• ARTS-102C P1 Encounter with the Arts (3)

    This course aims to give students a firsthand experience of their cultural world through participation in such forms as cinema, photography, theater, painting, sculpture, music, poetry, dance, and architecture. Whenever possible, artistic events in the Rochester area, as well as classroom presentations by area artists, are incorporated. Additional fees apply.

    Attributes: AMHU P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-103 Painting:Apprec&Exper (3)

    This course introduces the student to basic water media painting techniques, focusing on the properties and possibilities of watercolor and acrylic paint for still life and landscape subjects. Individual as well as group instruction is given with an emphasis on composition, color, and personal expression. Works from traditional and contemporary artists are studied. Initial cost of supplies should not exceed $40.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • ARTS-105 Drawing: Apprec & Exper (3)

    This course introduces the student to the basic drawing techniques of line, form, and shading. Using pencil, charcoal, and ink, we develop skills and increase visual perception. The goal of the course is to work toward a creative approach to expressive drawing of the figure, still life, and landscape. Works from traditional and contemporary artists are studied. Students receive a materials list. Cost of supplies should not exceed $20.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • ARTS-108C P1 Understanding Music (3)

    This course approaches music listening as a skill to be practiced, much like speaking a second language. We build a common vocabulary of terms and ideas that apply to almost all music, then practice our listening skills on many genres, concentrating on concert (?classical?) music at first, then moving to jazz, world, and American styles, including rock and pop. We will also learn some historical and cultural context to explain why music from a particular place, time, or person is the way it is. Concert reports give students practice applying the listening skills and knowledge gained in class.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-109D CC Film & Society (3)

    Students study the language of film and develop skills in film analysis. With that foundation, the course examines how films portray our multicultural society and how filmmakers create movies that reflect their own cultural identities. The course includes both American and foreign narrative and documentary films and explores the social as well as aesthetic dimensions of this art form.

    Attributes: AMHU CC YLIB
  • ARTS-111 Acting & Improv Theatre (3)

    Basic acting techniques (including Shakespeare) for stage, TV, film, and commercial performance, with a concentration on diction, physical movement, improvisation, scene study, and written character analysis. Coursework can be applied to many fields beyond acting, such as public relations, marketing, advertising, and public speaking. (Formerly titled Acting for Beginners)

    Attributes: YLIB
  • ARTS-112D Digital Art (3)

    The course introduces students to techniques of using the computer as an artist?s tool. Some familiarity with Adobe Photoshop? is helpful but not necessary. Project work will explore a variety of digital effects possible and will focus on helping students gain an understanding of important style and art movements of the past. Consideration will be given to developing a basic understanding of related technical issues such as: image capture, file formats, color management, output options and creating works for print or digital display. Course emphasis will be on generating works that reflect a fine art aesthetic.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • ARTS-120 Basic Music Theory (3)

    This course is designed to teach students the basics of music theory, including reading, writing and studying how elements of music (notation, harmony, rhythm) are put together to create musical works. Specific musical compositions will be listened to and analyzed. The main musical grammatical areas that will be covered are: notation (history and development); harmony (traditional triadic harmony); Rhythm(traditional rhythmic notation) and score reading (classical to popular forms of music). The course will focus on a selection of musical examples, ranging from medieval to contemporary music. This course in addition to ARTS 108: Understanding Music will prepare students for Arts 202: Composers and Their World and ARTS 215: Music in America.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • ARTS-150 P1 Introduction to Dance (3)

    An introduction to the world of dance as an artistic discipline. This course is comprised of experiential studio classes and lectures including topics on dance technique, dance history, improvisation, composition, and world/folk/social dance styles. Through movement exploration, observation, discussion, reflection, and reading and writing assignments, students will develop literacy as it relates to dance and the creative process.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-201C P1 Picturing the Past (3)

    This course is intended to introduce students to the potentials and perils of using photography as a source of historical knowledge. Beginning with an assumption that our understanding of much of American history has been shaped by the photographic images we have been exposed to (for instance, Mathew Brady’s Civil War photographs and the FSA record of the Great Depression), the course explores the ways that photographs have been used to understand the past and examines the inherent contradictions of photographs being both objective facts and subjective expressions, thereby revealing the pitfalls of expecting the photographs to tell the truth. Cross-listed with AMST 201C.

    Attributes: AMHU MUST P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-202C P1 Composers&Their World (3)

    This course will survey how gender, censorship, race, religion and family have positively and negatively shaped composers lives and music throughout time. We will study living and historical icons in the classical and jazz styles as well as composers from popular and non western music.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
    Pre-requisites: ARTS-108C D- OR ARTS-120 D-
  • ARTS-203D P1 Art Hist:1700-Present (3)

    Offers a chronological and thematic survey of major developments in global art (art of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas) from the mid-18th century through the beginning of the 21st century. The course is designed to introduce visual culture from a contextual perspective with a view toward understanding issues of the arts as they relate to their historical settings. Beginning with an introduction to Enlightenment philosophies of art that originated modern ideas about the periodization of art, the notion of the “universal museum,” and new interactions among artists and their patrons/publics, the course moves on to explore the relationships of the arts to political and industrial revolutions and to nationalism, colonialism, and imperialism. Works by female and non-Western artists are discussed throughout, and the course devotes special attention to the consideration of the role of art as a site for the articulation of value systems (including race, class, and gender). Class readings, lectures, and discussions are regularly supplemented by visits to local art museums and galleries and with presentations by local artists.

    Attributes: AMHU P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-209 Studio Arts: Appr&Exper (3)

    This course encourages personal expression through drawing, painting, collage and mixed media. Students gain appreciation of art through the study of artists, methods, and materials. The processes and practices of historical and contemporary artists are explored in the studio with watercolor, pastel, charcoal, and pencil. Explore watercolor following Winslow Homer. Discover line from Kathe Kollwitz and Leonardo da Vinci. Experience pastel studying Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. Permission of the instructor is required to register.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • ARTS-210D P1 Acting Out America (3)

    This course provides students with an opportunity to examine American culture through analyzing and performing dramatic works from the 20th century. Drama helps to distance oneself from one’s contemporary culture and then approach the modern or postmodern culture with a deeper understanding. Students will study the development of character, socioeconomic trends, and historical events surrounding the selected plays in order to produce well-researched and well-rehearsed scenes. The plays that will be considered will be: “12 Angry Men”, “The Lottery,” “Our Town,” “To Kill A Mockingbird,” and ” It’s A Wonderful Life.”

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-212 P1 Acting Out Ireland (3)

    This course provides students with the opportunity to examine Irish culture through analyzing and performing dramatic works from the 20th century. Drama helps to distance oneself from one’s contemporary culture and then approach the modern or postmodern culture with a deeper understanding. Students will study the development of character, socioeconomic trends, and historical events surrounding the selected plays in order to produce well-researched and well-rehearsed scenes. The plays that will be considered will be: “Da,” :Playboy of the Western World”, “Spreading the News,” “Juno and the Paycock,” among others.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-215D P1 Music in America (3)

    A course where students can experience the wealth of music that has been imported as well as developed in America. The music will be studied in conjunction with historical events that have shaped our country and in conjunction with sociocultural trends and developments in society. Music will be traced from its foreign roots and special emphasis will be given to the unique musical contributions of American composers, as well as the rise of jazz and other contemporary forms of music that have taken hold over the past 100 years. The course will cover not only genres of music such as jazz, ragtime, classical, rock and roll, R&B, bebop, hip hop, and others but will highlight the most significant composers, as well as the development of music for the stage and screen.

