Multidisciplinary Studies (Creative Arts)
The College of Creative Arts’ Multidisciplinary studies (MDS) Program presents a distinct opportunity for students to earn a bachelor of multidisciplinary Studies (BMdS) degree following an individualized course of study based on their personal academic interests and career goals in the arts. The program’s multidisciplinary approach allows a student to combine different fields of study into one program that fosters creativity, innovation and critical thinking.
Not a predetermined course of study like more traditional programs, the MDS provides students the unique flexibility of selecting three different areas of study (academic minors) to create their own educational plan. Combined with the University’s General Education Curriculum (GEC), at least two of the minors must be within the College of Creative Arts to qualify for the College’s BMdS degree. The third minor can be selected from the College or from one of the many other minor programs available at WVU. Students may not select all three minors from any one single school within the College of Creative Arts.
All MDS freshmen in the College of Creative Arts participate in the College’s dedicated orientation class, which helps them articulate and plan their educational, artistic, and career goals. During the final semester, the MDS course of study culminates with a special capstone project where students must demonstrate what they have learned. As a member of the College’s MDS Program, students are welcome to participate in the many performance, exhibition, internship and study abroad opportunities offered by the College.
Acceptance into the College of Creative Arts’ MDS Program is contingent upon admission to WVU. Some minors require that the student must also complete a successful audition/review process in order to enroll and/or complete the course of study. When required, the audition is a preliminary assessment of a student’s potential for success in the program. Students should check the requirements for each minor to see if an audition/review process is required.
The College of Creative Arts offers a limited number of special College-based scholarship awards for freshmen and current students enrolled in its programs. College-based awards are granted on the demonstration of outstanding talent, academic achievement and the demonstration of future potential for success in the MDS Program.
College of Creative Arts’ MDS students can apply for a College-based financial award. For information on the College-based scholarships, please contact the College of Creative Arts Recruitment Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because the College of Creative Arts Multidisciplinary Studies Program allows students to structure their own individual course of study based on personal academic interests and career goals, students’ different fields of study can be combined into one program that fosters individual creativity, innovation in performance, exhibition and scholarship.
The College of Creative Arts offers a vast array of minors to meet the needs of today’s students. These minors range from arts administration to the visual arts, from general musicianship to music technology, and from world music to theatre or dance. Combined with the other minor programs within the University, there are over 250,000 combinations of minors that can be used to create one’s own course of study. One of them is right for you!
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearMUSC 161 Aural Theory 1 MUSC 162 Written Theory 1 MUSC 138 Voice Class 1 ENGL 101 Composition And Rhetoric MUSC 191 First-Year Seminar - CCA
Senior YearMUSC 328 Applied Lessons for Minors MUSC 305 University Choir MUSC 492 Dir St: Capstone Study ART 491B Prof Field Experience:Art MUSC 495 Independent Study
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- The WVU Creative Arts Center has five performance spaces, including the 1,444-seat Lyell B. Clay Concert Theatre.
- The new WVU Art Museum, scheduled to open in August 2015, will house nearly 3,000 works in the University’s collection, as well as visiting exhibits.
- The Ceramics program partners with the world-renowned Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China to offer study abroad opportunities.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The School of Art and Design is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and is the only school in the state with this distinction.
The School of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
The School of Theatre and Dance is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.