Arts Residential College

Perform, compose, represent and build art.

Explore the connection between creativity and culture. Reflect on your vision of the world. Celebrate the imagination. Grow as an artist and human being and affirm the connection between life and art.

Arts College Student Staff

Yasameen Mohammadi, Resident Fellow

Yasameen Mohammadi

"Being part of any Residential College is a unique experience here at Bucknell, as you will get to not only take a class but also live with the people who share the same interest and enthusiasm as you. By joining the Arts Residential College as a first-year student, you will learn how to express yourself through different mediums such as dance, music, drawing and painting. Besides, you will also get to travel to the big cities with your hall-mates, some of them your best friends, to visit a museum or watch a Broadway show, which is pretty amazing."

Hometown: Kabul, Afghanistan
Major: undecided

James Kim, Junior Fellow

James Kim

"The Arts Residential College is a wonderful way to connect with others who have the same interests as you do, and the program will welcome you to your new home here at Bucknell. No art experience is required so long as the students have the ambition and interest to learn about the arts. Although the program does not relate to my current major, I believe that the Arts Residential College is a great way to introduce first years to the Bucknell community along with its artistic life."

Hometown: Hatfield, Pa.
Major: neuroscience

Caitlin Kalsbeek

Caitlin Kalsbeek

"One of my best decisions at Bucknell was joining the Arts Residential College. Being a part of a residential college is an amazing way to live with people who have similar interests, whether it is through a major or through extracurricular activities. Living in a residential community also made my transition and adjustment to Bucknell significantly smoother, as I immediately had a group of friends within the first few days of orientation. I'm excited to have the opportunity to continue being a part of this amazing community!"

Hometown: Redding, Calif.
Major: chemical engineering

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

  • Discovery of Expressive Self
    Prof. Dustyn Martincich
    RESC 098 04
  • Pop & Protest
    Prof. Barry Long
    RESC 098 05
  • Cinema of the Mind
    Prof. James Buck
    RESC 098 06
  • Making Something from Nothing
    Prof. Anna Kell
    RESC 098 07

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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