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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 is woven into your Samford experience through a variety of courses exploring entrepreneurship, professional development and arts in society.
This first year seminar in the School of the Arts reaches across the arts by introducing theoretical ideas and professional skills. Students explore big questions related to creating a creative community, artistic awareness, developing a worldview through their personal faith, and learning how to succeed in college. These ideas are applied through important professional development practices such as creating a personal website and other skills related to entrepreneurial thinking.
The second year is designed to continue the conversation started in the first year and explore the language and application of “arts” across disciplines. Students will develop a deeper understanding of the creative imagination in a dynamic interaction with society through meaningful conversations and experiential learning with options for learning both on campus and abroad.
During the third year students investigate the methods professional artists employ by examining the creative process and entrepreneurial thinking as it applies to their own work. Topics such as creative research, project management, fund development, and developing a project proposal are practiced in preparation for their capstone process.
In their final-semester, students are encouraged to inspire each other across disciplines as they dream bigger, go deeper, and complete a capstone project for public display. These projects will prepare students to enter their fields or graduate study by requiring them to integrate and apply what they’ve learned and to reflect on these professional level experiences.
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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