Courses

Course Code Credits

Dance & Movement

Dance instills confidence, self-expression, and personal challenge, all useful daily living skills. An exploration of dance styles and music provides students with the opportunity to develop these skills, while experiencing their own flexibility. Rhythm, space, and its effect upon movement are also examined. Challenging for all levels. Limited to 14.

VPD141 3

Introduction to Dance History

Limited to 20.

VPD186 3

Dance Technique: Ballet, Jazz & Modern

The art of dance reflects the heritage, culture, and diversity of its people. It relates to the human condition and expresses experiences and emotions. This course is designed to give an overview of dance styles from the ballet barre, a modern center, and jazz combinations. The focus will be on placement, movement qualities, and effort needed to execute required shapes that are prevalent in these dance styles. Limited to 20.

VPD251 3

Introduction to Jazz Dance

Performance-based class in which Jazz technique is taught and Jazz choreography practiced. A class performance at the end of the course might be coordinated with the Chorus and presented to the College. Limited to 20.

VPD253 3

Modern Dance Technique

Introduces fundamental movement principles and the basic elements of modern dance choreography. Through a structured dance class, students explore the connection between movement and breath, body alignment, rhythm, dynamics, space and motivation. Students can expect to raise the level of their technical ability, while keeping the perspective that technique serves expression and communication and that movement is a bridge between one's inner life and the outside world. Video viewings and reading assignments will introduce important figures and trends in 20th century modern dance. Limited to 20.

VPD254 3

Ballet I

This course will cover ballet technique: the principles of proper alignment, placement, ballet terminology and steps. Ballet barre and center will give students the practice required for developing their dance ability. This class is open to beginning ballet students and to those who have had more classical training. Limited to 20.

VPD255 3

Dance for Musical Theatre

Explores the world of musical theatre through dance. Students will learn a variety of dance styles associated with musicals throughout the decades. Tap, jazz, and ballet will be incorporated. Limited to 20.

VPD256 3

Intro to Dance Composition

Explores the different approaches to dance choreography. The influence of music, costume and lighting suitable for choreographic purposes and dance performance will also be studied. Different dance styles will be utilized by each student to create combinations that will lend to fully composed original pieces. Limited to 20.

VPD257 3

Advanced Jazz Dance

Intended for the student with some previous dance experience. It expands the dancer's basic understanding of alignment, develops a deeper understanding of musicality including syncopation, and introduces complex movement skills. Students discover various styles and trends in American vernacular dance and learn to express themselves through their own choreography. Limited to 20.

VPD355 3

Ballet II

Expands the knowledge gained in previous ballet classes. Students are encouraged to explore the technical and artistic aspects of classical ballet. Each class will include barre and center work as well as some study of current ballets. Some previous ballet training required. Limited to 20.

VPD356 3

Dance Company

The Stonehill College Dance Company provides performing experience for qualified students through participation in a company that reflects the spirit of the College. The company is comprised of auditioned dancers who will learn choreography, of well known area choreographers, in an organized manner and perform in various venues on and off campus throughout the semester. Individual creative expression will be emphasized. Permission of the Instructor. Students must audition for admittance. Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. Limited to 15.

VPD357 1

Dance Outreach

Unique opportunity for learning, community service and exchange. Stonehill students will lead children "at risk" from the Brockton area through various the movement exercises. A piece will be choreographed and performed at the end of the semester. A dance background is required.

VPD360 3

Directed Study

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Permission of instructor.

VPD490 3

Graphic Design Foundations

Students learn the various processes involved in graphic design from initial ideas/concepts through working stages to finished presentation, applying the principles of design to projects pertaining to the design and production of primary print and also screen-based solutions. Students sharpen basic computer skills in preparing their projects. Limited to 20.

VPG202 3

Intro to Digital Imaging

Using individual workstations, students learn scanning, designing and working with pictures using Photoshop. Students will be encouraged to use this medium as a form of personal expression as well as considering its practical application. An art background is helpful, but not necessary. Limited to 20.

VPG203 3

Publication Design

In this hands-on studio class students will learn to design for publications. The structure, construction, and production of magazines, newspapers, and corporate publication will be explored, along with their conceptual and aesthetic attributes and environmental concerns. Pre-requisite: VPG 202 or VPG 203. Limited to 20.

VPG230 3

Package Design

This studio course is an introduction to the design of packaging. Students will explore the concept of brand identity and apply branding strategies to the design and production of packaging for products that are common in today's market. Students will learn how to design visual continuity for a 3-D format. Sustainable/ environmentally-conscious packaging materials will be explored. Pre-requisites: VPG 202 or VPG 203. Limited to 20.

VPG302 3

Typography: Letterforms & Words in Graphic Design

Students learn about the development and use of typefaces. Legibility, readability, history and perception will be examined. The impact of images accompanied by text will be explored. Students use computers and traditional methods to develop visual projects. Limited to 20.

VPG303 3

Advertising Design

Explores advertising concepts, media and techniques. Projects simulate actual work performed at an advertising agency. Students will experience the role of an advertising designer as they develop skills in producing design for various media. Limited to 20.

VPG304 3

Web Site Design

This introductory course covers the processes involved in making visual communication for the web. Aesthetic concerns, conceptual skills, and technical/production procedures will be covered to facilitate understanding of and participation in the process of web design. Students will work through initial ideas to a finished presentation. Limited to 20.

VPG305 3

Motion Graphics

This studio design course is an introduction to the use of computer software to create animations and time based visuals for use in professional applications such as advertising, multimedia, film, video and the web. The expressive and informative impact of motion and time when presenting screen based graphics, type and sound will be exposed. Software will include Adobe After Affects and Macromedia Flash. Limited to 20.

VPG306 3

3-D Graphics, Illustration & Animation

This studio graphic design course explores within the computer the construction, modeling and rendering of simulated 3-D objects in a virtual space. These objects are then photographed with a virtual still or movie camera to produce a digital illustration or animation. The course emphasizes 3-D graphics to solve various design problems. The use of sound in animation will be introduced. Pre-requisite: VPG 202 or VPG 203. Limited to 20.

VPG307 3

Advanced Study in Graphic Design

Opportunity for graphic design majors to pursue advanced projects and research related to their individual needs and interests. Critiques with other members of the class will help to give additional assessment and are an important component of the course. Permission of instructor. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 20.

VPG405 3

Graphic Design Portfolio

In this Capstone for Graphic Design concentrators, students will assemble a professional level portfolio. Each senior will review previous work and be guided to choose and develop significant design projects appropriate for specific career choices, including programs and job interviews. Open to senior Graphic Design majors. Limited to 20.

VPG423 3

Directed Study

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Permission of instructor.

VPG490 3

First-Year Seminar: Art Now! Contemporary Trends

Students will investigate trends in recent art through engaging with theoretical and critical writings, in-class discussions, presentations by artists and critics, and visits to galleries and museums, such as the new contemporary wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the DeCordova Museum, and Mass MoCA. Limited to 16.

VPH110 4

First-Year Seminar: Boston Buildings: Inside & Out

Boston is home to many exquisite private urban dwellings: Paul Revere House, the Harrison Grey Otis House, the Gibson House, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Gropius House. In addition Boston boasts some of the most cutting edge public buildings such as the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, and Boston City Hall. This course will introduce students to Boston's private living spaces and how they reflect the people who lived in them and its historic public buildings that reflect the city who commissioned them. On site visits, guest curators and critical readings will all contribute to a new understanding of Boston architecture. Open to First-Year Students only. Limited to 16.

VPH111 4

History of Art I

This one-semester survey explores major developments in art and architecture from Antiquity through the 19th Century, considering historical events and ideological shifts which contributed to the stylistic changes. Trips to Boston museums enhance class content. Limited to 25.

VPH181 4

Introduction to Arts Administration

The course will introduce students to the many facets of arts administration in the visual and performing arts. Topics to be investigated will include: the role of arts in society; management strategies; funding venues; and legal and ethical issues in the arts. Limited to 25.

VPH184 3

History of Photography

History of Photography is a general survey of photographic practice from 1839 to the present. Through lectures, exhibition viewings, class discussion and student-led presentations, students will explore the aesthetic, social and conceptual underpinnings of the medium throughout the last 170 years.

