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Arts, Culture, and Creativity

Category Description

This category includes experiences in which students explore the human potential for creativity in the arts.  As they give concrete expression to ideas, the arts represent an ideal marriage of theory and practice, while developing an aesthetic understanding of the world around us. Category activities include but are not limited to visual art, electronic and digital media, poetry, musical compositions, performance art, drama, dance, and creative writing. 

Examples of opportunities for the Arts Appreciation Portfolio
Rubric for Arts Appreciation Portfolio Reflection
Sample Arts Appreciation Portfolio Reflection

Examples and Criteria

Activities in this category must occur under the direction of a faculty member. Students can satisfy the requirement for this category in one of two ways:

1. Public performance/Publication/Participation, such as:
  • Acceptance and/or presentation of student creative work in a cultural event including, but not limited to: art exhibitions, design competitions, media and film festivals, poetry readings, conferences,
  • Acceptance and/or publication of a piece of student creative work by one of the following mediums: journal, compilation, newspaper, or campus publication,
  • Participation in a theater, art, musical, literary, or other cultural event including, but not limited to: acting, singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, set designing, or arts fundraising,
  • Receiving special recognition or an award for student creative work.

OR

2. Completion of an Arts Appreciation Portfolio, which requires that students attend at least 5 cultural events and submit corresponding 1-page reflection papers for faculty review. Cultural events can include but are not limited to:
  • Art openings, 
  • Lectures,
  • Film festivals, 
  • Musical, dramatic, and literary performances, 
  • Cultural/creative conferences.

Getting SET Category Approval

To receive SET approval for the Arts, Culture, and Creativity category, students can submit the activity through their Sentry Secured Services account.

Log into account and click on Submit SET Activity under Academics: Sentry Secured Services.  The 
RMU SET Guide to Submitting an Activity gives step-by-step instructions on completing this process.

Please note that only authorized University faculty and staff may approve a submission.  
Only authorized approvals will be processed.

Public Performance/Publication/Participation
Students that have participated in an Arts, Culture, and Creativity activity may submit their experience through the online submission process.

Arts Appreciation Portfolio
Students that have attended an Arts Appreciation Portfolio 
activity may submit their experience through the online submission process. 

Please note that the supporting 1-page reflection paper should be given to the faculty member prior to online submission of the activity. Students should also notify the faculty member before submitting a SET activity requiring faculty approval. Any current faculty member may serve as a faculty reviewer. Approval of activities in this category lies at the discretion of the faculty member. Some faculty members may require students to get pre-approvals prior to the completion of activities. Students should check with the faculty member to see if pre-approval is required. Once the activity has been submitted and approved/denied, the student will be notified of the status by an automated email.

The category will be considered satisfied when students have completed either the Public Performance/Publication/
Participation option OR the Arts Appreciation Portfolio option. Students may submit Arts Appreciation Portfolio activities as they are completed, but they will see the Arts Appreciation Portfolio activities listed on their SET only after a minimum of 5 activities are submitted and approved.

*If a student is part of a large group or class submitting the same activity to one faculty/staff member, please ask authorizing faculty/staff member his or her preference for submission of this activity. He or she may prefer to submit the activity as a group.

Questions should be directed to Donna Anderson, Senior Director, at (412) 397-6492 or andersond@rmu.edu.