Department of Fine Arts Courses
Art & Art History Program Courses
- ART 101 - Drawing I: An introductory studio course emphasizing a disciplined foundation in drawing concepts based on visual observations. (3 credits)
- ART 102 - Drawing II: Further development of the fundamental drawing skills acquired in ART 101. Emphasis on extending visual concepts, exploring alternate materials and developing compositional devices. Study of various applications of life drawing included. Prerequisite: ART 101. (3 credits)
- ART 105 - Color Theory: An introduction to color interactions, optical phenomena and their creative application. (3 credits)
- ART 106 - Jewelry I: Introduction to basic fabricating processes, i.e., sawing and soldering of both common and fine metals. From simple jewelry pieces to setting stones or construction of simple non-jewelry pieces. Includes historical evolution of metal work, student research. Emphasis on knowledge and development of manual skills and personal aesthetic sense. (3 credits)
- ART 107 - Design Fundamentals I (2-D): A course in art fundamentals designed to develop a visual language. Emphasis on the application of the elements and principles of pictorial structure, point, line, shape, plane, space and color. (3 credits)
- ART 108 - Design Fundamentals II (3-D): An introduction to the principles and elements of sculptural process in a variety of media which may include wood, plaster, clay and metal. (3 credits)
- ART 124 - Introduction to Printmaking: Introduction to printmaking with emphasis on its creative possibilities. One or several of the basic techniques developed: intaglio, lithography, and relief printmaking. Prerequisite: ART 101 . (3 credits)
- ART 127 - Watercolor I: An introduction to the opaque and transparent watercolor media and the development of techniques and skills in the manipulation of the medium. (3 credits)
- ART 135 - Photography I: A beginning course which emphasizes a fine arts and aesthetic approach to the medium. Assignments explore ideas in contemporary art while developing technical and darkroom skills. (3 credits)
- ART 141 - Introduction to Digital Photography: Beginning course in digital photography that emphasizes a fine arts approach. Technical proficiency and individual exploration are stressed. (3 credits)
- ART 142 - Introduction to Digital Photography II: Intermediate study of operations and techniques in digital photography such as lighting, exposure, and print enhancement. Emphasis placed on development of personal body of work. Prerequisite: Art 141 or instructor permission. (3 credits)
- ART 160 - Art Appreciation: An introduction to the visual arts. Emphasis will be placed upon the acquisition of the tools and skills necessary to understand and interpret works of art. Traditional art forms, such as painting and sculpture will be considered as well as newer genres such as installation and performance. (3 credits)
- ART 201 - Life Drawing I: An introduction to the depiction of the human form with studies in anatomy and pictorial organization. Emphasis on technical skills based on observational studies. Prerequisite: Art 101, Art 102 (3 credits)
- ART 202 - Life Drawing II: A continuation of studies of the human form. Emphasis on conceptual development using a variety of materials. Prerequisite: Art 101, Art 102, Art 201 (3 credits)
- ART 206 - Jewelry II: Introduction to the basic techniques of lost wax metal casting (centrifuge and vacuum). Includes information about advanced fabricating techniques with emphasis on personal expression and individual artistic growth. Prerequisite: ART 106. (3 credits)
- ART 211 - Ceramics I: Basic hand-building techniques are explored as means to produce vessel and sculptural forms along with glaze decoration. Cost of clay is in addition to course fee. (3 credits)
- ART 212 - Ceramics II: Introduction to basic wheel-throwing techniques to produce vessel forms, surface decorations and glaze application. Cost of clay is in addition to course fee. (3 credits)
- ART 216 - Sculpture I: An introduction to techniques and concepts in contemporary sculpture which will include casting, carving and constructing. (3 credits)
- ART 217 - Sculpture II: Intermediate study of techniques and concepts in contemporary sculpture. (3 credits)
- ART 219 - Beginning Sculpture Foundry: Beginning techniques and concepts of traditional and contemporary cast metal including mold making, casting, tooling and patinization. Prerequisite: Art 216 or Instructor permission. (3 credits)
- ART 225 - Intermediate Printmaking: A continuation of ART 124, with emphasis on color theory, print history and the exploration of personal imagery. Studio projects will be based on individual interests with faculty advisement. Both group and individual critiques will be employed. Prerequisite: ART 124. (3 credits)
- ART 226 - New Technology Printmaking : Introduction to photo, computer and hand-drawn imagery within the traditional printmaking format. Techniques covered will include: intaglio, lithography, and monotype. Prerequisite: Art 101, Art 124. (3 credits)