VPH209 3

Aesthetics

Philosophical principles of art and beauty. Review of major classical and modern theories. Discussion of specific works of art from different historical periods. Cross-listed in the Philosophy Department as PHL 283. Pre-requisite: GENP 100 or GENP 140. Limited to 25.

VPH212 3

The Age of Cathedrals

Examines the rise of the Gothic Cathedral from its roots in the Ottonian and Romanesque periods. Great European Cathedrals like Chartres, Notre Dame, Strasbourg, Salisbury, are discussed in detail. Limited to 25.

VPH214 3

Early Renaissance Art: Italy and the North

Introduction to the art of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in Italy and the North. Students explore different types of art such as altarpieces, civic art, and court art. Artistic exchanges between Italy and the North are examined, and the roles that patrons, the economy, and the military played are investigated. Limited to 25.

VPH215 3

Nineteenth Century Art: Neoclassicism to Post-Impressionism

An analysis of various stylistic developments which occurred at a time when conceptual shifts and innovative techniques brought about dramatic changes in the nature of painting and sculpture. Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Symbolism are considered and placed in their appropriate socio-economic, political, and aesthetic contexts. Limited to 25.

VPH216 3

Early Modern Art: 1900-1945

Some of the most profound innovations in art occurred during the first half of the Twentieth Century. In this course, students study major developments including Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism, Dada and Surrealism in terms of style and theory and within cultural, social and political contexts. A trip to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City enriches classroom curriculum. Limited to 25.

VPH217 3

Art Since 1945

Major movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Super Realism, Neo-Expressionism as well as works which go beyond traditional media (earthworks, video art, performance art, digital imaging). Day trips to museums and galleries complement class material. Limited to 25.

VPH218 3

From Bernini to Vermeer: Art of the Baroque

Survey of the visual arts in Italy, France, Spain, Flanders, and Holland during the Seventeenth Century. Students consider some of the world's most evocative and emotionally stirring art that was shaped by the demands of monarchs and popes. Also explored are cultural, religious, and scientific factors which influenced changes in artistic style and technique. Limited to 25.

VPH220 3

Art of the City: Greece & Rome

Urban architecture, sculpture and painting in Greece and Rome. All aspects of city life during Antiquity will be explored: religious, civic, domestic, and social. Students will gain a deep knowledge of life in the ancient world through the study of its cities and citizens. Limited to 25.

VPH225 3

Art for Public Spaces: Issues & Trends

Students will be introduced to the changing trends in public art, focusing on developments since the mid twentieth-century. New definitions of art for the public realm will be examined. Controversial public art projects will be discussed as well as the complexities of public commissions and the shifting focus of funding organizations. Limited to 25.

VPH226 3

Modern American Architecture

This course examines twentieth and twenty-first century architecture in America and its European roots. Through classroom instruction via digital images, readings and field trips, students will focus on issues such as function, style, technology, urbanism, and regionalism in order to understand the forces that shape modern architecture. Limited to 25.

VPH227 3

Masters of the Renaissance: Leonardo, Michelangelo & Raphael

An in-depth study of the works of these three High Renaissance artists, the evolution of their respective styles, and the environment in which they worked. Specific scholarly issues are discussed in student presentations. Limited to 20.

VPH314 3

Art & Gender

Issues of gender as explored by artists throughout the centuries. Notions of femininity and masculinity, sexual identity, and challenges facing women artists are among the TOPICS discussed. Limited to 20.

VPH316 3

Art & Psychology

The relationship between works of art and scientific inquiry into the human mind. Artworks which reflect psychological content are discussed in depth (for example, psychoanalytical interpretations of Van Gogh's paintings; Surrealist painting and Freudian theory). Therapeutic uses of art are explored in a workshop with an Art Therapist. Limited to 25.

VPH317 3

Topics in European or American Art

In this seminar students will investigate focused topics in European or American art from Antiquity through the Modern era. The topic will change each time the course is offered. Recommended for Art History, History, and American Studies Majors. Course may be taken twice under different topics. Limited to 25.

VPH330 3

Museology

This course explores the history, theory, philosophy, and practice of museums. Students will study exhibition approaches and strategies of display; collection development and conservation; and educational programming. Visits to Boston-area museums will enhance class material. Limited to 16.

