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Highlighted Courses

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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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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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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Music of Today: Kontakte, With Bonnie Whiting, percussion; Cristina Valdés, piano

MUS 116: Elementary Music Theory

No hands-on music experience? Not a problem. This course is for non-music majors and students with no music background. Covers rudiments of music--scales, chords, rhythm, and more.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 2

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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]: 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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Winter Courses

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ART H 214: Art of India: Mohenjo-Daro to the Mughals

Explore the material culture and artistic production of South Asia — present day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka — from antiquity until the early modern period.

Meets I&S, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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Dance 490: Dancing Voice

Explore the unique world of Dancing Voice where students construct, uncover, and cultivate their artistic and literal voice through the lens of physicality.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 2

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DRAMA 251: Acting

Find yourself on the stage with this introduction to the fundamentals of the craft of acting. Through monologue and scene work, you’ll gain confidence, skill, and presence.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Photograph of Woody Guthrie playing a guitar with a sign that says "This machine kills fascists"

MUSIC 160: American Folk Music

"This machine kills fascists," refers to a guitar, not a machine gun. This course examines a uniquely American musical genre via socio-historical, political, and cultural contexts.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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MUSIC 366 : Survey of Recorded Music

This course travels from cylinders to platters in exploring the impacts of a century of recorded music (1880-1980) on American and European musical cultures.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Michelangelo's Creation of Adam

[CLOSED]: ART H 204: Michelangelo + Caravaggio (Art History and Visual Culture)

Learn about two of the most famous Italian artists from the early modern period. Born nearly 100 years apart, both are still recognized masters today.

Meets I&S, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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Parthenon made out of books by Marta Minujin

[CLOSED]: ART H 209: Art Now (Themes and Topics in Art History)

Explore how contemporary art creatively engages artists and viewers in critical social and political issues, as well as how it speaks to individual and creative life.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Sculpture of Chinese Han Chimera

[CLOSED]: ART H 310: Chinese Art and Archaeology Neolithic to Han Dynasty

Delve into the history of developing technology and the archaeological basis of art and visual culture in early China.

Meets I&S, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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[CLOSED]: Dance 238: Swing

Swing dance your way through the quarter in this class that provides instruction in and explores the rich history of East Coast Swing, Charleston, Lindy Hop, Balboa, and West Coast Swing.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 3

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Drama 367

[CLOSED]: DRAMA 367: African Theatre & Performance

Explore the theatre, dance, and performance works of South African and West African writers and choreographers and discuss how slavery, colonialism, and apartheid have profoundly impacted African…

Meets DIV, VLPA Requirements
Credits: 5

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Behind the scenes on a film set

[CLOSED]: DRAMA 406: Digital Cinema Production

In this hands-on course, you’ll work as assistant director, director of photography, camera operator, sound operator, lighting and grip technician, and script supervisor.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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