Arts Academy Boarding High School: Comparative Arts Major

The Comparative Arts major attracts young artists with multiple skills and interests: creative writing, music, visual art, acting and dance.

The Comparative Arts major attracts young artists with multiple skills and interests: creative writing, poetry, music, visual art, acting and dance. Students in the major explore cross-disciplinary interests in multiple arts and academic areas and channel their own creative energies through self-directed projects. The art of collaboration is developed during the creative process. Students learn to develop an idea and enhance it through the study of other art forms. Our mantra: To live with curiosity every day and create life-changing art in life and performance.

While studying comparative arts, students cultivate research and communication skills, critical thinking and aesthetic awareness. They develop as self-directed learners and problem-solvers who can confidently navigate the creative process from an original idea to implementation, evaluation and refinement. Comparative artists are interested in exploring connections between unlikely topics, such as science and the arts, humanities and nature, community engagement and health.

Updated curricular information is forthcoming!

How to Apply

  1. Prepare the materials listed here: admission requirements
  2. Complete the online application
  3. Submit your materials online in the Admission Community

Though not required, a campus visit is recommended. You can tour the campus, visit classes, and possibly take in a performance. You can meet and talk with students who are living the Academy experience.

Our admission counselors are here to help you in any way they can. If you wish to talk with someone about Academy programs, the application process, a campus visit, or other topics, they will be happy to work with you. Simply call 800.681.5912 or 231.276.7472 or email

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Comparative Arts


Clyde Sheets

Director, Comparative Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy

M.F.A., Design and Production, San Francisco State University, B.F.A., Stage Directing and Sculpture, Central Michigan University