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Arts in Collaboration

Submitted on December 8, 2017 - 12:22pm

The School's advising team is thrilled to be co-facilitating a new course for undergraduates during winter quarter 2018 — ARTS 350: Arts in Collaboration.

ARTS 350 was developed to help students recognize that the dynamic, experiential learning they receive as majors in the visual and performing arts is highly valued by future employers. Students who study the arts have the opportunity to build social and professional confidence around collaborations, develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills, and appreciate and learn from diverse practices and cultures. This kind of intense, hands-on learning also fosters the ability to discuss issues and find solutions. It mentors individuality based on the need to be self-critical and self-directed.

Each class period during the quarter will welcome a group of panelists who will share insights on how current students can intentionally prepare for life after graduation as well as speak to how their own degrees in the arts enabled them to pursue their professional goals. A few examples of the School alums who will participate are: Tamar Benzikry-Stern, Public Art Project Manager for 4Culture; Heather Christo, a chef and author who is a nationally-recognized authority on allergy-free living; and Michael Klebeck, founder and owner of Top Pot Donuts and Sun Liquor.

ARTS 350 is supported by multiple entities. As a collaboration between Art + Art History + Design, Dance, Drama, DXARTS, and Music, the course is supported by Divisional Dean of the Arts in the College of Art & Sciences, Catherine Cole. ARTS 350 is being facilitated by the Student Voice Project (SVP), which works to dispel the commonly held myth that there are few good jobs in the arts and that students who study the arts have limited career and professional options.

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