- ART 231 - Painting I: Introduction to the concepts of painting, including color, form, technical skills and knowledge of materials. Emphasis on the development of aesthetic awareness. Projects will be problem-solving assignments. Prerequisite: ART 101. (3 credits)
- ART 232 - Painting II: A continuation of ART 231, with emphasis on conceptual development and individual interests. Prerequisite: ART 101, Art 231. (3 credits)
- ART 235 - Photography II: Intermediate level course which explores techniques such as Zone system, night photography, large format and alternate darkroom processes. Emphasis on development of personal body of work and exploration of contemporary photography. Includes field trips. Prerequisite: ART 135. (3 credits)
- ART 243 - Digital Imaging I: An introduction the concepts and practices of computer imaging and the use of related media with emphasis on creative applications of digital technology. Prerequisite: ART 101 or Art 107 (3 credits)
- ART 244 - Digital Imaging II: Advanced application of the concepts and practices of computer imaging and the use of related media with emphasis on creative applications of digital technology. Prerequisite: ART 243 (3 credits)
- ART 245 - Digital Media I: Exploration of various digital media in the creation of art. (3 credits)
- ART 253 - Cinema II/The Sound Era: This introductory course identifies creative use of filmmaking techniques and surveys the major genres of film since the 1930s. Main genres explored include Western, Crime, Horror, Musical, Science Fiction, War, Comedy, Action-Adventure and Foreign. In-class films, class critiques, field trip. (3 credits)
- ART 260 - Survey of Art History I: A survey of Western art and architecture from the prehistoric era to the beginning of the Renaissance. (3 credits)
- ART 261 - Survey of Art History II: A survey of painting, sculpture and architecture in the West from the Renaissance through the modern era. (3 credits)
- ART 262 - Survey of Asian Art: An introduction the Art and Architecture of Asia including India, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia, through an exploration of the major religious and secular artistic traditions from Neolithic to Modern times. Slide lectures, video/film, discussions and museum field trip. (3 credits)
- Art 263 - Survey of African, Oceania, and Native America Art: An introduction the arts and architecture of Tribal Africa, Oceania and Aboriginal Cultures, and Native America. Slide lectures and class discussion. Field trips. (3 credits)
- ART 264 - Survey of American Art: Survey of the art and architecture of the United States from the colonial period through the late twentieth century. Slide lectures, discussions and videos. (3 credits)
- ART 265 - Introduction to Contemporary Art: Survey of the major art forms and movements since World War II and of the critical and cultural milieu in which those art forms developed. (3 credits)
- ART 270 - Women in Art: This course will explore the contributions women have made to Western art from the Middle Ages through the present. Among the topics we shall consider: works of art produced by women artists and historical circumstances in which they were produced; how women have been represented by Western artists, both male and female; and the role women have played in Western culture as art patrons and art collectors. (3 credits)
- ART 275 - Survey of History of Photography: Introduction to the artistic development of photography from early inventions as a technique to its use as a fine art. Considered also is relationship of photography to Modern Art movements and mass media. Slide lectures, discussion and field trips. (3 credits)
- ART 298 - Portfolio Emphasis: Participants will develop portfolios, documents and verbal skills necessary for college transfer or job acquisition in the fine arts fields. Class will cover development of professional portfolio, resume, artist’s statement, and marketing strategies in art. (3 credits)
Dance Program Courses
- DAN 101 - Dance Appreciation: (3 credits) A multi-cultural exploration of the world's first and most universal art form. Ballet history, sex and social dance, the politics of dance and 20th century self-expression among others are investigated through lecture, video and demonstration.
- DAN 108 - Pilates I: (1 credit) Pilates based floor work emphasizing increased flexibility and strength with application to dancers and non-dancers alike. (Course was previously called DAN 198B ST Pilates For Dancers)
- DAN 115 - Middle-Eastern Dance I: (1 credit) Learn to isolate and undulate gracefully to the mysterious sounds of Middle-Eastern music. Explore the ancient arts of belly dance and the people throughout history who have contributed to its evolution. (Course was previously called DAN 170 Beginning Middle Eastern Dancing)
- DAN 119 - Swing Dance: (1 credit) Instruction in a variety of swing dance styles, including East Coast, Balboa, and Charleston with an emphasis on Lindy Hop. Pre or Co-requisite DAN 125. (Course was called DAN 198B ST Swing Dance)
- DAN 125 - Ballroom Dance (Beginning): (1 credit) Instruction in the major ballroom dances including: Waltz, Swing, Foxtrot, Tango, Rumba, and the Cha-Cha.
