1.0 Vision and Mission

This governance document is intended to conform to and will be interpreted in a manner consistent with all University policies, procedures and rules. The College of Creative Arts follows all applicable state and federal laws, including anti-discrimination and equal opportunity laws. University policies, procedures and rules are published in the Miami University Policy Library.

To the extent that an issue is not resolved in this document, the Council of Academic Deans' Guidelines for Departmental Governance shall apply.

1.1 Vision

The College of Creative Arts will advance creativity as a powerful thread to link the visual and performing arts, design, and multimedia across disciplines, bringing the voice and imagination of the arts to all corners of our diverse and global society. By integrating disciplinary expertise with the liberal arts, we will educate the next generation of architects, artists, designers, performers, teachers, and scholars for leadership in their chosen fields and in new and emerging creative industries.

1.2 Mission

The College of Creative Arts cultivates and sustains a community that is centered on creativity and where the integration of a liberal education and the arts shapes our identity. Our efforts are realized through degree offerings in the departments of Architecture and Interior Design, Art, Music, and Theatre; the major in Interactive Media Studies; interdisciplinary programs within the CCA; and through programs of the Miami University Art Museum and Performing Arts Series that enrich academic and cultural experiences across campus and throughout the region.

It is our mission to prepare students for global engagement as practitioners, educators, creators, advocates and patrons of the arts. We foster the development of professional skills and intellectual growth necessary for the pursuit of creative and scholarly inquiry by extending artistic traditions, while embracing a culture of innovation and change.

Through the transformative power of the arts, our departments and programs serve as a window to an ever-changing and diverse world, providing the knowledge and resources for our constituents to engage in their professions and in society as both artists and citizens.

1.3 Context

The vision and mission of the CCA shall be pursued in concert with the Miami University Mission Statement, that acknowledges the need to “instill in its students intellectual depth and curiosity, the importance of personal values as a measure of character, and a commitment to life-long learning. Miami emphasizes critical thinking and independent thought, an appreciation of diverse views, and a sense of responsibility to our global future.”

Consistent with the University Mission, College of Creative Arts programs stress a balance of liberal and professional education, respond to the individuality of students, develop personal value systems, and encourage critical investigation of arts and culture and respect for the diversity of ideas.

1.4 University Statement Asserting Respect for Human Diversity

Miami University is a community dedicated to intellectual engagement. Our campuses consist of students, faculty, and staff from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. By living, working, studying, and teaching, we bring our unique viewpoints and life experiences together for the benefit of all. This inclusive learning environment, based upon an atmosphere of mutual respect and positive engagement, invites all campus citizens to explore how they think about knowledge, about themselves, and about how they see themselves in relation to others. Our intellectual and social development and daily educational interactions, whether co-curricular or classroom related, are greatly enriched by our acceptance of one another as members of the Miami University community. Through valuing our own diversity and the diversity of others, we seek to learn from one another, foster a sense of shared experience, and commit to making the University the intellectual home for us all.

We recognize that we must uphold and abide by University policies and procedures protecting individual rights and guiding democratic engagement. Any actions disregarding these policies and procedures, particularly those resulting in discrimination, harassment, or bigoted acts, will be challenged swiftly and collectively.

All who work, live, study, and teach in the Miami community must be committed to these principles of mutual respect and positive engagement that are an integral part of Miami’s focus, goals, and mission.