Spring 2017 Cross-Disciplinary Courses

Published on November 3, 2016

There are a lot of courses on the Spring 2017 arts cross-disciplinary course listing here.  This list includes not only those supported through the dean’s office, but also courses that other departments (and university units) want to offer students across the school (such as Set Building for Film and Working Your Art Degree).  Below are the course descriptions for the classes run through the dean’s office.  To learn more about the courses not on this list, please contact instructors directly.  Enjoy!


Morgan Yacoe, Art and Medicine: Using the Arts to Enhance Medical Practice
The overall goal of this class is to deepen students’ understanding of the interconnection between art and medicine through the use of art to enhance current medical practice. Students will work directly with medical professionals on innovative projects proposed by those professionals. Students will also be tasked with initiating and executing their own collaborative projects.

Jon-Phillip Sheridan, SustainLab: How to Make a Green Wall
This course will run in partnership with two separate but interconnected courses in Biology (a senior capstone) and Engineering (a topics class). We will foster interdisciplinary dialog and collaboration between students in the areas of climate justice and socially concerned art & design, with a more specific focus on green urbanism, biophilia, green walls, and improving urban ecologies. The course will culminate in cross disciplinary design teams that will develop green wall proposals for the Richmond Metro area.

Molly Ransone, Artfulness
Cultivation of intention, mindfulness, imagination, and attention to the present moment by means of artistic practices and sensory experiences. An interdisciplinary investigation into the disciplines of drawing, dance, photography, writing, and music with the goal of collaborative restoration and well-being.

Sara D Reed, The Cuba Project: A Design Thinking Workshop
Three-week intensive in May.  Contact Sarah D. Reed for specifics.
This three-credit, three-week course brings together students from various disciplines in the School of the Arts, School of Business and School of Engineering to create a collaborative environment to support problem solving through a methodology of design thinking. An intensive one-week immersive design thinking workshop in Havana, Cuba will be bookended by two weeks spent on the VCU Monroe Park campus, as a way to both prepare for and conclude this immersive program. (to combine with Garreth Blackwell, Human-Centered Design for Social Change)