Here in Edinburgh we have a programme MSc by Research in Interdisciplinary Creative Practices.
It's coming to the end of it's first year. We started small, just five students (although for a PhD preparation programme we don't want many more than that). The students background's were computer science, English literature, Film and TV, music and sociology. They came from the UK, USA and the EU.
One student has gained a fully funded PhD studentship in Informatics and another a job at Harvard. Another is looking at a PhD in neuroscience and music whilst another is looking to be a curator. Another already works part-time as a lecturer but really wants to be a full time artist. Next year's intake looks like it will come from an equally diverse background and will be more international in character, with candidates from India, Mexico and China as well as from the EU and USA.
The programme has units in computing, creative arts, cultural theory, bio-sciences, art theory, social sciences and geography, amongst other subjects. Our intent is for it to be broader than an arts and sciences programme, engaging subject areas in as many areas of the university as possible. We also seek to be responsive to student requirements, so they can follow a course each semester in any area in the university they are qualified to. The key element is that a large proportion of the work the students do is practice-led research, allowing established practitioners access to a wide range of academic subjects and students from academic backgrounds to develop their work within a practice-based paradigm.
On 8 Jul 2012, at 11:43, roger malina wrote:
> One of the white papers being worked on for the SE-AD report is on the
> problem that
> students face if they want to develop hybrid careers that combine
> science/engineering with
> In my recent class at Dallas I came across students who had done masters degrees
> in art and technology and are now enrolled in a PhD program in geology
> and geosciences
> and a student who did an undergraduate degree in Literature (poetry)
> and is now in
> a masters program in molecular biology.
> In general universities have many roadblocks throught he educational system for
> such pathways that combine Science and Engineering with Arts/Design/
> I like Cristina's suggestion of Erasmus like programs :
> At educative institutional level this would
> imply a kind of familiarization of students with other fields during the
> formative process, a kind of "Erasmus" between disciplines to allow
> students to circulate more inside their own universities and be able to
> get first hand experience of this dialog.
> Do yasminers know of such programs ?
> Appended is the call for participation in the compilation of
> hybrid curricula
> INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR EXAMPLES OF INTER-DISCIPLINARY
> ART-SCIENCE-ENGINEERING-HUMANITIES CURRICULA
> Leonardo Executive Editor Roger Malina and UT Dallas doctoral student
> Kathryn Evans are interested in examples of courses and curricula that
> are in the art-science-humanities field such as courses on art and
> biology, music and mathematics, art and chemistry, dance and
> environmental sciences, etc.
> The call is an re-launch of a similar call issued in 2009
> and will be included in a SEAD White Paper (Breaking Down the Silos:
> Curriculum Development as a Tool for Crossing Disciplines in the Arts,
> Sciences and Humanities) that is being developed in response to the
> international call for SEAD White Papers issued by the network for
> Science Engineering Art and Design
> (http://sead.viz.tamu.edu/index.html) The White Paper is being
> developed with an international advisory group consisting of Paul
> Thomas (Australia), Edward Shanken (Netherlands), and Christo Doherty
> (South Africa), Meredith Tromble (USA),
> Nina Czegledy (Hungary).
> Other educators interested in collaborating to develop these resources
> should contact Kathryn Evans firstname.lastname@example.org .
> We are interested in the broad range of all forms of the performing
> arts, including music, dance, theatre and film, and the visual arts;
> and connecting to all the hard and social sciences. We are including
> art and new technologies (eg: nano tech) but in general not new media
> curricula unless they include an art-science component, or art and
> Individuals who have taught an art-science-humanities course at the
> university or secondary-school level, in formal or informal settings,
> are invited to contact Kathryn Evans, with details of their
> curriculum, at email@example.com. Please include permission to
> include your course on this website.
> Kathryn Evans, Head, Vocal and Choral Music
> School of Arts and Humanities
> The University of Texas at Dallas JO31
> Richardson, TX 75080
> 972-883-2828 email firstname.lastname@example.org
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