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This application is for submission of proposal for UDIST course to be considered for the 2020/2021 academic year. 

Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studios (UDIST) offers students the opportunity to re-engage with interdisciplinary learning at a time when they have begun to master their chosen field of study. UDIST courses are required in all majors and are planned for the student's junior or senior year. They encourage modes of research and making from a variety of disciplines in order to raise questions, develop research techniques, create new work, and solve problems in ways that would not have been possible through single disciplinary means.

UDIST courses may be led by an interdisciplinary team of instructors or by a single instructor whose practice and/or teaching experience supports an interdisciplinary approach. 

UDIST courses may only be proposed and taught by instructors who have a teaching record in one of the existing programs at the college (i.e. other than UDIST). In the case of team teaching, at least one instructor must have a teaching record at the college outside of the UDIST program.

The proposal must be sufficiently interdisciplinary in order to be accepted. Interdisciplinary studios often fall into one of the three following structures:

  1. A topic-based course that is relevant to students working in any discipline and engages students in cross-disciplinary discussions and dialogues and studio-based learning.
  2. A multidisciplinary course that involves at least three disciplines across at least two divisions, often with an emphasis on collaborative work.
  3. A course that approaches interdisciplinarity methodologically--as a specific approach in its own right--in which interdisciplinary is understood as more than “a variety of disciplines.”

Learning Outcomes

UDIST courses support CCA's values and mission, ensuring students achieve the Interdisciplinarity College-Wide Learning Outcome: “Students adapt and apply skills, ideas, or methodologies gained in one situation/activity/discipline to new situations/activities/disciplines.”In addition, UDIST courses must demonstrate that students have achieved the following UDIST-specific Learning Outcomes upon completion of the course:

  • Students can articulate/demonstrate a basic understanding of the methods (learning/working/processing) used in the primary disciplines addressed by the course 
  • Students can integrate multiple  studio practices, combining the knowledge and insights from the disciplines, processes, and media addressed by the course to create original work 
  • Students can articulate/demonstrate how an interdisciplinary approach is a methodology in itself and thus represents more than simply combining different mediums/disciplines for effect
  • Students demonstrate the ability to work productively in groups, recognizing and utilizing the shared knowledge made possible through collaboration

Interdisciplinary Approach

Proposals should demonstrate an understanding of the different learning/working/processing styles within different disciplines and employ these to expand student understanding and learning.

Relevance & Innovation

The subject is relevant to CCA students and offers valuable experiences that are not available to them in their discipline-specific coursework. Proposals that explore contemporary subject matter, advanced materials, exploratory techniques and developing technologies are highly encouraged.


All UDIST courses run six hours per week Monday through Saturday between the hours of 8 am and 10:15 pm within specified blocks of time. They can be offered in one six-hour session or two three-hour sessions. Course scheduling is determined after a proposal is selected. Scheduling preferences should be indicated in the proposal.

All fields of the application are required as noted and must be completed. Any attached documents with the information is to be copied and pasted into the field.

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