- DAN 126 - Ballroom Dance (Beginning/Intermediate): (1 credit) Continuation of beginning ballroom dance. Prerequisite: DAN 125 or equivalent.
- DAN 128 - Latin Dance: (1 credit) Further development of Latin dances introduced in Beginning Ballroom Dance, plus the introduction of additional dances within the genre, including: Salsa, Merengue, Samba, and Mambo. Prerequisite DAN 125. (Course was previously called DAN 168 Latin Dance)
- DAN 132 - Jazz Dance (Beginning): (1 credit) Beginning techniques of jazz dance.
- DAN 133 - Jazz Dance (Beginning/Intermediate): (1 credit) Continuation of beginning jazz dance. Prerequisite: DAN 132 or equivalent experience.
- DAN 135 - Ballet (Beginning): (1 credit) Beginning techniques and theory of classical ballet.
- DAN 136 - Ballet (Beginning/Intermediate): (1 credit) Continuation of beginning ballet with more demanding concepts and skills. Prerequisite: DAN 135 or equivalent experience.
- DAN 138 - Modern Dance (Beginning): (1 credit) Introductory technique and theory of modern concert dance.
- DAN 144 - Tap Dance (Beginning): (1 credit) Beginning techniques of tap dancing.
- DAN 145 - Tap Dance (Beginning/Intermediate): (1 credit) Continuation of Beginning Tap Dance. Prerequisite: DAN 144 or equivalent experience.
- DAN 175 - Yoga For Dancers: (1 credit) Yoga techniques of stretching and breathing applied to the dancer's instrument with resultant stress relief, increased flexibility and enhanced physical alignment.
- DAN 188 - Dance Improvisation: (2 credits) Development of performance and compositional skill through the exploration and analysis of basic dance elements including time, shape, space, motion and dynamics.
- DAN 215 - Middle Eastern Dance II: (1 credit) A continuation of learning to isolate and undulate gracefully to the mysterious sounds of Middle Eastern music. A further exploration of the ancient arts of belly dance and the people throughout history who have contributed to its evolution. Pre-requisite: DAN 115 or equivalent experience. (Course was previously called DAN 270 Intermediate Middle Eastern Dancing)
- DAN 225 - Ballroom Dance (Intermediate): (1 credit) Intermediate techniques of ballroom dance. Prerequisite: DAN 126 or equivalent experience.
- DAN 232 - Jazz Dance (Intermediate ): (1 credit) Intermediate techniques of jazz dance. Prerequisite: DAN 133 or equivalent experience.
- DAN 235 - Ballet (Intermediate): (1 credit) Technique and theory of classical ballet. Prerequisite: DAN 136 or equivalent experience.
- DAN 238 - Modern Dance (Intermediate): (1 credit) Technique and theory of modern concert dance. Prerequisite: DAN 138 or equivalent experience.
- DAN 245 - Repertory Tap Dance: (1 credit) Learning of tap repertory and new choreography leading to performance opportunities. Prerequisite: DAN 145 or equivalent experience.
- DAN 281 - Dance Performance: (1 credit) Learning of repertory and new choreography leading to formal and informal performance opportunities.
- DAN 287 - Concert Dance Company: (1 credit) Professionally structured rehearsal of repertory and new choreography in preparation for formal performances, educational outreach programs and possible touring. Prerequisites: DAN 188, DAN 235, DAN 238 or equivalent experience. Class size limited, audition required.
- DAN 288 - Choreography: (2 credits) Introduction to the art of making dances with emphasis on the manipulation of time, shape, space, motion, and dynamics.
