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Creative Arts Example

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts with an Individualized Focus Area can use the creative arts example concentration as a template for designing their focus area.

The creative arts example concentration contains courses and competencies ideal for students preparing for careers as professional writers, performers and artists in various domains of human culture and experience. Skills in formal and personalized creative expression, including hands-on techniques in a variety of performance-based classes, are fundamental outcomes of the learning in this area.

Creative Arts Sample Schedule*

As a student using the template for the creative arts example concentration, you’ll work with an academic advisor and a faculty mentor to review your transfer course work and select specific courses that meet your interests and degree requirements. 
This 108-credit-hour program can be started in any term—fall, winter, spring or summerand is typically composed of 10 core courses, a minimum of nine creative arts courses and about 13 elective courses in liberal arts.

 Courses* Credit Hours
 Quarter 1
 LL 103 Independent Learning Seminar (L1) 2
 LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning (L2, F1) 4
 LL 260 Writing to Competence  (L4) 4
 Science Elective (S) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12

Quarter 2​
 Civic Engagement (L3) with Science Elective (S2) 4
 LL 270 Critical Thinking (L5) 4
 AI 324 Creators and Creativity (FX, A1) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 3
 LL 300 Research Seminar (L8, L9) 6
 AI Creating Original Digital Art (FX, A3) 4
 Science Elective (S5) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 4
 LL 302 Externship (L10, L11)  4
 IN 307 Advanced Elective (E1, E2)   4
 HC 296 Stage Playing (FX, H3) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 5
 LL 205 Quantitative Reasoning (L6)  4
 Collaborative Learning (L7) and Humanities Elective (H) 4
 AI 268 Chicago Authors (FX, H1)  4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 6
 AI 185 The Beatles and the Creative Process (FX, S3) 4
 FA 380 Digital Photography as Creative Expression (FX, A) 4
 HC 269 Social History of Jazz (FX, H2) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 7
 AI 198 Great American Short Fiction (FX, A) 4
 AI 276 Creative Ink (A2, A5) 4
 Science Elective (S, S4) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 8
 Science Elective (S, S) 4
 Humanities Elective (H4, H5) 4
 AI 208 Storytelling: Exploring Oral Tradition (H, A)  4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 9
 FA 303 Advanced Project (F11, F12) 4
 Arts Elective (A4) & Humanities Elective (H) 4
 AI 215 Film Noir (A)  2
 LL 390 Summit Seminar (L12) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Total Credit Hours 108

*Course substitutions may be necessary, as not all courses listed are offered every quarter or at all campuses. Examples include:  

- HC 365 Jazz and Chicago
- AI 342 Learning Art History Through the Art Institute of Chicago
- AI 253 Digital Storytelling
- AI 366 Expressing Yourself Through Paint
- SW 201 Web Page Design
- SW 235 Yoga and Well-Being
- AI 396 Introduction to Art Therapy
- AI 210 The Mindset of Innovation: Building Your Creativity Competencies
- AI 255 Self Exploration: Inside Ourselves, Outside with Others
- AI 121 Art and Memory: Scrapbooking
- AI 168 Art and Memory: Scrapbooking II
- AI 276 Creative Ink 
- AI 143 Rooted in the City: Writers and Writing in Chicago
-AI 232 Theater Improvisation
- AI 170 Creativity and Entrepreneurship
- SW 275 Body, Mind and Spirit: Yoga and Meditation
- AI 215 Film Noir
- SW 345 Creating Presentations in PowerPoint, Word and Publisher 
- AI 247 Stage Improvisation and Game Playing
- AI 285 Work, Play and Rest: Integrating the Fragments
- SW 366 Expressive Arts Therapy
- AI 286 New Orleans in Song, Story and Struggle
- AI 260 Sharpening the Saw: Creativity and the Writer's Toolbox
- AI 251 Understanding the Holocaust (New and no Syllabus)
- AI 225 Great Music in Chicago
- AI 267 The Examined Life: A Question of Philosophy
- AI 295 Shades of Gray: Morality and Ethics in Film
- AI 211 Analyzing Austen's Pride and Prejudice 


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Career Outlook

Students pursuing the creative arts example concentration may advance their careers in positions such as:
  • Artist
  • Designer
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Communication Coordinator or Manager
  • Creative Program Developer

Some of the occupations listed above may require additional schooling or work experience.