Low-Residency Interdisciplinary MA Program

Low-Residency Interdisciplinary MA Program

Columbia College Chicago

Shannon Lloyd, The Souls of Black Folk, 2013. Performance. Photo: Leo Selvaggio.
December 20, 2013
Low-Residency Interdisciplinary MA Program

Columbia College Chicago
Interdisciplinary Arts Department
916 S. Wabash Avenue Suite 203
Chicago, Illinois 60625


The Interdisciplinary Arts MA program at Columbia College Chicago has seen remarkable achievements from its alumni the past 36 years. As the program has grown and evolved to keep pace with changing concerns in the arts, it has continued to foster a commitment to taking artists to the next level of their professional development by expanding their skills, by increasing understanding of how the arts are related, and by providing the tools to operate as professionals in today’s art world.

Low-Residency, Intensive Summer
The Intensive Summer Program is a new option for completing the Interdisciplinary Arts MA degree.  This program offers the same innovative curriculum as our current one-year MA degree, but is scheduled across two consecutive, nine-week summer sessions that bookend and interim independent study year. This structure is intended for those who have more concentrated time in the summer to attend classes that balance independent art practice and research. The Intensive Summer Program schedule, for example, works well for educators who can take courses over summer break.

Professional Practice
This program encourages students to create a body of work that reflects the complexity of their world. They are asked to consider the context for that work—who is the audience, where will it be seen, how will it be presented? The emphasis on both creative practice and professional practice gives students an advantage—to become innovative practitioners and sophisticated professionals who understand how to position themselves in the contemporary art landscape.

Hybrid Practice
The Interdisciplinary Arts Department has three graduate degrees; we encourage students to embrace the permeable nature of our programs to investigate a vast array of department offerings including studio courses in video, electronics, sound, interaction, performance, installation, and creative writing, and theory/practice courses addressing topics such as autobiographical art, the body, visual narratives, and art+science collaborations.

Visiting Artists
Interdisciplinary MA students are enriched by a Visiting Artist program that allows for meaningful interaction through seminars, workshops, lectures, and individual critiques with internationally renowned practitioners. Recent visiting artists include Laura Anderson Barbata, Timothy Barrett, Zoe Beloff, Tania Brughera, Julie Chen, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Eungie Joo, Daniel Kelm, Amos Kennedy, Alison Knowles, Ligorano/Reese, Lucy Lippard, Mary Lucier, Christina McPhee, Bill Viola, Paul Wong, Trevor Paglen, Triple Canopy, Andrea Polli, Bob Stein, Chris Salter, and Pamela Z.

Learn more
Visit the Interdisciplinary Arts website, or visit the college admissions website.

Interdisciplinary Arts MA Acting Program Director
Michelle Citron: [email protected]

Application deadline
January 15, 2014

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