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The InterArts Department teaches artists to collaborate, to innovate, to be entrepreneurs, and to be adaptable and resilient, as well as socially aware. InterArtists move fluidly between different art disciplines, working both collaboratively and independently. They take classes appropriate to their chosen pathway, whether it’s Design, Storytelling, Digital Communication or Performance, focusing on experimental modes of stretching the fixed boundaries of the separate disciplines.

  • The InterArts Performance is student devised and original, showcasing the intersection of technology, various art forms, and performance
  • InterArts students produce both a Junior Show and a Senior Show. These shows, which are as unique as every individual student, take many possible forms and happen in a variety of locations
  • Depending on their particular focus and schedule, InterArts students may audition for Theatre or Film & Digital Media productions, model for fashion shows, and submit work to gallery exhibits
  • Spring and Summer internships in New York and Palm Springs
  • InterArts students participate in Masterclasses with practicing interdisciplinary artists who provide inspiration in their fields
  • The InterArts Department goes on field trips to explore the work of professional interdisciplinary artists
  • InterArts students work in collaboration to support each other’s shows and events
Academy Courses

The InterArts Chair selects from courses offered by all Idyllwild Arts Academy arts departments to create the best class schedule for each student according to their chosen pathway.

The following classes are InterArts requirements:

  • Interdisciplinary Mind
  • Independent Study
  • Performance Workshop
  • Interdisciplinary Technologies
College Matriculation
  • ArtCenter College of Design
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Hampshire College
  • NYU
  • Parsons School of Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
  • Syracuse University
  • UC Berkeley
  • University of the Arts London
  • University of Oregon
of our students who apply are accepted.

InterArts is an interdisciplinary department that provides you with structured pathways to move between art forms. If you are interested in how to combine art forms or in how different art forms intersect then InterArts is the department for you.

Gather skills in several art forms while discovering what it means to be an artist for you personally. InterArtists are independently motivated thinkers who dissolve the barriers between art forms to give birth to their own unique artistic voice.

In ninth and tenth grade InterArtists focus on learning techniques in different art forms, while at the same time being introduced to questions such as:

Does art influence society or does society influence art? Should art try to change people’s opinions? Who decides whether art is good or bad? Does art have to be beautiful? What is beauty? Is art political?

In eleventh and twelfth grade InterArtists continue to hone their skills in different art forms, but, at the same time, must synthesize their studies to create their own project, which will culminate in their Senior Show.

The InterArts department allows dedicated time and space as well as one-on-one mentorship, for each upper level student to work on their own interdisciplinary project. Senior shows may take the form of gallery or site-specific installations or performances, films, conceptual fashion collections, websites, or a published text. There are as many different kinds of Senior Shows as there are different students.

InterArts Pathways:

  • Design
  • Storytelling
  • Performance Practice
  • Digital Communication


Myth, memoir, documentary, drama, webseries, graphic novel: Storytelling in the InterArts Department can take many shapes. Whether your stories are written, filmed, performed or painted; whether they are fictional or non-fictional, we work closely with Creative Writing, Film, Visual Arts, and Theatre to provide an interdisciplinary focus to storytelling. One of the strongest human impulses is to create narrative, and in the InterArts department we examine the possibilities for storytelling from many angles.

Performance Practice

Coming into Idyllwild Arts Academy, most students already have a good idea whether or not they love to express themselves through performance. InterArts Performance Practice builds traditional skills in Theatre, Film, Music, Dance, Visual Art and Creative Writing, with the aim of bringing these skills back to the InterArts space where any form of performance is possible. InterArts Performance Practice focuses on interdisciplinary, collaborative, original, devised performances with a theme or message. Students are expected to contribute to the performance with their personal passions, and to work collaboratively to make performance art. The InterArts Performance group presents its show towards the end of the academic year.


There are many Design opportunities at Idyllwild Arts Academy and Design focus students may choose from Design classes in InterArts, Theatre, Film and Visual Art. InterArts Design students will also work closely with the Creative Technology Lab where they have access to a laser cutter and a 3D printer, and where many design projects are born.

Digital Communication

Students who identify with a Digital Communication pathway within InterArts can explore, among other areas, Digital Photography, Computer Graphics, Creative Technologies, and Documentary Film Making. A focus on Digital Communication offers to students a unique opportunity to engage with communities beyond Idyllwild Arts Academy and link their work to the outside world. Like all InterArtists, students who focus on a Digital Communication pathway will produce an original and innovative Senior show.

InterArts / Fashion Design Chair & Creative Writing Faculty
Fashion Faculty
Fashion Department Chair
Visual Arts / InterArts Faculty
InterArts / Fashion Faculty
Audition / Portfolio Requirements

1) Submit a minimum of two examples of work in art forms of your choice. They can be from creative writing, visual art, fashion, dance, theatre, music and/or film.

2) Video Intro: Tell us about who you are as an artist. Submit a short (2-5 minutes) video that lets us know what experience you have with different art forms, classes you have taken, or groups that you have been a part of, any awards that you have won, or projects that you are particularly proud of. Feel free to tell us about any art forms that you are interested in knowing more about.

For specific questions regarding the InterArts admission process contact:

Will Yarbrough
951-659-2171 x2355
Cell: 951-223-1499

A firm commitment to multidisciplinary creation means that the InterArts Department draws on the remarkable talents of other Academy arts faculties. The InterArts Department’s core teachers are also highly accomplished in their own right, having exhibited at the Getty Center and in galleries in Düsseldorf and Belgrade, had theatrical work performed at the Kennedy Center, designed for Friends costumer Debra McGuire, and designed costumes for Santa Fe Opera, the Tulsa Ballet Theatre, and the Pasadena Shakespeare Company.

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Featured Alumni

Paul McGlaughlin ‘92
Director of IT Production Services at Sony Pictures Entertainment

Jennifer Greenberg ‘94
Emmy-nominated makeup artist (Entourage, Glee, Sons of Anarchy)

Tara Dutton Sechrest ‘94
Idyllwild Arts Academy Director of Enrollment Management

Tara Kintz ‘94
Director, Fellowship of Instructional Leaders – Michigan State University College of Education

Jamila Dunn ‘96
Youth Arts Program Manager at Kala Art Institute

Elora Hardy ‘99
Creative Director for Bali-based IBUKU, bamboo architectural firm

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