration are celebrated as central to the curriculum for all undergraduate students at the University of the Arts. The UCC consists of two required courses: Creative Practices (1.5 credits) and Collaborative Studio (3 credits), which build off of each other.

Together with the Division of Liberal Arts and First-Year Writing, Creative Practices introduces freshman students to contemporary arts practitioners and processes across the disciplines. In recent semesters, students have ventured far outside the campus boundaries and into surrounding centers for the arts, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and FringeArts. Regardless of a student’s particular focus, Creative Practices works to reveal the variety of disciplines available for study at UArts and beyond, as well as the commonalities that exist among artists from different backgrounds.

Collaborative Studio, offered as a set of course options taken in the sophomore or junior years, focuses on the collective creation of student-directed projects. An ever-rotating faculty teaches UCC courses and is drawn from all disciplines, including Photography, Design, Craft + Material Studies, Theater, Dance, Music and Liberal Arts. Students have the chance to choose from an array of topics that change with each semester, digging deeper into the process of interdisciplinary collaboration while producing projects that take them outside their familiar fields and into contact with students and faculty of new disciplines.

Creative Practices:

  • introduces the broad range of contemporary professional disciplines available for study at UArts
  • emphasizes the principles and ideas common to all contemporary art/design, media and performance
  • lays the groundwork for the vibrant array of Collaborative Studio course offerings

Collaborative Studio:

  • involves all students in cross-disciplinary and collaborative processes, revealing connections across the disciplines
  • offers varied courses and formats reflecting a diverse range of collaborative practices and intentions
  • allows students the opportunity, with faculty support, to submit their own proposals for Collaborative Studio courses

Together, Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio reinforce the fundamental link between theory and practice for all artists. This combined set of courses, coupled with the University's diverse student population, fosters interdisciplinary thinking and the pursuit of a shared, lively and ever-expanding creative knowledge and base of experiences.