25/05/2021

Categories: Art & Design and Fine Art, Undergradute

How to Break Down Walls for Interdisciplinary Creative Practice

Multidisciplinary creative practice requires flexibility, but how can you break down walls and create more fluid ways of working? Here’s how…

The MA (Specialism) via Creative Practice degree at the University of Bolton is a flexible programme that can be a platform for a single specialism or an interdisciplinary career path.

It’s an innovative and dynamic course, and allows students to develop their creative practice via a range of negotiated projects. For those wishing to combine multiple practices for an interdisciplinary route, it’s important to approach the course with an open mind.

By being open to new ideas, concepts and techniques, it’s possible to develop core transferable skills for just about any workplace. Here are some tips and tricks for ensuring your methods are as fluid and adaptable as possible.

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Get hands-on with new projects

The very first step in breaking free from restrictive ways of thinking is to get hands-on and experiment with different disciplines of art. A more interdisciplinary approach can help us make creative arts more accessible, and can also improve innovation across industries.

Try new ways to express yourself. If you’re a pro at digital animation, pick up a paintbrush instead. If you’re a dance and performance graduate, try your hand at photography.

Collaborate with others

When you hit a brick wall with creativity, one of the best ways of getting those creative juices flowing again is through collaborative projects.

Not only does collaborative arts help students develop their interpersonal and teamwork skills for the workplace, but it allows for the sharing of ideas, opening up important discussions and debates in the arts world.

It brings together different skillsets, showing how each discipline can play a role in the future of art, and how people from all arts backgrounds can work together to achieve a single goal of creating something beautiful, inspiring and impactful.

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Be inspired by other students

Don’t forget to make the most of University of Bolton’s vibrant, friendly and supportive student campus and making connections with those around you. Our student community is diverse and inclusive, and gives you excellent opportunities to grow your network.

Make time to check out other students’ work, attend student-organised events and exhibitions, and extract, share and discuss different ideas with your peers. This is a great way keep creativity flowing while developing transferable skills.

Get out and about

The best way to feel inspired is to get out into the world and let people, places and events bring you new ideas. Being too bogged down by your studies can be restrictive at times, so make sure you have time to relax and wind down.

Going to the theatre, visiting museums and art galleries, attending music events, or simply travelling to new locations can be fantastic for blowing away those cobwebs and getting the right brain ticking over.

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Appreciate all art forms

By understanding different forms of art and expression, you can build a positive view of an integrated arts world; where artists and creators from digital to print, performance to installation, all work harmoniously together.

Instead of choosing one art form over another, you will learn to appreciate the power of each discipline. If you want to free your mind and be more open with your creative practice, try to build your transferable skills by taking an interest in all art, not just your area of expertise or interest.

Are you interested in developing more transferable skills in art and taking your career the next level? Our MA (Specialism) via Creative Practice course is a great way to master multidisciplinary art techniques and methods for a range of job roles.

To find out more about applying in September 2021, see our course page for details.

If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

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