Courses in this area challenge students both to explore their own intuition and imagination and to reflect critically on the work they and others produce. As students engage with the artistic process, they will invoke imagination and informed intuition in the process of giving creative form to ideas. Courses in Creative Expression emphasize both theory and practice; that is, an active, experiential engagement with the creative process informed by critical analysis and self-reflection. Students can fulfill this requirement either through creative arts and creative writing classes that include critical analysis as one component or through critical arts and literature courses that include at least one substantive creative project. While the creative project need not have as its goal artistic perfection, it should engage students in the creation of artifacts or performances that call for individual and/or collaborative expression and that can be shared with others in coherent and meaningful ways. More specifically, students will

  • engage with the process necessary to produce a creative work and, in so doing, use imagination and informed intuition to ask questions and solve problems.
  • learn to critically evaluate art and art making—including their own—through aesthetic and structural analysis, discussion and writing.
  • strengthen and apply skills of critical analysis, observation, concentration, and imaginative exploration.
  • develop an awareness of the diversity of creative expression across and within cultures.
  • value the rigorous and often collaborative nature of creative work.
  • value imagination and intuition as modes of experience that communicate knowledge.

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