VPH332 3

Exhibitions & Collections: An Inside Look

An inside look at the art world. Visits to art galleries, museums, auction houses, and corporate and private collections acquaint students with a variety of art institutions and professions. Students curate an exhibition at the Cushing-Martin Gallery: they visit artists' studios to choose work; organize the exhibition; hang work in the gallery; write a catalogue and press releases; and plan a reception. Capstone course for Art History Concentration. Limited to 15.

VPH440 3

Research Seminar in Art History

Examines specific TOPICS in Western art, applying art historical methodology and critical approaches to in-depth research with primary and secondary sources. Topic will change each time the seminar is offered. Students will produce an extensive research paper and give an oral presentation. Strongly suggested for Art History majors and minors. Pre-requisites: VPH 181 and one 200 level Art History course. Limited to 25.

VPH441 3

Internship in Art History

An internship in a professional arts institution provides students with invaluable experience in the field. An intern typically works 8-10 hours per week on site. Internships are available at various galleries, museums and companies.

VPH475 3

First-Year Seminar: American Popular Music in the 20th Century

This course presents the diverse genres of American 20th century popular music as it developed from American psalmody, European classical music, and folk music and jazz. Emphasis is on critical thinking and writing about American pop, rock, and jazz. Students may attend a live concert in Boston. This course is the equivalent to VPM 235 American Music in the 20th Century. Limited to 16.

VPM110 4

Stonehill Collegiate Chorale

The Stonehill College chorus welcomes students interested in singing. Music from many historical periods and styles is sung while learning methods of vocal and choral technique. Rehearsals culminate in two concerts given in December and May. Course may be repeated for credit. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire.

VPM133 1

Concert Band

The Stonehill College Concert Band is a performing ensemble for experienced wind and percussion musicians. The band performs a variety of musical styles, focusing on traditional band literature. The ensemble gives a performance each semester. Course may be repeated for credit. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire.

VPM134 1

Chamber Music

VPM 137:A Chamber Music: Orchestra This course is an opportunity for string, orchestral woodwind and brass instrumentalists to work together in a chamber orchestra. Repertoire and seating assignments are based on experience level. Students who have instrumental performance experience are encouraged to participate. Campus performances allow members of the chamber orchestra to showcase their talent. Course may be repeated for credit. Course may be repeated for credit. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire. VPM 137:B Chamber Music Workshop: Voice This course brings vocalists and instrumentalists together in a chamber music setting. Singers and players of all levels perform for each other and for the college community. Students may play in mini-ensembles. This workshop is a step to building other chamber ensembles as the music program continues to expand. You should already be able to read music. Course may be repeated for credit.

VPM137 1

Jazz & Guitar Ensemble

In Guitar Ensemble, students learn introductory musical skills including basic jazz theory, scales, notation and chord girds; basic guitar technique and performance skills such as comping and soloing. These are applied to the study of four jazz standards or equivalent repertory. Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a three credit course.

VPM139 1

Studio Guitar

This course provides an opportunity for students to study guitar in a private studio setting with individual instruction. Repertory will be tailored to student needs. Curriculum will include: Establishment and development of proper technique; note reading, notation and chord grids; scales and chords; improvisation; performance skills, memorization, audition techniques Semester study will culminate in a public performance. Course may be repeated for credit. A music fee of $300 will be applied to each student's tuition bill. Limited to 16.

VPM140 1

Chamber Music Workshop: Piano

Advanced Piano students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertory will be individually tailored to the students' needs and preferences. Course will also involve performance classes, master-classes, and coaching sessions, and will culminate in a public performance. Course may be repeated for credit. A music fee of $300 will be applied to each student's tuition bill. Limited to 20.

VPM141 1

Introductory Musicianship

This class introduces students to fundamentals of music, including standard musical notation, meter and key signature recognition, rhythm, keyboard harmony, and rudimentary composition. Emphasis is on acquisition of musical skills which build individual confidence and prepare the student for VPM 240 Music Theory. Limited to 14.

