Experiences in which students explore their creative potential in art, music, dance, drama, or creative writing
As one of the most venerable instances of giving concrete
expression to an idea, art represents an ideal marriage of theory and practice.
Activities that satisfy this category may be creative both conceptually and
expressively, as in the production of visual art, poetry, musical compositions,
performance art, or the presentation of original creative writing. They may
also be interpretive, as when the artist performs or executes an idea
originally developed by someone else, for instance directing a play, performing
a dance or musical piece, or interpreting literature orally. In either case,
the activity will demonstrate both understanding of the concept and skill in
executing or expressing it to an audience.
Projects which fulfill this category may be prepared in connection with a
classroom course or with senior capstone experiences. Alternatively, Artistic
Creativity projects may be associated with college-sponsored programs which lie
outside the classroom, or they may be conceived as independent activities which
lie completely outside the formal curricular and co-curricular structures of
the college. In any case, a project should be devised so as to promote the
artistic development of the student. Regardless of the student’s initial stage
of preparedness, the result should demonstrate growth in the chosen endeavor.
Final products might include any of the following: a public performance or
gallery showing, a portfolio of work, or a large-scale work in manuscript such
as a novel or symphony.
While a stand-alone reflection component is not required in the AC category,
deliberation over aesthetic choice and reflection upon one’s role in the
creative arts are assumed to be part of the artistic development process and
the production of a final product as required for the AC category. Those making
proposals for AC coding should be specific about the particular methods of
critique and response that will be used to elicit such deliberation as part of
the creative process.
Examples of experiential learning activities that might fulfill this category:
COURSES. Any course that includes a
substantial hands-on component could be a logical candidate for fulfilling this
Odyssey category. Specific examples
include music activity, dance activity, acting, directing, music composition,
creative writing, and studio art classes.
INDIVIDUALIZED ACADEMIC EXPERIENCES. Classes that are more strictly academic in
nature, such as courses in music, theatre, or art history, are not sufficient,
in and of themselves, to fulfill the requirement. However, a professor may wish to add to such
a course a substantial elective experiential project (module) which would
qualify for Odyssey credit. Other
individualized experiences might include internships (for credit or noncredit),
independent studies, and senior capstone projects.
CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. This category
includes any activities not directly tied to the curriculum. In many cases, they will be student-initiated
and student-directed. Examples include
individual projects as well as student-organized musical, theatrical, or
public-speaking groups whose activities culminate in an approved public
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR AC PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES
• If you will need space on campus for
a final performance, exhibit, or presentation, you must consult the Master
Calendar and submit a calendar request form.
• If your final product will be a
tangible object such as a manuscript of a literary work or a recording or score
of a musical composition, you may wish to investigate copyrighting the work.
Find out more from the U. S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov.