Interdisciplinary Forums

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Office (Rm. 120)

Office Hours (by appt.)

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Office (Rm 442)

Office Hours (by appt.)

(Course begins September 9th and ends on December 18th)

Requirements + Evaluation

Kyla Mallett (Rm. 143)

Suzi Webster (Rm. 341)

Anita Modha (Rm. 288)

Jonathan Nodrick (Rm. 270)


At the end of this course students should be able to:

1. articulate the nature of the relationships of art, design and media practice in historical, cultural and social terms

2. differentiate key concepts in the analysis of design and art theory

3. respond to content in an organized and reflective manner

4. demonstrate listening, note-taking, oral presentation and critical writing skills

5. learn to evaluate their own methodologies and approaches toward interdisciplinary practice

AHIS 333 (Thursdays 11:20-1:20)

Interdisciplinary Forums: Studies in Contemporary Praxis

This course takes advantage of the knowledge and experience articulated in the various public presentations at Emily Carr in order to help students engage more directly with current practices in art and design. The course will contextualize weekly lectures, exhibitions, screenings, or other public events in an integrated examination of issues central to contemporary art practice. The course is structured through a program of public lectures, influential readings, team-taught lectures and seminars, discussions, written assignments and presentations.

Course prerequisities
6 credits from AHIS 201, AHIS 210, DHIS 202, DHIS 302, MHIS 205

Intersections of Art + Design

Intersections” is the thematic focus of this course. It is a line of inquiry dedicated to discovering and revealing the interdisciplinary space created by the intersections of art, design and media practice. Social, cultural and technological factors provide the provoking dimensions for discussing the character and implications of disciplinary cross-fertilization and interaction. We will discuss and explore new forms of research and creative endeavour and will challenge conventional boundaries and definitions of contemporary art and design practice.

News related to the course

Charles H. Scott Gallery
Concourse Gallery
Critical Approaches
Curriculum Area of this course is Critical and Cultural Studies

Hours per week — 3 including tutorials

Writing Centre

The Writing Centre is a service that ECI provides to all students, staff and faculty from every program area who would like to improve their reading, writing, critical thinking and research skills. This is a free, voluntary and confidential service. Writing Centre instructors can help you at every stage of your writing, from developing ideas to final revisions. This applies to any kind of writing, from a three line artist's statement to a twenty page academic paper. Please sign up for a 1/2 hour appointment on the door (Room 434 SB) or phone, 629-4511 or go the web site!


is not just about mixing different disciplines and coming up with something new. It is about finding the measure of all disciplines, respecting the history of every discipline and looking for the connections between ideas. Disciplines should never prevent creative people from seeking to connect with other areas. At their most restrictive, traditional disciplines tend to exclude their links to other fields of study and suffer the consequences of not growing and developing as a result of this short-sidedness. At its best, interdisciplinarity brings people together and leads to new ideas, discoveries and innovations.

Creativity is still one of the most mysterious subjects in human-thinking behavior. Researchers from many fields have worked in the study of creativity, including those from psychometrics, cognitive science, biology, education, history, philosophy, social-cultural studies artificial intelligence and neuroscience.
This site will evolve with the course. Students are invited to contribute suggestions for links and essays available on-line that may help everyone understand the concepts of the course. You will be exposed to many different speakers and many different points of view. We hope that you will feel free to email us your opinions and reflections. Please indicate if you want those emails to be placed on the site!!

Most of all, we are interested in your feedback!!!

The course content will be delivered through a combination of public lectures, guest speakers, a gallery visit and in class presentations through team taught instruction and seminar discussion. Typically, students will attend a public lecture, engage in class discussion and participate in seminar groups of 20 students. Weekly reading assignments will provide the thematic basis for discussion and will be supplemented by the lectures. The readings should be read thoroughly and critically before each class. Other media and material may be used to direct discussion.