InterArts Program

The InterArts Program is a special one-year curriculum for a selected group of first-year students interested in a cross-disciplinary approach to the study and practice of art. The InterArts faculty is drawn from the departments of music, theater and dance, fine arts, and creative writing. Participating students take a sequence of two seminars especially designed for the program and two arts practice courses of their own choosing (e.g., painting, dance, creative writing, etc.).

In March of each year, exceptionally well-qualified students who have been admitted to Trinity are invited to become candidates for the program. Admitted students who do not receive such an invitation, but who find the program appealing, may also become candidates by notifying its director, Associate Professor Mitchell Polin, of their interest.

Fall Term

101. Art and Artists— How does art get made? What is the nature of the artistic process? How do emotions, themes and ideas translate into artistic form? Through readings, discussion, written reflections and art viewings, this seminar explores creativity as a dynamic process sourced in the encounter between artist and world. In addition to studying a broad range of important artists, students are encouraged to develop their imaginative and intellectual resources and to experiment with various media as they participate in creative projects that call upon the skills learned in their arts practice courses. This course is open only to students in the InterArts Program. (FYR2) (Enrollment limited) –Polin, Power

[103. Arts Colloquium Part I]— The Arts Colloquium provides a unique opportunity for InterArts students to attend a series of featured arts events at the College, each of which is followed by a seminar discussion with a member of the Trinity Arts faculty. During this year-long Colloquium, InterArts students explore a common set of questions about artists and the art-making process relevant to the events they attend. Students submit a final paper to the InterArts director at the end of the Spring Term and attend a culminating Colloquium session with participating members of the Arts faculty. (.5 course credits are considered pending for Part 1 in the first semester; .5 course credits will be awarded for completion of Part 2 in the second semester.) This course is open only to students in the InterArts Program. (0.5 course credit) (Enrollment limited)

399. Independent Study— (0.5 - 1 course credit) –Staff

466. Teaching Assistantship— Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment. –Staff

Courses Originating in Other Departments

Comm Learn Integrated Colloqui 299. Art and Community— View course description in department listing on p. 345. –Rossini

Spring Term

102. Art Views and Practices— What is the role of art? Who makes it and for what purpose? What are the ideas and technologies that inform the practices of art? This seminar examines the historical forces, philosophical ideas, and/or social contexts that situate art as a potent form of cultural expression. Second semester InterArts students continue their study of important artists and art movements while they engage in creative work to further develop their art-making skills and expand their expressive capacities. This course is open only to students in the InterArts Program. (ART) (Enrollment limited) –Polin, Power

[104. Arts Colloquium Part II]— The Arts Colloquium provides a unique opportunity for InterArts students to attend a series of featured arts events at the College, each of which is followed by a seminar discussion with a member of the Trinity Arts faculty. During this year-long Colloquium, InterArts students explore a common set of questions about artists and the art-making process relevant to the events they attend. Students submit a final paper to the InterArts director at the end of the Spring Term and attend a culminating Colloquium session with participating members of the Arts faculty. (.5 course credits are considered pending for Part 1 in the first semester; .5 course credits will be awarded for completion of Part 2 in the second semester.) This course is open only to students in the InterArts Program. (0.5 course credit) (Enrollment limited)

Courses Originating in Other Departments

Comm Learn Integrated Colloqui 299. Art and Community— View course description in department listing on p. 345. –Rossini