In Summer 2008, the Council of Arts Accrediting Associations, in conjunction with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), empanelled a working group focusing on multidisciplinary and multimedia artistic work and education.
The purpose of this group is to explore issues related to multidisciplinary work and education centered in or incorporating arts/design from a “beyond accreditation” perspective.
In January 2010, the leadership of CAAA renamed the group the Commission on Multidisciplinary Multimedia; in August 2013, the name was changed to the Commission on Creative Multidisciplinary Convergence.
The commission’s focus is on creative multidisciplinary convergence and technologies (CMCT), sometimes called “multidisciplinary multimedia.”
The commission has no accreditation function at this time. Its mode of working is exploratory, open-ended in nature, and is intended to facilitate and synthesize a field-wide discussion on CMCT or multimedia and multidisciplinary studies in higher education.
Members of the commission, each representing one of the four arts accrediting organizations, have presented their work, solicited feedback, and facilitated discussions at Annual Meetings of all four arts accrediting organizations. Their goal is to assist institutions in local decision-making on matters related to CMCT work and education.
Members of the Commission on Creative Multidisciplinary Convergence include:
George Brown, Western Carolina University
Daniel Lewis, Limón Institute
Peter Raad, Southern Methodist University
Jamy Sheridan, Maryland Institute College of Art
CMCT Tool Kit
In order to support and facilitate discussions about CMCT work at institutions, CAAA has released a tool kit of resources. The tool kit is a helpful resource for institutions considering issues pertaining to creative multidisciplinary convergence and technologies.