ERIC Number: ED191100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Out of the Frying Pan into the Fire: Administering Interdisciplinary Fine Arts.
Gantt, Vernon W.
The 1980s can be a great decade for the fine arts in higher education if students and administrators are offered a well-designed combination of interdisciplinary study and employment opportunities. A statement of goals for the arts should give high priority to maintaining quality, encouraging innovation and flexibility, and using resources effectively. Obstacles to overcome in the efficient administration of interdisciplinary studies include (1) designing quality courses, (2) maintaining cost effectiveness, (3) acquiring full administrative support, and (4) increasing the job opportunities of fine arts graduates. A cooperative or experiential fine arts interdisciplinary program provides employers with a good source of labor and the opportunity to preview potential employees, and it establishes goodwill ambassadors through students returning to campus. Benefits to students include the opportunity to test career aptitude and interest, on-the-job experience, development of professional skills, and the acquisition of contacts to use as references after graduation. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Murray State Univ., KY.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (San Diego, CA, August 10-13, 1980).