Music Program Courses
- MUS 100 - Concert Attendance : Attendance at ten on-campus concerts and/or recitals as a member of the audience. Required of every music major for four semesters. Note: Students taking this course must check in with the Music Office during the first week of the semester. (No Credit)
- MUS 101 - Music Fundamentals : A course in learning to read music, including notation, terminology, scales, and chords. Designed to furnish a foundation for musicianship. (3 credits)
- MUS 103 - Voice Class I : Teaches fundamentals of tone production, breath control, and practical techniques involved in reading and interpreting songs. (3 credits)
- MUS 107 - Guitar Class I : A class in basic guitar technique. Recommended for non-Music majors and elementary school teachers. No previous musical training required. (3 credits)
- MUS 108 - Guitar Class II : Classroom instruction in guitar at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: MUS 107. (3 credits)
- MUS 111 - Piano Class I : Class instruction in piano playing. This course is for people who have never played the piano. (3 credits)
- MUS 112 - Piano Class II: A class in basic piano technique, designed as a continuation of MUS 111. Prerequisite: MUS 111. (3 credits)
- MUS 121 - Music Appreciation: The course is for students with little or no musical training and focuses on the historical background of classical music and composers and listening to representative works. Emphasis is on increasing enjoyment and understanding of a variety of classical musical styles. (3 credits)
- MUS 125 - History of Rock Music: The esthetics and sociology of rock from its origins in rhythm and blues to the rise of Elvis Presley and Rock-a-Billy, Chuck Berry and teenage-rock, Bob Dylan and protest rock, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Psychedelic Rock, and Soul. (3 credits)
- MUS 126 - History of Black Popular Music: A survey of the world of black music, its sociology and aesthetics from country, classic and urban blues to Rhythm and Blues and Soul. Among the artists whose work will be discussed: Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith, Little Richard, Ray Charles and all the major groups from the Ink Spots and Mills Brothers to the Ravens, Coasters and Gladys Knight and the Pips. (3 credits)
- MUS 131 - Introduction to Music Literature: Development of a listening repertoire that will serve as a basis for music history. (3 credits)
- MUS 133 - History of The Beatles: Students will study the history of The Beatles from their beginnings in Liverpool, England, to their unequaled world popularity. The course will feature a mixture of videos, music, and discussion that will cover every important phase of the world's most successful and beloved rock band. (3 credits)
- MUS 134 - Jazz Appreciation: Study of jazz literature for the layperson from the early 1900's to the present with emphasis on differentiating the various styles of jazz. (3 credits)
- MUS 140 - History of Jazz/ Pop Vocal Styles: A study of the development of jazz and popular vocal styles. An historical analysis through recordings of various innovative vocalists including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Manhattan Transfer, Anita Baker and other notables who contributed to the development of jazz/pop vocalizing. This class is open to singers and non-singers. (3 credits)
- MUS 171 - Arranging/Orchestration: Private instruction to be chosen from the following: Composition, Jazz Arranging, Orchestration, Song Writing and Counterpoint. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits. (1 credit)
- MUS 174 - Keyboard Ensemble: An ensemble consisting of rhythm section players (bass, guitar, drums and percussion) and keyboard players performing various music from classical to jazz and pop styles. Also open to singers. Audition required. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits. (1 credit)
- MUS 176 - Advanced Jazz/Rock Ensemble: This performance ensemble will be a continuation of MUS 175. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Two semesters of MUS 175. (1 credit)
- MUS 181 - Business of Music: A general survey course to provide the knowledge of music merchandising, management, publishing, contracts, copyrights, record production, concert promotion and manager selection. (3 credits)
- MUS 191 - Survey of Electronic Music: A survey course designed to familiarize students with facets of electronic music including history, instruments, synthesizers and the recorded literature. (3 credits)
- MUS 205 - Theory I:
A. Elementary Harmony. A basic study of elementary harmonic practices, including four-part writing and rudimentary forms.
B. Lab. Sight singing and ear training. These elements are practiced as related to materials presented in Elementary Harmony. Prerequisite: Theory Placement Exam (4 credits)
- MUS 206 - Theory II:
A. Elementary Harmony. A basic study of elementary harmonic practices, including four-part writing and rudimentary forms.
