Fine Arts

FA 111 Art History: to the Middle Ages
3 credits (AS)

Lectures, discussions, and slide presentations trace major art movements and tendencies in Western painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistoric times through the Middle Ages. The political, religious, and social contexts of art are also studied. (Offered fall and spring terms)

FA 112 Art History: Renaissance to the Present
3 credits (AS)
The course covers Western art movements and styles from the Renaissance through the present. Sculpture, architecture, graphics, painting and new art trends and movements are considered as well as the political, religious, and social contexts of art. (Offered fall and spring terms)

FA 218 History of Fashion
3 credits (AS)

Periods of fashion from the ancient Egyptian to the present illustrate how styles reflect the past, and how fashion is affected by the psychological, sociological and aesthetic forces around us. The course also emphasizes how designers have drawn on the past for their current fashion inspirations.

FA 123 Introduction to Film Analysis
3 credits (AS)

Everyone knows what movies do. They tell stories, they entertain, and they both convey and critique cultural values. In this course, students move beyond what movies do to how they do it. Students become more conscious and analytical readers of movies. Through the viewing and writing about a number of interesting motion pictures, students will break the how of film into component parts to better understand both the filmmaker’s technique and the place of film in a broader cultural context. (Offered fall term)

FA 125 History and Contemporary Trends in Photography
3 credits (AS)

From Daguerre’s photographic process introduced in 1839 to Robert Frank’s groundbreaking book The Americans, published in the U.S. in 1959, continuing on through the development of postmodernism, constructed imagery, and the snapshot aesthetic, photography has undertaken a dizzying multifaceted journey. This course will trace that trajectory through history to the contemporary moment. We will study the story of photography in a larger social context, and highlight the important personalities who made significant contributions to this history.

FA 131 History of Architecture and Interiors I
3 credits (AS)

The student studies the history of architecture and interior design from antiquity to the French Renaissance. Specific hallmarks of the major periods of design history and culture are emphasized. (Offered fall term)

FA 132 History of Architecture and Interiors II
3 credits (AS)
This course examines the history of architecture and interior design from the Baroque period to the present day. Students will be expected to recognize the major concepts and movements that changed, shaped and built 20th Century architectural and interior design. (Offered spring term)

FA 161 Theatre History: Prehistory to the Jacobean period
3 credits (AS)

Students study the theater’s place in history from the prehistoric through the Jacobean period. Theater is explored from the perspectives of theater architecture, scene design, costume styles, acting methods, production techniques, dramatists and dramatic literature. (Offered alternate fall terms)

FA 162 Theatre History: Restoration to the Present
3 credits (AS)

Students study the theater’s place in history from the English Restoration through contemporary theater. Theater is explored from the perspectives of theater architecture, scene design, costume styles, acting methods, production techniques, dramatists and dramatic literature. (Offered alternate spring terms)

FA 165 Acting Workshop
3 credits (AS)

This course introduces students to the acting process, tools and skills with practical application through rehearsed scene work. Students will explore role and scene interpretation, as well as communication skills in performance. Class will include lecture and workshop. (Offered fall and spring terms)

FA 210 Art of the World
3 credits (AS)

This course presents a broad survey of painting, sculpture, craft, and architecture from non-Western areas of the world – Africa, India, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea, the Pacific, and the Americas – treating works from prehistory to the present, as appropriate, for each cultural and geographic region. Students will be expected to recognize artists, individual works, content, materials, and stylistic patterns, and to understand the relationship between these and the cultural contexts in which they are created.

FA 218 History of Fashion
3 credits (AS)

Periods of fashion from the ancient Egyptian to the present illustrate how styles reflect the past, and how fashion is affected by the psychological, sociological and aesthetic forces around us. The course also emphasizes how designers have drawn on the past for their current fashion inspirations.

