Summer 2024 dates are June 17-July 12.

The following courses are from Summer 2023 and will be updated to Summer 2024 in November.

Non-degree-seeking, postbaccalaureate, and students from other graduate programs seeking elective and professional development coursework are welcome to join our Seminars and Studio Apprenticeships. Practicum and Writing Apprenticeships are restricted to only students accepted to the Creative Pulse Graduate Program.

Classes are not held on Federal Holidays, or Saturdays and Sundays.


CP 582 - Seminar 1: Visual & Acoustic Thinking

Tuesday, June 20-Monday, June 26, 1-5 p.m.

Instructor: Michael Musick

First and Second Year Students.

This seminar explores visual (eye) vs acoustic (ear) learning, thinking, and teaching. By the end of this course, we will have examined how acoustic-based learning modalities
and curriculum can be used to change how you deliver and conceptualize aspects of your teaching. Going further, we will utilize reading and analysis, experiential learning, writing, and practice-based research to consider how visual or acoustic thinking alter how we approach and engage our  world. Supporting participants’ work as educators, we tie these ideas to learning styles and ways of knowing. In order to deepen our connection to acoustic ways of knowing, we will also engage in Deep Listening practices and theory, as pioneered by the seminal American artist and musician, Pauline Oliveros.

CP 583 - Seminar 2: Digital Tech in the Arts

Tuesday, June 27-Friday, June 30, 1-5 p.m. and Monday, July 3, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Justin Lewis

First and Second Year Students. This seminar offers an exciting and in-depth look at our place in a rapidly evolving and interconnected digital world. Through an exploration of the tools and applications of the digital artist, as well as the unprecedented creative possibilities that this technology allows, we can begin to better embrace the global connectivity that is driving innovation and expanding our abilities for self-expression, learning, and global sharing. This journey will include hands-on projects, research, and exploration into the history and relationship of art and technology; an exploration of current trends in Media Arts today; and the exciting future of art and technology that will be an integrated part of education in our lifetime.

CP 584 - Seminar 3: Site Specific Art

Wednesday, July 5-Monday, June 10, 9:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m. 

Instructor: Rafael Chacon

First and Second Year Students.

Site-specific art is intended to resonate with its setting, both natural and human-made. This course explores site-specific art and the immediacy of the art experience outside the gallery and museum. Through field trips, discussions, slide lectures, and hands-on projects, we shall immerse ourselves in what Richard Wagner called the Gesammtkunstwerk, or “total work of art,” and have our senses awakened through the experience of art in its intentional contexts. 

CP 585 - Seminar 4: Documentary & Verbatim Theatre

Tuesday, July 11 - Thursday, July 13, 12:15-5:30 p.m. and Friday, July 14, 9:15  a.m. -1:30 p.m. 

Instructor: Jillian Campana

First and Second Year Students.

This seminar looks at Documentary Theatre, Verbatim Theatre and Ethnodrama, traditions that privilege non-fiction and seek to unpack stories, events, and subject matter. These theatrical forms offer students a way to investigate  community and individual identities, celebrate the  marginalized, and reassess and investigate historical events and ideologies. We will study processes and productions and learn how to develop projects for learning communities that use interviews, newspapers and historical documents to create a dramatic text.


CP 587 - Art Ed Practicum: Personal Performance

Tuesday, June 20-Friday, June 23 9:15 a.m.- 12 p.m. and Tuesday, July 11-Thursday, July 14, 9:15-11:30 a.m.

Instructors: Marc Moss and Karen Kaufmann

First and Second Year Students. This course investigates the art of personal performance. Drawing from personal narrative, students will design solo performance works incorporating material from various art forms. The first-year students will focus on personal storytelling, while second-year students will design a performance using techniques from theatre, movement, music, spoken word, visual or performance art. Throughout the course, participants will generate personal source material, design an original solo performance work, participate in peer feedback, and present their personal performance to an audience during the final week of the program.


CP 588 - Apprenticeship: Integrated Indigineous Arts in Education

Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 a.m.

Instructors: Cameron Decker

First and Second Year Students. Integrated Indigenous Arts will teach students about Indigenous cultural art forms to integrate into their courses. With STEAM collaboration in mind, students will practice various contemporary Indigenous arts while learning about their cultural significance. Students will learn about contemporary Native American art and visit the Missoula Art Museum and Salish Kootenai College to view artworks. Students will demonstrate what they have learned by creating a relevant learning unit to integrate into their teaching practices.  

