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2012 - 2013 Undergraduate Catalog

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
AVD-102

History of the Visual Arts: Ancient to Medieval

Survey of the visual arts: prehistoric to the late Gothic period.

  • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
AVD-103

History of the Visual Arts II: Renaissance to Modern

Survey of the visual arts: early Renaissance to the modern period.

  • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
AVD-121

Survey of Western Music

The musical styles of several well-known composers as evident in selected compositions; review of a basic repertoire of musical compositions of various forms and styles.

  • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
AVD-141

Introduction to Theatre Arts

The literature, elements, and artists in theatre from a process-oriented historical perspective. Includes research prior to performances, attendance at theatre performances, artist interviews and writing of performance responses.

  • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Odd Only
AVD-142

Performing Arts Perspectives: Experience and Evaluation

Understanding the elements of performance from the perspective of the audience and critic; includes research prior to performances, performance attendance, artist interviews and writing of critiques.

  • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
Credits3
Lecture
AVD-198

First Year Seminar

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Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    AVD-202

    Concepts and Issues of Modern Art

    Key concepts of modern art, the visual art which emerged and the corresponding issues they raise; explores the wider cultural matrix in which modern artistic ideas develop.

    • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    AVD-221

    Popular Music Since 1955

    Evolution of popular music since 1955 and its relationship to society, especially rock music in the 1960's and early 1970's, the period of greatest stylistic expansion and also the period in which the music was most intimately intertwined with its social milieu.

    • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    Odd Only
    AVD-261

    Understanding the Arts

    An introduction to the language of the visual and performing arts, including direct experience of art forms, and incorporating comparative studies of the elements and structural principles employed among the arts. Development of student's aesthetic literacy, and their ability to articulate informed responses to art forms.

    • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Even Only
    AVD-272

    Women in the Arts

    Studies artistic works by women in order to re-value their place in history and development of the arts. May repeat for credit when a different topic is studied.

    • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
    • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
    Credits1-4
    Field EXP
    AVD-299

    Travel Course

    • Pre-Requisites
    • General Education
    • Travel Course
    • Repeatable

    Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

    Prerequisites
    P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
    • Gen Ed: World Culture
    • Travel Course
    • Course is repeatable for credit.
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    AVD-327

    Jazz History

    Cultural conflict, influence and enrichment that arise when differing traditions of the arts come into contact with Jazz History.

    • Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies,Fine Arts
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    Odd Only
    AVD-328

    Musical Theatre History

    Cultural conflict, influence and enrichment that arise when differing traditions of the arts come into contact with musical theatre and its development.

    • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    AVD-329

    World Music

    Survey of tribal, folk and non-western art music with an emphasis on cultural, social, religious, political and economic context.

    • Gen Ed: World Culture,Fine Arts
    Credits3
    Lecture
    AVD-360

    Art and Ideas

    Art is created to serve many purposes and may be viewed in many ways. This course will investigate diverse examples of visual culture, their contexts, and strategies for viewing and understanding art.

    • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Fall
    AVD-370

    Modern American Culture

    Fad, fashion and popular art: the media, music, advertising and entertainment as they express the intimate unguarded concerns of modern America.

    Prerequisites
    P: Jr st. or Art, AVD or Theatre major
    • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Even Only
    AVD-371

    World Art

    Survey of selected non-western art and architecture with an emphasis on cultural, social, religious, political and economic context.

    Prerequisites
    P: jr st.
    • Gen Ed: World Culture,Fine Arts
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Odd Only
    AVD-372

    Women, Art and Image

    • Pre-Requisites
    • General Education
    • Writing Emphasis

    Examines the impact women have made on art historically as of artists, muses, models, dealers, benefactors and critics with emphasis on images of women in visual culture, deconstructing notions of identify, others and beauty in contemporary society and in the past.

    Prerequisites
    P: jr st; REC: Art 202 or WOST 241
    • Gen Ed: Fine Arts
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    AVD-375

    Communication Skills: Language of Metaphor

    Examines metaphors and the metaphoric process and seeks to develop skills in creating and understanding metaphors, especially those that have become an unconscious part of our language and culture.

    Prerequisites
    P: none; REC: Gen Ed req in Arts & Humanities.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      Odd Only
      AVD-477

      Women as Creative Agents

      The multiple ways women have exercised their creative capacities and the external and internal factors that support creative work. Examines some of the assumptions about creativity in women by comparing them with the evidence from biographies of creative women in several fields.

      Prerequisites
      P: Soc C D 241 or English 206 or AVD 272 or Arts Mgt 364 or jr st.
        Credits1-12
        Field EXP
        Spring
        Fall
        AVD-497

        Internship

        Instruction and experience in a professional environment where students work in any aspect of the field appropriate to their academic preparation and career goals under professional and faculty supervision. No more than 3 credits may be used to meet requirements for a major or minor.

        Prerequisites
        P: jr st and 3.0 gpa in major emphasis (dept will monitor gpa req).
        • Course is repeatable for credit.
        Credits1-4
        IND Study
        Spring
        Fall
        AVD-498

        Independent Study

        Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

        Prerequisites
        P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
        • Course is repeatable for credit.