At Krea University, we believe in a holistic approach to education we call interwoven learning, based on a set of guiding principles we see as essential for a transformative and cutting-edge college experience. We believe that a deep engagement with our interwoven philosophy and approach — teaching, learning, research, and life — will prepare students for the challenges the future holds, helping them unpack a complex and intricate tapestry of relationships among humans, machines, and nature in ways that will transform the world. As a metaphor, interweaving signals a braided imagination, the creation of a fabric of togetherness in which varied knowledge systems cohere to constitute the warp and the weft of human endeavour and innovation.
Whereas interdisciplinary learning shows us how to combine methodological toolkits from different domains, interwoven learning is something larger, manifesting as a field of consciousness from which each learner will proceed towards a richer understanding of an oftentimes messy and chaotic world. Students will gain a deep awareness and respect for the dynamic interwovenness of all disciplines, exploring multiple ways of thinking to arrive at holistic and layered solutions. They will be encouraged to observe and analyse how different strands of knowledge from the arts, sciences, and humanities converge, coalesce, and diverge in order to enrich themselves and one another.
Students will develop a sense of place as they learn to think, reflect, communicate, create, collaborate, and act in a host of different contexts and learning situations. They will uncover deeper interconnections among disciplines, individuals, communities, cultures, and reality at large. They will also learn how to learn, re-learn and unlearn, become flexible, nimble thinkers and doers who can adapt to fast- changing environments with grace, humility, confidence, and ease.
Every student at Krea will engage in multi-directional refinement of knowledge and wisdom through interwoven learning, right from the intensive and eclectic first year experience we offer to the rigorous capstone thesis in the third and final year. Every major at Krea will be writing intensive, interdisciplinary, and research based; focus on ethics and the historicity of different ideas, concepts, and practices; provide immersive experiences; develop awareness of data analytics and the impact of rapidly evolving technologies on disciplines and communities; and raise questions about different domains of knowledge and their relationship to the world in which we live.
Krea University offers 3-year B.A. (Honours) & B.Sc. (Honours) degrees, with an option to do an additional year i.e. fourth year of Advanced Studies.
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To this end, the curriculum re-imagined by the eminent Academic Council after much deliberation, is based on eight key components, which are woven together to achieve the targeted outcomes
At Krea University, our mission is to foster a sense of curiosity and intellectual adventure among college learners. We seek to equip our students with confidence, purpose, and the capacity for creative and critical thinking - for reflection and discernment - in their first year through an initial three trimesters of Core and Skills courses.
This first-year curriculum, built on Krea’s unique interwoven learning model, will help every student identify the major that most excites them and best suits their career and life interests. It will also provide a window into college-level academic inquiry in a range of disciplines.
Students will choose a major in their second year after they complete eleven Core and Skills course requirements at Krea. The faculty mentor assigned to each individual student in the first trimester will engage regularly with the student in an advisory role to help both with the choice of major and in creating an academic action plan for the student for the next two years.
We offer majors in thirteen disciplines, and fifteen minors, all housed in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, Division of Literature and Arts, and Division of Sciences respectively.
Students will complete required and elective courses towards the major in accordance with the guidelines provided in each individual major description. They will also be encouraged to choose cognate and/or elective courses in other disciplines. These additional courses may count towards a Joint or Double major, fulfill the requirements of a minor, or simply reflect the breadth of disciplinary knowledge available at Krea. A maximum of two courses may be double counted towards two different majors, or a major and a minor. In addition, Krea students will complete a collaboratively taught Core course in their second year, and a capstone project/thesis in their third year.
Core Courses give students the necessary broad based exposure to a range of subjects (including science, technology and mathematics). This will also help students discover their true passion and interest and choose appropriate concentrations in the 2nd year.
Core Courses will span various disciplines ranging from the Natural Sciences, to Social Sciences, to Literature, the Arts and the Humanities. The broad areas that will make up the Core include the following:
In addition, an interdisciplinary core course is required to be taken in the 3rd year; which is a primarily faculty team-taught interdisciplinary seminar. This allows for a more advanced treatment of the subject matter than at the entry level Core classes.
All majors and minors at Krea have been designed in accordance with our guiding principles on interwoven learning.
For more information on particular majors and their requirements, please see below.
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Chosen elective courses allow a student to explore the curriculum, make connections between disciplines, and develop new academic interests over time. Such a combination of breadth and depth prepares each student for what he or she wishes to pursue post Krea University.
It is Krea University’s strong belief that students learn more by immersing themselves in a ‘real world’ learning environment, which will be achieved by creating more ‘porous boundaries’ between the real world and the class room. To fullfill this requirement, students need to take up internships or projects (graded) during summer breaks.
All students (regardless of concentration) will write a Thesis or a Project in their final year. This graded thesis/project can be done by an individual student or by a team of up to 3 students. This will be done under the supervision of a faculty member.
