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. With Emmy and Grammy Award winning faculty.

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 critical backgrounds useful for teaching and scholarship.

Program Offered

Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance, BA

Offered by
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences


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Career Outlook

Since 1992, graduates of this nationally recognized program are 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 students have gone on to careers such as visual artist, art administrator, art therapist, digital designer, film and video editor, arts writer and critic, composer, theatre artist, illustrator, set and lighting designer, performing artist, sound artist, recording artist and studio professional, videographer, game tester, board game developer and video game designer.

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%*
Art Directors5.4%$92,500
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Art Therapists6.5%$47,680
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists8.9%$48,590
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 12.9%$42,190
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture7%$53,550
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.4%$64,480
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary 10%$66,510
Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers9.3%$88,510
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other8.1%*
Fashion Designers2.6%$67,420
Film and Video Editors 17%$61,180
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Graphic Designers4.2%$48,700
Green Marketers 5.5%$106,130
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Advertising and Promotions Managers5.5%$106,130
Curators 14%$53,770
Music Composers and Arrangers5.7%$50,590
Music Directors5.7%$50,590
Musicians, Instrumental6%*
Reporters and Correspondents -10%$39,370
Artists and Related Workers, All Other5.5%$63,540
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 10.4%$111,280
Public Relations Specialists 8.8%$59,300
Sound Engineering Technicians6.3%$55,810
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio 12.2%$71,620
Program Directors 12.2%$71,620
Set and Exhibit Designers 10.3%$53,090
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes4.7%$64,940
Technical Directors/Managers 12.2%$71,620
Producers 12.2%$71,620
Video Game Designers9.3%$88,510
Web Developers 15%$67,990

* 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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