This required two-term course is based on seminal works that introduce the field of critical studies in improvisation. It is designed to expose students to core concepts and key readings in critical studies in improvisation, with especial attention to the historical, theoretical, and critical literature in the field.
This required two-term course emphasizes the links between improvisation and social practices, and the connections between principles of improvised artistic practices and those of ethical community-engaged collaboration.
This required course provides an overview of a range of research methodologies pertinent to the field of Critical Studies in Improvisation. These include: critical thinking and writing strategies; discursive and qualitative research practices; community literacy and outreach; research ethics; grant-writing and research funding practices and possibilities; practicum-based learning issues and contexts; and knowledge mobilization strategies.
This interdisciplinary course provides a summer institute forum for students to investigate the possibilities of improvised artistic practices to inform community-building models and to shape public debate and policy decisions regarding the role of the arts in society.
This practicum experience, required for PhD students, is a closely mentored opportunity to develop the pedagogical skills and mindsets necessary to support learner-centered, improvisation-based, teaching and course design.
An independent study course, the content of which is agreed upon between the individual MA student and their supervisor. The student will conduct an extended research project that provides them with training in research methodology, culminating in a major project or paper. Subject to the approval of the student's advisory committee and the Graduate Program Committee.