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.
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