Visual & Performing Arts Courses

Code Course Credits

VPD 141

Dance and Movement

Offered: Spring Semester

This class is an introduction the body, space time and energy and their effect on movement. Students will explore various dance and movement traditions (Western and Non-Western) and gain a solid foundation in both the practice and theory of those styles and traditions. Class appropriate for the beginner and non-dancer.

3

VPD 186

Introduction to Dance History

Offered: Spring Semester

This course will explore the history of movement through dance from the primitive to the contemporary. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the history of dance in its social, political and theoretical contexts. Students will learn through lecture, video and readings as well as from demonstrations from guest artists.

3

VPD 251

Dance Technique: Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern

Offered: Spring Semester

This course will provide an overview of dance styles and techniques including ballet, modern, tap and jazz. The focus will be on placement, movement, and the effort required to execute shapes that are prevalent in these various styles. This class is appropriate for the student looking to expand their understanding of the world of dance.

3

VPD 252

Introduction to Tap

Offered: Spring Semester

An introduction to the principles of tap dance technique. Students will learn the fundamental steps of tap dance. Emphasis is placed on rhythmic structure, technique, style, and vocabulary of tap dance.

3

VPD 253

Introduction to Jazz Dance

Offered: Fall Semester

An introduction to the American dance form of jazz. Class focuses on the development of strength, flexibility, isolation, and control through a series of stretches, strengthening exercises, and center floor combinations.

3

VPD 254

Modern Dance Technique

Offered: Fall Semester

Students will be introduced to the fundamental movement principals and the basic elements of modern dance choreography. Students explore the connection between movement and breath, body alignment, rhythm, dynamics space and self-motivation. Students can expect to raise the level of their technical ability, while understanding technique as a tool for self-expression. Short videos and reading assignments will introduce important figures and trends in 20th-century dance.

3

VPD 255

Ballet I

Offered: Fall Semester

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 both beginning ballet students and to those who have had more classical training.

3

VPD 256

Dance for Musical Theatre

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores the world of musical theatre through dance. Students will learn a variety of dance styles associated with musicals throughout the decades. Broadway style dance will be incorporated.

3

VPD 257

Introduction to Dance Composition

Offered: Fall Semester

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

3

VPD 355

Jazz Dance II

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

3

VPD 356

Ballet II

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

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.

Prerequisite(s): VPD 255 or Instructor permission.

3

VPD 357

Dance Company

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of the Instructor. Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course.

1

VPD 360

Dance Outreach

Offered: Spring Semester

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

A background check is required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in order to participate in this class. A fee of approximately $40 must be paid toward this check by the student during the first few weeks of class.

3

VPD 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Written consent of the Instructor is required.

3

VPG 101

Graphic Design Foundations

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course is an introduction to the field of graphic design. 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 using Adobe software Illustrator and InDesign. Basic Adobe Photoshop is also introduced.

Course was formerly listed as VPG 202.

3

VPG 102

History of Graphic Design

Offered: Spring Semester

This course examines the crucial works and achievements in graphic design communication. From the pictographs painted on cave walls to the latest imaginative designs, students will familiarize themselves with pivotal graphic images, the creative thinkers who composed them, and the technologies that shaped their evolution. Although an emphasis is placed on Modern and Contemporary graphic design, students will also investigate critical past influences on present-day designs.

3

VPG 201

Typography: Letterforms and Words in Graphic Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students are introduced to typography and its role in the visualization of language. Studio work, discussions and lectures will focus on the art of the basic letterform and it's anatomy, major type families and characteristics, typographic contrast and hierarchy, as well as legibility and readability. Students will build skills in conceptual thinking, expressive typography, and the art of typesetting with attention to form and peace, for small to large amounts of text, across various types of media. Students will use digital media as well as traditional methods to develop visual projects.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 (or VPG 202)
Course was formerly offered as VPG 303.

3

VPG 203

Introduction to Digital Imaging

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An introduction to technology and software used in graphic design. Students learn image generation and editing in pixel and vector based environments through the use of Photoshop and Illustrator. Topics include vector graphics and raster-based imaging, appropriate resolution, using project-specific software, color, layering and combining photographs and graphics. Basic design principles will be explored as well as professional standards for production for print and screen. This course provides the technological foundation for all design courses.

3

VPG 204

Digital Graphic Imaging

Offered: Spring Semester

In this hands-on studio course, students learn the concepts of digital illustration for use in the graphic design field. The technologies of vector (graphic) and raster (photographic) image making will be studies using the software Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Projects will focus on illustrative solutions for various design problems. These may include the making of logos, symbols, and icons as well as illustrations for use in advertising, publication, package design, website design, as well as other graphic design applications.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 (or VPG 202)
Formerly offered as VPG 203.

3

VPG 205

Type and Image

Offered: Spring Semester

This is a further exploration of typography with a focus on the interaction between image and type. Projects will support the exploration of combining these elements in ways that allow designers to convey information with meaning, expression and clarity. Students will develop craftsmanship and problem solving techniques with respect to dealing with type and image issues across various media.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 201 (or VPG 303)

3

VPG 302

Package Design

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 or (VPG 202)

3

VPG 304

Advertising Design

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 or (VPG 202)

3

VPG 305

Web Site Design

Offered: Fall Semester

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.Very basic HTML and an introduction to Adobe Dreamweaver willl be covered. Most of th eocurse will center on using Adobe Muse to work on design solutions for stated needs.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 (or VPG 202)
Course may be applied to the Management of Information Systems program.

3

VPG 306

Motion Graphics

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 (or VPG 202)

3

VPG 307

3-D Graphics, Illustration and Animation

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): VPG 101 (or VPG 202)

3

VPG 308

Publication Design

Offered: Spring Semester

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

Prerequisite(s): VPG 201 (or VPG 303)
Course was formerly offered as VPG 230.

3

VPG 320

Topics in Graphic Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This special topics course may be offered by faculty in a focused area of graphic design study and may vary from semester to semester.

3

VPG 405

Advanced Study in Graphic Design

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor.

3

VPG 423

Graphic Design Portfolio

Offered: Fall Semester

In this required Capstone course for Graphic Design majors, 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.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.

3

VPG 475

Internship in Graphic Design

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The internship is designed to give students practical, hands-on, real world experience in the field of Graphic Design. Students apply knowledge, concepts and skills acquired in the classroom, to work on client assignments and take on responsibilities associated with a professional position.

Prerequisite(s): Open to Graphic Design majors with a minimum GPA of a 3.0 within the major and permission of the Graphic Design Director and Faculty Supervisor.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this internship.

3

VPH 111

Boston Buildings: Inside and Out (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar Requirement.

4

VPH 181

History of Art I (History Cornerstone) (WID)

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

Fulfills the History Cornerstone and the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirements.

4

VPH 184

Introduction to Arts Administration

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

VPH 209

History of Photography

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

3

VPH 210

Writing for the Arts (WID)

Offered: Spring Semesters

Being an artist or a professional working within the arts requires the ability to float between the role of creator, manager, publicist and editor. This class will address the writing of resumes, grants, fundraising drives, performance programs and more. There will be regular workshops and critiques of your work.

Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement.

3

VPH 212

Aesthetics

Offered: Spring Semester

For description, see PHL 283.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Philosophy Course

3

VPH 214

The Age of Cathedrals

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPH 215

Early Renaissance Art: Italy and the North

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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 role that patrons, the economy, and the military played are investigated.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPH 217

Early Modern Art: 1900-1945

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

3

VPH 218

Art Since 1945

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

VPH 220

From Bernini to Vermeer: Art of the Baroque

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

3

VPH 227

Modern American Architecture

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

3

VPH 229

Topics in Non-Western Art

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Examines the traditional and contemporary arts of various non-western cultures, focusing on a particular culture each time the course is offered. Specific cultures to be studied include: Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African, and Native American.

3

VPH 230

Art and Psychology: Introduction to Art Therapy

Offered: Spring Semester

Addresses the relationship between works of art and scientific inquiry into the human mind. Students will be introduced to the history and theory of Art Therapy and investigate the creative process and its relationship to therapy. Readings, films, and experiential workshops will all be part of the course.

No artistic experience necessary.

3

VPH 314

Masters of the Renaissance: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

3

VPH 330

Topics in European or American Art

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Investigates focused topics in American art and culture from the Colonial period to the present. The topic will change each time the course is offered. Possible areas to be explored include: The "Other" in America; Jazz Age and Depression Art and Culture; Modernist/ Postmodernist Architecture. Recommended for Art History and American Studies concentrators.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

VPH 332

Museums: Past and Present

Offered: Spring Semester

This course explores the history, philosophy, and evolving practices of museum and exhibition culture. Students will study current approaches and strategies of exhibition, collection, and educational programming. Visits to regional museums and galleries will enhance class material.

3

VPH 440

Exhibitions and Collections: An Inside Look

Offered: Fall Semester

An inside look at the art world. Visits to art galleries, museums, auction houses, and corporate and private collections introduce students to 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.

3

VPH 441

Research Seminar in Art History

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

Prerequisite(s): VPH 181 plus one 200 level and one 300 level art history courses.

3

VPH 475

Internship in Fine Arts

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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.

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3

VPM 133

Collegiate Chorale

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Stonehill College Collegiate Chorale welcomes students interested in singing. Students learn and perform music from many historical periods and styles. Proper vocal and choral techniques are practiced during rehearsals. One or more performances will be given each semester.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire.

1

VPM 134

Concert Ensemble

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Stonehill College Concert Ensemble is a performing ensemble for experienced wind, percussion, and string musicians. The ensemble performs a variety of musical styles each semester. Campus performances enable members of the Concert Ensemble to showcase their talent.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Instructor.
Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. Students are required to purchase and wear approved concert attire.

1

VPM 139

Guitar Ensemble

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

In this ensemble students learn introductory musical skills including basic jazz theory, scales, notation and chord grids, comping and soloing, which are applied to the study of jazz standards or equivalent repertory. This course culminates in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course.

1

VPM 140

Studio Guitar

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio guitar students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertory will be tailored to student needs and preferences. 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. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 140.

1

VPM 141

Studio Piano

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio 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. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 141.

1

VPM 142

Studio Brass

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio brass students (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, euphonium, baritone) will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 142.

1

VPM 143

Studio Percussion

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio percussion students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 143.

1

VPM 144

Studio Strings

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio string students (violin, viola, cello, double bass) will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 144.

1

VPM 145

Studio Woodwinds

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio woodwind students (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon) will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 145.

1

VPM 146

Studio Voice

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Studio voice students will meet one hour weekly with an instructor in a private setting. Repertoire will be individually tailored to the student needs and preferences. Curriculum will include: establishment of proper technique; note reading, scales and arpeggios; performance skills, and audition techniques. Semester study will culminate in a public performance.

Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course. An applied music fee will be assessed to each student enrolled in VPM 146.

1

VPM 180

Creating Music

Offered: Fall Semester

Unleash your creativity in this fun and satisfying class in which students learn to read and create music. Broad topics for the course include rhythm, melody, and harmony. Students will learn to write their own music using music notation software. No previous musical experience is required.

3

VPM 183

History of Music I: European Roots

Offered: Alternative Years: Fall 2016, 2018

This survey of European Classical Music covers music composed between 1600 and the present day. The musical focus includes sacred music of Western composers and their expression of the Catholic liturgy through music.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPM 184

History of Music II: Non-Western Traditions

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

This introduction to world music covers the rich and fascinating vocal and instrumental music from the Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific, as well as non-classical musical traditions of Europe and North America. The class will examine various types of music; the instruments which best represent them, and the cultures in which they are embedded. The class will attend concerts of live music on and off campus.

3

VPM 186

Introduction to Music Technology

Offered: Fall Semester

Introduction to Music Technology enables students to make their own music using music sequencing software. The course teaches basic MIDI and audio recording, editing, effects processing, and mixing. The class also covers the history of popular music from the perspective of production. Students will work on their own music projects, as well as weekly assignments that demonstrate competency in using the software. No previous music experience is necessary.

3

VPM 231

Piano Workshop

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This workshop provides an introduction to the study of the piano in a class setting, and is intended for beginning students. Students will learn about reading music, basic chords, piano technique, and both individual and ensemble performance. Students will use digital pianos with headphones for individualized instruction. The course culminates with a performance for the college community.

3

VPM 240

Music Theory

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This class is a continuation of VPM 180 - Creating Music, and is designed to give students the opportunity to learn traditional harmonic language in depth through weekly assignments and independent projects. Students will use standard notation and electronic technology.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 180 or Consent of Instructor.

3

VPM 243

Hear Her Voice! Women Music Makers, Religion and Spirituality

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2017, 2019

Hear Her Voice! - Women Music Makers, Religion, and Spirituality examines the ways in which women have used music to express their religious conviction and spirituality in Christian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Native-American traditions. Female musicians, dancers, and composers have contributed to sacred musical practices across the globe. This course illuminates those practices and corresponding expressions of faith, rites, and traditions.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPM 244

Ten Centuries of the Musical Mass

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2017, 2019

Ten Centuries of the Musical Mass is a study of the Mass through a musical lens. Between the 11th and 20th centuries European composers set the Mass to music for sacred services and secular public performances. Ten Centuries of the Musical Mass will illuminate key developments of the Mass and their corresponding musical expressions.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPM 246

Sound Recording Techniques

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2017, 2019

Students will develop skills in multi-track recording techniques through the use of hands on, in class projects. Course content will focus on acoustics, recording equipment, editing, and mixing. Students will also develop their skills through hands on individual and group projects.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 186 or instructor permission.

