Arts at Krea

At Krea, we recognise artistic activity to be both specific and pervasive. It is reflected both in different artistic genres and art forms and in the potential for creative action in diverse domains. The design of the major — involving courses, immersive student experience, internships, capstone theses and placement tracks — reflects this complementary understanding of the Arts.

The Krea arts major introduces students to a wide range of arts practice domains such as performance, scholarship, digital and intermedia arts, curation, production, arts management, editing, journalism, and stagecraft. The undergraduate program will provide a breadth of understanding of various arts and performance practices across the world, heightened socio-cultural awareness, thorough grounding in theoretical frameworks, approaches in art-making, arts entrepreneurship, arts journalism, and a critically informed appreciation of the arts. At the same time, the major will foreground creative experience as foundational to learning. Artistic activity can enhance creative thinking and action in any domain of human existence. Students will explore the creative potential of the arts for enhanced learning, socially engaged action, and leadership development.

With an interwoven approach, the Krea arts major offers an innovative spectrum of choices. Students will be encouraged to explore politics, religion, social theories, political and cultural histories, heritage and conservation, archival work and documentation in interwoven and elective modules, alongside arts policy, design thinking, stage and film crafting, and production management. Our focus on technology, new media, co-creation, and collaboration alongside historical, textual, and contextual perspectives prepares students for engaged, empathetic, and ethical action. Broadening our understanding of art, the program will enlist emerging disciplines such as the digital humanities – where digital methods become integral to critical scholarship and knowledge production – and artscience – where the practice of art is integral to developing scientific thinking and textured understanding of scientific phenomena.

 

The Approach

The arts curriculum at Krea will be responsive to the aspirations of each student and combine experiential learning modules and theoretical knowledge. Students will be encouraged to reflect on forms and develop critical analytical skills while engaging with foundational questions. In keeping with Krea’s interwoven pedagogical practices, courses will be taught as workshops, seminars, dialogue-based film screenings, studio and lab work, ethnographic field work, and collaborative projects, with each student culminating their program of study with a unique capstone project/thesis. Capstone theses may take the form of creative works, installations, research studies, archival work, community work, media production, business plans, and science and technology projects.

Krea and the arts division have exciting partnerships with a host of artistes, thinkers and experts from the field who are invited regularly to add value to the course work. Our location in Andhra Pradesh and proximity to Chennai, both cultural hubs of tremendous cultural corpus mean access to networking opportunities, festivals and museums, mentorship and diverse artistic practices.

Programme Details

Required Courses

Possible electives

  • World art traditions – history, aesthetics and ethics
  • Indian art traditions – history, aesthetics and ethics
  • Art and media
  • Art as response
  • Artistic practice
  • Art Pro Seminar
  • ArtScience
  • Political economy of art
  • Heritage and sustainability
  • The creative industry
  • Theories and models for creative collaboration
  • Design thinking and the arts
  • The design of music
  • How to read a film
  • Da Vinci and MF Hussain in conversation
  • When gestures touch our souls – on theater and puppetry
  • Encountering specters of the sixth sense – communication in a digital multimedia world
  • Does art matter?
  • Cultural leadership
  • Story in arts
  • Writing in and for the arts
  • Sense and sensation
  • The avantgarde
  • Curatorial philosophy
  • Listening to images
  • Composition and constitution
  • Aesthetic objects
  • Canon formation in the arts
  • Body, memory and the senses in performance
  • Aesthetics, emotion, and intimacy
  • Methods for analysis of artistic practices (transcription, diagrammatic representation, writing)
  • Textual traditions, oral traditions, technology and ethics
  • Artistic experience – anthropological and philosophical perspectives

Anil Srinivasan

Associate Professor of Practice
Literature & the Arts

Anil Srinivasan

Associate Professor of Practice
Literature & the Arts

MPhil, Columbia University

Hariharan Krishnan

Professor of Practice
Literature & the Arts
Director, Media Lab

Hariharan Krishnan

Professor of Practice
Literature & the Arts
Director, Media Lab

Diploma in Film Direction, TV in Film & TV Institute of India

Srajana Kaikini

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Humanities & Social Sciences and Literature & the Arts

Srajana Kaikini

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Humanities & Social Sciences and Literature & the Arts

PhD, Manipal University

Sumitra Ranganathan

Senior Assistant Professor of Music
Literature & the Arts and Humanities & Social Sciences

Sumitra Ranganathan

Senior Assistant Professor of Music
Literature & the Arts and Humanities & Social Sciences

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Swarnamalya Ganesh

Assistant Professor of Practice

Swarnamalya Ganesh

Assistant Professor of Practice

PhD, University of Madras

The Krea arts graduate will discover many different pathways in the arts, not only as performers/creators but also a variety of roles including educator, policymaker, curator, producer, editor, and entrepreneur.