Integrative Arts Program

What is Integrative Arts?

The Integrative Arts Program at University Park (INART) is a multidisciplinary, student-designed degree program that leads exclusively to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Integrative Arts. Students who major in Integrative Arts focus their programs of study on vocational, scholarly, or creative interests in the arts and design that exist outside or across the boundaries of existing majors in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State. 

The Integrative Arts Program is specifically designed to encourage and to provide students with the broadest opportunities to explore unique and unexpected creative, intellectual, and vocational pathways. The Integrative Arts Program is dedicated to helping its students acquire the unique intellectual and creative tools they will need to achieve their individual career goals and creative aspirations.  

Integrative Arts students identify a unique course of study for their degree program that may focus on a particular topic, creative path, or a unique career goal in the arts. In consultation with an adviser, students devise an individualized academic plan that will best help them to explore and to investigate their chosen theme and to do so by combining study in two or more arts areas with explorations in other subject areas such as science, engineering, business, or communications. 

The Integrative Arts Program encourages students to engage in career-related internships, self-directed research projects, as well as independent study courses. Such opportunities for hands-on work and research experience add extra levels of enrichment to a student’s academic program and assist the student in further defining his or her creative and career goals.

The Mission of the Integrative Arts Program

The Mission of the Integrative Arts Degree Program is to prepare undergraduate students to work successfully as innovative and dynamic artists, designers, and performers in an increasingly interdisciplinary world. The Integrative Arts Program provides opportunities for students to pursue intellectual and creative pursuits that require exploration and study beyond the boundaries of traditional arts majors through the integration of focused study and related experiences in a primary area in the arts or design as well as in supporting arts and design areas, and, when appropriate to the student’s goals, integration of study outside the arts. As such, the Program serves as a foundation for undergraduate students to develop an individualized, comprehensive educational plan that provides for intellectual study and creative experiences that lie outside the framework of traditional disciplinary majors offered by the College of Arts and Architecture.

The Integrative Arts Program Core Values

In support of its Mission, the Core Values of the Integrative Arts Program are that the Program will:

  • Provide an Innovative and Responsive Education for Students. The Integrative Arts program strives to create and sustain a responsive and flexible educational framework that supports the evolving academic and creative needs of our students.
  • Encourage Crossing Intellectual and Creative Boundaries. The Integrative Arts Program recognizes the interdisciplinary construction of knowledge and supports intellectual and creative inquiry and exploration that encourages students to build bridges of discovery and understanding among the arts and with disciplines that lie outside the arts and design.
  • Foster Intellectual Inquiry and Creative Risk Taking. The Integrative Arts Program is committed to fostering and encouraging responsible scholarship and creative risk taking so that our students are prepared to be innovative thinkers and makers in a diverse and inter-related world. 
  • Support Social and Cultural Engagement. The Integrative Arts Program believes in the essential role of art and design in the cultural and intellectual life of every society and supports the development of our students as creative and involved members of regional, national, and global communities.

Program Goals and Educational Objectives

The Integrative Arts Program is committed to the preparation of graduates for careers in which they will use their creative and intellectual skills and knowledge to create, perform, design, communicate, and innovate across disciplinary boundaries within the arts and design as well as in disciplines that lie outside the arts. This commitment is exemplified by Program Goals (PG) and Educational Objectives (EO) that are designed to ensure students will acquire and employ knowledge and skills that blend multiple creative, academic, and practical avenues of study and application in ways that prepare them to work and create in an increasingly complex and multidisciplinary world. 

Program Goals

The Integrative Arts Program Goals (PG) identify in broadly defined statements the ways that graduates will be prepared to enter into a multi- or inter-disciplinary professional world. Upon graduation, it is expected that Integrative Arts students will:

  • Have learned the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for entering careers that blend multiple forms of art, performance, or design.
  • Have acquired hands-on, experiential knowledge for creating, performing, designing, and innovating in a multidisciplinary world.
  • Have developed the skills and knowledge needed to create and to evaluate complex interdisciplinary artistic and/or design products for regional, national, and international audiences and markets.
  • Have acquired in-depth understandings of the market, challenges, and opportunities for a career in the arts.
  • Be prepared to recognize, understand, and assess the social and cultural implications of their work so that they are able to work ethically and responsibly as members of regional, national, and international communities.

Educational Objectives

The Educational Objectives (EO) of the Integrative Arts program build upon the Program Goals and more specifically describe what Integrative Arts students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The Educational Objectives listed below identify how each objective relates to the more broadly defined Program Goals (PG). Graduates of the Integrative Arts Program will be able to:

  • Understand, apply, and analyze art historical and aesthetic concepts related to the creation and/or design of creative works that combine multiple forms of art, design, or performance. (PG 1)
  • Identify and assess philosophies and theories relevant to careers that require knowledge and understanding of multiple forms of arts and/or design. (PG 1 and PG 3)
  • Demonstrate mastery of tools and practices used in the creation of art, design, and performance works in contexts related to the student’s particular area of concentration. (PG 2 and PG 3)
  • Create original, compelling works of art, design, or performance in contexts related to the student’s particular area of concentration and which reflect the integration of multiple forms of art, performance, or design. (PG 2 and PG 3)
  • Synthesize and evaluate creative output, contribute to critical discourse, and learn how to incorporate feedback and critique as part of the creative process. (PG 2, PG 3, and PG 4)
  • Demonstrate the ability to create complex works of art, design, or performance that combine multiple art forms in a manner relevant to individual experiences and which convey a personal visual vocabulary. (PG 2 , PG 3, and PG 5)
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement exhibitions or presentations of creative work from conceptualization through promotion, preparation, and physical installation and/or performance and to present that work to diverse audiences. (PG 3, PG 4, and PG 5)

How to Contact the Integrative Arts Program

Office Location

Integrative Arts Program Office
102 Borland Building
University Park, PA 16802

Office Hours

Monday and Tuesday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday and Thursday: 8:00 AM – NOON
Friday: Closed

By Telephone, Fax, or E-mail

Telephone: (814) 865-1750 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Fax: (814) 865-7140
Email: jhartranft@psu.edu