Cross-Disciplinary Programs

The College of Fine Arts encourages critical inquiry and creative production across disciplines, fields and boundaries of any kind. One way we do that is through programs and initiatives that bring together creative, passionate people from across Carnegie Mellon — and beyond — to push forward new modes of creative expression and storytelling for our modern age.

Explore the work happening in the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs, the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art  and the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and learn how your support makes this important work possible.

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BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

For more than 25 years, Carnegie Mellon students have had the opportunity to explore beyond traditional academic majors and integrate more than one field of study across disciplines in the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs. BXA students demonstrate interest and accomplishment in the fine arts and computer science, engineering, humanities, social sciences or natural sciences while pursuing the Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts (BCSA), the Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA), the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts (BHA) or the additional major in Engineering and Arts (EA).

BXA students combine creative and academic work, developing innovative approaches, creating new knowledge and challenging definitions as independent, motivated and well-rounded scholars and artists. BXA provides these students with access to five strong colleges that offer specialized training with expert faculty and researchers as they explore and develop their own approach to interdisciplinary studies in their concentrations. Your support helps to make BXA an even more vibrant and productive community.

Together, we will support:

  • Capstone Project Grant Funding
  • Special Event Programming
  • Technology, Equipment and Creative Supplies
This Skin of Ours exhibit at Miller ICA
"This Skin of Ours" curated by Liz Park. Photo by Tom Little.

Miller Institute for Contemporary Art

The Miller Institute for Contemporary Art (Miller ICA) is a contemporary art gallery that mounts exhibitions, publishes new thinking and hosts a wide range of programs for direct public engagement with contemporary art and ideas. Grounded in the belief that free and open spaces for contemporary art are an important civic resource, the ICA’s programs and exhibitions highlight new ideas and research generated at the university and advance relevant conversations about contemporary art and current events, creating meaningful experiences for hyper-local and international audiences alike.

Contemporary art provides opportunities to participate directly in social change through imagining new futures and making the invisible visible. In a technology-focused environment, the Miller ICA offers campus and the public at large a place to connect to culture and the human impact of advancing technologies.

Your support will mount vital exhibitions, host urgent conversations and publish rigorous materials that help make sense of contemporary life as it unfolds.

Together, we will support:

  • Exhibitions with Contemporary Artists
  • Public Programs About Urgent Contemporary Issues
  • Faculty and Student Work and Research
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Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry

The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry is the research laboratory of the College of Fine Arts, dedicated to the support of atypical, anti-disciplinary and inter-institutional research at the intersections of the arts, sciences, technology and culture. The STUDIO serves as a flexible kitchen for new modes of arts research, development and presentation.

The STUDIO supports emerging artists — including CFA faculty, staff, students and artists-in-residence — who explore the possibilities of new media and new culture, including virtual and augmented reality, interactive robotics, generative arts, playable art, biological art, tactical media, experimental environments and other forms of cultural instigation.

The STUDIO is one of the oldest active centers for interdisciplinary arts research in the United States. Since its founding in 1989, the STUDIO has operated as “a transmitter of experimental ideas,” “an incubator for linking us to the future” and “as a development site for activities on the edge — a cultural ‘free zone’ where the unnameable can be nurtured.” Your support will allow the STUDIO to advance the arts-research of innovative students and faculty who work at the leading edge of the recently possible.

Together, we will support:

  • Creative Arts Residencies
  • Extracurricular Workshops
  • Post-Baccalaureate Fellowships
  • Experimental Arts R&D Funds

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Carolyn Hess Abraham
College of Fine Arts
Associate Dean for Advancement