The Odyssey Program

Artistic Creativity

Experiences in which students explore their creative potential in art, music, dance, drama, or creative writing

As one of the most venerable instances of giving concrete expression to an idea, art represents an ideal marriage of theory and practice. Activities that satisfy this category may be creative both conceptually and expressively, as in the production of visual art, poetry, musical compositions, performance art, or the presentation of original creative writing. They may also be interpretive, as when the artist performs or executes an idea originally developed by someone else, for instance directing a play, performing a dance or musical piece, or interpreting literature orally. In either case, the activity will demonstrate both understanding of the concept and skill in executing or expressing it to an audience.

Projects which fulfill this category may be prepared in connection with a classroom course or with senior capstone experiences. Alternatively, Artistic Creativity projects may be associated with college-sponsored programs which lie outside the classroom, or they may be conceived as independent activities which lie completely outside the formal curricular and co-curricular structures of the college. In any case, a project should be devised so as to promote the artistic development of the student. Regardless of the student’s initial stage of preparedness, the result should demonstrate growth in the chosen endeavor. Final products might include any of the following: a public performance or gallery showing, a portfolio of work, or a large-scale work in manuscript such as a novel or symphony.

While a stand-alone reflection component is not required in the AC category, deliberation over aesthetic choice and reflection upon one’s role in the creative arts are assumed to be part of the artistic development process and the production of a final product as required for the AC category. Those making proposals for AC coding should be specific about the particular methods of critique and response that will be used to elicit such deliberation as part of the creative process.

Examples of experiential learning activities that might fulfill this category:


Any course that includes a substantial hands-on component could be a logical candidate for fulfilling this Odyssey category. Specific examples include music activity, dance activity, acting, directing, music composition, creative writing, and studio art classes.

Individualized Academic Experiences

Classes that are more strictly academic in nature, such as courses in music, theatre, or art history, are not sufficient, in and of themselves, to fulfill the requirement. However, a professor may wish to add to such a course a substantial elective experiential project (module) which would qualify for Odyssey credit. Other individualized experiences might include internships (for credit or noncredit), independent studies, and senior capstone projects.

Co-Curricular Activities

This category includes any activities not directly tied to the curriculum. In many cases, they will be student-initiated and student-directed. Examples include individual projects as well as student-organized musical, theatrical, or public-speaking groups whose activities culminate in an approved public presentation.

Special Considerations for Artistic Creativity (AC) Projects and Activities

If you will need space on campus for a final performance, exhibit, or presentation, you must consult the Master Calendar and submit a calendar request form.

If your final product will be a tangible object such as a manuscript of a literary work or a recording or score of a musical composition, you may wish to investigate copyrighting the work. Find out more from the U. S. Copyright Office at