Arts Residential College

Perform, compose, represent and build art.

Explore the connection between creativity and culture. Reflect on your vision of the world. Celebrate the imagination. Grow as an artist and human being and affirm the connection between life and art.

Arts College Student Staff

Abigail Dolan, Junior Fellow

Abigail Dolan, Junior Fellow

"The Arts Residential College helped me to find creative opportunities on campus, and learn more about all the ways Bucknell can help students be expressive. For example, the Arts Res College introduced me to the Gamelan Ensemble, which is now something I look forward to every day I have rehearsal. I was also opened to new art forms that I wasn’t as comfortable with, in a fun and interesting way, allowing me to better appreciate art on campus."

Hometown: North Kingstown, R.I.
Major: music with a focus on contemporary composition

James Kim, Junior Fellow

James Kim, Junior Fellow

"The Arts Residential College is a wonderful way to connect with others who have the same interests as you do, and the program will welcome you to your new home here at Bucknell. No art experience is required so long as the students have the ambition and interest to learn about the arts. Although the program does not relate to my current major, I believe that the Arts Residential College is a great way to introduce first years to the Bucknell community along with its artistic courses."

Hometown: Hatfield, Pa.
Major: neuroscience

Marjory Zuk, Junior Fellow

Marjory Zuk, Junior Fellow

"Joining the Arts Res College gave me an instant community feel here on campus that made my transition into Bucknell easy and fun. I learned so much without even realizing I was learning, and the common hour and field trip experiences have given me a unique perspective that I can apply to my art as well as my other endeavors. Since you don’t have to major in anything art-related to be an Arts College resident, my hallmates are very widely diverse, and getting to know them and connecting with them over our shared interests has been just as much of a learning experience as the activities themselves."

Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Major: theatre and political science

Arts College Alumni

Arts Residential College

Li Wan '10

Lin Wan '10

"I always tell people there are three important things I gained from my liberal arts education at Bucknell, and I carry them with me in my career path: 1. Always ask why, and why not; 2. Follow your heart/interest; 3. Make a difference."

Alumni Story: Li Wan '10

Arts Residential College

Mary Oluokun '16

"I've lived in various places in the U.S. and abroad, so I always felt different. Now I feel like I have so much inside of me that I'm sure of. Bucknell has helped me grow into the person that I am proud of today."

Student Story: Mary Oluokun '16

Foundation Seminar Course Choices

Course Details

Writing the Half-Known World

In this course we'll approach the writing process as a journey through what writer Robert Boswell calls the "half-known world" -- an approach in which the writer invites the unknown into the writing process, where, through revision, the written work teaches the writer what it "wants" to be about. 

You'll have the opportunity to creatively and critically write in a variety of genres, from fiction to nonfiction. We'll read a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction (from realism to magical realism, from memoir to critical essay) from a variety of American and international writers. Along the way we'll investigate the fertile crossroads of thinking "critically" and thinking "creatively" -- we'll debate the critical elements of creative writing and the creative elements of critical writing. If a difference exists between thinking critically and thinking creatively, what is this difference? What can the creative/critical writing process teach us about the world we live in -- and about ourselves? One of the primary goals of this course will be to sharpen a skill that will prove useful to you throughout college: critical and creative investigation through critical and creative writing.

Pop & Protest

Despite frequent calls to simply "shut up and sing," popular artists have always been vital catalysts for change.

This course investigates the roles and responsibilities for musicians within popular culture, giving particular attention to their engagement with social and political movements. How have groundbreaking songs and performances influenced and inspired their historical contexts? A larger goal relating to the first year experience lies in a dialogue regarding how modern American society "sees" each other. What defines our identity and how in turn do we identify others? How do discussions and disputes over race, class, and prejudice present a challenge for living an examined life? Do social constructs exist that influence our impressions and decisions? Through an examination of creative works we will explore and challenge the values of modern society as well as our own.

Discovery of Expressive Self

This course offers an introduction to acting intended for the student with or without stage experience. Looking closely at our own creative process and the performances of other artists in different fields, we will develop critical thinking in the "understanding of the limitation of one's own viewpoint as learned through exposure to sharply different perspectives."

Your journal and our class discussion will focus on the characteristics of a performance in a wider sense than only in the theatre. Do all performances take place onstage? Can we develop our creative abilities through the observation of our performances? What are the differences in the performative process while working alone or in collaboration with others? Centered in an experiential model of learning, this course will use workshops in improvisation, writing, acting, movement, and oral presentation to find a perspective on these and other questions. This Foundation Seminar also seeks to broaden the student's perspective by focusing on the social responsibility of the artist.

Masks and Meaning

What is the transformational power of the mask for the contemporary performer? Which societies keep mask traditions alive through religious ritual, community celebration, and/or artistic expression?  How do these communities imbue masks with spirit? 

Discover the world of masks through this hands-on studio class in mask design and mask making. Movement workshops focus on two contrasting performance styles, Italian Commedia dell’Arte (using the mask you make) and Japanese Noh Performance. Social identity and ritual healing for our contemporary community are explored through collaboratively creating original masks. Your research into the expressive power of a specific tradition – Native American, Africa, Asia, Indonesia, or your own – is shared both through class presentation and your creation of a mask inspired by your study.


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