Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance, BA

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Students in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance degree are able to take their creativity to the next level, creating works of art showcased at ArtSpace West, performing at Second Stage West, directing short films, music studio, digital gaming.

Take your creativity to the next level by creating works of art showcased at ArtSpace West, performing under the lights of Second Stage West, directing short films, developing new sounds in the music studio and engaging with the latest technology in digital gaming.


Students in the BA program in interdisciplinary arts and performance engage with faculty in collaborative investigation of many disciplines, preparing for the complex and changing world through current approaches to artistic and aesthetic research.

Students in this major engage in practical and theoretical studies of visual, sonic, performance, game and interactive arts to become versatile artists. With skill sets preparing them for professional and entrepreneurial opportunities, they can tap into evolving marketplaces and expanding fields of arts research and practice.

Students who major in interdisciplinary arts and performance receive extensive preparation for careers as artists, performers and creative professionals, and they develop solid foundations useful for teaching and scholarship.

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Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance, BA

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Career outlook

Since 1992, graduates of this nationally recognized program have been prepared for advanced study in the performing arts, visual arts, interactive arts or arts-related professions in digital design, film editing, set and lighting design, theatre, sound arts, toy development, board game development and video game development.

Interdisciplinary arts and performance graduates have gone on to occupations as varied as:

  • art administrator
  • art therapist
  • arts writer and critic
  • board game developer
  • composer
  • digital designer
  • film and video editor
  • game tester
  • illustrator
  • performing artist
  • recording artist and studio professional
  • set and lighting designer
  • sound artist
  • theatre artist
  • video game designer
  • videographer
  • visual artist

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Actors 11.6%*
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Artists and Related Workers, All Other5.5%$63,540
Sound Engineering Technicians6.3%$55,810
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio 12.2%$71,620
Technical Directors/Managers 12.2%$71,620
Video Game Designers9.3%$88,510

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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