Common Core - Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity

New AAC Variable Title Requiring a New Common Core Course Designation - Instructions

The following AAC course designations are approved for use on the IU South Bend campus:

 ENG(A190/A399), FINA(A190/A399,) INMS (A399), MUS A190, THTR(A190/A399), ANTH A390

If the common core course designation you wish to use is not listed above, you must follow the instructions outlined in steps 1 & 2 below.   For example, if you wish to offer a HIST A190 course, you must first gain approval to use HIST A190 on this campus.

Step One:   CARMin New Course Approval Process

  1.  Check with the person in your unit (chair, unit head, registrar) about obtaining the required course designation for use on this campus.   Alternatively, you may call MaryAnn Iaria at 812-855-2218 to reserve the subject designation with the A190 or A399 number
  2.   Once the course designation has been reserved, submit a new course request through the CARMIN remonstrance process via your onestart account >services>faculty systems>initiate new course/change course request
  3. Each common core category has the same title and course description.  In preparing the CARMIN form for a new common core course, please answer the questions below with the following:

CARMIN question 5a.   Course number:  A 190 or A399 (Select one)

CARMIN questions 8a.  Course title:  Arts, Aesthetics, and Creativity

Question 14:  Is variable title approval being requested?   YES

Question 16:  Course Description for A190

Explores artistic disciplines and associated forms, materials, and practices.  Develops students’ making, looking, and listening skills.  Through the creative process, students explore relationships to other individuals and cultures, and review the implications of their learning for their personal, academic, and professional pursuits.

Course Description for A399

Explores in an interdisciplinary way, culture, cultural artifacts, and the roles of art and creativity in the formation and expression of culture.  Historical perspectives on the intellectual tradition reveals both change and deeper continuities in the social and spiritual values underlying creativity and/or the making of art.  

Question 27  Justification for New Course

Course is being designed to meet a general education requirement.

Essential syllabus information:  Submit your particular course as an example of a variable title course.

4.Upon approval on this campus (unit curriculum committee, unit dean, General Education Committee, Senate Curriculum Committee,  VCAA’s Office), the proposal is submitted for remonstrance for at least a 30 day period, before final approval for the new course is complete.

Step Two – Senate General Education Committee Approval Process

  1. Because the process for obtaining new course approval can take many weeks, once the course has been approved by your unit Curriculum Committee, the new course should be submitted to the Senate General Education Committee for approval.   This step requires filing a Gen Ed proposal form which can be found by clicking the links below:

Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity Essential Characteristics

Art, Aesthetics, and Creativity Proposal Form

Once the CARMin course proposal has been approved by your unit Curriculum Committee, notification will be sent to the office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs who will notify the Senate General Education Committee.   The Senate Gen Ed Committee will then review and act on your general education course proposal.  Upon approval by the Senate General Education Committee, the course will be forwarded to the Senate Curriculum Committee to continue its journey through the remonstrance process as described in point 4 above.

It is highly recommended that you begin this process at least one academic year before the semester you plan to offer the course.   The process for obtaining approval through multiple levels (dept, unit curriculum committee, dean, general education committee, Senate Curriculum Committee, VCAA's office, 30 day remonstrance process) can take up to six months and longer if there are requests for changes/clariifications/corrections.

Questions about this process should be directed to