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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.

Autumn Courses

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ART H 200: Art in the Modern Imagination: Athena to Lady Gaga

See art as a tool to examine history, ideology, beauty, and ultimately the image-saturated present.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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ART H 233: Survey of Native Art of the Pacific Northwest Coast

This course traces art of the Pacific Northwest Coast, from the Columbia River in the south to Southeast Alaska in the north and across ancient and contemporary times.

Meets VLPA, I&S Requirements
Credits: 5

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ART H 270 (CLOSED): Art/Identity Politics: Issues of Representations in Contemporary Art (online)

An introduction to the ways artists and art movements have explored the intersection of visual representation, identity, and politics– one of the most persistent themes in art since the 1960s.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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Dance 110: Jazz Level 1

This course will introduce you to Jazz technique.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 2

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Dance 125: Tap Level 1

Course on tap technique taught by renown tap dancer and jazz musician, Alex Dugdale.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 3

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Dance 236: Salsa

Learn salsa, meringue, bachata, and cha cha cha. Students learn both solo steps and partnered turns. Course includes reading and writing assignments and an outing to a salsa club.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 3

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DRAMA 202: Creative Leadership: A Course in Courage

Courage is the ability to move through fear rather than becoming paralyzed by it. Examine sources of fear and obstacles that keep us from becoming our fullest, most human, most successful selves.

Credits: 5

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DRAMA 407: Documentary in Performance

Learn a range of conceptual and technical skills, including: pre-visualizing and planning; use of cameras, sound recording equipment and lights; and editing.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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DRAMA 456: Theatre for Youth

Learn the basic principles and techniques for using drama in the classroom and creating original work for young audiences.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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DXARTS 200: Digital Art and New Media: History, Theory, and Practice

This course investigates digital art and new media from a creative, theoretical, and historical perspective.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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MUSIC 185 (CLOSED): The Concert Season

Learn the historical and cultural contexts of classic concert repertoire through School of Music concerts and lectures.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 2

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MUSIC 252: Music Cultures of the World

Take a sonic journey of the world’s musical cultures in this course, exploring music from the Near East, Central Asia, Far East, South and Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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MUSICEN 110 (CLOSED): Beginning Steelband

Introduction to basic playing techniques for the steel pan and a variety of Caribbean music styles with emphasis on rhythmic ensemble.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 1

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