3

VPM 247

Scoring for Video

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

Students will develop skills in synchronizing music with video through hands on projects. Students will also learn how to underscore to capture the action of a visual imagery. Course content will focus on the functions of film music as well as the history of soundtracks.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 186 or consent of the instructor.

3

VPM 331

Advanced Piano Workshop

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

This workshop is a continuation of VPM 231 - Piano Workshop , and is designed for students with a strong piano background. Intermediate to advanced repertory will be tailored to individual needs. Students will play solo and ensemble pieces in several public performances during the semester.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 231 or consent of the Instructor.

3

VPM 341

Composition: Songwriting

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2016, 2018

In this course the student will learn how to write descriptive lyrics. The student will learn how to apply rhythm to these lyrics, and construct an effective melody. The student will also learn how to add harmony to melodies. The course will investigate a number of effective songs from a variety of sources.

Prerequisite(s): VPM 180 or consent of the instructor.

3

VPM 450

Capstone in Music

Offered: Fall or Spring Semesters

This 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 may connect two fields of study or emphasize a particular field not formerly studied. Specific topic will vary by course.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and Consent of Instructor.

3

VPN 475

Internship in Arts Administration

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Experience in various professional fields related to Art Administration Management or discipline complementary to the work done in courses.

Prerequisite(s): VPH 184 - Introduction to Arts Administration and ( VPH 210 - Writing for the Arts (WID) or BUS 101 - First-Year Business Experience ), minimum of 3.00 GPA and permission of Internship Coordinator.
Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3

VPN 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for upper-level students to do an advanced research project or investigation in a field of special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course. Student and a full-time faculty member familiar with the student's area of interest agree on a plan of study and research and on evaluation methods. Up to 3 credits of directed study may fulfill appropriate slot in major requirements.

Prerequisite(s): Approval of both the faculty member directing the project and the Department Chairperson required.

3

VPS 102

Introduction to Color

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Using paint, paper, and digital media, students are introduced to the principals 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. Beginning students are encouraged to take this as a foundational class.

3

VPS 104

Introduction to Drawing

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course will introduce students to the basic mechanics of drawing and the expressive potential of mark making. Beginning students will learn to draw from observation and learn the basics of perspective.

3

VPS 107

Introduction to Studio Art Design

Offered: Fall Semester

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. Beginning students are encouraged to take this as a foundational class.

3

VPS 201

Sustainable Three-Dimensional Design

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Working with recycled and ecologically friendly materials, students explore the potential of three-dimensional art. Formal design issues will relate to sustainable (and unsustainable) human activity and will suggest design possibilities. Discussions of trends in historical and contemporary sculpture are integrated with studio work, and will address the context of the environment in which sculpture is made.

No experience necessary.

3

VPS 204

Intermediate Drawing

Offered: Fall Semester

Designed to follow VPS 104 - Introduction to Drawing, this course will explore 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.

3

VPS 205

Introduction to Painting

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This course will expose students to a variety of beginning 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.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 104 - Introduction to Drawing or VPS 107 - Introduction to Studio Art Design are recommended foundational classes, but not required.

3

VPS 206

Printmaking

Offered: Spring Semester

As an introduction to different printmaking techniques, this course helps students appreciate the processes involved in creating prints. Students explore the distinct creative potential of linocuts, engraving, etching, monotypes among other print processes.

Course may be taken twice as long as content differs.

3

VPS 207

Special Projects

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

This topics course will examine focused projects that will change each time the course is offered. Possible topics include: Artist's Homemade books, experimental media, collage, etc.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

3

VPS 208

Introduction to Watercolor

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Teaches very basic use of watercolor and explores its potential. Each class will focus on skills such as: 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.

3

VPS 210

Photography I: An Introduction to the Still Image

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Beginning students acquire technical proficiency with digital techniques while exploring their personal aesthetic vision. Learn how to take, print and talk about photographs. Material costs include photographic paper and accessories. Cameras available for loan at no cost.

3

VPS 223

The Nature of Art: Discovering the Artist Within

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

3

VPS 224

Short Films and Graphic Novels

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Students use sequential imagery to make art about and pose questions pertaining to environmental issues. We'll explore film/video, animation, and graphic novels. Employing cell phones and tablets, methods include video, photography, and animation. Both narrative and experimental approaches will be covered. Brainstorming, composition, form, transition, pacing, play, and empathy will be among topics covered.

