Columbia College Chicago

About the Interdisciplinary Arts Department

Interdisciplinarity, as a means of connecting and integrating distinct creative methodologies, is a defining characteristic of contemporary art practice. The Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago encourages students to confront traditional ideas about creative practice by working across disciplines—such as visual art, dance, music, theater, or literary arts—to catalyze radically new inquiries, methods, and forms of art-making.

Students become fearless innovators in contemporary art by approaching interdisciplinarity as a fluid term—it may mean grounding artwork in research, tools or techniques from disciplines outside the field of art, collaborating with other artists or non-artists, or creating artwork that is itself interdisciplinary: an artist book, an installation, a sculptural work incorporating sound, an interactive video, etc. Students are supported in their studies by sophisticated facilities and a dedicated faculty of practicing artist-professors. Small class sizes allow for deep engagement and personal interaction between students and the faculty.

Through our three graduate programs, our mission is to provide an education that cultivates the expertise necessary for our students to create provocative lines of artistic inquiry as demonstrated through a sustained, cohesive, and substantial body of work.

Programs of Study