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Whether you are curious about studying the arts, need to fulfill Areas of Knowledge General Education requirements, or looking to further your education, these carefully selected courses are sure to transform and inspire you. Most of the courses listed below are open to all students and do not require prerequisites or previous experience.

Spring Courses

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ART 191: Color Studies Studio

An examination of color as a distinct visual phenomenon with investigations of its practical, theoretical, and illusionary aspects. Students will use a variety of media and materials.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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ART H 212: Chinese Art and Visual Culture

Highlights of Chinese visual arts from Neolithic to present. Studies jade, bronze, lacquer, silk, Buddhist sculpture, ceramics, calligraphy, painting, architecture, film, installation arts.

Meets I&S, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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ART H 220: Survey of American Art

Learn about art made in the United States or by American artists living abroad from the colonial era to the present. Painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and other media included.

Meets I&S, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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ART H 309: Women in Western European and American Art (Topics in Art History)

Explore women artists and subjects in Western European and American art to gain understanding of women’s experiences and roles by focusing on issues of identity, sexuality, race, and class.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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ARTS 180: The Power of the Arts

An introduction to the learning, activities, events, and professional opportunities available to students who study the Arts — Art, Art History, Design, Dance, Drama, DXARTS, and Music.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 2

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DANCE 490 A: Truth, Beauty, and Goodness: Philosophical Topics in Dance

Connect the art of dance to the study of philosophy! Examine dance works, artistic practices and life through three lenses: aesthetics, ethics, and educational philosophy.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 3

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DANCE 490 B

Engage with dance as a form of activism. Focusing on artists who use dance as their mode of investigation, students will create working definitions of what it means to dance activism.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 3

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DANCE 490 C: Feminist Performance Art

Be introduced to various feminist performance artists and concepts around what is feminist art. Create your own multi medium art and discuss its current and historic context.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 3

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DRAMA 171: The Broadway Musical

Explore how musicals have both reflected and shaped American culture, especially around issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, social justice, and equality.

Meets DIV, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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DRAMA 180: Collaboration and Inclusion

Students of all majors will explore styles of working with people to shape effective environments for communication and collaboration in pursuit of creation, problem solving and discovery.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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DRAMA 215: Visual Thinking in Theatrical Design

Engineers, scientists, poets, visual artists, theatre makers, and more: build your visual literacy and understanding of how images are constructed to work with and against the way we see.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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DXARTS 490 A: Post-Internet Art

Students are introduced to making art on, & in dialog with, the Internet. The class examines historical & recent examples of Internet Art, as well as the emergence of Post-internet aesthetics.

Credits: 3

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MUS 120: Survey of Music

Gain a deeper appreciation for music and better listening skills in this overview of Western art music, enhanced with illustrated lectures, lab sections, and guest artist demos.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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MUS 445: Special Topics: Music in Tanzania

Immerse yourself in the music and dance of the Wagogo people of Tanzania in this class taught by visiting artist Kedmon Mapana.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 2

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[CLOSED]: DRAMA 365: Women Playwrights of Color

An in depth exploration of the work of contemporary, female playwrights of color like Lynn Nottage, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Tanya Saracho, and Kristina Wong.

Meets DIV, I&S, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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[CLOSED]: MUS 439: Music of Indonesia

Discover the intriguing musical traditions of Sumatra, Sunda, Java, Bali, Sunda Islands, and the Philippines in this lecture course open to interested students—no music background required.

Meets I&S, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 3

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