Bachelor of Arts

Interdisciplinary Arts (IA)

   What is Interdisciplinary Arts?

The Interdisciplinary Arts (IA) major is designed for students who want to create art and to learn about the world through the creative arts.  It links written, visual, media, and performance arts, and explores meaning and potential arts making across diverse social and cultural settings.

Coursework includes studios, workshops, seminars, and community-based projects.  The flexible curriculum enables students to hone their skills as arts practitioners while drawing connections to cultural and media studies, environmental and disability issues, health and policy arenas, and community and educational development.

Interdisciplinary Arts graduates become independent artists, build careers in arts and cultural industries as curators and administrators, and develop arts-based projects in a range of employment sectors, including health, media, and education.  They are also prepared for graduate education in the arts and humanities, cultural studies, and Master of Fine Arts fields. For more information about career possibilities or pursuing graduate school please click here.

IA Major Requirements


There are no formal prerequisites for Interdisciplinary Arts beyond the requirements for admission into the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Useful preparation for this major includes formal and informal training in visual, written, digital, and/or performing arts.  Students will need strong skills in collaborative and creative problem-solving.

Degree Requirements

  • BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry*(5 credits)
  • BISIA 319 Interdisciplinary Arts (5 credits)
  • Art Studios and Art Workshops (15 credits)
  • IA Courses (20 credits)
  • BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone (3 credits)
  • Additional IAS Coursework (20 credits)
  • General Electives (22 credits)

TOTAL = 90 Credits

*Should be taken in the first quarter of IAS enrollment.

Note: Classes in this major are offered primarily during day-time hours.

School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) Requirements & Policies

Interdisciplinary Practice & Reflection (IPR)

Within the above-listed 90 credits, students must complete the IPR requirement.

Areas of Knowledge

25 credits must be completed in each Area of Knowledge. At least 10 credits in each Area must be completed in courses offered by UW Bothell. The Areas of Knowledge are: Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Societies (I&S), and Natural World (NW).

Multiply-designated courses may not be double-counted as fulfilling two Areas of Knowledge. Courses may apply to both an Area of Knowledge requirement and an IA major requirement.

Lower Division Credit Policy

Up to 35 credits of lower division (100-200 level) coursework taken at UW Bothell may be applied toward designated requirements within the 90 program credits. Please contact an IAS advisor for details.

Matriculated status

With the exception of the General Electives, courses taken to satisfy IA major requirements must be completed in matriculated status.

Admitted prior to Autumn Quarter, 2012?

Students admitted to the IA major prior to Autumn 2012 may be eligible to complete an older set of major requirements. Students with questions about their major requirements should contact an IAS advisor.

Interdisciplinary Arts Learning Objectives

The Interdisciplinary Arts curriculum advances the four core IAS learning objectives. Students taking courses and/or majoring in Interdisciplinary Arts:

1)  Explore relationships among art, creativity, and imagination.
2)  Learn how to create art utilizing diverse media and forms.
3)  Discover  how art engages perception, emotion, cognition, and kinetics.
4)  Study relationships among past artistic accomplishments and innovation.
5)  Learn what is meant by art practice and how art practices evolve.
6)  Engage in collaborative endeavors through the arts.
7)  Understand how arts contribute to diverse communities and knowledge formations.
8)  Study multiple approaches for evaluating art.
9)  Provide foundations for success in art careers and graduate programs.

Core and Affiliate Faculty and Staff


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Please contact the IA Faculty Coordinator if you have any questions, concerns or ideas about the Interdisciplinary Arts major. To declare the IA major, please contact the CUSP office.

IA Resources

Artists don't work in a vacuum. The Interdisciplinary Arts degree ensures that students can draw from multiple disciplines and fields of knowledge. The courses I have taken have allowed me to understand and create art that reflects the complexity, multiple meanings, and interdisciplinary nature of real life. Sandra Penney Class of 2008