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The Catalyst curriculum is the School of the Arts’ framework that integrates students creativity and problem-solving with the needs of the workplace and the realities of the community around us.
Our approach is designed for the next generation of learners and leaders. Students begin with a year of discovery. Their second year focuses on thinking and asking why, followed by a year of research and investigation. The senior year culminates in a creative immersive project.
The Catalyst curriculum includes a framework of six core classes.
This first-year course serves as the introduction to the School of the Arts and to concepts related to creating an artistic community, artistic awareness, personal worldview, and general success in college. This course is theoretical in nature to get students thinking right away.
This first-year course continues the conversation started in Introduction to the Arts, but focuses on information applicable to specific Divisions. This practical course will teach students fundamental concepts directly applicable to their areas of study.
This second-year course is designed to continue the conversation started in first year and explore the language and application of “arts” across the disciplines. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the creative imagination in a dynamic interaction with society through meaningful conversations.
This third-year course explores the various investigative methods artists use to create their work. Students will examine how professional artists use investigation as part of their creative process and practice entrepreneurial thinking.
This third-year course examines ideas related to the creative process, artistic production, entrepreneurial thinking and collaboration in order to fully prepare them for their senior projects.
In their final-semester, students are encouraged to collaborate across disciplines and engage local professionals as they dream bigger, go deeper, and create professional-level work to complete a capstone project for public display.
The Catalyst experience is characterized by five themes.
Students plot their own trajectories and challenge themselves in the pursuit of excellence. We aim to develop vibrant, independent thinkers who are energized by complex challenges that require novel solutions.
Students solve real-world problems and execute professional-level projects for actual clients and audiences as they complete their senior Catalyst projects with partners around the globe.
Students participate in interdisciplinary projects that foster innovation, communication, and diversity of thought for a more holistic education where artists, actors, dancers, and musicians join forces to push creative boundaries.
Students cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, learn how to navigate their professional fields and gain valuable business insight through practical internships, specialized workshops and off-campus opportunities.
Students discover their individual callings and their roles in society. We encourage students to explore their faith, use their talent in the service of others and seek a higher vocational purpose in their art form.
All School of the Arts students receive an iPad to provide a uniform interconnected platform for faculty and students to interact. The iPads broaden the classroom experience, provide iBooks that reduce textbook investments and enhance student learning and creativity. Students are trained in workshops throughout the semester.
Catalyst is initiating a variety of events, projects and student enrichment both on and off campus. Pilot capstone projects have paved the way for students to explore options as they enter the planning stage for their senior year. Catalyst funding has helped bring guest artists on campus, underwritten field trips and provided faculty professional development.
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