FA 265 Theatre Production
3 credits (AS)

This course introduces students to the multi-faceted nature of the theatre experience through the hands-on and collaborative work of mounting a main stage production. Students engage in the processes of selecting/creating scripts for production, casting, designing and publicizing. Topics studied include the interdependency of acting, art and design, advertising, business management, set construction, costume design and construction, communication, lighting, community relations, directing, text study and analysis, contextual study, photography, journalism, copywriting, and other areas that are drawn upon to produce a play. Translating a written text into a three-dimensional, living art under the pressure of a performance deadline allows students to explore group dynamic and the performative nature of each of the topics studied. May be taken two times for credit. (Offered fall and spring terms)

FA 267 Stage Movement
3 credits (AS)

In this course students learn about the connectivity of the body and how it moves through space in order to improve on and build confidence in stage movement skills. In addition to strength training and aerobic/dance routines, students research basic Pilates and Feldenkrais techniques and practice their application in class. (Offered fall term)
 
FA 285 Liberal Arts Internship
3 credits (CS)

The Liberal Arts internship is an elective course that gives Liberal Arts students the opportunity to test career options related to their Liberal Arts area of study. The internship includes a set of preliminary class meetings on professional conduct and their connections to liberal arts study. Seminars accompany the internships to allow for exchange of information about students’ internship experiences. The College makes final arrangements for the internship placement and provides transportation when possible. This course does not satisfy General Education or distribution requirements in the Fine Arts area. (Arranged)  Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "C" in EN 101 Academic Writing I and CM 121 Effective Speaking, sophomore status, and permission of instructor

FA 301 The Creative Process in the Arts
3 credits (AS)
This course investigates artistic decision-making by involving students in the creative process, and examines the communication and problem-solving skills necessary for creating works of art. A combination of independent study and seminar, each student designs, researches and produces artistic work focused on an area of his or her individual interest within the arts; collectively, the students examine the nature, progress and outcomes of their investigations. Students analyze artistic choice by examining works of art, researching and discussing the artist and his or her context. (Offered fall  term)

FA 309 Special Topics in the Arts
3 credits (CS)

This is a repeatable course in which the content varies each year. Different faculty from a variety of programs across the college may teach this rotating course and the content will depend on the faculty member's expertise and the needs and interests of the student population. Potential topics include a mix of Studio Art and Fine Arts courses: Art and Autobiography, Art and Politics, the Landscape Tradition, Photo-based Installation Art, Mural Painting, Public Art, Artist's Books, Sports Photography, Fashion Photography. Prerequisites may be necessary for certain offerings.

FA 311 Women in the Visual Arts: 1960’s - Today
3 credits (AS)

The development of modern and contemporary art has been dominated by fundamental, revolutionary movements and varied themes, both theoretical and practical. This course looks at a number of the important achievements of individual women artists, collaborative groups, art historians, and theorists who have and continue to present enormous shifts in aesthetic practice and cultural politics. A survey through slides, film, theoretical readings, and discussion will announce the diverse voices of women artists from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa from modernism through today’s post-modernist age. It is intended that students will emerge from the course with a clearer understanding of theoretical writings and documents from the 60’s forward, and the contributions connected with independent women artists, collaborative groups and projects. Images and ideas will announce how a number of artists responded to issues in mainstream culture. Through intense examination, critical interrogation, and the production of forms, these artists not only resonated a shaking up of art and culture, but also helped define it. (Offered on a rotating basis)

FA 325 Cinema Studies
3 credits (AS)

A critical study of cinema as an evolving art form, this course concentrates on film as cultural text. Students view and discuss films and prepare written analyses on the artistic technique and cultural impact of film as a narrative form. (Offered alternate spring terms)  Prerequisite: EN 201 Academic Writing II

FA 366 Advanced Acting Workshop
3 credits (AS)

This course is a continuation of skills introduced to students in the Acting Workshop. Students work closely with the instructor to explore and develop advanced role and scene interpretation skills, as well as to further improve their communication skills in performance. Class includes lecture and workshop. (Offered fall and spring terms) Prerequisite: FA 165 Acting Workshop

FA 371 Research Topics in the Visual Arts I     
3 credits (AS)

This "stacked" course allows students  to do advanced work in selected Studio Art, Photography and Fashion Studies courses. During the junior year, Studio Art and Photography majors must take either FA 371 or FA 372, and students may take both. (Offered fall term)

FA 372 Research Topics in the Visual Arts II    
3 credits (AS)

This "stacked" course allows students to do advanced work in selected Studio Art, Photography and Fashion Studies courses. During the junior year, Studio Art and Photography majors must take either FA 371 or FA 372, and students may take both. (Offered spring term)