VPM180 3

History of Music I: European Roots

This survey of European Classical Music covers music composed between 1600 and 1925. Emphasis is on the styles and genres which have influenced modern classical and popular music. The class will attend concerts in Boston. No musical background is necessary. Limited to 25.

VPM183 3

History of Music II: Non-Western

This introduction to world music covers indigenous vocal and instrumental music from the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific, as well as the non-western musical traditions of Europe. The class will examine various types of music; the instruments which best represent them, and the cultures in which they are embedded. Students will learn to play rudimentary rhythm patterns using representative percussion instruments in classroom groups. The class will attend concerts of live music on and off campus. Limited to 25.

VPM184 3

Piano Workshop

This workshop provides an introduction to the study of the piano in a class setting, and is intended for beginning students. The following components are included: learning to read music, basic music theory, piano technique, and both individual and ensemble performance. Students use digital pianos with headphones for individualized instruction. The course culminates with a performance for the college community. Limited to 14.

VPM231 3

Voice Workshop

Breathing, phonation, resonation and diction. Students learn physiology and classical voice production, while acquiring enhanced performance skills through practice and performance in class. Singing repertory is drawn from various styles and will be tailored to individual talents and needs. Ability to read music not necessary for this class. Limited to 15.

VPM232 3

African Music: Crossing the Atlantic and Home Again

Study musical traditions from West Africa and their impact on Western culture. Social elements will be examined through readings, listening assignments and class discussions. Students will learn African drumming through hands on practice and oral exercises. Limited to 25.

VPM234 3

American Music in the 20th Century

Various developments in American music during the 20th Century, including classical, jazz, Broadway, popular, folk are explored, as well as the interrelation among music, theatre, dance and movies. Students are encouraged to engage in independent research of composers and styles. Limited to 25.

VPM235 3

Musical Instruments of the World

An introduction to ancient and modern instruments. Students will develop an understanding of instruments through the use of listening exercises, video, and hands-on experiences. Assignments will draw from Western and non-Western repertories. Connections will be made between instrumental and cultural heritages. A field trip to a live concert may be included. Limited to 25.

VPM237 3

Music of Latin America

This class studies the diverse genres of Latin American music as they developed from the complex fusion of indigenous music and culture with African and European music. The music of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Brazil, has deeply affected music in the US and provided and important key to understanding Latin American culture and people. Limited to 25.

VPM239 3

Music Theory

Designed to teach and develop basic musical skills and to increase the student's understanding of the fundamental building blocks of music and how they function in musical language. The first skills studied will be fluency in reading music and use of the piano keyboard. Other topics will include basic terminology, musical notation, intervals, major and minor scales, riads and seventh chords. Some exercises in ear training and rhythm are included. The student's skill and imagination in manipulating these skills will be developed by composing brief musical compositions at the end of the semester. An interactive computer program is a main component of the course. Pre-requisite: VPM 180 or Permission of Instructor/Program Director. Limited to 14.

VPM240 3

Advanced Piano Workshop

This workshop is intended for piano students who have taken VPM 231, Piano Workshop, or for students with a strong piano background. Topics include a wider range of major and minor keys, more complex textures and rhythmic patterns, and original pieces of intermediate to advanced difficulty. The class will play in several public performances during the semester. Pre-requisite: VPM 231.

VPM331 3

Capstone in Music

The capstone course draws together principle components of undergraduate study in a semester long research or creative project designed to demonstrate students' skills, abilities and talents. The project could connect two fields of study or emphasize a particular field not available through music classes in the current program. Specific topic will vary. Open to seniors. Permission of instructor. Limited to 15.

VPM450 3

Directed Study

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Permission of instructor.

VPM490 3

Intro to Color

Using paint, pencil and paper students are introduced to the principles of color and color interaction: students study and apply the physical and optical properties of color, its symbolic and expressive uses, and artistic theories governing its use. Limited to 18.

VPS102 3

Drawing Foundations

This course will introduce students to the basic mechanics of drawing: how to describe structure, form and space with line; the expressive potential of line; and variety and sensitivity in mark making. Accurate observation and visualization of forms as well as linear and atmospheric perspective will be introduced. Limited to 18.

