Why Study Interdisciplinary Arts
Interdisciplinary arts is an ideal major for students with diverse interests and skills who want an all-inclusive education in the arts and who like to “think outside of the box” by studying other disciplines that suit their career goals, such as courses in education, business,
and the social sciences. As a result, IA majors gain both a comprehensive understanding of the arts and the critical and communicative skills necessary to succeed in their chosen professions. As a student with a passion for the arts, you will have a unique
opportunity to create an individualized program of study.
Why Study Interdisciplinary Arts at Ship
The Interdisciplinary Arts (IA) Program at Shippensburg University features courses in both performance and criticism across a broad range of media, including:
- Creative writing
The IA Program at Shippensburg focuses primarily on the arts, and it is the only major of its kind among the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Departments participating in the program provide students with the latest technology, and
individualized instruction from professors who are among the most creative and innovative members of the Shippensburg faculty. Our students have access to a wide variety of outstanding performances at the university’s fifteen thousand-seat
Luhrs Performing Arts Center.
You can deepen your understanding of the art of a certain culture by studying abroad. There are regular opportunities to join field trips to museums and theaters in New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. In short, you are able to engage creatively with others and acquire
the skills you want in an exciting, multifaceted environment where the emphasis is on participatory learning and close student-faculty interaction.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
The rapid growth in multimedia technology has created a large market for people with a comprehensive foundation in the arts. By combining courses in art history and theory with courses featuring hands-on learning and marketable business skills, our graduates enter the job
market with a broad-based perspective and a unique combination of professional assets. The program provides majors with a foundation for careers such as:
- Performing arts
- Arts education
- Journalistic criticism
- Media production services
- Museum programming and exhibition
- Arts management and fundraising
- Government and community arts administration
Since it offers an opportunity to select courses in several disciplines, the major is adaptable to a wide variety of career goals, and it is often elected as a double major with
communication/journalism, or majors in
education, and the social sciences.
The average salary for multimedia technology jobs in PA is $66,000.