The Westtown School Deep Dive Certificate Program promotes an interdisciplinary lens through which students design and experience their education. The Certificate denotes and honors students who have engaged in an intentional, organized, and well-documented arc of project-based learning and focused scholarship within a specific realm of inquiry.
The Deep Dive Certificate in Multidisciplinary Arts denotes artist-scholars who successfully build and complete a course of study and action that engages the arts to enact a better world. Through coursework, mentorship, collaboration, individualized study, research, performance opportunities, and responsible fieldwork, the arts hone essential human skills of critical thinking, communication, and empathy, and empower students to draw those skills out in other people (i.e., to empower others). Instead of seeing things as they are, the arts construct propositions for things as they ought to be. Students in Westtown’s Arts program use the arts to take radical leaps of faith artistically, academically, and spiritually to innovate solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
Students pursuing the Certificate in Multidisciplinary Arts will design plans of study for an experience-based education that emphasizes a deliberate approach to artmaking. This Deep Dive requires activating the wisdom of a variety of fields to solve a problem and propose a solution using multidisciplinary artmaking.
Students will use Westtown’s resources to dig deep into their creative and academic curiosity to sharpen their imaginations and develop their practice of lifelong learners and seekers of continuing revelation.
Students will either participate in an arts-based trip to occur over spring break coordinated by faculty, or a community engagement experience of their own design. This trip will be designed to engage multidisciplinary Deep Dive students with the world around them. Students will experience arts and service institutions outside of West Chester in the interest of building ethical relationships and activating community resources to inform students’ artmaking. The school-sponsored off-campus immersion trips will rotate between Philadelphia/New York City in the first year, and Baltimore/Washington, D.C. in the second year. On these trips, students will attend performances, visit exhibits, and have meal-time lectures with local artists in each city.
Over a student’s junior and senior years, they will develop a culminating project in consultation with their arts program director and the Deep Dive coordinator. Culminating projects can include but are not limited to: a body of artwork, an installation, a film, an exhibit, a play script, a one-person show, a performance art happening, an original composition, a recital, a collection of performed poetry, etc. Culminating projects should synthesize insights from the required coursework and the off-campus immersion component.
|Junior Fall||Complete Plan of Study|
The Plan of Study will encourage students to be intentional in building a path of study that supports their artistic and academic curiosity, ensuring that students utilize the cross-departmental resources available at Westtown in both the academic and co-curricular program. Students will identify the topics and themes they wish to explore deeply and the ways in which the arts and other disciplines inform this investigation. They will provide a rationale for the ways their proposed course of study informs their investigation.
|Junior Spring||Update Plan of Study|
Off-Campus Immersion Opportunity (either junior or senior year)
Colloquium (Project 1)
|Senior Fall||Update Plan of Study|
Interview with an Expert (Project 2)
Raw Showcase (Project 3)
Performing Arts Tutorial or Studio Art Forum
|Senior Spring||Off-Campus Immersion Opportunity (either junior or senior year)|
Symposium (Project 4)
Final Portfolio (Capstone)
In order for students to participate in this program, they must be endorsed by their advisor and class dean. Then, they must be interviewed by their artistic program director and the Multidisciplinary Arts Deep Dive coordinator. Students will be considered based on their academic record as assessed by the advisor and class dean, and their artistic vision and potential for proactivity, as assessed by the arts faculty.