VPS104 3

Design Fundamentals

This course explores the elements and principles of design in the studio arts. Composition, space, line, shape, color, and texture will be investigated in order to enhance creative problem solving. Emphasis will be placed on creating two-dimensional works of art with various media and applications. Limited to 18.

VPS107 3

Three-Dimensional Design

Working with media, including clay, plaster, wood, and various natural materials, students explore the formal and expressive possibilities of three-dimensional art while solving specific design problems. Discussions of trends in both historical and contemporary sculpture are integrated with studio work. Limited to 20.

VPS201 3

Drawing

Designed to follow Drawing Foundations, this course will explore representational drawing from observation, covering principles of space, form, light, rendering, composition and the mechanics of traditional drawing methods and materials. Students will also investigate contemporary approaches to create expressive, interpretive, and narrative drawings. Limited to 18.

VPS204 3

Painting

This course will expose students to a variety of painting techniques and concepts. Focus will be placed on composition, space, perspective, form, color mixing, and material application. Through direct observation, the use of references, and exploration of personal expression, students will develop essential skills in painting. Limited to 18.

VPS205 3

Printmaking Workshop

As an introduction to different printmaking techniques, this course helps students appreciate the processes involved in creating prints and the distinctive expressive potential of each medium. Linocut, engraving, etching, and monotype are among the printmaking techniques practiced. Limited to 20.

VPS206 3

Special Projects: Homemade Journals & Artists' Books

This course explores constructed books as containers for personal use and as works of art. It will begin with creating a journal to fill with detritus from daily life, then move on to techniques for traditional and unique methods of binding. Using mixed media, the contents, whether photos or collages, drawings or text, will be considered so that form and content enhance each other. Limited to 20.

VPS207 3

Intro to Watercolor

Teaches very basic use of water color and explores its potential. Each class will focus on specific skills: materials preparation, wet on wet and dry brush techniques, lifting color, basic color theory, value, glazing and composition. A visual survey of current artists working in the medium will be presented throughout the course. Limited to 20.

VPS208 3

Photography I

This workshop combines an introduction to the history of photography with hands-on camera and darkroom experience. While acquiring technical proficiency in picture taking and film developing, students explore their personal aesthetic vision. Student provides camera, film, and photography paper. Limited to 20.

VPS210 3

The Nature of Art: Discovering the Artist Within

Through the intersection of art and biology and using the act of "journaling" and art as a vehicle for investigation, students explore their inner voices while looking outward to observe the natural world. Limited to 20.

VPS223 3

Sequential Imagery

This course will introduce students to the use of sequential imagery in art. It will focus on animation and graphic novels. Methods will include photography, Claymation and drawing. Narrative and non-narrative approaches will be contrasted in order to better understand each. Topics will include composition, transition, pacing and exaggeration. Limited to 20.

VPS224 3

Documentary Photography

Using examples ranging from photojournalism to fine art students will use their eyes and their cameras to tell the reality-based stories that are important to them and to society at large. Students are expected to complete long-term photographic projects using digital tools and produce cohesive portfolios in both print and electronic formats. Limited to 18.

VPS243 3

Sculpture Workshop

This course guides students through the processes of modeling, mold making, and casting. Many basic sculptural issues will be addressed via the ancient and universal concerns of self-representation. The class will work outdoors when possible to consider sculpture "in the raw," using minimal tools and natural materials to create pieces. Limited to 18.

VPS301 3

Methods & Materials: Painting Techniques Investigated

This course will investigate painting techniques beyond the traditional paint mediums. Students will be introduced to a variety of methods and techniques such as egg tempera, fresco, encaustic, gouache, watercolor, and mixed media. This course will appeal to Studio and Art History students who are looking for practical experience with a variety of materials. Limited to 18.

VPS308 3

Photography/Multimedia Outreach: Mentoring Through Art

Combining art and community service, students are paired with "kids at risk" from the greater Brockton area to create projects in photography, video, collage, drawing and sculpture. Workshops are conducted by experts in adolescent counseling and juvenile criminal justice. Students with an interest not only in art, but in Sociology, Psychology, Art Therapy, and Education, are encouraged to participate. Limited to 20.

