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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.

Summer Courses

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DANCE 102: Introduction to Dance

This course will introduce you to several dance forms, such as ballet, composition, contemporary ballet, improvisation, modern, street and club dance styles, as well as other forms.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 4

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DANCE 231: Hawaiian Hula and Tahitian Dance

Take a studio course in folk dance and social dance forms. Topics vary. One year of previous dance experience recommended.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 3

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DANCE 286: Street and Club Dances

Instructors for this course bring one or more dance styles to you in this movement-based technique class. Recommended: One quarter of dance or equivalent dance experience.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 2

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DESIGN 265A: Topics in Design

Learn about computer-aided design (CAD), like 3D printing, laser cutting, and computer numeric control (CNC) machines, applied to digital fabrication.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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DESIGN 265B: Topics in Design

Learn the skills and methods involved in the design of bags and backpacks, including sewing, pattern making, and prototyping.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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DESIGN 266A: Design Concepts and Practice

Learn the fundamentals of digital drawing with Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop and use them for illustrations, logos, and packaging layout.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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DESIGN 266B: Design Concepts and Practice

Learn the fundamental skills and tools of digital painting and illustration, including the digital stylus, brush strokes, effects, filters, and more.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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DRAMA 250 (CLOSED): Acting for Everyday Life

Become a better speaker through performance techniques of voice, movement, space, intention and presence.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 4

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DRAMA 317 (CLOSED): Introduction to Costume Construction

Learn construction techniques applicable to theatrical costuming, fashion design, makers and textile arts. Lecture, demonstration and practical lab.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 4

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DRAMA 353: Intermediate Acting: Physical comedy, vaudeville and melodrama

For this course, there are no prerequisites or auditions. If you are interested in learning from Professor Jeffrey Fracé, please contact Eloise Boyle (emboyle@uw.edu).

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 3

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DXARTS 490A: Body, sound, interface studio

Are you interested in dance, music, performance and interface design? Focus on the use of wearable technology to construct performative experiments where the body is seen as an interface of control.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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DXARTS 490B: Immersive Arts: Realize your world in Virtual Reality

Experiment with the entry-level basics of Unity to create immersive experiences with moving-image and sound-based artwork.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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MUSAP 133/239: Summer Piano

In this Summer Piano course, you will have private lessons and learn music history and theory, and jazz improvisation techniques. No audition required. To register, email dyoon46@uw.edu.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 2

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MUSEN 350/550: Summer Chorale

Make time for singing this summer in UW Summer Chorale, and participate in an end-of-quarter concert.

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 1

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MUSIC 162 (Closed): American Popular Song: Rap and Hip Hop

“Many of the criticisms of rap as music are rooted in race," says instructor Michael Berry, “so to talk about rap music is a political thing—to say this is music and here’s why it’s music.”

Meets VLPA Requirement
Credits: 5

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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 (CLOSED): 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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