Program Overview

The study of intermedia arts combines the traditional artistic disciplines of music, dance, theater and the visual arts with creative writing and emerging media art forms such as video, film, computer-assisted multimedia and the electronic arts.

Intermedia arts studies allow students to probe more deeply into the nature of their own creativity and to discover how their skills, knowledge and character might be applied to develop scholarly or creative intermedia projects. Perspectives gained through the study and practices of experimental intermedia arts can offer a range of benefits to students from the acquisition of enhanced personal creativity and self-confidence to a professional portfolio of performances and creative work.

Students in the experimental intermedia arts are able to engage materials, ideas and situations from personal perspectives and form them into original intermedia art works. They study the theories, techniques and development of the intermedia arts through historical examination of an assortment of sources from documentary to original intermedia productions, exhibitions and performances.

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Prerequisites

Requirements ( 20 total credits)

Experimental Intermedia Minor Requirements (20 credits)

  • One of the following classes is required:
    • MUSC 330 Experimental Music
      4 credits

      This course explores the techniques, theories and applications of experimental music by directly engaging the materials of sound and developing individual and group methods and practices for creating original performances, compositions and installations.

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    • MUSC 322 Topics in Music
      4 credits

      This course provides a focused examination of the various popular and art music styles as developed and practiced in America and throughout the world. Topics regularly include the History of Rock and Roll, Jazz and Society, American Musical Theater and Sound Design as well as issues associated with emerging experimental forms of music and the intermedia arts. Note: This course may be taken up to four times with different topics.

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  • IMDA 340 Intermedia Arts
    4 credits

    This course traces the history and recent developments in the area of music, sound art, the visual arts, creative writing, movement, performance art and the new media arts, focusing in particular on the border regions between the various art forms, and the materials, methods, forms and practices developed by intermedia artists.

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  • IMDA 352 Creativity
    4 credits

    This seminar examines the nature of creativity within the framework of an open studio space, focusing on the individual and collective strategies and approaches to creating experimental intermedia art works designed specifically for the studio space. Note: This course may be taken up to three times for credit.

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  • IMDA 430 Collaboration
    4 credits

    This course examines the nature of collaboration in the arts in various experimental intermedia settings and situations. Students form collaborative projects in which the dynamics of creative decision making are applied to experimental art making. Note: This course may be taken up to three times for credit.

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  • IMDA 459 Creative Project Capstone
    0 credits

    This project allows students to work directly with faculty to create an original production relevant to their particular artistic focus. Prerequisites: Two courses in Media and Fine Arts or instructor's consent.

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