VPS310 3

Photography II

This course emphasizes the increased development of a personal vision, refinement of technical skills, and investigation of film processing and darkroom procedures. Exposure to contemporary trends and historical traditions through museum/gallery visits deepen understanding of the medium as a means for creative expression. Student provides camera, film, and photography paper. Limited to 14.

VPS311 3

Contemporary Photographic Practice

Intermediate to advanced students develop a photographic portfolio while exploring the conceptual underpinnings of photography through investigation of one central theme. Themes such as "Place," "Simulation," or "Humor" provide a conceptual framework around which student's complete photographic assignments. Advanced digital, analogue and darkroom techniques are explored along with skills necessary to a practicing artist. Pre-requisite: VPS 210 or Permission of Instructor. Limited to 18.

VPS312 3

Figure Drawing

Designed to increase the student's perceptual skills and provide an introduction to the human figure. Various drawing approaches are discussed and utilized throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on anatomy and the structure of the human form. Critiques and lectures help students develop an understanding of the critical issues of drawing and its context within the History of Art. Limited to 20.

VPS324 3

Portrait Workshop

Students in Portrait Workshop explore the portrait using a variety of materials, including charcoal, pastel, and paint. The course begins with study of the anatomy of the head and progresses to the portrait in various settings. Some drawing experience is required. Limited to 20.

VPS326 3

Landscape Painting

Explores traditional and less conventional drawing and painting approaches to the physical environment. Through dry and wet media, students work on site and in the classroom using nature as the primary subject source. Students strive to understand the nature of natural light, atmosphere, space and other general concepts relating to this historical artistic genre. Limited to 20.

VPS327 3

Advanced Studio Seminar

In this Capstone Course students work in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and more. Employing the technical and critical thinking skills they've developed over 4 years, they strive to create their most mature, well-realized work in the personal studio space that is provided. Readings, critiques, and Visiting Artist Presentations enrich the experience. The semester culminates with a Senior Thesis Exhibition in the Crushing-Martin Gallery. Limited to 20.

VPS406 3

Directed Study

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Permission of instructor.

VPS490 3

First-Year Seminar: Theatre as Mystery, Myth & History

This course covers the development of theatre from its primitive beginnings through the major eras and countries until the year 1700. Theatre will be studied as a social and cultural institution, mirroring the civilization in which it thrives. Topics will include theatre as education, censorship, and understanding contemporary theatre from an historical perspective. This course is the equivalent to VPT 181 History of the Theatre I for a theatre arts concentration/minor and the theatre arts requirement for a dance minor. Limited to 16. Non-freshman allowed with permission of instructor.

VPT110 4

History of the Theatre I

The development of theatre from its primitive beginnings through major eras and countries until the year 1700. The theatre will be studied as a social and cultural institution mirroring the civilization in which it thrives. Limited to 20.

VPT181 3

Realism & Reality: Road to the Modern Stage

The role of theatre is explored from the 18th century through the 20th century. The historical methods and means of transforming the dramatic script into a theatrical production are analyzed in the context of the prevailing society. Limited to 20.

VPT182 3

Acting I

Beginning work on the actor's physical, vocal, and emotional tools. Basic rules, mechanics, and methods of analysis for developing a part in a play. Limited to 12.

VPT203 3

Stagecraft

Theatre is about magic and transformation - the process needed to translate an image into a 3-dimensional form, utilizing fabric or wood, will be explored. Previous sewing or carpentry experience is not necessary. Students will learn both sewing and scenery building techniques as well as complementary areas such as lighting, fabric decoration and scenery painting. Students are required to work on a departmental production. Limited to 16.

VPT205 3

Musical Theatre

Focusing on the history, artistic development, and performance of Musical Theatre, this course provides the tools to create fully developed Musical Theatre performances. Through discussions and workshops on acting, character development, proper vocal technique, staging/choreography, and the art form's history students will become informed Musical Theatre performers and critics. Limited to 20.

VPT212 3

Improvisation

Students will draw upon their imaginative resources and extend their awareness of themselves and others. Improvisation provides a creative dramatic experience which emphasizes spontaneity of response and the development of ingenuity. Limited to 20.

VPT216 3

Production & Stage Management

This course is designed to familiarize students with the organizational procedures involved in performing arts productions beginning with the skills needed for stage management and the coordination of artistic and technical elements. Emphasis will be given to the facilitation of the collaborative creative process. Limited to 16.

