Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (BA)
Accelerated Program

Students in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance program are able to take their creativity to the next level, 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. Emmy and Grammy Award winning faculty lead an interdisciplinary program bringing young artists and performers into a new age of the arts.

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.

Degree Offered

Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (BA)
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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
Art Directors2.4%$85,610
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary10.8%$64,300
Art Therapists 12%$44,000
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists7.9%$44,070
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians11.9%$41,780
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture2%$48,080
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.3%$62,330
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$62,550
Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers 3.3%$83,410
Craft Artists0.6%$31,080
Entertainers and Performers, Sports and Related Workers, All Other6.8%*
Fashion Designers2.9%$64,030
Film and Video Editors 17.6%$57,210
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators3.1%$43,890
Graphic Designers1.4%$45,900
Green Marketers 4.7%$96,720
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
Commercial and Industrial Designers 2%$64,620
Advertising and Promotions Managers4.7%$96,720
Music Composers and Arrangers3.2%$48,180
Music Directors3.2%$48,180
Musicians, Instrumental3.5%*
Reporters and Correspondents -8.5%$36,000
Artists and Related Workers, All Other0.4%$58,250
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers7.1%$101,510
Public Relations Specialists 6.2%$55,680
Sound Engineering Technicians7.6%$49,870
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio9.1%$69,100
Program Directors9.1%$69,100
Set and Exhibit Designers6.8%$49,810
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes2.5%$64,200
Technical Directors/Managers9.1%$69,100
Video Game Designers 3.3%$83,410
Web Developers 26.6%$63,490

* 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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