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Art History

FAH101 Introduction to Art
An introduction to the language and history of the visual arts, including the visual elements, media and methods used by artists, and a chronological survey of the major periods, artists and works in the history of art. Open to students from all backgrounds with no previous experience in the visual arts necessary. (Formerly FA101)

FAH110 Introduction to Architecture
An introduction to the history of architecture, urban planning and the built environment from antiquity to the present day.  The course examines the descriptive terminology of architecture, the basics of materials and structural design, modes of architectural representation, and the development of historical styles and building typologies.  Topics include "the architect" in history, the development of landscape architecture, and architectural theory and criticism. Field trips will be required.  No previous experience in the visual arts necessary. (Formerly FA110)

FAH206 Survey of the Archaeology of Greece
A survey of the major sites and monuments of ancient Greece.  The course pays special attention to how archaeology relates to other approaches to the study of classical antiquity,  e.g.  history,  art history,  and philological studies. (Cross listed with CL277)

FAH207 Survey of the Archaeology of Rome
A survey of the major sites and monuments of the ancient Roman World.  The course pays special attention to how archeology relates to other approaches to the study of classical antiquity e.g. history, art History, and philological studies. (Cross listed with CL278)

FAH210 Art and Architecture of the Ancient World
A survey of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman art and architecture within the historical context of the political, religious, and social practices of each culture.  Topics include the depiction of the human figure, representation of mythological and historical subjects and the development of sacred and secular building types. (Cross listed as CL210.  Formerly FA210)

FAH212 Art & Architecture of the Middle Ages
A survey of art and architecture examining the foundations of  Early Christianity, the Byzantine Empire, and Western European cultures through the fourteenth century.  Topics include the development of distinctive iconographies, styles, techniques, and building types to meet the needs of the religious and secular society. (Formerly FA212)

FAH214 Italian Renaissance Art A survey of Italian art and architecture ca. 1300-1590
Discussions will consider works of art in their social, cultural, and historical contexts, with special attention given to the materials and methods of art; the role of art in contemporary life; patronage and collecting; and the social status of the artist.  Subjects will include major masters, such as Giotto, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Titian, as well as historiographic concepts of "the Renaissance" and artistic genius. (Formerly FA214)

FAH216 Art in the Age of Spectacle:  The 17th Century from Caravaggio to Vermeer
An examination of 17th-century European painting, sculpture and architecture of the within the religious, political, urban, and domestic spheres of society.  Topics include artists such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Velázquez, Poussin, Rembrandt and Vermeer; the roles of art patrons, collectors and critics; urbanism and town planning; the development of art academies; and the art-historical notion of "baroque style."

FAH218 Revolutions in Art: Nineteenth-Century  Art
An examination of revolutionary changes in painting, sculpture, and architecture, the changing role of the artist in society from courtier to critic to activist and mystic recluse. Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Naturalism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism are among the movements studied. (Formerly FA218)

FAH220 New Ways of Seeing: Twentieth-Century Art
A study of revolutionary individuals and movements in the visual arts of the 20th century, including Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Constructionism, Dadaism, the Bauhaus, and Surrealism.  Emphasis on European works up to 1945.  (Formerly FA220)

FAH222 Contemporary Art
An exploration of contemporary trends in the visual arts and of the role of the artist in society from 1945 to the present with emphasis on American art. Areas of study will include Abstract Expressionism, Pop art, Minimalism, Conceptualism,  Earthworks, Neo-expressionism, video, performance art, Post-modernism, and the breaking of  traditional media boundaries. (Formerly FA222)

FAH230 The Arts  of  the United States and the Americas
Aspects of the American experience as reflected in painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography from the colonial period to the end of World War II. Major artists, themes, and movements in the United States with consideration of artistic developments throughout the Americas. (Formerly FA230)

FAH240 Islamic Art and Architecture
An introduction to Islamic art and architecture and its global impact from the 7th century to the present.  A study of the historical development of Islamic Art in specific Islamic regions including: Egypt, Iraq, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, India, and Central Asia. Art forms to be considered include painting, book illustration, calligraphy, metalwork, ceramics, textiles, architecture of the mosques and madrasa, and garden design. (Formerly FA234)

FAH258 History of Photography
An introductory chronological survey of the history of photography as a revolutionary new art form from its 19th century origins to the present.  This course will address critical and historical "readings" of content, style and techniques of photographs in various cultures and time periods, including digital images in contemporary photography.  Emphasis on photography as an art with some consideration of photojournalism and advertising.  Lecture and discussion. (Formerly FAH360)

