Arts-Based Learning

Arts-Based Learning refers to the purposeful use of artistic skills, processes, and experiences as educational tools to foster learning in non-artistic disciplines and domains.  Two of the most widely used approaches are design thinking process and visual thinking strategies

Boston University, with programs in the visual arts, theatre, music, creative writing, playwriting, art history, and film and television, celebrates and supports arts-based learning across the university.  Below are some examples of ways that BU faculty are employing arts-based learning to promote learning in non-arts disciplines.

If you are interested in connecting with arts faculty to develop an arts-based learning experience, please contact the BU Arts Initiative  (Office of the Provost) or the CFA Deans Office.

Feature Articles and Videos on Arts-Based Learning at BU
Use of Visual Thinking Strategies at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine
BU Arts Initiative Arts Integration Video Series
Nile Project Residency
Improv and Scientists
College of General Studies Capstone Projects

BU Courses Using Arts-Based Learning
CAS PY 103:  Cinema Physica
CAS WR 100: Graphic Representations
CAS WR 100: Global Documentary
CAS WR  Arts Now Series
CAS WS 326:  Arts of Gender
CAS WS 356:  Women and Comedy in America
CAS WS 346:  Women & Film
CAS WS 344:  Images of Women in Popular Fiction
QST OB 221: The Dynamics of Leading Organizations & People
ENG EK 131/132 EB: The Electric Guitar as a Gateway to Electro-acoustics

Further Resources
Arts Based STEM Learning
More Evidence Favoring Art-Based Learning of STEM