CP 588 - Apprenticeship Of Ink, Water, Words and Paper

Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 a.m.

Instructor: Steven Krutek

First and Second Year Students. This course will focus on the Japanese print-making technique of suminagashi (translates to 'ink floating'), haiku poetry, and bookbinding.  Students will learn the intertwined history and techniques of all three of these artforms within Japanese culture and beyond. The week will culminate in each student's creation of a hand-bound book using a stab-binding technique that will highlight their poetry and suminagashi prints. 

CP 588 - Apprenticeship Creative Placemaking

Monday, July 3-Friday, July 7, 2-5:30 p.m.

No class on July 4.

Instructor: Chris Neely

First and Second Year Students. The emerging field of creative placemaking utilizes arts and culture to make positive change in communities, systems, and projects. Students in this studio course explore the playful art of creative placemaking while focusing on the use of creativity to transform and create space. Special attention will be given to how this interdisciplinary approach contributes to creative learning environments as well as its capacity to create and support resilient, sustainable communities. Students will explore possibilities of integration of creative placemaking concepts in their own educational communities. 

CP 588 - Apprenticeship: Random Acts of Singing 

Monday, July 3-Friday, July 7, 2-5:30 p.m.

No class on July 4.

Instructor: Teresa Waldorf

First and Second Year Students. BECOMING THE TRIPLE THREAT! 

You can Dance….You can Act…You can Sing!!! Now you just need to do them all at the same time!! Learning to perform a Musical Theatre song selection of your choice complete with musical and vocal coaching. Students will learn about singing in character, staging, finding their focus, communicating with an audience, and working with an accompanist. Students will rehearse to karaoke tracts and/or recordings of the accompaniment and finish with a showcase performance with live accompanists, and optional costumes. No experience needed…just the wiliness to leave it all on the stage.   


CP 588 - Apprenticeship: Morning Movement

Monday, June 26-Friday, June 30, 8-9 a.m. and 
Monday, July 3-Thursday, July 13, 8-9:15 a.m.

Instructor: Lulu Delphine and Brooklyn Draper 

First and Second Year Students. This apprenticeship explores three weeks of morning movement investigating personal expression and creativity. Participants are invited to use movement to deepen their kinesthetic sensibilities, cultivate individuality, and develop a holistic connection between mind and body. Through regular studio participation, this course will focus on building community and developing a personal movement practice. New perspectives will be offered each week with a rotating set of instructors.



Writing Apprenticeships

CP 588 - Awakening the Writer Within 

Instructor:  Steve Kalling

Online Learning - Work continues remotely throughout the 2023-2024 Academic Year

First Year Students ONLY. This Writing Apprenticeship course parallels students’ independent work with their Field Projects. Through a series of independent and collaborative activities exploring the practices and habits of writers at work, the course allows students to develop and refine their own individual writing process skills in the context of creating a quality reflective narrative of their Field Projects. 

CP 588 - Advanced Writing Lab

Instructor:  Steve Kalling

Online Learning - Work continues remotely throughout the 2023-2024 Academic Year

Second Year Students ONLY. This Writing Apprenticeship course parallels students’ independent work with their Final Creative Project. We’ll move through drafting and revision activities (both individual and with peers) designed to keep the project moving forward in manageable increments as well as address graduate-level scholarship and formatting considerations, culminating in a clean, complete draft to bring to your committee for final revisions and edits towards a defensible draft.


Courses listed below require self-guided, independent work with oversight and mentorship provided by with the instructor. Courses run June 19-July 14.

CP 589 - Arts Education Field Project

Instructor: Faith Morrison
First Year Students ONLY. The first-year independent project designed around the students’ teaching, artistic, or research interests.

CP 597 - Research I 

Instructor: Faith Morrison

First Year Students ONLY. Students engage in independent research,  analyzing ideas and conceptualizing their knowledge about the history, questions and understanding of their field of study.

CP 597 - Research II 

Instructor: Faith Morrison

Second Year Students ONLY. Students engage in independent research,  analyzing ideas and conceptualizing their knowledge about the history, questions and understanding of their field of study.

CP 599 - Professional Paper

Final Creative Project Students ONLY. An extensive research paper that documents and evaluates the research,  literature, and conclusions of the Final Creative Project.  Connects the ideas, opinions, and questions with those of experts in the field.

Register for this course after successfully completing the Advanced Writing Lab and register for the section associated with your project chair.