FAH260 The Cinematic Eye - A History of Film  to 1945
A study of the history of film (motion pictures) as an art form from its origins to the end of World War II.  Focus will primarily be on influential European and American films, and major advancements in filmmaking techniques as well as the significance of a film for the society of its time.  Different genres of film will be explored as well as the work of  major individual directors. (Formerly FA240)

FAH262 Contemporary Film  - 1945 to the Present
A study of American and foreign cinema in the post World War II era.  The interaction of film and society, as well as specific genres and directors will be considered. (Formerly FA242)

FAH310 Studies in Architecture
An advanced exploration of the history of  architecture and urbanism.  Topics vary between historical periods, architects, building types, and geographical locations or themes within the history of architecture.  Students will complete research projects concerning specific problems in the history of architecture. (Formerly FA310) Prerequisite: FAH110 or permission of the instructor.

FAH312 History of Modern Architecture
The course examines the clash between the progressives, those who embraced the new technologies and the search for a distinctively modern style, and the traditionalists who tried to stem the tide.  It also studies problems in housing, high-rise buildings and urban design brought to the fore by the effects of industrialization. (Formerly FA224)

FAH363 Topics in the History of the Theatre
Various phases of theatre development are studied.  Representative plays are read as examples for discussion.  Sample Topics: American Drama and Culture, European Masters of Drama, American Playwrights since 1945, Great Ages of the Theatre. (Cross listed with EN363.)

FAH400 Independent Study

FAH401 Independent Study - Thesis Research

FAH490 Senior Seminar (Formerly FA480)

FAH492 Internship (one semester) (Formerly FA481)

FAH493-494 Internship (two semesters) (Formerly FA481-482)

Special Topics:

FAH250 Asian Art

FAH264 The Family in Art and  Film

FAH270 Women Artists

FAH315 Michelangelo and his World   

Studio Art

FAS103 Creativity
In this course, students will gain an understanding of creativity through study of the scientific, artistic and spiritual approaches. Study of these disciplines will be used to strengthen students' commitment to and practice of creativity in the arts and sciences and in the art of living. (Formerly FA130)

FAS110 Drawing I
A beginning level course open to students with little or no visual arts experience.  The methods of rendering a variety of subjects, including still- life, portrait and human figure in a variety of drawing media.  The works and techniques of contemporary and historical artists are examined through lecture, demonstration, independent research and master copies. Studio and materials fees charged. (Formerly FA176)

FAS210 Drawing II
A continuing examination of the techniques and principles of organization, which were introduced in Drawing I.  The course will be divided into four focus areas-the human figure and portraiture with emphasis on anatomical structures; the enclosed environment; the open-air environment; and independent creative investigations. Slide lectures and discussion.  Studio and materials fees charged.  Prerequisite: FAS110 or permission of the instructor. (Formerly FA376)

FAS220 Painting I
The principles of color theory and composition are explored in this introduction to the materials and tools of oil painting.  Students work from life to create still-lifes, portraits, human figure studies, and landscapes.  Studio work is complemented by readings, critical writings, museum visits, and discussion of artistic works of the past and present.  In addition to the studio and materials fee, students are responsible for purchase of canvas, brushes and some supplies. (Formerly FA250)

FAS230 Printmaking: Monotype, Relief, Calligraphy
This studio course covers printmaking theory and technique through lectures, demonstrations, critiques, and individual print lab time.  Students will develop imagery through an exploration of historical and contemporary art and culture and will complete a portfolio of several original images by the end of the semester.  Using the state of the art Whelen XPress Intaglio Press as well as hand printing methods, students will make multiple original prints through several processes including monotype printing, relief (linoleum and wood block), and callography (building image plates through collage techniques.  Individual lab time is required.  Students will learn to demonstrate proper studio method including the safe handling and cleaning of tools, materials, and equipment as well as studio etiquette. Studio and materials fees charged. (Formerly FA254)

FAS240 Darkroom Photography
An introduction to black-and-white photography, including the history, technique, and aesthetics of photography.  Students are taught to operate an adjustable 35mm file camera, develop black-and-white film, and make prints.  Students are expected to have their own manually operated 35mm cameras.  Studio and materials fees charged. (Formerly FA256)

