Once I got the Prior Learning Assessment done I was ready to tackle the core courses of the Bachelor of Professional Arts (BPA). I was interested in Project Courses from quite early on in my studies.
The beauty of self-designed courses for me was that topics of interest that I usually couldn't spend much time on, became legitimate areas of intellectual inquiry. I could receive academic credit for the academic study of these topics.
Any pressure to make the course content immediately profitable, or to justify it in any career-oriented way, was removed. I could take ideas that had seemed far-fetched and really roll around in them. I then explored what was possible. By rolling around in a topic I mean following a line of research, or association that interested me the most for the pure joy of it. The SOLO Project has emerged in bits and pieces, like a puzzle. I used both PLAR and Project Courses to explore ideas and themes that had been of interest to me. From there, the big picture has emerged. I had no idea when I started where my ideas would lead or what would come out of my exploration.
Over time, ideas congealed, and a core emerged. I worked hard to have this happen without being able to say at the time how, when, or precisely what form it would take.
Updated February 18 2016 by Student & Academic Services