Art in the World (Fall)
The World through Art (Spring)
Required for all Freshmen, Fall and Spring semesters.
The Tisch School of the Arts Core Curriculum began in the Fall of 2001 and was developed for all incoming undergraduate students as a way for students to have a common experience and to integrate students' various professional interests. The courses mix different artistic media, and combine practical and theoretical approaches to achieve a comprehensive grasp of the work that art can do in the world.
The Core Curriculum is required of all Freshmen and fulfills their Expository Writing requirement (transfer students will be evaluated as to whether or not they have previously fulfilled their writing requirement upon receipt of their final transcript). The Core Curriculum consists of two courses - Art in the World offered in the Fall semester and The World Through Art offered in the Spring semester. All incoming Freshmen must take both semesters. Each course consists of a plenary lecture given by a Tisch Senior Faculty member that meets once a week and a workshop that meets twice a week for both Fall (Writing the Essay) and Spring (Writing the World) semesters. These writing courses are intensive, interdisciplinary and collaborative. Lectures and workshops focus on how to read complex texts for an understanding of their arguments, and how to write well-reasoned essays supported by evidence. These courses are designed to foster an appreciation of how arts relate to each other and to society in a changing world. These courses will allow students to reflect on a range of social and ethical issues as they pertain to their own creativity.