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Interdisciplinary Arts (BA, Minor)

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Matt Hodge
Program Director for Interdisciplinary Arts, Associate Professor of Music and Theatre
Wade Newhouse
Chair of Humanities Department, Professor of English

Where Creativity Knows No Limits: Explore, Examine, Experience the Arts at WPU

Students majoring or minoring in Interdisciplinary Arts (IDA) take core interdisciplinary arts courses and electives spanning the visual and performing arts. In this electives section, students customize their degree to their specific interests, such as ART, DANCE, FILM, GAME DESIGN, MEDIA, MUSIC, and THEATRE.

Welcome to the Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts (IDA) program at William Peace University, where creativity knows no bounds. This program is tailored for students with a passion for exploring the intersections of visual and performing arts, allowing you to shape your artistic journey and craft a unique identity.

Redefine Artistic Education

In the dynamic landscape of the arts, today’s artists are not confined to a single label. Our comprehensive B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts program challenges students to break conventional boundaries, encouraging exploration of intersecting identities while fostering the development of well-rounded artistic personas.


EXPLORE the Arts

In the IDA program, students embark on a journey of self-discovery and skill development. By tailoring their degree to personal interests, students can choose from a diverse range of topics spanning the Visual Arts (art, game design, film, media) and the Performing Arts (dance, music, theatre).

Whether your passion lies in the strokes of a paintbrush, the rhythm of dance, or the storytelling magic of film, WPU offers a canvas for your creative exploration.

EXAMINE the Arts

Our IDA program goes beyond technical skills; it reflects the essential values needed in contemporary society. Navigate the essences of humanity and cultures from ancient history to the present day as you examine the ongoing evolution of artistic expression and creative storytelling. Through critical analysis and deep exploration, IDA students gain a profound understanding of the role of arts in shaping our world.

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Immerse yourself in the vibrant creative community at the heart of a metropolitan city. Our historic campus in downtown Raleigh is surrounded by North Carolina’s premiere arts institutions, providing an unparalleled backdrop for your artistic journey. Beyond the classroom, the IDA program takes you on national and international arts-related trips, offering enriching experiences that broaden your perspectives and inspire your creativity.

Enhancing Your Journey

At William Peace University, we are committed to providing a transformative educational experience. Here’s how the IDA program enriches your artistic journey:

  • Customizable Electives
    In the electives section, tailor your degree to your specific interests. Choose from a variety of options, including Art, Dance, Film, Game Design, Media, Music, and Theatre, allowing you to carve a personalized path that aligns with your artistic vision.
  • Faculty Expertise
    Benefit from the guidance of experienced faculty who are not just educators but also active contributors to the arts community. Our faculty members bring real-world insights and industry connections to the classroom, ensuring that you receive a well-rounded education that prepares you for success in the arts.

Join Us in Shaping the Future of the Arts

Discover the limitless possibilities that await you in the Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Arts at William Peace University. Craft, explore, examine, and experience the arts in a program designed to nurture your creativity and launch you into a dynamic and fulfilling artistic career.

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Possible Careers

WPU graduates go on to various careers in areas such as costume design, directing, set design, producing, acting and teaching.

Recent internships include:

  • North Carolina Theatre
  • Theatre in the Park
  • Opera House of Wilmington
  • Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre
  • Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy
  • Raleigh’s Village Idiots

Recent employment:

  • Last Comic Standing
  • Chelsea Lately
  • North Carolina Theatre
  • Theatre in the Park
  • Groundlings

Recent graduate school acceptances:

  • Harvard University
  • The Juilliard School
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • AMDA
  • UCLA

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Frequently Asked Questions


Yes! The IDA program allows you to tailor your degree with electives in specific areas such as art, dance, film, game design, media, music, and theatre. This customization ensures that you can focus on the artistic disciplines that resonate with your passion and career goals.


Recognizing the evolving landscape of the arts, the IDA program at WPU embraces technology and digital innovation. Our curriculum integrates cutting-edge tools and techniques relevant to visual and performing arts, including digital media, game design technologies, and other contemporary mediums. This ensures that our students are not only well-versed in traditional artistic forms but also equipped with the skills needed to thrive in the digital age.


Our program not only develops your artistic skills but also fosters critical thinking and a deep understanding of the cultural and historical context of the arts. This well-rounded education prepares you for diverse career paths in the arts, ensuring you are equipped with the knowledge and creativity needed to succeed in a dynamic and evolving field.


The IDA program extends beyond the classroom, providing immersive experiences in the vibrant arts community of downtown Raleigh. Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in national and international arts-related trips, gaining practical exposure and expanding their artistic horizons.

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