University Common Curriculum

Interdisciplinary Performance Collaboration (Collaborative Studio)

Interdisciplinary Performance Collaboration (Collaborative Studio)

Photo credit: James Kwak
Art Stories/Kid Stories (Collaborative Studio)

Art Stories/Kid Stories (Collaborative Studio)

Photo credit: Lindsay Sparagana
Collaborative Art Book (Collaborative Studio)

Collaborative Art Book (Collaborative Studio)

Interdisciplinary Performance Collaboration (Collaborative Studio)

Interdisciplinary Performance Collaboration (Collaborative Studio)

Photo credit: James Kwak
Art Stories/Kid Stories (Collaborative Studio)

Art Stories/Kid Stories (Collaborative Studio)

Photo credit: Lindsay Sparagana
Collaborative Art Book (Collaborative Studio)

Collaborative Art Book (Collaborative Studio)

Photo credit: Rosae Reeder
Collaborative Art Book (Collaborative Studio)

Collaborative Art Book (Collaborative Studio)

City Abandoned (Collaborative Studio) Field Trip

City Abandoned (Collaborative Studio) Field Trip

Photo credit: Vince Feldman
Art Stories/Kid Stories (Collaborative Studio)

Art Stories/Kid Stories (Collaborative Studio)

Photo credit: Lindsay Sparagana
Interdisciplinary Performance Collaboration (Collaborative Studio)

Interdisciplinary Performance Collaboration (Collaborative Studio)

Photo credit: James Kwak

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.