B.A. Creative Arts
Creative Arts Program
Shannon Rose Riley
Clark Hall 419-A
Phone: (408) 924-4481
Fax: (408) 924-4576
The interdepartmental Creative Arts Program offers a major for students interested in making connections between the arts and in studying the creative process.
The program integrates and compares visual arts, performing arts, (music, dance, drama, film, broadcast media, performing arts) and literature (including electronic interactive forms). Creative Arts Program courses are interdisciplinary and provide opportunities for both creative and critical work.
The CA major is designed to provide a breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding of the arts which prepare students for a wide variety of professional programs and careers.
The Program provides great flexibility and individualized advising and is selected by students with diverse career interests: performing arts, creative writing, cultural journalism, arts administration, teaching, etc.
Preparation for Teaching
The Creative Arts Diversified B.A. is a major fully approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to meet all of the requirements for a generic "liberal studies" program for aspiring K-8 teachers.
The Creative Arts major, however, is outstanding among approved California programs for its emphasis on the Arts; we expect our graduates to enter today's culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms with the ability to approach all subjects through the arts.
The Diversified B.A. waives passage of the MSAT exam, otherwise required at entrance to a credential program. On the other hand, passage of the MSAT waives the requirements that students take specific General Education and Supporting Courses.
If you wish to teach at the High School level, you will need to complete a Secondary (not Multiple Subject) Credential. In that case, your undergraduate degree should be in a program prerequisite to the Secondary Credential Program--such as Art Education, Music Education, or English.