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Course Descriptions
ART 104 CHORUS. The Chorus meets for two hours per week. Students participating in
the chorus will be expected to attend all regularly scheduled chorus meetings as well as perform
in concert with the chorus. These meetings will consist primarily of vocal exercises and
training as well as extensive preparation and rehearsal of the current assigned repertoire for
public performance. The repertoire will vary from semester to semester and the music sung
can range anywhere from renaissance madrigals to selections from current Broadway musicals
(this is somewhat dependent on the students enrolled in the class). There will be time
spent on teaching students the fundamentals of music reading, notation and sight-singing.
Students taking this course can expect to heighten their knowledge of music reading, choral
score reading, understanding and experiencing different styles of music first-hand and, most
importantly, take part in learning to become a disciplined, polished, performing ensemble.
Course may be repeated up to a maximum of three credits
1 credit

ART 109 JAZZ DANCE I. Course emphasis is on warm-ups, isolation of body movement
combinations to jazz and contemporary music, and development of the individual’s own
movement style. One two-hour laboratory.
1 credit

ART 111 DANCE AND MOVEMENT: A CROSS-CULTURAL BLEND. Through theory
and practice, students will explore a variety of movement styles ranging from ballet,
modern dance, jazz, to folk and ethnic dance forms. The origins of the various dance styles
will be put into historical and cultural context.
1 credit

ART 115 DRAWING I. A beginning class in drawing designed to introduce students to a
wide variety of skills and experiences ranging from still life, portraiture, perspective and
shading to the dynamic use of the figure. Additional fee.
3 credits

ART 117 FOUNDATIONS OF DESIGN. A beginning class which explores, in a handson
and conceptual way, principles involved in two-dimensional design, e.g., color, composition
and assemblage. Emphasis is on developing a working knowledge of twentieth
century abstraction. Additional fee.
3 credits

ART 203 PHOTOGRAPHY: BLACK AND WHITE. An introduction to black-andwhite
photography: the principles, techniques, and sensibilities. To include: use of the camera,
darkroom procedures (developing and printing), design, lighting, photo-historical
development (including "classic" photojournalism), and the current expressive/explorative
potential of the medium. Darkroom fee plus personal photo supplies expenses - students
must provide own 35mm camera with manual controls of f-stop and shutter speed.
3 credits

ART 205 PHOTOGRAPHY:COLOR. An introduction to color photography: the principles,
techniques, and sensibilities. To include: use of cameras, darkroom procedures (developing,
printing), design, lighting, historical and current trends, and creative possibilities.
Darkroom fee plus personal photo supplies expenses – students should provide own 35mm
camera with manual controls of f-stop and shutter speed.
3 credits

ART 210 CORE FINE ARTS: VISUAL ARTS or DRAWING. Foundations of art and
design. This course explores themes in the history of the arts and in basic methods of creating
in the arts. These themes may be in the visual arts – especially painting, sculpture, and architecture,
or in music - vocal, instrumental, electronic, etc. – or in the performing arts – including
dance and drama. Emphasis is on the continuity between history and creation in the arts.
3 credits

ART 211 CORE FINE ARTS: THE MUSIC EXPERIENCE. Foundations of musical
expression. This course explores themes in the history of music from ancient times to the pre
sent. Emphasis is on the relationship between musical styles and historical context – demonstrated
through lectures and discussions, keyboard demonstrations, and listening activities.
3 credits

ART 305 PAINTING. A beginning class in painting which covers the basics of materials,
paint techniques, color, and composition. Assignments are given which focus on these elements
in a problem-solving context, and yet reinforce the student’s individual direction in
painting. Material fee.
3 credits

ART 311 CERAMICS I: A CULTURAL LEGACY. An exploration of multi-cultural
approaches to designing in clay through studio projects and slide presentations. Hand
building techniques, glazing and "throwing" on the potter’s wheel are utilized in response
to cultures under investigation. These include: pottery from North and South America,
Europe, Asia, and Africa. Additional fee.
3 credits

ART 312 CERAMICS II. An Intermediate class in ceramics which is a continuation of
Ceramics I, with emphasis on the student’s inventive use of clay, shapes, glazes, and
"thrown" works. Additional fee.
Prerequisite: Ceramics I
3 credits

ART 345 SCULPTURE. Introduction to concepts and modes of three-dimensional design
and to materials and techniques. Projects are developed in both representational and
abstract visual language. Materials include clay, plaster and wood. Additional fee.
3 credits

ART 427 TOPICS IN STUDIO. A hands-on course designed to explore historical and
recent concepts, trends, and techniques of studio art. Painting, photography, digital photography,
drawing, design, sculpture, computer-generated art, and performing arts may be
approached independently or as multi-media. Also offered as study abroad course.
3 credits

HISTORY OF ART
ART 313 NINETEENTH CENTURY ART. Important movements in painting and sculpture.
Emphasis is on such major art trends as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and
Expressionism. Gallery and museum visits. Lectures, seminars, workshops.
3 credits

ART 314 MODERN ART. Important movements in painting, sculpture, architecture,
film and other relevant art forms from the late 19th century to 1950. Gallery and museum
visits. Lectures, seminars, workshops.
3 credits

ART 431 ART OF NATIVE CULTURES. A study of the role of indigenous art in cultures
such as Native Americans, Latin Americans, South Americans, Eskimo, African, Caribbean,
etc. Lectures, seminars, workshops.
3 credits

ART 435 CURRENT TRENDS. A course to introduce the student to the current New
York art scene. Visits to galleries, studios, museums and performance places. Lectures, seminars,
workshops.
3 credits

ART 436 TOPICS IN ART. Contemporary and historical issues related to cultural expression
are explored in the visual and performing arts. The history of the Arts and Architecture,
as well as hands-on exploration of the creative process are central themes of this course. Also
offered as study abroad course.
3 credits