School for the Contemporary Arts

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School for the Contemporary Arts

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  • Centre for the Arts (1977 - 1990)
  • Centre for Communications and the Arts (1966 - 1977)
  • Communications Centre (1965 - 1966)

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Dates of existence

1965 -

History

The School for the Contemporary Arts is a department within the university's Faculty of Arts committed to the study, production and promotion of contemporary art. The School offers a graduate Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree, and undergraduate programs in art and culture, dance, film, music, theatre and visual art. Exhibit and performance are integral to the curriculum. The School also includes the Praxis Centre for Screenwriters; located in downtown Vancouver, Praxis is a non-profit organization devoted to the professional development of Canadian screenwriters and filmmakers.

The School's history can be divided into three broad periods: its origins as a Centre within the Faculty of Education in the university's early years (1965-1969); its years as an independent Centre emphasizing public-events programming (1970-1976); and its formation as an academic unit offering credit courses and degree programs (1976-).

In the university's first year of operation (1965), the Faculty of Education was organized into several Centres, including the Communications Centre (renamed the Centre for Communications and the Arts in 1966). The Centre's mandate included instructional programming (credit and non-credit courses in communications, media studies and the fine and performing arts) and public programming (theatre productions, films, art exhibits, lectures and demonstrations). In the fine and performing arts, artists were engaged as faculty and university residents, accessible to students and the university community through performances, exhibits, workshops, seminars and special events.

Over 1969 and 1970 the Faculty of Education reorganized; the Centre transferred out of the Faculty and reported instead first to the Director of General Studies, then to the Director of University Services (1971). The Centre retained its functions of public-events programming and provision of non-credit, non-degree instruction in the arts, while academic credit programming was transferred to the newly formed Department of Communication Studies in the Faculty of Education. During this period, the Centre focussed its energies on organizing the cultural life of the university, with an extensive series of public programs, including a full-scale production of Henry Purcell's 17th-century opera, "Dido and Aeneas" in 1973. The Purcell String Quartet became the SFU's Quartet-in-Residence in 1972, an association that continued until 1982.

In 1976 the Centre was reorganized as the Centre for the Arts, a department within the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies. Its mandate was to develop credit programs in the fine and performing arts, while inheriting its predecessor's public-programming functions, including management of both the university Theatre and Art Gallery. In 1984 the Centre sustained a large funding cut, approximately a third of its budget. Its home faculty -- the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies -- was disbanded in 1985 and the Centre moved to the Faculty of Arts. Despite these circumstances, the Centre continued to develop its academic programs, and in addition established strong professional development programs with the the annual Summer Institute series of intensive programs (1986-1994) and the Praxis Centre for Screenwriting (1986-).

In 1990 the Centre changed its name to the present form, the School for the Contemporary Arts. In the same year, the School created a graduate Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree.

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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (1965 - )

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1985 -

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School for the Contemporary Arts reports to Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies (1972 - 1985)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1977 - 1985

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School for the Contemporary Arts reports to Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Office of the Vice-President, University Services (1971 - 1977)

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1971 - 1976

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School for the Contemporary Arts reports to Office of the Vice-President, University Services

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Division of General Studies ([ca 1970] - [ca 1973])

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1970 - 1971

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School for the Contemporary Arts reports to Division of General Studies

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School for the Contemporary Arts. Curriculum Committee

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1966 - 1980

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School for the Contemporary Arts. Curriculum Committee reports to School for the Contemporary Arts

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Centre for the Arts. Arts Programme Steering Committee

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hierarchical

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1966 - 1980

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Centre for the Arts. Arts Programme Steering Committee reports to Centre for the Arts

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Centre for the Arts. Awards Committee

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hierarchical

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1966 - 1980

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Centre for the Arts. Awards Committee reports to Centre for the Arts

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Centre for the Arts. Budget Committee

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1966 - 1980

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Centre for the Arts. Budget Committee reports to Centre for the Arts

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Centre for the Arts. Policy Committee

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hierarchical

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1966 - 1980

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Centre for the Arts. Policy Committee reports to Centre for the Arts

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Centre for Communications and the Arts. Management Committee

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1966 - 1980

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Centre for the Arts. Management Committee reports to Centre for the Arts

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Centre for Communications and the Arts. Events Committee

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1966 - 1980

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Centre for Communications and the Arts. Events Committee reports to Centre for Communications and the Arts

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School of Communication (1965 - )

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hierarchical

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1965 - 1970

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School of Communication reports to Centre for Communications and the Arts

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Faculty of Education (1965 - )

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hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1965 - 1970

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School for the Contemporary Arts reports to Faculty of Education

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Gruben, P.

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associative

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1 September 1997 - 31 August 1998

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P. Gruben officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Interim Director

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Gotfrit, Martin S.

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associative

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2001 -

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Martin S. Gotfrit officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Director

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Underhill, Owen

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1 January 1986 - 31 August 1986

Description of relationship

Owen Underhill officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Acting Director

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Underhill, Owen

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associative

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1994 - 1997

Description of relationship

Owen Underhill officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Director

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Komorous, Rudolf

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associative

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1989 - 1994

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Rudolf Komorous officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Director

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Underhill, Owen

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associative

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1 September 1998 - 31 August 2001

Description of relationship

Owen Underhill officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Director

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Strate, Grant

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1981 - 1989

Description of relationship

Grant Strate officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Director

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Alderson, Evan W.

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associative

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1975 - 1981

Description of relationship

Evan W. Alderson officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Director

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Baird, Nini

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associative

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1971 - 1975

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Nini Baird officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Director

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Lyndon, P.

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1969 - 1971

Description of relationship

Patrick Lyndon officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Chair

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Lyndon, P.

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1969 - 1971

Description of relationship

P. Lyndon officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Chair

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Lyndon, P.

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1969 - 1971

Description of relationship

P. Lyndon officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Chair

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Mallinson, Thomas J. ([191-] - 1999)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1967 - 1969

Description of relationship

Thomas J. Mallinson officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Chair

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Attridge, B. F.

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1965 - 1967

Description of relationship

B. F. Attridge officer of School for the Contemporary Arts: Chair

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