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Scholar/Artist Track


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Scholar/Artist Track Approved!

The School of Interdisciplinary Arts announces the creation of a new track to its doctoral program: the Scholar/Artist track. The integration of scholarship and artistic practice is a nascent national, even international, phenomenon, and the Scholar/Artist track will accommodate those students who wish to combine scholarly education with artistic work at the Ph.D. level. The culminating component of this track will be an integrated scholarly/creative dissertation, rather than the traditional, solely scholarly, dissertation.

Applicants to this track must already have a Master’s degree, usually in a Fine Arts discipline. Before applying, the student must contact the appropriate Fine Arts professor (outside of IARTS) and include in the application (along with other required material) a plan of study and a letter from this professor indicating support for the student and agreement to the plan. The units within the College of Fine Arts that have agreed to participate are Dance, Film, Music, and Theater.

The Scholar/Artist student will pursue a primary scholarly area in accordance with the existing requirements. Instead of a secondary scholarly area, as is currently the case, the secondary area for the Scholar/Artist will be Dance/Film/Music/or Theater training, with at least two graduate-level performance/studio courses with the pertinent arts faculty member over a two-year period. In addition, that faculty member will serve on the student’s dissertation committee.

Course of Study

1st Year Fall
Seminar in primary area: 4
Aesthetics seminar: 4
Interdisciplinary Seminar: 4
Research methods course: 1
Pedagogy course: 1

1st Year Spring
Seminar in primary area: 4
Dance/Film/Music/or Theater: 4
Critical Theory seminar: 4
Pedagogy: 1

2nd Year Fall
Seminar in primary area: 4
Dance/Film/Music/or Theater: 4
Interdisciplinary Seminar: 4
Pedagogy: 1

2nd Year Spring
Seminar in primary area: 4
Elective (can be Dance/Film/Music/or Theater): 4
Transnational Theory seminar: 4
Pedagogy: 1

3rd Year Fall
Dissertation proposal course: 1

Candidacy Examination
1. Examination in the primary area and interdisciplinary area will be in accordance with the existing requirements.
2. Portfolio Review (in accordance with practices of the participating COFA unit).

The candidate will produce an integrated scholarly/creative dissertation. The dissertation committee will be chaired by a member of the IARTS faculty, and will include the appropriate Dance/Film/Music/or Theater professor.

* Images taken from “Spatial Topologies,” the multi-media installation at the Majestic Gallery in Nelsonville, OH from March, 2014 by Interdisciplinary Arts Phd candidates Brian Harnetty, Astrid Kaemmerling, Josh Ottum, and Jena Seiler.