FA 373 Research in the Performing Arts I
3 credits (AS)

Students are assigned an advanced dramatic text around which are designed dramaturgical research and scholarship projects. The subject matter is explored as text and as performance, with some emphasis on drama and performance theories. Research methods and materials are examined. During most semesters, research is linked to a current or upcoming production. Those enrolled in FA 473 are assigned additional and more complex research work. This course does not require performance. (Offered alternate years)

FA 385 Internship I
6 credits (CS)

Internships consist of off-campus field-work based on a learning contract signed by the student, agency supervisor and faculty director. The student participates in internship seminar meetings and an annual group presentation of internship experiences. A written evaluation of the experience is required of the student and agency. The student develops a final report that synthesizes the internship and academic activities (Arranged) Prerequisites: CM 301 Speech and Rhetoric, SB 234 Social Psychology

FA 401 Contemporary Developments in the Arts
3 credits (AS)

This course addresses the major theories, concerns, processes and trends that have shaped the arts since 1980. A thematic approach emphasizes the many points of connection among the visual arts, literature, theater, music and dance. Students have numerous opportunities to put these theories into practice through in-class exercises, formal workshops, and creative projects. Prerequisite: SA 111 Drawing I or SA 131 Design I, SA 132 Structuring Human Space or permission of instructor

FA 405 The Arts in the Community
3 credits (AS)

Focusing on where art is made and how it is presented to the public, this course examines the mission and operation of the cultural organizations in the United States from the 1950s to the present. This course explores the role of the audience, its values and relationship to the arts. Students also examine the implications of aesthetics on politics and politics on aesthetics.

FA 408 Aesthetics: Philosophy of the Arts
3 credits (AS)

This course examines key problems and themes in the philosophical discipline of aesthetics. Through the close reading of primary sources by noted philosophers and theorists, students develop a range of analytical skills that enable them to think critically about the arts and artistic experience. Main topics to be addressed include understanding the nature of aesthetic experience, the "essence" or defining characteristics of the work of art, artistic creativity and genius, and our understanding of aesthetic concepts such as beauty, horror, tragedy, and the sublime. Throughout these investigations, close attention will be paid to the question of how our experience of art and sense experience in general factors into broader – sociological, political, moral – questions of human life and existence.

FA 471 Research Topics in the Visual Arts II
3 credits (AS)

This "stacked" course allows students to do advanced work in selected Studio Art, Photography and Fashion Studies courses. During the senior year Studio Art and Photography majors must take either FA 471 or FA 472, and students may take both. (Offered fall term)

FA 472 Research Topics in the Visual Arts II
3 credits (AS)

This "stacked" course allows students to do advanced work in selected Studio Art, Photography and Fashion Studies courses. During the senior year, Studio Art and Photography majors must take either FA 471 or FA 472, and students may take both. (Offered spring term)

FA 473 Research in the Performing Arts II
3 credits (AS)
See FA 373 Research in the Performing Arts I

FA 485 Internship II
3 credits (CS)

Internships consist of off-campus fieldwork based on a learning contract signed by the student, agency supervisor and faculty director. The student participates in internship seminar meetings and an annual group presentation of internship experiences. A written evaluation of the experience is required of the student and agency. The student develops a final report that synthesizes the internship and academic activities. (Arranged)  Prerequisite: FA 385 Internship I

FA 489 Independent Professional Study
3 credits (CS)

This course may take a variety of forms: studio, portfolio, research project, or intense reading and a major paper. Characterized by a mentoral or preceptoral relationship, the course places significant demand on the students’ capacity for independent critical thought. (Arranged)

FA 499 Capstone Seminar in the Humanities
3 credits (AS)

Principally designed for students completing course work in a humanities-oriented area (literature, performing arts, communication), the Capstone Seminar allows students to propose and carry out specific academic projects that build on the knowledge and skills emphasized in previous course work. Projects may be individual or team-based. The course stresses written, oral, and visual communication, problem-solving, setting and achieving specific goals, teamwork, and self-assessment. The overall goal is to prepare for the next stage of students’ education or professional development. The course culminates with a public presentation of the finished project. (Offered fall and spring terms)   Prerequisite: Student must be eligible for graduation at the end of the term in which seminar is taken.