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UARTS 150.001 Introduction to Creative Process (Fall Course)

Meets M W 3 – 5:00pm

4 credits, fulfills: First-year Writing Requirement (FYWR), Intellectual Breadth for Engineering Students and an elective for the Entrepreneurship Minor for all students

Introduction to Creative Process is a 4 credit hour project-based and writing course for first-year students who are residents of Living ArtsEngine. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to creative process across disciplines, preparing them to master their own creative process for use not just in other courses and academic projects, but throughout their lives.  Students will gain historical, biographical, and theoretical understanding of creative process through readings; reflect on those readings in writing; and experiment with creative processes first-hand under the tutelage of experts.

We will incorporate, whenever appropriate, other media (music, film, photography, television, etc.) to further enrich our discussions and inspire our own efforts. We will also spend a bit of time in the freshman English trenches, reviewing grammatical fundamentals and rules for research and citation. Lastly, we will spend one class session thinking about strategies for preparing, organizing, and composing coherent, effective in-class essays (for courses in which you encounter so-called blue book exams).

Perhaps most crucial to our class, however, will be the class time we regularly spend “workshopping” each other’s work — providing sensitive constructive criticism toward thoughtful revision and improvements.


Jeremy Edwards, School of Music, Theatre & Dance 
Jono Sturt, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Katie Rubin, College of Art & Design
Austin Yarger, College of Engineering
Allie Hirsch, College of Literature Science and Arts


UARTS 250: Creative Process

(WINTER 2017–4 credits, fulfills CE)

This course provides a conceptual and experiential foundation for the cultivation of creativity within and across academic disciplines. It is designed to prepare UM students to recognize, understand, articulate, and utilize their creative abilities in their chosen fields. Creative Process provides semester-long, close interaction with accomplished faculty from Art & Design; Music, Theatre & Dance; Architecture; and Engineering.  Four hours per week pursuing hands-on creative work in four modalities: sound, movement, visual images/ objects, and verbal/symbolic language. One hour per week (all faculty/all students) in colloquium to discuss writings about or examples of creative process in different times, places, and forms. Creative Process is hailed by UM’s student paper, The Michigan Daily, as “one of the university’s most intriguing courses.” 

Penny Stamps Distinguised Speakers’ Series

(FALL & WINTER -1 cr)

Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Read more about the series.


(FALL & WINTER – 1-3 credits)

Living ArtsEngine encourages its students to participate in hands-on research opportunities with faculty. Learn more about the progam and apply.