Academics at Prescott College

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Concentration:
Interdisciplinary Arts & Letters

Concentration:
Interdisciplinary Arts & Letters

Many students at Prescott College wish to pursue the broad-based Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) or Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Interdisciplinary Arts & Letters. This competence area allows students to deepen their appreciation of all the arts, to learn the theory and techniques of more than one discipline, and to make connections across disciplines. Students pursuing the Interdisciplinary Arts & Letters competence are expected to complete significant work in at least two of three areas: Visual Arts, Writing & Literature, and Dance.  

Visual Arts

We provide an environment where students transform ideas and concepts into objects and visual experiences. Through a curriculum designed to introduce the importance, impact and influence of visual arts on the individual and society, students receive hands-on instruction in a variety of media, while developing a critical understanding of their art practice within contemporary visual culture. The faculty of artists in the Visual Arts Area endeavors to cultivate a sense of community through the common experience of the creative process and by sharing their professional experience with students. Our studio and field-based courses encourage students to refine creative thought and apply acquired knowledge and skill to the making of images, objects and experimental works.

Writing and Literature

In this hands-on, interdisciplinary area of study, students work with our faculty of published writers to hone their creative and critical writing skills. In creative writing workshops, students generate original poetry, stories, and essays, and in addition to learning to give and receive constructive criticism, they learn to use feedback to polish their work. In literature courses, students explore both classic and contemporary American works as well as works from other cultures. All of our writing and literature courses encourage students to become careful readers and informed writers, able to effectively analyze and synthesize material, able to appreciate diversity, and able to engage in discourse with the wider world community.

Dance

Dance is an integral and enlivening part of a liberal arts education. Much of our human experience unfolds in motion, through the physical and creative realms of nonverbal exploration and expression. Firm in the origins of dance as an agent of personal and societal development, our program aspires to meet our changing world. We are intent on expanding boundaries of dance and performance to include health and wellness, community building, environmental awareness, and social sustainability.  Students may choose to pursue a career in Dance and/or apply their dance- related skills to diverse professions. Graduates often discover that dance experience is a significant asset to their resumes. 

Academic Elements

Academic Elements

Orientation

Each fall and spring, new Prescott College students find themselves in “the classroom,” the breathtaking, sometimes raw, always diverse terrains and environments of the Southwest.  New Prescott students are introduced to the natural environment of the Southwest, learn about themselves and each other, and experience the educational philosophies of Prescott College during Orientation, thus beginning the journey of developing relationships with their new home, community, and academic career.

For most students, Orientation will mean a three-week Desert, Mountain and Canyon Expedition (aka Wilderness Orientation). Students, as a small community of engaged learners, will be backpacking throughout ecologically diverse locations in Arizona. Studying - Connecting - Growing.  Other students will participate in a Base Camp Orientation, or Community-Based Orientation.

Follow this link for detailed information on these Orientation options: Orientation Details 

First Year Experience

In their first semester, freshmen will enroll in courses addressing the concerns and challenges of being a college student.  First Year Students will choose from an array of immersive semester courses - like Water in the West, Art and Ecology, Foundations of Leadership, and Introduction to Psychology and Yoga - which continue to build community, forge relationships with faculty advisors, and develop academic inquiry.

In their first semester at Prescott College, transfer students participate in Crises of the 21st Century: Research Methods & Theories.   Students from environmental and social disciplines, the arts, and humanities will be introduced to theoretical and research approaches that foster ways of integrating their questions through class discussions and personal research.  Students enrolled in this course will be given individual support in creating a degree plan organizing courses they are transferring with into a pathway for graduation in their chosen fields.

Degree Plan

During the first semester of their junior year, students create a degree plan, with the assistance of their faculty adviser, which sketches the academic map of their journey.  It includes an overview of courses and credits earned; brief descriptions of competence, breadth, and liberal arts areas; lists of courses completed and those to be completed; a tentative Senior Project plan and description; and additional honors or experience that contribute to competence or breadth.  The Degree Plan is a living document that continues to evolve throughout the student's final three terms.

Senior Project

Prescott College requires every student, not just designated "honors" students, to design and carry out an ambitious Senior Project.  This Project functions as both a demonstration of competence and a culmination of the undergraduate experience.  It may take the form of an ambitious research project, a collection of original creative writing, a curriculum plan and implementation, a studio art exhibition, a performance, a case or field study, or a challenging internship.  Another way of thinking about the Senior Project is as a bridge between a student's undergraduate career and work after graduation. The Senior Project stands as a calling card that proclaims to graduate schools, prospective employers, and the world, "Look, this is what I'm capable of doing."

 

Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Art Administator
  • Art Critic
  • Art Theorist
  • Choreographer
  • Dance Director
  • Dance Educator
  • Dance Performing Artist
  • Dance Studio Director
  • Dance Therapist
  • Elementary Art Teacher
  • Graduate School
  • Health & Fitness Professional
  • High School Art Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Museum Curator
  • Professional Writer
  • Travel Writer

Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Alligator Juniper Literary Magazine

Alligator Juniper is an award-winning national literary magazine published by Prescott College since 1995.  It features contemporary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and black & white photography. We encourage submissions from writers and photographers at all levels, emerging, early-career, and established. 

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Media Center

Students Editing Film in Media Center

The Media Center at Prescott College is a resource available to all students. Our media lab features twelve Mac computers equipped with software such as Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro, in addition to tools for sound editing, photo editing, flyer making and book design. The Media Center is used for classes such as Digital Storytelling, The Documentary, and Newspaper Journalism Practicum, while serving as the headquarters of the Raven Review Newspaper. 


Prescott College Library

Library From Above

The Prescott College Library supports the curriculum with a variety of print and electronic resources. Our library catalog  reflects not only our collection but that of more than 30 other libraries in Yavapai county. A system-wide library card allows borrowers to request books from any library in the county.  Online resources include millions of full-text articles available through our article databases, and over 130,000 e-books available through ebrary.  

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

Resident Undergraduate Program Tuition and Fees