Advanced studies in the 4th year (optional) - Students will have an option to continue in the fourth year to take more advance courses within their major, more advanced interdisciplinary courses, and do an individual research thesis.
Across the three-year duration, students will undertake distinctive activities, designed to make their journey at Krea University more holistic, inspirational and stimulating.
a. Graduation Essay
Students will be assigned an essay in their first year on a topic such as “How to Lead a Good Purposeful Life?” This essay has to be submitted before they graduate, giving them time to reflect on questions beyond themselves and record their transformation during the course of their three years at Krea University.
b. Well-being Requirement Course
It is important that students develop their mind/body; they will be encouraged to pursue physical activities like sports, or outdoor activities like hiking, reflective activities like meditation/yoga, throughout their time at Krea University. In addition, each student will have to choose and successfully pass one such graded course.
c. Extra-curricular activities
Students will be exposed to a range of activities like lectures, seminars, performances, recitals by upcoming and eminent scholars and artistes. These are designed to help develop a strong sense of the aesthetic and have intellectual interests and interactions outside of the classroom.
Each major at Krea will be guided by a set of principles, which will be interwoven into the curriculum. All courses will be designed to have an element of these principles such that students are exposed to thinking through multiple perspectives within their own field. Through continuous exposure to these principles, students' ability to think holistically will get reiterated and reaffirmed throughout their course of study.
Faculty at Krea will continuously and rigorously evaluate students using multiple touch points such as quizzes, class participation, short exams, papers and final exams. No course will have a single unit of assessment to determine the entire course grade. Faculty will have the flexibility to decide on the structure depending on the subject.
For each course, in addition to a grade that will appear on the official transcript, there will also be a “subjective assessment” of the student’s “learning habits” and other intangible aspects of a student’s performance in the course.
The Centre for Writing and Pedagogy (CWP) is a teaching, training and research centre at Krea University devoted to develop writing pedagogy or the teaching of writing. The CWP is utilizing the methods of writing pedagogy to develop reading-writing focussed classroom pedagogies for the social-sciences, sciences, humanities and the arts.
The idea of learning writing as a way to learn the habits and practices of scholarly work in academia is a relatively new concept in Indian higher education. To develop and establish it, we are initiating work with school teachers and collaborations with universities in India and abroad to help build relevant and effective training and pedagogic material. The CWP at Krea University is a peer among those leading the charge to make the teaching of writing a transformative move in Indian higher education.
Learning to write effectively
The Centre for Writing and Pedagogy (CWP) enables Krea University’s mandate of a writing intensive curriculum where writing is a tool for critical and creative thinking, and a skill to be learned for clarity of communication and thoughtfulness of expression.
By working closely with the students and faculty, CWP faculty are creating course content and support-structures that meet the evolving needs of the university community. A specially trained team of teachers will handle “Writing and Oral Communications” – a compulsory skills course in the first term. The Krea community can look forward to creative writing workshops and research oriented extra-curricular events that promote a culture of writing, publication, peer work and collaboration.
The Quantitative Support Centre (QSC) at Krea is a resource centre to support the foundational mathematical needs of students at the university. The QSC will assist Krea students with navigating mathematical content they come across in the required core and skill courses during the first year of the undergraduate programme. Over time, the centre will also provide a mechanism for supporting other quantitative requirements at the university, including those that may arise as a part of specific majors and minors.
The QSC also
An interdisciplinary research space, the Media Lab at Krea allows students to go beyond just learning a craft. It is “a place for critical thinking and introspection, especially when most of the working tools that will be made available can be ‘mastered’ within a week by the millennial generation” says Prof. Hariharan Krishnan, Director of the Media Lab at Krea University.
To imagine and comprehend…
The media lab is a part of the ‘Creative Expression’ major at the School of Interwoven Arts & Sciences. Equipped with the latest cameras, lights, microphones and software for still photography, motion picture, computer graphics, 3D graphics, gaming, virtual reality and augmented reality, the media lab is a space where students can heighten their awareness to enhance creative expression.
The facility is utilized by both faculty and students to explore ‘visuals’ and ‘sound’ as the basic tools for communication and launch it as a platform to make synesthetic connections. For example, ‘Audiography’ will be about how every aspect of sound - from plain words to sound effects, musical notes to syncopated beats and everything - can be used as a tool in effective storytelling.
Workshops and activities
Regular, deep-guided workshops on topics like lighting, camera movement etc., addressing questions like ‘How can lighting scheme illuminate the crucial characteristics that reside in one’s mind? How does motion contribute to a change in perspective? Can camera movements add to the POV? And can all this be enhanced with the coming of VR and AR?’ are conducted here.
Managed by an experienced editing cum sound technician and a videographer, the media lab keeps a record of all lectures at Krea University. A specialist handles VR/AR projects.
Students can book their hours at the lab in advance and get expert guidance in moderating and articulating their ideas into doable projects. The lab also hosts VR/ Video and music shows for Krea faculty and students, to empower their creative perspectives.