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.

Comparative Arts is an interdisciplinary, collaborative, process-driven division, where students explore the broad spectrum of what Interlochen has to offer, while developing their own artistic practice. Scholarship, craft, and collaboration are combined in the Comparative Arts curriculum as each student studies artistic expression and performance and then uses those expressive forms as a lens through which to study the world around them. Our belief is that there is a fundamental educational importance in interdisciplinary collaborative work and that each students’ distinct voice and artistic practice should shape their Interlochen experience. This means:

  • Developing your artistic practice(s).
  • Developing your artistic voice.
  • Developing leadership and collaborative skills.
  • Adding your voice to the creation of original work through collaboration with other students.
  • Dedicating yourself to the pursuit of knowledge and history of artistic expression.
  • Being the best artist, scholar, and citizen you can be.

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.

Comparative Arts Syllabus - Fall 2018

How to Apply

  1. Prepare the materials listed here: portfolio 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