FAS250 Three-Dimensional Design
An introduction to three-dimensional design as it relates to structure, process, continuity, relationships, functions, psychological necessity, and the view of total design with its environmental implications.  Students will be required to solve a series of design problems utilizing hands-on materials and 3-D computer graphics.  The course may serve as a foundation for sculpture, engineering, and structural design.  Studio and materials fees charged. (Formerly FA277)

FAS252 Sculpture
Explores principles of three-dimensional work in the sculpture studio.  Elements such as mass, space, time, and motion will be examined as they relate to such design concepts as scale, rhythm, balance, and contrast.  Students work with a variety of materials including clay, light-weight wire, metal, wood, paper, and plastic.  Studio and materials fee charged. (Formerly FA274)

FAS260 Ceramics I
This introduction to ceramics is a hands-on, studio-based course and leads to the completion of a group of ceramic artworks.  Students will learn the basics of hand building, the potter's wheel, kiln firing, glazing and surface embellishment.  Class time is comprised of instructor demonstrations, group critiques, and individual studio work.  Projects will stress the sculptural potential of clay in addition to the aesthetic merits of functional vessel making.  Studio and materials fee charged.

FAS261 Beginning Acting
An introduction to the basic vocal and physical techniques of acting with emphasis on the development of technical skills and emotional and intellectual resources required for acting.  Improvisations and theatre games are used extensively.  Formal acting is explored through monologue and duet acting scenes.  Cross-listed as EN261 (Formerly FA261)

FAS262 Beginning Directing
Instruction and practical experience in the art of staging plays.  Selection of materials, script analysis, casting, blocking, rehearsal procedure, and techniques of communication with the actor are explored.  Directing methods are examined in a series of short scenes prepared for presentation to the class.  Cross-listed as EN262 (Formerly FA262)

FAS270 Visual Communication
An introduction to forms of visual communication in contemporary society, highlighting the creative, informative, and persuasive images in print media, computer graphics, and publishing.  Students are introduced to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator software.  Lecture and studio projects.  Materials fees charged. (Formerly FA278)

FAS272 Digital Art & Imaging I
An introduction to the use of the computer as an artistic instrument.  The intent of this class is to provide students with the fundamental information and skills needed to analyze and produce digital media and apply those skills to both fine art and commercial environments.  Creative and expressive approaches are favored.  Materials fees charged. (Formerly FA266)

FAS274 Graphic Design I
Combining studio work with classroom instruction and group critiques, students will learn fundamentals of design theory and typography.  Students will gain competency in industry standard software such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator and will use analytical thinking and problem solving skills to produce creative, communicative design layouts and presentations in various media.  Professional opportunities in the design field will be presented.  Materials fees charged.  (Formerly FA276: Color and Design)

FAS340 Intermediate Photography
A continuation of FAS240 and FAS245.  Digital students will be introduced briefly to the darkroom process while darkroom students try a new film.  The students will then work in their respective mediums to delve more deeply in the process and produce a mid-term and final portfolio or book on the topic of their own choosing with an emphasis on personal vision and making clear statements through editing and sequencing photographs. Studio and materials fee charged. Prerequisite: FAS240 or permission of instructor. (Formerly FA356)

FAS342 Photo Media: Analog Digital
This course is an exploration of analog silver-based photography into digital imaging and print production.  Emphasis is placed on conceptual problem solving through conventional and experimental methods.  In this studio class, through a variety of visual problems, students will learn the basic elements of exposure and development through the use of the large format camera (4X5), as well as large format scanning, digital image editing and print production.  A variety of software programs pertaining to the medium will be utilized, as well as input and output devices.  The goal of this course is to begin to develop creative imaging skills in graphic systems.  This course makes use of the studio environment, both traditional analog (hand-made) and digital, assigned readings and discussions and visual presentations.  Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.  Photographic imaging will be addressed as a process, a sequence of steps taken toward the final production of a work of art or photograph, requiring creative problem solving, methods and critical thinking. Studio and materials fee charged.