VPT220 3

Play Production

Students receive credit for participating as actors, assistants to the directors and designers, stage managers, technicians and crew members in a mainstage production. Specific assignments and hours worked must be approved by the Program Director. Student must have worked on a previous departmental production. Credit is granted on a pass/fail basis including Theatre Arts majors and minors. Does not count towards requirement for Theatre Arts major/minors or Dance minor. May be taken three times for credit. Limited to 12.

VPT225 1

Play Production II

Students receive credit for participating as actors, assistants to the directors and designers, stage managers, technicians and crew members in a mainstage production. Specific assignments and hours worked must be approved by the Program Director. Student must have worked on a previous departmental production. Credit is granted on a pass/fail basis including Theatre Arts majors and minors. Does not count towards requirement for Theatre Arts major/minors. May be taken three times for credit. Limited to 10.

VPT226 1

Acting II

Concentration on refinement of the actor's body through stage movement and voice. To enlarge the student's physical and emotional projection along with detailed characterization work. Pre-requisite: VPT 203. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 12.

VPT300 3

Directing

Analysis and interpretation of play scripts; basic blocking techniques; coaching of actors; and the process of producing a play from auditions through performance. Pre-requisite: VPT 181 or 182 or VPT 203. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Limited to 8.

VPT302 3

Introduction to Playwriting

Participants will be putting pen to paper with weekly writing assignments covering the basic concepts of playwriting; characterization, dialogue and plot development. This will be an active participation class with students sharing and talking about their own and each other's work in class as they develop their scenes and one act dramas. Limited to 8.

VPT306 3

Theatrical Costume Design

Explore how history affects body decoration and colors influence people's attitudes, as you learn the criteria influencing costume design decisions. By using angles, colors, fabrics, and a script, students will translate personalities into costumes. No sewing involved. Limited to 12.

VPT308 3

Scenic Design for the Stage

Theatre is the place where different arts meet and ultimately collide. It is the role of the designer to forge an aesthetic equilibrium from this complex interaction. Explore the practices of scenographers: including script analysis, collaboration, research, visual thinking and develop creative abilities using exercises to build intuitive responses and drawing skills. Limited to 12.

VPT312 3

Make-Up for the Stage

This course introduces students to the basic concept of make-up design as an illusionary technique in the performing arts. A combination of character study, painting, lighting and 3-D design will be emphasized. Limited to 12.

VPT315 3

Oral Interpretation

Through individual and group projects, students will practice selecting, adapting, and performing a variety of literary material. Class work will include the study and presentation of poetry, prose and play scripts. The use of particular techniques for the classroom will also be explored. Limited to 12.

VPT317 3

Topics in Theatre I

This class will explore how scientific issues and advances over the centuries have been interpreted in the theater. Class will read and watch selected plays, and delve into the portrayal of their subject matter through discussion and analysis of scripts, public response, and long-term social change. Limited to 25.

VPT331 3

Theatre Practicum

Students are given the opportunity to so further study in selected areas of design and technical production for the stage. Topics will vary. May be taken four times with different topics.

VPT405 3

Seminar in Theater Arts II

Students explore different subjects in dramatic literature and theatre history along with further studies in performance, directing and playwriting. Topics will vary. May be taken four times with different topics. Limited to 12.

VPT406 3

Theatre Practicum I

Allows students who have shown significant interest and expertise to take on creative and managerial responsibilities in the areas of performance, directing, dramaturgy, design and technical aspects of production. Capstone course for Theatre Arts concentration. One semester required for majors. Permission of the Program Director. Limited to 6.

VPT415 3

Theatre Practicum II

Allows students who have shown significant interest and expertise to take on creative and managerial responsibilities in the areas of performance, directing, dramaturgy, design and technical aspects of production. Capstone course for Theatre Arts concentration. One semester required for majors. Permission of the Program Director. Limited to 6.

VPT416 3

Internship in Theatre Arts

Opportunity for the qualified student to work in a professional theatre environment. Interested students contact Program Director. Limited to 6.

VPT475 3

Directed Study

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Permission of instructor.

VPT490 3