    Attributes: AMHU P1 YLIB
    Pre-requisites: ARTS-108C D- OR ARTS-120 D-
  • ARTS-216 P1 Intro Trad Irish Music (3)

    This course will introduce students to the traditional music of Ireland. We will look at traditional music first through its instruments, then through its song and finally through its dance. Simultaneously, we will be studying the history of the country that both influenced and was influenced by the music itself. Finally students will have the opportunity to experience and explore Irish music and dance through book, discussion and live performance. Students who take this course will find themselves discovering the rich Irish community of musicians that exists today, not only in Ireland but within the Rochester community itself.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-220D P1 Art of Hispanic World (3)

    This introduction to the arts of the Spanish-speaking world provides an appreciation and understanding of the cultural variations and diversity of the arts of Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean. We explore the historical and cultural interrelationships that enrich the aesthetic creativity of these many nations as well as their impact on the arts in the U.S. The course is taught bilingually. Cross-listed with LSPN 220D.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-225 P1 Drawing Ireland (3)

    In this course, students will examine examples of Irish literature, film and art, and draw their interpretations of Ireland’s landscapes, cityscapes, dreamscapes. This method of creating art from art is known as Ekphrasis. With a variety of materials, students will learn how to draw using line, form and expression. They will have the opportunity to look closely at the design and symbols found in the Book of Kells; learn about the histories of stones and the meaning of repeating motifs/symbols that have influenced Irish history and culture. They will gain an appreciation that 20th century Ireland in its historical and cultural context embraces its rich past. Students will produce a portfolio of artwork and a selection of their work will be displayed in the Arts Showcase in Lavery Library at the end of the semester.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-228D P3 Intro to Museum Studies (3)

    Museums are repositories of world history and knowledge in all of its formats and are significant disseminators of this knowledge. This course explores why museums exist, how they are governed, how they acquire, care for and exhibit their collections, and the efforts being made to preserve those collections. Field trips to local museums, opportunities to meet with various professionals in the museum field, and preparation of exhibits in the department’s display cases are scheduled throughout the semester. This course is required for the Museum Studies Certificate. Cross-listed with MSTD 228D.

    Attributes: P3 YLIB
  • ARTS-229D P3 This Old Hse-Hist Sites (3)

    This course looks at the many aspects of operating and maintaining a historic site (house museums, battlefields, villages etc.) Topics covered include preservation, restoration, cyclical maintenance, interpretation, staffing, governance, housekeeping, disaster planning and funding. The course emphasizes the social and cultural significance of historic sites, their role in the larger community, and the importance of appropriate interpretive activities in fulfilling their cultural missions. Students learn to write a grant proposal and prepare a budget – two skills required to work in an historic site today. Cross-listed with MSTD 229D.

    Attributes: MUST P3 YLIB
  • ARTS-235 P1 Art in America: 20thC (3)

    This studio class will explore the works of twenty 20th century American artists by using materials and techniques similar to their methods to understand how they created the artworks that reflect their times. We will consider Nature, urban life, and the industrial landscape, and look at society’s daily life, social conflict, and how we see ourselves in figurative work and portraits. Our form and content will address realism, expressionism, and abstraction, as well as a sense of place, signs, symbols, and mapping the American landscape. Some of the artists will be: Winslow Homer and the watercolors of the Adirondacks, Joseph Cornell; collage and construction; and Georgia O’Keeffe, painting and personal expression.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-236 Photo I: Art Photography (3)

    Students will develop an appreciation for the art of photography through the study of basic digital photographic skills and concepts. The course will cover use of an SLR camera and the development of basic Photoshop skills. We will explore a range of photographic styles and subject matter and will discuss the work of professional photographers. Each student should have a digital camera by the first class session. A digital SLR is highly recommended and a few are available for loan, but each student must at least have her or his own point-and-shoot camera, which allows for exposure compensation. Students who have taken ARTS 165 may not register for this class. Cross listed with COMM 236.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • ARTS-258 Intro Physical Computing (3)

    Physical computing can be defined as interactive physical systems built using hardware and software that can “sense” the world, helping us to redefine how we interact with technology. Tools like the Arduino and the Lilypad wearable microprocessor can be programmed to use a variety of sensors to detect the world and respond in particular ways, and can lead to the invention of new devices, nontraditional means to communicate with the web, and wearable computing (such as clothing that illuminates based on lighting conditions in a room). This course will teach students the basics for working with these systems, including an introduction to using the hardware (wiring, soldering, etc.) and the software (coding in the Arduino development environment). By the end of the course students will complete an interactive physical computing artifact. Cross listed with DIGC 258

    Attributes: YLIB
    Pre-requisites: CSCI-158 D- OR DIGC-158 D- OR CSCI-161 D-
  • ARTS-259 P1 Interaction Art (3)

    In Interaction Art and the Technological Imagination, students study video art, computer graphics, and data-based installations. To produce this creative work, students will learn to manipulate video at the pixel level; develop skills to collect and visualize data gathered via social media APIs; and experiment with alternative interfaces for screen-based art and live performance. Cross-listed with DIGC 259.

