International Arts & Culture
The International Arts & Culture (IAC) cohort offers students the ability to incorporate a study of the humanities and active involvement in performance and studio arts into their freshman experience. The IAC cohort draws students interested in the visual arts, performing arts, art history, and majors independent of art.
Students in this cohort are immersed in the artistic culture in and around Washington, DC. They attend performances, watch private screenings, and meet with innovative women artists to learn more about their lives and bodies of work. The courses in this cohort include Women and the Creative Process, a performing or studio art course, and a University Writing course. These courses apply to general curriculum requirements in the Columbian College of Arts and Science and will fulfill electives in all other schools.
This year-long program provides a challenging and diverse academic program that builds a strong foundation in communication, analysis and process. Students enroll in two academic courses each semester, in addition to the year-long symposium. The academic program of IAC has four pieces:
- one semester sequence of "Women in Arts"
- one semester sequence of participative arts (theatrical or studio)
- two semester sequence in intensive writing
- two semester evening symposium series
Courses and Credits
Women in Arts
How can an ‘abstract’ and subjective discipline like art be experienced, discussed, and written about within a scholarly setting? This humanities course, taught by the Program Coordinator, consists of readings and discussions about aesthetics, creativity, and cultural values. The course is framed by an exploration of how works of art are conceptualized, developed, discussed, and evaluated, and how women in arts participate in this exploration.
Course material includes primary sources such as film, fiction and biography, studio footage, and visual works of art. Secondary materials include theoretical texts, journal article,s and criticism. This student-oriented exploration is discussion based, and students apply the concepts and experiences acquired in class and symposium by maintaining a weekly journal and writing criticisms. The course is geared towards providing a solid academic foundation that culminates in the completion of a research/analytical paper that develops an original thesis.
This course fulfills one Humanities requirement. This is a writing-intensive seminar that emphasizes critical reading skills, concepts of disciplinarity and processes of producing and legitimating knowledge for women in humanities. Each cohort includes a WLP1 020 course and texts and emphasis vary according to cohort. The course is taught by a member of the WLP University Writing faculty.
This course does not fulfill an academic requirement, but counts towards the students’ overall earned credit-hours. The weekly symposia is designed to supplement the academic component of the program with a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities, many of which are exclusive to members of WLP. Symposia fall into two main categories: women’s leadership and discipline-specific exploration.
Studio Art Class
This course fulfills one Creative and Performing Arts requirement. An important component of IAC’s exploration of the creative process across the art forms is an active engagement in the medium of the student’s choice. Students select from the university’s wide range of visual art, dance, theatre, vocal and instrumental courses offered in the spring semester.
University Writing Course
This course fulfils one literacy requirement. The University Writing Program provides comprehensive writing and research instruction and is required for all undergraduate students. WLP offers a choice of topics taught by the program’s University Writing faculty. This course is not cohort-specific and students may select any of the courses offered.
The weekly symposia take place throughout the fall and spring semesters.