Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio

Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio (UDIST) courses offer opportunities for undergraduate students and instructors to generate interdisciplinary theories, practices, and works within a studio-based format.

This required part of the undergraduate curriculum is designed to support the strategic goals and values of the college, including cultivating diversity, engaging within the community, fostering excellence, and working toward sustainability.

About UDIST at CCA

Interdisciplinary studios cross disciplines in technique, approach, and content; ideally, they also allow for collaborative learning opportunities. Ultimately, the courses offer opportunities for students from different majors to approach a theme from within the bounds of their own medium.

These required studio courses allow students to work in an interdisciplinary manner with peers from other programs while at the point in their education where they have developed media and disciplinary expertise in their respective majors. In recent years artists, architects, designers, writers and scientists have taught UDIST courses

Approximately 10-12 such courses are offered on each campus (San Francisco and Oakland) each semester. In recent years artists, architects, designers, writers, and scientists have taught UDIST courses.

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Propose a UDIST Course

UDIST courses are selected from applications submitted by CCA faculty, visiting faculty, and members of the Bay Area community. Courses may be taught by teams or by individual instructors.

Each year we have room for approximately 5-10 new courses, and we receive upward of 40 applications in an academic year. Ideally these courses involve concepts and approaches that engage students from at least three CCA undergraduate programs and two divisions.

These 15-week courses may be offered once a year for three years depending upon student evaluations and enrollment figures, and integrate the concepts and methods of at least three academic programs to produce new forms of architecture, art, design, and writing. Interdisciplinary studio courses typically do not duplicate existing course currently in the CCA curriculum.

Interested in submitting a course proposal? Please follow the link for detailed instructions and proposal guidelines.

Considering having your UDIST course as an ENGAGE class, please visit here to find out more about the program.