COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CORE 171A - ACTING FOR NON-THEATRE MAJORS

This course serves as an in-depth introduction to the craft of acting for the non-actor. This course will lead to an experience that will deepen the students' understanding of basic creative techniques. Acting is studied as an art of self-expression and communication and will enhance the students' understanding of the creative process and the role of imagination in it. All students will be introduced to beginning acting techniques to develop, define and practice the artistic expression with interest and technical proficiency.  Improvisation and classroom exercises will provide a foundation in acting techniques. Students will learn to use the voice and body as instruments of self-expression and communication in performance and will develop mental, physical and vocal flexibility through acting with words, acting without words, ensemble work, characterization and experimentation.

 

CORE 171X - THEATRE EXPERIENCE

The aesthetics of theatre will be explored and studied as an art of self-expression and communication and will enhance the students understanding of the creative process and the role of imagination in it.  This course introduces the student to the various aspects of theatre arts.  Through textbook readings, videos, class discussions and viewing/critiquing live performances, students develop a basic theatre vocabulary and appreciation for this most collaborative of art forms. Theatre and its function will be investigated in depth while allowing the student to see and experience different perspectives. The student will learn how to mingle with an art form and experience the skills necessary for performance.

 

CORE 172J JAZZ DANCE

This introductory course in jazz dance incorporates lecture/demonstration and dance exercises designed to explore the proper technique appropriate for a jazz dance presentation.  Special emphasis will be given to the different styles of jazz dance from swing to theatrical to modern day hip-hop.  This course is designed for the beginner through the intermediate level.

 

CORE 172M MOVEMENT/THEATRICAL DANCE

This introductory course in movement dance incorporates lecture/demonstration and dance exercises designed to explore the movement dynamics appropriate for a dramatic presentation.  Special emphasis will be given to the different styles of dance techniques of some of the great broadway choreographers in American history.

 

CORE 174M - MUSIC APPRECIATION

This course will serve as an introduction to the various genres, styles, periods, composers, and materials of music. Readings, music listening, and written assignments provide students with opportunities to develop their abilities to interpret diverse forms of musical expression.

 

CORE 174U - UNDERSTANDING MUSIC

Students will be introduced to the basics of note reading and the fundamentals of music theory.  Ability to read music and previous musical knowledge is not a prerequisite.  Evolution of musical composition will be studied to provide a better understanding of the ultimate mixture of consonance and dissonance found in music today.

 

CORE 175G - GUITAR PERFORMANCE

This introductory course in guitar performance will strive to improve students skills in music performance. Students will be able to begin playing the guitar or continue previous instruction throughout the semester. Each student will be required to perform in a recital during the semester of study.

 

CORE 176A - ART APPRECIATION

This course will explore the development of modern society from its roots to present day.  Important works from the visual arts will be studied and placed into historical context in order to understand both their meaning as individual works of art and their expression of societal values and philosophies.  Students will explore ways in which contemporary culture is influenced by the images and architecture of the ancient world.

 

CORE 177D - DRAWING

Introductory course concerned with the fundamentals of drawing in order to  develop creative capacities and gain a broader understanding and appreciation of intellectual-cultural activity.  Course is designed to guide the student to develop skills in drawing from life and the imagination and in pictorial composition.  Students will discover means of expressing mood, emotion, abstract concepts and movement, as well as, developing personal style. 

 

CORE 177S - SCULPTURE

Course seeks to initiate a process by which students may begin to find meaningful relationships between figure and subject by carefully weighing their approach with emotional and conceptual content to form a language of sculpture.  An introductory art class that focuses on the elements of art and design principles, specifically as they relate to art produced in a three dimensional media, such as clay, plaster,
wire, and found objects.

 

CORE 177P - ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Introduces the basic skills and concepts involved in black and white photography.  These include film exposure, processing, printing and print finishing, and issues of composition, as well as development of a vocabulary with which to discuss images.  Format is divided between lecture/critique and darkroom lab hours.  This course is appropriate for the beginning photography student.  Note:  Student must also register for one of the two lab periods: 177PL

 

CORE 178I - IMAGINATIVE WRITING

This introductory writing course will ask students to work in several genres, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or drama. Class focuses on defining good writing and encouraging a process approach. Students will be asked to work through multiple drafts of work and participate in group editing sessions.

 

CORE 179F - INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES

A critical introduction of major concepts of film through study of selected films and/or film genres.  This course will introduce the student to some major concepts in film studies and film language (editing, cinematography, sound, special effects, etc.)  Course will culminate in an understanding of the many ways films produce meaning through critical interpretations and deep analysis.