Transformational learning requires a deep and holistic engagement in the learning process as well as in the content of learning. At Emerson College, the course leaders strive towards balance in the curriculum so that a particular theme is approached through lectures, discussion groups, individual projects, practical work and different art forms. We take seriously the reality and opportunity of an international, multi-generational learning community.
Contemporary life urges us to develop new perceptions and new possibilities for creative, collaborative action. In accredited and non-accredited courses, education at Emerson supports individuals to transform their perceptions and grow their potential for creative action.
Natural science and its achievements stem from the fundamental human desire to understand the world. Its methods require accurate observation and exact thinking. The materialism often associated with the scientific attitude derives from a way of looking at the world and not the facts themselves. Rudolf Steiner's own scientific training brought him into contact with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's studies of nature; Goethe's holistic science methodology characterizes the college's approach to knowledge. Artistic practice and artistic ‘knowing' are central to this holistic science.
Practicing the arts and craft strengthens our creative core and teaches reverence for the substances of the earth. Arts and craft are emphasized in all courses. The arts offered include eurythmy, sculpture, painting, form drawing, creative speech, drama, storytelling, creative writing, music and Bothmer gymnastics. The crafts build sound thinking in relation to the practice of new skills - and are offered in weaving, puppetry, woodwork and metalwork.