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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.

How to Contact the Integrative Arts Program

Office Location

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

By Telephone or E-mail

Telephone: (814) 865-1750 (Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Email: Dr. Janet Hartranft, Program Coordinator, jhartranft@psu.edu