    Formerly titeld: P1 Algorithmic & Data Art

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
    Pre-requisites: CSCI-158 D- OR CSCI-161 D- OR DIGC-158 D-
  • ARTS-263C P1 Topics: Lit & the Arts (3)

    Spring 2017Topic: Twice Told Tales In this class we will compare various works of classic American fiction with their filmic counterparts. Throughout the course we will explore questions such as: Why did the producers/directors choose to remake this particular story? What was the film’s perceived audience and “draw”? Do these films fall into the “popular” or “art house” categories? How closely did the filmmakers follow the original stories, and why did they make the changes that they did?

    Attributes: AMHU P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-266 P1 Spotlight On! (3)

    This course in theatrical production and design provides students with an opportunity to examine a theatrical production from multiple perspectives: that of an actor, director, designer, producer, and audience member. Text will be analyzes from each perspective with a focus on social, historical and cultural implications. Drama helps to distance oneself from one?s contemporary culture, and then approach the modern or postmodern culture with deeper understanding. Students will study the development of character, socio-economic trends, and historical events surrounding the selected play in order to produce a well-researched and well-rehearsed production.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-320C P1 Culture&Art in America (3)

    This course looks at the intersections of art and culture in the United States from the middle of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th. In addition to considering painting, photography, film, and other visual arts, students explore the significance of influential exhibitions and publications. Students examine the ways in which cultural, political, economic, social, and scientific concerns were literally “envisioned” from the Victorian era into the modern era. Cross-listed with AMST 320C.

    Attributes: AMHU P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-321P P1 Culture&Art America II (3)

    A study of art and culture in the U.S. from 1945 to the present. Students will examine how works of art produced during this time express and help determine the changing ideologies and realities within America. Topics covered will include the emergence of an American Avant-Garde; Abstract Expressionism and the Cold War; Pop Art and 1960s; the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the art of protest; feminist art and the sexual revolution of the 1970s. In addition, some consideration will be given to the way in which American culture was shaped by popular forms of entertainment such as television, movies and music. Cross-listed with AMST 321P.

    Attributes: AMHU P1 YLIB
  • ARTS-336 Photo II:Media&Documentary (3)

    This course will focus on photojournalism and documentary photography, with a focus on image-based storytelling. Students will practice public relations & advertising photography, including the creation of images for web and mobile devices. Students should be familiar with photographic composition and the use of an SLR camera and have experience using Photoshop. Students are encouraged to have their own digital SLR camera by the first class. A few will be available for loan. Students who have earned credit for COMM 334 may not register for this class. Cross listed with COMM 336.

    Pre-requisites: ARTS-165 D- OR (ARTS-236 D- OR COMM-236 D-)
  • ARTS-490 Internship (1 TO 3)

    The internship program in Arts allows eligible students to earn academic credit for supervised off-campus work in an arts-related business or nonprofit organization. No more than three credits earned in an internship will be counted towards the minor. Permission of the program director is required to register.

    Attributes: YLIB ZCIV ZEXL
  • ARTS-496 Independent Study (1 TO 3)

    Eligible students may pursue independent study under the direction of a given instructor. The student submits a written proposal approved by the instructor to the program director and writes a final paper. The student presents an oral version of the project to a student conference at the end of the semester. Completion of the Independent Study/Tutorial Authorization form is required.

    Attributes: YLIB ZCAP ZEXL ZRES
    Restrictions: Including: -Class: Junior, Senior

Arts: Visual and Performing Arts (Minor)

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