Program OverviewThe Intermedia Area of The University of Iowa School of Art & Art History is an interdisciplinary program committed to experimental, hybrid creative research, development and production in time-based media, installation, community-based practice and new media. Intermedia area offers BFA, two-year MA, and three-year MFA degrees programs.
Intermedia students are engaged in interdisciplinary research and production in time-based media, experimental video, new media, installation and community-based practice. Students are encouraged to work with the exceptional resources of the University including (but not limited to) Music, Creative Writing, Center for the Book, Cinema and Comparative Literature, Communications Studies, International Programs and the broad range of programs in liberal arts and sciences, as well as other areas within the School of Art & Art History.
Intermedia students engage fully in the cultural life of the university and community, participating in conferences, screening, exhibition and other public opportunities. Students are also encouraged to work with non-profit agencies, as part of Intermedia's Artists In Community initiative.
Shared lab facilities at Intermedia include Mac-based video and new media work stations. Production equipment for video [including high definition]cameras, tripods, mics, digital projectors, etc.) is also available. In fall 2006 Interemedia opened a Sound Design Lab that suports 5.1 production. Intermedia is wired to provide wi-fi Internet access.
Intermedia also has shared gallery and work spaces for the development and presentation of work, including the I Gallery, the Intermedia Ballroom and two project rooms.
Intermedia is also involved in a number of research initiatives including:
The Writing University Experimental Wing [ launched December 2006]. The 'Wing' is developing a range of projects mining the rich potential of creative hypertext online;
Projekt Oko Sokolovo, [Croatian for "Project Hawkeye"] a semester-long residency for Intermedia graduate students in Rijeka on the Croatian peninsula of Istria on the Adriatic;
Intermedia Artists in Community, promoting civic engagement and community-based practice;
ICSC TV Online!, a collaboration with Iowa City Senior Center Television to deliver streaming media content online;
The Daily Palette, showcasing Iowa-identified artists and writers on the University web site;
Intermedia Publishing, launched fall 2006 with the publication online of a catalog of Intermedia's spring 2006 Graduate Open House].
Radio Intermedia; [projected launch January 2007];
and Intermedia Recycles, an in-house ecology project.
MA|MFA ProgramThe Intermedia Area of The University of Iowa School of Art & Art History offers a 2 year MA/3 year MFA program.
Intermedia graduate students participate in a weekly workshop to review research and creative work in progress while focusing on contemporary theory and practice. Visitors in the arts, and field trips round out the Workshop curriculum. The workshop also contributes to Open House.
Intermedia graduate students are provided individual studios on campus in the Intermedia Area of The University of Iowa International Center.
Intermedia is committed to providing teaching and research experience and financial support for its graduate students. The area currently has eight year-long graduate teaching and research assistant positions-six in teaching, two in research. T.A.'s in Intermedia teach undergraduate classes, meeting bi-weekly with Intermedia faculty to discuss their courses.
Teaching and Research appointments are made in the preceding semester.
Intermedia graduates will also find a diverse range of other employment opportunities within the University.
BFA ProgramThe Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
[nb:This document provides general information on the School of Art & Art History BFA. Prospective Intermedia BFA students should consult with Intermedia faculty to discuss specifics of the Intermedia BFA.]
Why the BFA?
Students who wish to concentrate studies in one area may elect to go through BFA clearance. Students who are unsure if they should consider the BFA degree should talk with both their faculty adviser (for information on how the BFA degree can help the student meet career goals) and the undergraduate adviser (to discuss the implications of changing degrees and how it will affect the student’s graduation progress).
Interested students should know that only 10% of students in the School of Art and Art History (SAAH) are BFA students.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is a different degree than the Bachelor of Arts (BA). The BFA uses the BA as a basis, but goes beyond the BA in important ways. Students who intend to pursue a BFA must indicate a major concentration area, show a portfolio of work at BFA clearance and pass, fulfill additional requirements, and earn more semester hours of course work from the SAAH.
BFA degree requirements
The BFA, like the BA, requires that 120 sh be earned for graduation. The BFA degree, however, is significantly different from the BA degree in that the BFA requires that 62 sh of SAAH course work be completed, out of the 120 sh required for graduation. That means that 58 sh of course work must come from non-SAAH classes (62 sh of SAAH course work + 58 non-SAAH course work =120 sh need to graduate).
The BFA student is expected to:
*complete all requirements for the BA
*complete 3 courses in the major concentration area, beyond the introductory or beginning course
*complete at least the second semester of course work (one class beyond the intro or beginning class) in two additional studio areas
*hold an exhibition of their studio work before graduation, preferably at the School of Art and Art History.
(In addition, drawing and painting students must take 01F:106 Undergraduate Seminar in Drawing and Painting.)
The first step in the BFA process is to talk with a faculty member in the area you want to work in. Ask one or more faculty members about the kind of work that should be included in the BFA Clearance Portfolio (remember that most areas want to see a minimum of 10 pieces of work). If you have questions about whether or not you are ready, ask the faculty member what they think. If you feel you are ready, then sign up during for BFA clearance. Sign-up sheets are usually posted in the different areas two weeks prior to clearance, or on the Undergraduate Adviser’s Bulletin Board.
BFA clearance is held twice a year; the first week of November and of April.
Most students who go through the BFA Clearance process develop a quality portfolio of 10 pieces of work in their major area. The student shows his/her (e.g., Design) portfolio to a committee made up of Design faculty, which assesses the student’s work. During the clearance, the student may be asked questions. If the faculty determines that student shows “merit” in that area, that student is "cleared" for the BFA.
BFA students with more than one major, or with minor in Art History
Students who wish to earn two different baccalaureate degrees at the same time from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (eg., BA, BS, BM and BFA), must complete 30 sh beyond the 120 sh required for a single degree, for a total of 150sh. They must also complete all requirements for both degrees.
A student earning two majors (BFA and BA in Art History) or a major and a minor (BFA and minor in Art History) from a department that offers degrees in more than one subject area may apply more than 50 sh (or in the case of the BFA, 62sh) from that department to the 120 sh needed for graduation. However, he or she must earn a minimum of 56 sh from course work taken outside of the major department.
Papermaking, calligraphy, and bookbinding may not be used as major or minor areas.
Cross-referenced courses originating in the School of Art and Art History may not be counted as non-art electives
Art education majors in the BFA program must meet the same teacher licensure requirements as students in the BA program.
SAAH classes include studio courses, art history courses, and art education courses.
rev. 17 December 2006
The Daily PaletteIn conjunction with the Year of the Arts & Humanities in 2004-2005, Intermedia developed The Daily Palette in order to highlight the creative work of Iowa-idenified artists.
The Daily Palette combines Intermedia's art & technology research with a broad public information effort. Our goal is to heighten interest, awareness and appreciation of the arts in Iowa.
[View The Daily Palette, linked at the bottom right of the University of Iowa Web Site]
A recent feature of the Palette is "Iowa Writes," a project of The Iowa Review in conjunction with the Year of Public Engagement, For the next two years, writing by Iowans, selected by the editors of The Iowa Review will be featured on a revolving basis with visual arts.
The 'Wing'Intermedia collaborates with the Writing University to produce "The Experimental Wing." The Writing University is a campus-wide initiative to bring all of Iowa's programs together online.
Launched in December 2006, the 'Wing', embraces the creative interdisciplinary potential of digital production and community-based practice. It is dedicated to the exploration of experimental literary and multimedia hypertext research and production. Time-based media [Internet-based radio and television], online publishing and live events are integral parts of 'Wing' research.