interdisciplinary

   Involving two or more artistic, scientific, or other academic disciplines. While exploring a concept, issue, or theme, interdisciplinary studies adopt methods and theories from different fields of study, often within an academic context. Artists have produced numerous interdisciplinary works since the early 20th century, and more so since the onset of postmodernism. Emblematic of this trend has been the breakdown of boundaries between such categories in art as painting and sculpture, between painting and theater, between drawing and cinema. Examples of interdisciplinary synthesis can be found among combine paintings, works by Fluxus artists, conceptual art, earth art, environment art, and performance art, among many others. New media is perhaps the latest such example. The visual arts have many traditional interdisciplinary connections with mathematics and the sciences, architecture, design, music, philosophy (empiricism, epistemology, metaphysics, ontology, phenomenology, semiotics, teleology, etc.), history, archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, psychology, technology, manufacturing, and many other fields. Concepts having interdisciplinary aspects include abstraction, analogy, cartography, chronology, civilization, culture, elegance, entropy, ergonomics, feminism, horology, kinesthetic, knowledge, measurement, metallurgy, metamorphosis, mind, model, mystery, ophthalmology, optics, order, pattern, periodicity, photography, simplicity, space-time, structure, transformation, typology, and unity. Also see advertising, art careers, art therapy, Bloom's Taxonomy, bone structure, dance, mass media, mixed media, multimedia, multiple intelligence theory, and multisensory.

Glossary of Art Terms. 2014.

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  • interdisciplinary — UK US (also inter disciplinary) /ˌɪntəˈdɪsɪplɪnəri/ US  /ˌɪntərˈdɪsəplɪneri/ adjective ► involving two or more different subjects or areas of knowledge: »The university is doing interdisciplinary research into the impact of cellphones on the… …   Financial and business terms

  • interdisciplinary — [in΄tərdis′ə pli ner΄ē] adj. involving, or joining, two or more disciplines, or branches of learning [the interdisciplinary approach of the psychohistorian] …   English World dictionary

  • interdisciplinary — 1937, from INTER (Cf. inter ) + DISCIPLINARY (Cf. disciplinary) …   Etymology dictionary

  • interdisciplinary — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to more than one branch of knowledge …   English terms dictionary

  • interdisciplinary — adjective a) Of or pertaining to multiple distinct academic disciplines or fields of study. This journal is interdisciplinary: it has articles on everything from biology to electrical engineering. b) Of something linking multiple distinct… …   Wiktionary

  • interdisciplinary — [[t]ɪ̱ntə(r)dɪ̱sɪplɪ̱nəri, AM plɪneri[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n Interdisciplinary means involving more than one academic subject. ...interdisciplinary courses combining psychology, philosophy and linguistics …   English dictionary

  • interdisciplinary — adjective an interdisciplinary course of study includes two or more subjects: an interdisciplinary course …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • interdisciplinary — /in teuhr dis euh pleuh ner ee/, adj. 1. combining or involving two or more academic disciplines or fields of study: The economics and history departments are offering an interdisciplinary seminar on Asia. 2. combining or involving two or more… …   Universalium

  • interdisciplinary — adj. Interdisciplinary is used with these nouns: ↑approach, ↑collaboration …   Collocations dictionary

  • interdisciplinary — in|ter|dis|ci|plin|ary [ˌıntəˌdısıˈplınəri US ˌıntərˈdısəpləneri] adj involving ideas, information, or people from different subjects or areas of study ▪ an interdisciplinary research centre …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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