UARTS Courses

The UARTS suite of courses was created to expand student’s access to courses centered on the arts, creative process, interdisciplinary instruction and problem or project based learning. The two foundational courses, UARTS 150: Intro to Creative Process and UARTS 250: Creative Process are taught every year. The development of new UARTS courses is encouraged, and grant funding is available for these efforts (see below).

UARTS Criteria

UARTS Courses must:
  • Have one (1) instructor from a North Campus unit
  • Have significant in-class contemporary expertise and involvement from at least one additional instructor from another discipline 
  • Have arts represented as a primary discipline (inclusive of the visual and performing arts, architecture and design disciplines)
  • Be interdisciplinary, and both strengthen and stretch each represented discipline 
  • Be collaborative in course curriculum and instruction
  • Have a studio or making component
  • Focus on creative process, practice or production
  • Be project or problem based
UARTS Courses may (are encouraged to): 

  • Be team-based in instruction and with student projects
  • Include pre-requisites as needed
  • Include experimentation, exploration, testing and/or social impact
  • Include the use of technology and/or design thinking approaches
  • Create a conduit for integrative work between and among disciplines without favoring any single disciplinary approach
  • Do something existing courses do not do, or enroll students not otherwise served by current offerings.
  • Give exposure, depth and/or breadth to subjects not covered in current course offerings
  • Expose students to techniques or tools typically taught inside NC schools and Colleges, but outside their majors.
  • Encourage “ways of thinking” rather than strict skill building
  • Be open-ended and speculative 

New, modified and cross-listed UARTS courses are approved by the UARTS Faculty Curriculum Council on a rolling basis. To learn more, click HERE.

The UARTS Course Approval Request Form, for proposing new or modified courses through UARTS, may be found HERE.

UARTS Faculty Course Development Grants are available to support new and modified UARTS courses. To review criteria and apply, click HERE.


Course Descriptions

UARTS 150: Intro to Creative Process (Lead Instructor, Jeremy Edwards, SMTD)

To fulfill the academic requirement of Living Arts, all participating students take UARTS 150:Introduction to Creative Process in the fall semester.  This 4 credit hour class, team taught by faculty from each of the four North Campus schools and colleges is a project-based and writing course for first-year Living Arts students. It fulfills various distribution requirements, including the LSA First Year Writing Requirement.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to creative process across disciplines, preparing them to master their own creative process for use not just in other courses and academic projects, but throughout their lives. Students will gain historical, biographical, and theoretical understanding of creative process through readings; reflect on those readings in writing; and experiment with creative processes first-hand under the tutelage of experts. To see examples of the final course projects, click HERE.

This class is only open to first-year students participating in Living Arts.


UARTS 250: Creative Process (Lead Instructor Stephen Rush, SMTD)

Taught in the Winter semester, Creative Process (UARTS 250) is a four-credit course that immerses students — first- year through fourth-year, from all units — in the creative process.  Team-taught by faculty from each of the North Campus units, CP provides students the opportunity to pursue intensive, hands-on creative work in four modalities — sound, motion, visual images and objects, and language — any or all of which come into play in their final course project.

The objective of Creative Process is to de-mystify creativity for students in all U-M units and years: to teach students that creativity is not a character trait or an event, but a process — one that will challenge their sense of competence and mastery, but that they can understand and eventually master, transforming both themselves and their work.  To learn more about UARTS 250, click HERE.


The Force of Things, Winter 2017 (Adam Fure, Architecture and Matt Albert, SMTD)

Working in multi-disciplinary teams of architects and composers, students will create projects that combine architectural design, kinetics, and sound. In addition to creating their own work, students will contribute to the development and staging of an existing interdisciplinary project, titled The Force of Things, to be performed in March of 2017.

For the course, key mechanical, visual, and sonic components from the project were made available to students to design and create with.