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Kanta A Kochhar
BISIA 319
Bothell Campus

Interdisciplinary Arts

Investigates relationships between the study and making of art. Explores connections among written, visual, and performance arts and engages their intellectual, social, and aesthetic dimensions.

Class description

In this course we will investigate the significance of contemporary interdisciplinary arts, with particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary artistic research, related work in performance, and collaboration. The course is divided in four sections: 1) a broad introduction to “what is interdisciplinary arts,” 2) a themed section on “water,” 3) a themed section on “home,” and 4) an application section. Each section will culminate in a student design assignment that combines interdisciplinary art making and research into one process.

This course will be of particular interest for a wide range of students, including, but not limited to, those interested in learning more about arts, cultures, and contexts; those interested in learning about the research and problem solving approaches of arts-based work; and those interested in the applications of the arts to media technology, engineering, and urban design.

Please contact Prof Kochhar for further detail at KKochhar@uwb.edu

Student learning goals

1. A history of Interdisciplinary Arts

2. An understanding of the application of InterArts for specific themes

3. An introduction to studio practices in making work in InterArts

4. The development of a skill set in InterArts that can be applied to student(s) areas of interest

General method of instruction

Class Structure: 40% theory, history, context. 60% studio workshop.

Recommended preparation

No prior experience in the arts is required. However, a strong interest in learning about the InterArts and about related collaboration, research, arts-making practices, and the application of this work is.

Also, curiosity and interest in learning by doing.

Class assignments and grading

Participation, Reading, Short paper assignments that display evidence of reading and related class discussion. The creation and completion of 4 design assignments. Final Exam: An Arts Map.

Participation 25%, Reading, Short paper assignments that display evidence of reading and related class discussion 20%. The creation and completion of 4 design assignments 10% each. Final Exam: An Arts Map 15%.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kanta A Kochhar
Date: 01/05/2014