College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Interdisciplinary Art

Students with artworkThe Liberal Arts program in Interdisciplinary Art is a unique program of study which integrates art making and art theory. Our foundation classes are small enough that individual voices stand out. Our program is rigorous, diverse, and designed for the student who wishes to major in art within the broad-based context of a liberal arts education.

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Course sequence
The foundation program is a four-semester sequence of courses:

  • Interdisciplinary Art 1: Seeing, Perception and Interpretation - Fundamental concepts of 2D composition through drawing and painting.
  • Interdisciplinary Art 2: Space, Structure and Environment - Fundamental sculptural elements in form, mass, scale, structure and space.
  • Interdisciplinary Art 3: Body, Time and Movement - Time-based, process-oriented work including drawing, video and performance art.
  • Interdisciplinary Art 4: Image, Text and Culture - Explorations of art and language, focusing on digital photography.

These courses are team-taught by studio artists, theorists and visiting artists. They incorporate both intensive studio work in a range of media and techniques and a solid introduction to theoretical issues through readings, research and lively discussions. Students engage the skills and ideas that inform art-making within the context of contemporary culture.

Following foundation work students elect one of three concentrations to complete their programs: visual arts, performing arts, or art history/theory.

Advantages of interdisciplinary art at Alfred University

  • Concentrations in Visual Art, Art History/Theory and Performing Arts
  • Housed within the Liberal Arts program
  • Team-teaching environment
  • Small class size
  • No portfolio requirement
  • 4 credits per course
  • Equal emphasis given to critical reading/discussion and studio artwork
  • Foundation courses lay the framework in formal issues and conceptual exploration
  • Visiting artists in each foundations course
  • Large, open facility with fully equipped wood shop and digital lab
  • Upper level course offerings in all concentrations
  • Senior Seminar focusing on professional practices
  • Biannual Foundations Exhibition
  • Optional Senior Exhibition

More Information

Interdisciplinary Art Major course requirements
Interdisciplinary Art Minor course requirements
Faculty Profiles
Outcomes and careers

Contact Us

Division Chairperson: Dr. Emrys Westacott
Ph: 607.871.2217


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