Research and Assessment

Arts Alive SDSU is committed to a rigorous program of research that examines ways that an arts integrated curriculum impacts the educational experience of a diverse population of university students. By developing quantitative and qualitative methods for measuring student engagement in the arts, the Arts Alive SDSU research team can effectively assess how interdisciplinary arts activities contribute to the learning objectives of courses in the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Fundamental to the research agenda of Arts Alive SDSU is the recognition of art as a creative mode of critical inquiry, an important tool for transformation, communication, interpretation, and the co-construction of knowledge. In addition to considering traditional forms of literacy, Arts Alive SDSU is exploring strategies for collecting and analyzing the rich fields of visual, aural, and kinesthetic data generated by arts experiences. Working closely with the Center for Visual Literacies in the College of Education, Arts Alive SDSU researchers have also examined the audience reception of arts events by applying an original Visual Discourse Analysis process to images posted on popular social media platforms.

The ongoing research projects of Arts Alive SDSU have resulted in scholarly presentations at professional conferences, publications in peer-reviewed journals, and innovative grant proposals that continually seek to enhance the academic achievement of students and enrich the community through academically informed art.

  • To learn more about the Arts Alive SDSU Research and Assessment Program, please contact Dani Bedau, Coordinator of Research and Assessment, at