CCS Announces New Interdisciplinary Art and Design Program and Reemphasizes Booming Film Program

In an effort to provide a truly interdisciplinary program that allows students to personalize their academic practice, the College for Creative Studies is introducing Interdisciplinary Art + Design and distinguishing its Film concentration in an undergraduate program in fall 2022.

the College of Creative Studies (CCS) is pleased to announce the launch of a highly anticipated new undergraduate program in Interdisciplinary art + design. This new program will allow students to forge their own path while exploring, and ultimately redefining, the boundaries of contemporary art and design.

CCS’s interdisciplinary Art + Design program will provide a dynamic, individualized studio program that combines the strengths of CCS’ renowned studio disciplines with strategic mentorship and a flexible program structure. Students will follow a curriculum tailored to their unique skills and goals. This program will also facilitate an easier transfer experience for students attending other colleges and universities, allowing for graduation in as little as two years for some transfer students, depending on transfer credits and studio experience.

“This program will give students the opportunity to tailor their studies at CCS, encouraging them to explore the College’s art and design offerings, while developing their own ideas and perspectives,” said Scott Northrup (’92, Art Practice), Chair of Film, Photography and Interdisciplinary Art + Design. “The exploratory nature of this program encompasses problem-solving through combined disciplines, which will help shape independent, multifaceted artists and designers ready for dynamic careers.”

Interdisciplinary Art and Design has been designed specifically for students whose interests do not fit into the categories of a traditional visual arts education and who aim to explore theory in conjunction with studio practice.

Additionally, with all the recent successes of the College’s Film Section, which has been a living hidden gem within the Entertainment Arts program, CCS is making it its own undergraduate program. This necessary movement will differentiate the program and allow students to immerse themselves in this growing and desirable field. CCS Film Program will prepare students for industry and independence to achieve their goals as filmmakers, videographers, screenwriters, cinematographers, directors, editors, producers, sound designers, colorists, creative directors, VFX artists, studio owners , etc.

“Film has been an integral part of the entertainment arts and the College as a whole for over a decade,” Northrup said. “Given the growing opportunities and success of our alumni, Film emerging as its own academic program seemed imperative, and we are excited to offer our current and future students a focused BFA with great potential for growth and development. ‘exploration.”

Both programs will be led by Professor Scott Northrup, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in practice and education to these programs. Northrup is an active multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, writer and curator who exhibits his work nationally and internationally. He has shown his work at numerous international film festivals including the Media City Film Festival in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Northrup earned his BFA from CCS and his MFA from The New School.

CCS is pleased to offer these new options to current and future students to further its mission of educating the next generation of changemakers. To learn more, visit

Abdul J. Gaspar