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The Scholar / Artist Track

Creative and scholarly integration for doctoral students.

A place to combine scholarship and artistic practice.

For students who wish to combine scholarly study with artistic work at the Ph.D. level, the School of Interdisciplinary Arts provides 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.

Find out what we mean when we say "Interdisciplinary."



"Interdisciplinary studies should ask complex or vexing questions that cannot be answered adequately within the boundaries of the given discipline as it is defined at a particular moment."

- Dr. William Condee


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.


Students who are interested in applying to the track must already hold a master’s degree and have a complete portfolio. To apply, please contact the appropriate College of Fine Arts professor indicating interest. The professor will then review your portfolio, and they are responsible for writing a letter of their support for your project. Final decision for admission is made by the School of Interdisciplinary Arts.

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Graduate Student Handbook

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