Study of primary visual design through series of lectures and projects that explore two and three dimensional design, and the language of color. Emphasis is on the interaction of these elements in relation to composition and the development of visual literacy. Not open to students who have completed ART 101.
A comprehensive exploration of the properties of natural and human-made volumes and spaces. Projects involve sculptural objects, and architectural and environmental design. Studio projects are completed outside of class.
This course is an investigation of the role of graphic design in the visual environment. Students explore a variety of conceptual and production methodologies to creat effective visual communication.
General survey of the history of art and architecture from the ancient to modern periods. The course will explore the roles of the artist, art patron, and viewer in society, and feature in-depth analysis and contextual interpretation of works from a select number of world cultures, regions, and stylistic traditions.
The practice of representational drawing emphasizing linear and form description with drawing media. Develops skills for all students, including Art majors. Not open to students who have completed ART 125. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.
Explores the language of color and two-dimensional design, and surveys the history of painted murals and other wall ornamentation. Students complete a site-specific mural on campus.
Through projects, demonstrations, and visual media, students will investigate the color linocut printmaking process. Emphasis will be placed on developing microscopic biological imagery in relation to natural design and color. Color theory will be explored through contemporary print practice and the history of printmaking including 19th century Japanese prints.
Art history topics vary and could include the exploration of non-Western visual cultures, non-traditional artistic media, or critical themes (postcolonialism, gender, institutional critique, political theory, etc.) as they relate to globalization and the visual arts. May be repeated for credit as the topics change.
Introduction to the basic strategies and techniques of writing creative nonfiction. Extensive writing and reading of creative nonfiction will be discussed in class. Opportunity to develop creative and critical writing skills through assignments and independent work.
Introduction to the basic strategies and techniques of writing fiction and verse. Assigned exercises, accompanied by readings, discussed in class. Opportunity to develop creative and critical skills through assignments and independent work.
Study of the strategies and techniques of writing one of the following genres: fiction, creative-nonfiction or verse. Opportunity to develop creative and critical skills through assignments and independent work. Repeatable one time (for a total of 8 credits).
This course provides an introduction to basic filmmaking technique, aesthetics, and skills in digital media management through production of digital video projects. Students gain an understanding of the art of narrative filmmaking through emphasis on story development, cinematography, editing, directing and sound design. Course participation demands outside class production time.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of writing a feature length film narrative in a proper screenplay form. Class is conducted as a series of workshops in which students study several different types of screenplays, and then do a series of projects that prepares students to write original scripts.
This course teaches techniques of video production in relation to developing and creating stories. Students will focus on concepts, aesthetics, and techniques as they produce visual narratives. Course participation demands outside class production time. Not open to Film majors except by permission of instructor.
This course provides perspective on techniques of video production as students investigate and create documentary film. Students will focus on research, techniques, and sequencing as they create documentaries. Course participation demands outside class production time. Not open to Film majors except by permission of instructor.
Study of concepts, skills, and techniques necessary to read and understand music. An introduction to intervals, scales, key signatures, triads, and solfege. Not available for credit toward a Music Major or Minor.
Analytical and critical listening to music of various historical periods. Primary attention is given to music of European-American classical tradition as well as popular music styles. Not available for credit toward a Music major or minor.
A cultural, social, and historical survey of Latin American folk and art music which emphasizes African, European, and Amerindian roots of representative regional and national styles. Students learn through readings, lectures, films, listening, and performance on indigenous instruments.
A study of selected folkloric, popular and non- western art music traditions and their historical, social and cultural contexts.
The study of recurring issues concerning women composers, teachers, performers and patrons, in both historical and contemporary cultures.
Study of the growth and diffusion of popular music and its surrounding culture in the 50s and 60s, including concurrent historical events and movements, as well as trends in other arts.
Jazz from its origins through modern developments. Ethnic backgrounds, contributing factors, style characteristics, and interrelationships, literature, and performers.
This course examines the history of music in the United States, with an emphasis on twentieth century music. Students will study traditional, popular, and classical music from historical and social perspectives.
This course investigates the processes and techniques used in designing sound and music for visual media. Topics will include the perceptual properties of sound, software synthesis, wave mechanics, acquiring or creating auditory elements, and using audio production techniques and tools. Fall.
Students will explore cultural origins, diversity, and the role of music by using examples from various representative regions of Latin America.
This course will address the influence of music on children from a variety of perspectives in both music and education. Students will develop skills in singing, listening, creating, playing classroom instruments, and leading music activities.
Presented in a seminar format, this course involves a study of how experimentalism and the avant-garde developed in the context of rock music.
We humans have an elemental need for make believe. This course explores the use of imagination in the creation of theatrical events using hands on creative projects and traditional lecture/discussion. Topics include historical and global perspectives, acting, designing, directing, and playwriting. Attendence at specific Refern Arts Center productions is mandatory.
This experiential course explores the fundamentals of the art and craft of acting. Our work will include play and performance analysis, class exercises, and collaborative projects.
This experiemental dance course addresses issues of identity, culture, and ethics through personal movement exploration and analysis of master works from turning points in modern dance history. Includes dance technique, composition, and research methods from the field of performance studies.
In this course students will discover new and innovative ways to utilize movement in various classroom settings. Students will explore our own instinctual embodiment and relationship to movement and learning.
Students will be introduced to different ways arts companies are structured and managed, with a focus on not-for-profit organizations. Course will provide an in-depth exploration of opportunities for creating start-up arts businesses, combining projects tailored to individual students interests, case studies, and discussion.
Students will be introduced to how arts organizations communicate with different constituencies, both internal and external. The course will cover marketing, communication, development/fundraising, and social media, combining projects tailored to individual students interests, case studies, and discussion.
How do arts organizations intersect, serve as agents for community vibrancy, and economic development? Students engage with Regional Directors, analyze local arts organizations, work on regional asset mapping, and share their research with local leaders. The hands-on approach of this course provides students with a stake in the regional economy.