FAS372 Digital Art & Imaging II
A continuing investigation into the use of the computer as an artistic instrument.  The intent of this project-oriented class is to provide students with intermediate and advanced information and skills needed to analyze and produce digital media and apply those skills to both fine art and commercial environments.  We will also explore the art of storytelling, abstraction, metaphor, and narrative language.  Materials fees charged.  Prerequisite: FAS270, or FAS272, or FAS376, or permission of instructor. (Formerly FA367)

FAS375 Typography and Design
Combining studio work with classroom instruction and group critiques, students will learn fundamentals of typography including history, theory, semiotics, page layout, communication design, identity, letterform design and experimental contexts of typography such as: type as art object, symbol and cultural element, type as expression and type as personal voice. Students will gain competency in digital typography and graphic design using industry standard software such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. No experience necessary.

FAS376 Art and Design for the Web
An introduction to media development and artful design for the world wide web and electronic publishing highlighting the creative, aesthetic, historical, and theoretical aspects of  informational systems.  No HTML or scripting required.  Students will have the opportunity to develop graphics, web pages, and web sites utilizing Adobe Creative Suite, After Effects, and Dreamweaver, lectures, and critiques. (Formerly FA368)

FAS378 Motion Art
An examination of the procedural, historical, and conceptual aspects of motion in media including motion graphics, animation, and video.  The course focuses on motion art design principles and introduces two animation and video authoring software applications: Adobe Flash and Final Cut Pro. Adobe After Effects software will be introduced for use in type animation.  Students will have the opportunity to develop a variety of creative products that incorporate animation and videography with an emphasis on display on the Web, including stop motion techniques.  The art of storytelling, abstraction, metaphor, and narrative language will also be explored.  No previous programming knowledge required. (Formerly FA369)

FAS400 Independent Study

FAS401 Independent Study - Thesis Studio

FAS492 Internship (one semester) (Formerly FA481)

FAS493-494 Internship (two semesters) (Formerly FA481-482)

Special Topics:
(Materials fees required for all Studio Art Special Topics courses listed below.)

FAS212 Illustration

FAS264 Digital Photography

FAS264 Ceramic Surface Design

FAS310 Advanced Drawing Techniques

FAS320 Painting II

FAS322 Painting as Narrative

FAS330 Printmaking: Intaglio and Alternative Processes

FAS356 Mixed Media

FAS360 Ceramics II

FAS374 Graphic Design II


MU101 Introduction to Music
A focus on masterpieces of Western music in their historical and cultural contexts from the Middle Ages to the present.  The goals of the course are to awaken and encourage an appreciation of music, to help students learn to respond intelligently to a variety of musical idioms, and to engage students in the debates on the character and purpose of music that have occupied composers and musical thinkers since Antiquity.  Students will also develop listening skills through a study of the basic elements of music: notation, melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, texture and form, and how they are employed in various musical styles.  (Formerly MU140)

MU110 Music Theory I
An analytic investigation of the basic elements of music: melody, rhythm, harmony, and form in the context of Western common-practice tonality.  Topics include rhythm and meter, keys and scales, chords and their inversions, melodic construction, elementary harmonic progressions, and ear training.

MU160 Studies in Music Performance
Individual Instruction Individual music instruction with sections in voice, piano, guitar, and other instruments. This course may be repeated for credit.

MU170 Class Piano
An introduction to beginning piano techniques, including hand position, posture, fingering, technical exercises, and sight reading in treble and bass clef.  Students learn to perform short works and acquire basic harmonization and improvisation skills using standard accompaniment patterns.  Numerous examples are assigned to demonstrate the essentials of reading and counting skills and other fundamentals of piano playing introductory music theory concepts are also covered.   No piano background is necessary.

MU180 Music Ensemble
Ensemble participation with sections in choir, orchestra, band, chamber music, and other groups.
This course may be repeated for credit.

MU201 Music History I: Middle Ages-Classical Era
This course covers the first half of a two-semester sequence in the history of music in Western civilization, examining the changing styles of European music from the emergence of Gregorian chant to the works of Mozart.  Genres explored include plainchant, polyphony, secular song, the mass, madrigal, opera, oratorio, concerto, and symphony.  Composers to be studied include: Josquin, Palestrina, Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart.  (Formerly MU341)

MU202 Music History II: Romantic-present
This course covers the second half of a two-semester sequence in the history of music in Western civilization, examining the changing styles music from the Beethoven to the present day.  Genres explored include the symphony, concerto, string quartet, piano sonata, opera, and art song. Composers to be studied include Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Brahms, Liszt, Wagner, Verdi, Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Cage, Glass, and others.  (Formerly MU342/343)

MU210 Music Theory II
An in-depth study of all the musical elements with an emphasis on melodic structure, functional harmony, and four-part writing.  Musical examples from a range of historical periods will be used to demonstrate different analytical tools.  Discussion will also focus on the analytical process and its relationship to the performer as well as the listener's perception of a work. (Formerly MU111) Prerequisite: MU110 or permission of the instructor (placement test)

MU240 American Music
The music of the United States from colonial days to the present, traced to its European roots but with primary focus on the contributions of distinctively American figures, such as William Billings, Stephen Foster, Charles Ives, Scott Joplin, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and Leonard Bernstein.  Topics include twentieth-century American contributions to art music, the rise of American musical theatre, jazz, and rock and roll.