B. Lab. Sight singing and ear training. These elements are practiced as related to materials presented in Elementary Harmony. Prerequisite: MUS 205 (4 credits)
- MUS 207 - Theory III: The study of harmonic practices including twentieth century techniques and rudimentary counterpoint practices, with related ear training and sight singing exercises. Prerequisite: MUS 205 and MUS 206. (4 credits)
- MUS 208 - Theory IV: A continuation of MUS 271. The advanced study of harmonic practices including twentieth century techniques and rudimentary counterpoint practices. Advanced ear training and sight singing exercises. Prerequisite: MUS 207. (4 credits)
- MUS 231E - Recording Techniques I E: Survey of recording techniques from studio setup to manufacturing of records and tapes. (3 credits)
- MUS 232E - Recording Techniques II E: An intermediate course in multi-track recording techniques including discussions on session procedures, production techniques, tracking and overdubbing methods, and general equipment operation. Prerequisite: MUS 231. (3 credits)
- MUS 236 - History of Electronic Music: An in-depth study of the historical progression of electronic music via recordings, and score/realization study. Prerequisite: MUS 191. (3 credits)
- MUS 237 - Analog/Digital Synthesis: A lecture/lab course emphasizing analog and digital sound synthesis. Prerequisite: MUS 191. (3 credits)
- MUS 238 - Sampling/Sequencing/MIDI: A lecture/lab course covering elements of digital sampling, sequencing, and MIDI. Prerequisite: MUS 191. (3 credits)
- MUS 249 - Harp: Private instruction in harp. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: Four semesters of MUS 149. (1 credit)
- MUS 251 - Jazz Fundamentals I: Study of chord/scale relationships in improvising jazz/rock music. Includes voicings for keyboard and instrumental performance. Prerequisite: MUS 206, or appropriate musical background. (3 credits)
- MUS 253 - Voice: Private instruction in voice. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: Four semesters of MUS 153. (1 credit)
- MUS 255 - Jazz Keyboard Techniques I: Continuation of skills from MUS 111 with an emphasis on pop, jazz, and contemporary piano styles. Prerequisite: MUS 111. (3 credits)
- MUS 256 Jazz Keyboard Techniques II: Continuation of MUS 255. Emphasis on improvisation, composition, and performance with rhythm section. Prerequisite: MUS 255. (3 credits)
- MUS 257 Woodwind Instruments: Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Oboe and Saxophone. Private instruction on a woodwind instrument. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: Four semesters of MUS 157. (1 credit)
- MUS 259 Percussion: Private instruction in percussion. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: Four semesters of MUS 159. (1 credit)
- MUS 261 Drums: Private instruction in drums. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: Four semesters of MUS 161. (1 credit)
- MUS 263 Organ: Private instruction in organ. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: Four semesters of MUS 163. (1 credit)
- MUS 265 Guitar: Private instruction in guitar. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: Four semesters of MUS 165. (1 credit)
- MUS 267 Bass: Private instruction in bass. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: Four semesters of MUS 167. (1 credit)
- MUS 269 Synthesizer: Private instruction in synthesizer. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits. Prerequisite: Four semesters of MUS 169. (1 credit)
- MUS 281B Business of Music II: A continuation of MUS 181. Topics include starting a record label, recording budgets, record royalties, audits, legal agreements, and the future of the recording and music industry. (3 credits)
- MUS 285B Advanced Recording Techniques: A continuation of MUS 232. Emphasis on hands-on recording projects, digital multitrack recording, hard-disk editing, and mixdown techniques. (3 credits)
Theatre Program Courses
- THTR 100 - Introduction To Theatre: Survey of dramatic literature and history emphasizing the development of drama from Greek to the contemporary. Critical analysis of all phases of theatre production including acting, directing and playwriting. (3 credits)
- THTR 102 - Introduction to Stage Voice: Voice work for presentation and the stage, in theory and practical application. Focus, breath, awareness, phonation, resonation and articulation. (3 credits)
- THTR 105 - Introduction to Acting I: Interpretation of the drama through the art of the actor. Development of individual insights, skill, and disciplines in the presentation of dramatic materials to the audience and the learning of the basic exercise for the actor. (3 credits)
- THTR 204 - Theatre Technology I: Fundamentals of technical theatre production. Emphasis on theatre shapes, personal organization, techniques of scenic and prop construction and graphics. (3 credits)
- THTR 205 - Introduction to Acting II: Continuation of THTR 105 including the performance of selected scenes. Prerequisite: THTR 105. (3 credits)
- THTR 209 - Theatre Practicum: Rehearsal/Performance. Evaluation credit for being cast, rehearsing and performing in departmental theatre production. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. (1-6 credits)
- THTR 214 - Theatre Technology II: Continuation of Stagecraft I including scene painting, lighting and sound. Prerequisite: THTR 204 (3 credits)