Interdisciplinary Practice (MFA Only)
A platform to support multi-media and interdisciplinary strategies.
The MFA Interdisciplinary Practice Track is an ideal incubator for artists that engage multiple studio disciplines to develop their work. Interdisciplinary practice by its nature resists conventional methods, and represents diverse strategies and a critical approach to inquiry grounded in contemporary issues, theory, and aesthetics.
In the School of Art students develop effective studio research and production methods with engaged faculty, advanced technologies, and salient curriculum. The Interdisciplinary Practice Track welcomes a broad range of approaches. From video to social practice, performance to interactive installations, virtual environments to sound art, students work in an atmosphere conducive to innovation.
The University of Arizona is a Research 1 institution with an extensive breadth of resources in many fields of study in the arts, humanities, and social, material and biological sciences.
Students enjoy access to a wide range of facilities across the school, including open spaces in the Graduate Studio building and undergraduate and graduate only wood and metal fabrication facilities. For additional information, please see the facilities overview.
Partial list of Graduate courses within the School of Art that may be of interest to Interdisciplinary Practice students:
ART 504 Topics in Studio Art: e.g. Space and Site as Material and Idea (Changes with Core Divisional Offering each term)
ARH 511B Theory and Methods in Art History
ARH 531 Introduction to Contemporary Art
ART 531 3D Animation
ART 5XX Digital Fabrication
ART 532A Interactivity (Interactive Art)
ART 549 Graduate Video
ART 547 Mixed Media Book
ART 561 Motion Design
ART 562D Animation II
ART 567B Visual Narrative and Art Book
ART 583 Combining Media
ART 586A Extended Media: Installation Strategies
ART 586B Extended Media: Time based Installations-Video, Sound & Performance
ART 5XX Professional Practice
ART 642 Graduate Studio Critique
ART 643B Art As Social Practice (01-02)
Art 696A Concept Development
Ready to join our community of dedicated artists, educators and scholars? Visit our Admissions page to start your application.
Students in the Interdisciplinary Practice Track work across all the core studio divisions in the School of Art (Photography, 2D, 3D & Extended Media, Illustration + Design). However, as many resources such as graduate assistantships are specific to studio divisions, interested applicants are encouraged select the IP Track and then name one of the core studio divisions for additional funding consideration (this step is optional).
In addition to the support normally offered to incoming graduate students, one top ranked IP applicant will be awarded an additional Woodruff Interdisciplinary Practice Scholarship.