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Studies in Interdisciplinary Creation and Collaboration

Course Code: BPAC 4003
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 6.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

In this course, students will gain experience in the collaborative creation of interdisciplinary work. Students will be exposed to the techniques, aesthetics and priorities of different performance art forms with a focus on finding ways to create work that weaves together the skills and experience of all the members of the cohort. All members of the cohort will be involved in regular creation of short performance pieces. Students will also be expected to research and present the work and practice of local, national and international interdisciplinary artists to the class. By the end of the term, students should have a deeper understanding of a range of possible approaches to the creation and development of original performance. Students will also extend their experiential knowledge beyond their specific discipline. All of the above are in preparation for the festival production work of the final term. Guest lecturers and workshop leaders may be used to provide additional expertise. The course will be structured according to the specific needs of the individual cohort members and the skills that the cohort members can bring to the course.

Course Content

  • Approaches to Interdisciplinary Creation
  • Creating with Others: Collaborative Methods

Methods of Instruction


Studio - Various - depending on needs and goals of the class

Means of Assessment

Typical Activities and Weighting (in %)

Studio Work: 65%
Project: 25%
Participation: 10%
Total: 100%

Depending on the needs and goals of the class, the amount of individual and group work will vary.

This is a Mastery course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competency in the critical aspects of producing and performing interdisciplinary productions which may utilize at least one of the performing arts disciplines: music (vocal, instrumental, electronic), theatre, acting, musical theatre, dance, arts administration, technical theatre or production design;
  • Conduct research across the performing arts disciplines, and use results to effectively inform performing arts works;
  • Analyze the history and socio-economic, political and cultural context of the performing arts;
  • Apply conceptual, administrative and technical skills to diverse performing arts projects;
  • Communicate about the performing arts and their own work in oral and written form;
  • Present work effectively in a group setting;
  • Participate in self-assessment and respond productively to critique of work;
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of professional ethics;
  • Employ project management skills and apply analytical, quantitative, conceptual and problem-solving skills to the performing arts;
  • Conduct research into and make informed decisions about career choices in the world of the performing arts;
  • Apply the managerial skills and knowledge of business practices required to work as a self-employed individual or administrator in the performing arts field.

course prerequisites




curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.