Arts Residential College

Explore, engage and energize your creativity with like-minded peers and supportive faculty.

Collaborate to move your work from the classroom to arts spaces across campus and in the community.

Arts College Student Staff

Catherine MacKay

Catherine MacKay

"The Residential College program is such a special opportunity, and my first year would not have been the same if I did not participate. Being a part of the Arts Residential College, you get to live with a diverse group of people who share similar interests as you, and watch each other grow throughout the year. Having that close community and strong support system from the moment I stepped on campus made the transition to college so much easier, and I know these bonds will surpass the rest of my years here at Bucknell."

Hometown: Farmington, Conn.
Major: theatre

Chiara Evans

Chiara Evans

"I love my res college because it gave me the opportunity to bearound people who are interested in some of the same things that I am, and it provided a really supportive environment which made my transition to college much easier. I feel like I really bonded with the other students in my res college, and we were also able to develop close relationships with the
Junior and Senior fellows. I've made some of my closest friends through the res college program, and I'm so glad I was able to be a part of it!!"

Hometown: Natick, Mass.
Major: biology

Em Sharp

Em Sharp

"The community that I am apart of because I choose to do a Residential College, specifically the Arts Residential College, is something unlike any club or group on campus can provide and is completely indispensable. I've met some of my closest friends through this program while pursuing my interests in the arts, despite my major, and growing as a person, student, and artist as a result. Over the past year, I have learned so much about who I am and who I want to be because of the Arts Residential College."

Hometown: Ohiopyle, Pa.
Major: biomedical engineering

Faith Trejo

Faith Trejo

"Being within the Arts Res College has allowed me to meet many fascinating people with a passion and love for the talent they possess. I came into the Arts Res College skeptical of what it was going to be like and I loved it so much that I'm now going to be a Junior fellow for it! It has taught me a lot about myself and has brung upon new interests. It has allowed me to makea lot of new friends and some of the nicest people on the Bucknell campus belong in the Arts Res College. You surround yourself with kind and genuine people who you get to spend your time and live with."

Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
Major: undecided within College of Management

Arts College Alumni

Arts Residential College

Li Wan '10

Lin Wan '10

"I always tell people there are three important things I gained from my liberal arts education at Bucknell, and I carry them with me in my career path: 1. Always ask why, and why not; 2. Follow your heart/interest; 3. Make a difference."

Alumni Story: Li Wan '10

Arts Residential College

Mary Oluokun '16

"I've lived in various places in the U.S. and abroad, so I always felt different. Now I feel like I have so much inside of me that I'm sure of. Bucknell has helped me grow into the person that I am proud of today."

Student Story: Mary Oluokun '16

Foundation Seminar Course Choices

Course Details

  • Pop & Protest
    Prof. Barry Long
    RESC 098 05
  • Discovery of Expressive Self
    Prof. Dustyn Martincich
    RESC 098 06
  • Making Something from Nothing
    Prof. Anna Kell
    RESC 098 07
  • Writing in the Half-Known World
    Prof. Joe Scapellato
    RESC 098 08

Discovery of Expressive Self

Using tools of the actor’s preparation, students will  awaken their observational skills and creativity in order to better connect with themselves and world around them. Students will explore the body and voice as primary communicators of personal narrative and uncover their own habits, beliefs, and bias through written and experiential exercises, reading and witnessing stories and performances, and engaging in discussion and collaboration. A special focus will be spent on individual and partner scene work that aims to deeply consider the lives of others.

Pop & Protest

Despite frequent calls to simply "shut up and sing," popular artists have always been vital catalysts for change. This course investigates the roles and responsibilities for musicians within popular culture, giving particular attention to their engagement with social and political movements. How have groundbreaking songs and performances influenced and inspired their historical contexts? A larger goal relating to the first year experience lies in a dialogue regarding how modern American society "sees" each other. What defines our identity and how in turn do we identify others? How do discussions and disputes over race, class, and prejudice present a challenge for living an examined life? Do social constructs exist that influence our impressions and decisions? Through an examination of creative works we will explore and challenge the values of modern society as well as our own.

Cinema of the Mind

As that title implies, narratives can be expressed in many forms, and we will explore several of them: narrative poetry, literary non-fiction, film (feature and documentary), as well as printed stories that incorporate pictures or other graphic elements.

In this course, students will sharpen their insight into how narratives are constructed and how ubiquitous they are in our daily lives.  They will also gain an appreciation of the challenges involved in finding and following an inspiration, along with the challenge of exploring and elaborating that inspiration until it takes on a life of its own in the world. To this end, students will create one highly polished short story (revision is mandatory) in addition to several shorter works.  Short writing exercises as well as discussions led by student panels will further hone written and oral communication abilities.  A love of writing and a desire to understand narrative from both the author's and critic’s perspective will be of great benefit in this course.

Making Something from Nothing

Thinking about the quality and character of materials and substances has deep implications for our selves and the way we choose to build the world around us. Often taken for granted, the choice of material is an essential component for creating content in a work of art. When artists employ unconventional materials, they are often exercising a critical position, sometimes rejecting or reframing the status quo, and always challenging viewers to do the same.


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