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‘Common Grounds’ research into contemporary interdisciplinary practices in Higher Art Education

Two years ago, the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp introduced the interdisciplinary project week Common Grounds. Common Grounds is designed to allow students of Music, Drama, Dance and Visual Arts, to see beyond and to expand their established practice. During a week of rehearsal and performances, 600 students (and staff) work together. Common Grounds does not focus on results but on taking risks and learning through successes and failures.

This research project aims to investigate contemporary interdisciplinary practices in Higher Art Education by following up and coordinating Common Grounds edition 2018. In addition, it wants to conduct literature research and field research at Trinity Laban (UK), Utrecht School of the Arts (NL) and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (UK). In this way it wants to find an answer to the following research questions: What is the current state of affairs regarding interdisciplinarity in Music & Performing Arts in an international perspective? Which schools are particularly active in the field of interdisciplinarity, and in which way? Which 'best practices' can apply to the situation in the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp? What are the wishes and expectations of Royal Conservatoire Antwerp’s degree programs in terms of interdisciplinarity (surveys/ interviews)?

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