MU241 American Musical Theater
A historical survey of American musical theater from its origins in the late 19th century.  The course focuses on selected works by figures such as Kern, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, and Sondheim, as well as the contemporary generation.  A series of case studies anchors the course, allowing students to delve into issues of race, gender, politics, musical style, performance, and the notion of the popular, as the class also explores broader cultural and musical trends.

MU242 Studies in Film Music
This course is designed to develop a general understanding of the technical, historical, and aesthetic aspects of film music.  Students will learn how to breakdown and analyze the primary components of an individual film score and develop a basic ability to identify specific musical instruments and compositional techniques.  The course will also discuss many of the influential film score composers of the 20th and 21st centuries and their contribution to the film score.

MU243 Studies in Jazz History
This course provides the opportunity for students to develop an understanding and ability to identify the specific musical elements of jazz through a variety of listening assignments.  Students will develop a broad understanding of the distinctive features present in each style period of jazz and learn to recognize these features in their listening.  Students will also have an opportunity to hear and analyze a live jazz performance during the course.

MU244 Music and Worship of the Western Church
Beginning with the Hebrew Psalmody of the Old Testament, this course will survey historical topics in sacred music from Gregorian chant to the present.  Topics include: the chorales and psalm settings of the Reformation, oratorios of Handel, masses of Mozart and Haydn, requiems of Brahms and Verdi, "fuging tunes" of the early American Singing Schools, African-American spirituals, hymns and religious music of the Romantic Era, and the music and praise practices current in the church today.

MU245 World Music
This course explores the musical cultures of select regions (Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Middle East, and the Americas) from the disciplinary perspective of ethnomusicology, a field that emphasizes the direct connections between social structures and musical sound/aesthetics.  Students are exposed to the disciplinary methods of ethnomusicology, including its the study of non-Western music in a series of analytical assignments and presentations.  At the end of this course, students should have a better understanding of an intellectual approach to studying and listening to music in other cultures.

MU246 History of Rock and Roll
The focus of this course is on the history of a musical genre, one that crucially informs our understanding of popular music today: rock and roll.  In additional to exploring its early twentieth-century origins in the sounds of Tin Pan Alley, as well as jazz, country, and the blues, we will examine rock's historical trajectory through a century of social upheaval.  Consistent in its political and social relevancy, rock provides a unique perspective on many of the most important issues faced during the twentieth century, including nationalism, race, class, gender, and technology.

MU310 Music Theory III
A continuation of Music Theory II, this class will first present further elements of the harmonic vocabulary used in tonal music (including mode mixture, the Neapolitan chord, augmented sixth chords) then introduce students to techniques and approaches employed by composers in the twentieth century.  Assignments will include analyses, directed composition exercises, and musicianship exercises (keyboard, sight singing, and dictation).
Prerequisite: MU210 or permission of the instructor (placement test)

MU320 Music Composition
This course is designed to allow students to explore the creative process of music composition.  The course will focus on individual compositional aspects such as rhythm, melody, harmony, form, orchestration, and text setting.  Students will have a variety of opportunities to foster their music writing skills and work on the various musical elements through creative composition projects.  Students will also have the opportunity to meet and  discuss the compositional process with a professional composer and participate in the process of a newly commissioned work to be premiered during the course.  (Formerly MU210)

MU344 Opera and Gender
This course explores operatic music and vocality, as well as opera's construction of gender by focusing on a chronological series of historicized themes including castrati, madness, and exoticism.  Students will complement their reading with weekly opera viewing/listening assignments and field trips to attend live performances of opera.

MU400 Independent Study

MU401 Independent Study - Thesis Research

MU492 Internship (one-semester)

MU493-494 Internship (two-semesters)

Special Topics:

MU230 Computer Music