Education at Studio School gives unique emphasis to the convergence of mythological studies and powerful storytelling. This takes the form of courses, projects, guest lectures and departmental through-lines that give focus to story and the power of myth. Some courses and lectures are offered by the Joseph Campbell Writers’ Room, others exist within its sphere of nurture and support.
Languages of story such as image, character and narrative—are shared by waking life, dream, and all varieties of literary, visual, and performing arts. In this course, students study the depths of symbolic imagery, archetypal character, mythic motifs and narrative structure while engaging the interplay of artistic creation, dream, memory and waking consciousness. Students are immersed in an unbounded survey of stories extending from early cave paintings to narrative mediums of the contemporary world. On the first level, this means a close study of natural cycles—from those of celestial bodies like the sun, moon, and earth to those of mortal plants, animals and humans. On the second level, this means a study of mythic narratives informed by natural cycles and imagery. On the third level, this means an exploration into the contemporary application of symbolic imagery, archetypal characters, and narrative structures that find roots in natural cycles informing our biology and mythic memories that inform our culture. This course is designed as an introduction to the power of storytelling, as an initiation into the timeless depths of story, and as an immersive opportunity to develop fluency in the languages of pattern and form.
Students in this course come to identify with the lineage of storytellers extending back to the fuzzy dawn of human memory. As next-generation storytellers, students learn to be both timely and timeless—current and eternal. By drawing from the most successful and remembered stories of all time, students learn time-honored techniques while engaging the most potently recurring dilemmas in the human condition. In studying ancient stories and dilemmas alive today, students come to identify patterns and commonalities that appear throughout time and around the world. Ultimately, this course initiates students as master craftsmen of story patterns—that which elevates images into symbols, characters into archetypes, and narratives into myths.
Myth & Story Course
General Education Dept.
The emphasis on Story at Studio School starts in the General Education department and pervades the entire community. While the arts programs give focus to craft-specific storytelling, the courses everyone takes—in General Education—transcend specific mediums.
Give focus to story itself. Starting with a first semester freshmen course that introduces our young storytellers to the basics of story as it transcends
The undergraduate General Education Department at Studio School offers a Classic mix of liberal arts courses that have been updated with an emphasis on transdisciplinary studies a through line of story lessons.
Courses and Projects
- Story Labs