No experience necessary

3

VPS 225

Artist, Craftsman, Alchemist

Offered: Spring Semester

This course combines the scientific and chemical understanding of artistic practices and materials such as the physics of light, the biology of vision and the chemistry and toxicology of pigments with the practical studio applications of traditional painting methods of watercolor, egg tempera, encaustic and fresco. No previous art experience needed.

Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement.

4

VPS 243

Documentary Photography

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Using examples ranging from photojournalism to fine art, students will use their eyes and their cameras to tell stories that are important to them personally and to society at large. Students are expected to complete photographic and multi-media projects using digital tools ranging from iPhones to the latest digital tools.

Cameras are available for loan at no cost. Most appropriate for those with some experience with cameras and photography in general.

3

VPS 301

Sculpture

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

3

VPS 308

Methods and Materials: Painting Techniques Investigated

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

3

VPS 310

Photography/Multimedia Outreach: Mentoring Through Art

Offered: Fall Semesters

Combining art and community service, Stonehill students are paired with middle-schoolers 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.

There is no art experience needed. A background check is required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in order to participate in this class. A fee of approximately $40 must be paid toward this check by the student during the first few weeks of class.

3

VPS 311

Photography II: The Still and Moving Image

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

This course allows the intermediate photographer to refine technical skills, and investigate digital and multimedia technologies ranging from DSLR's to HD video. Exposure to contemporary trends and historical traditions through museum/gallery visits deepen understanding of the medium as a means for creative expression. Cameras available for loan at no cost.

Basic understanding of the camera is very helpful.

3

VPS 312

Topics in Contemporary Photography

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Intermediate to advanced students explore the creative and artistic potential of today's photographic technologies as seen through the lens of a changing topic. Assignments will be a mix of technical, artistic and conceptual exercises and culminate in a student-designed final project.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 210 or consent of instructor.
Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ.

3

VPS 320

Topics in Art Therapy

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

In this studio course students will explore the creative process and its potential as a therapeutic tool. Students will be working in small groups and individually to put theory into practice using various media (topics to be determined with each iteration). Students will be expected to explore the process from both the perspective of the practitioner and that of participant creating art that is meaningful to them.

Prerequisite(s): This class requires no previous art experience though it is suggested that students consider taking VPH 230 - Art and Psychology: Introduction to Art Therapy in addition as it will deepen one's understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of Art and Expressive Therapy.

3

VPS 322

Installation Art in the 21st Century

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Installation Art challenges the creator and audience to expand their definition of art. It is often removed from the gallery to disrupt spaces in unexpected ways. Frequently, it addresses social issues, is time-based, involves the viewer, and utilizes materials and practices that mirror the complexity of contemporary culture. Students will use the campus to explore personal and universal issues.

This class is suggested for those interested in expanding and advancing their artistic practice and not for those looking for an introductory class.

3

VPS 324

Figure Drawing

Offered: Spring Semester

This class is 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.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 104 - Introduction to Drawing or VPS 204 - Intermediate Drawing are recommended as foundational courses, but not required.
Course may be taken twice as long as content differs.

3

VPS 326

Portrait Studio

Offered: Spring Semester

Intermediate to advanced students 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.

3

VPS 327

Topics in Painting

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores traditional and less conventional drawing and painting approaches to the selected genre. Through dry and wet media, students learn various techniques and explore genres ranging from landscape to figurative.

Prerequisite(s): VPS 205 - Introduction to Painting is suggested as foundational class, but not required.
Course may be taken twice if topics differ.

3

VPS 406

Advanced Studio Seminar

Offered: Spring Semester

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.

3

VPS 475

Internship in Studio Arts

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3

VPT 110

Theatre as Mystery, Myth, and History (HIS Core/First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only. Students from upper-classes with consent of Instructor.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Cornerstone Requirements.

4

VPT 182

Realism and Reality: Road to the Modern Stage (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2017, 2019

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.

Fulfills the History Cornerstone Requirement.

3

VPT 203

Acting I

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

3

VPT 205

Stagecraft

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2016, 2018

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.

May apply this course to the Studio Arts program.

4

VPT 212

Musical Theatre

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2016, 2018

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.

3

VPT 216

Improvisation

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Is being offered as part of LC 294 Learning Community: Social Problems and Performance Fall 2014.

3

VPT 220

Production and Stage Management

Offered: Alternate Years: Fall 2017, 2019

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.

3

VPT 225

Play Production

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students receive credit for participating as actors, assistants to the directors and designers, stage managers, technicians and crew members in a main stage production. Specific assignments and hours worked must be approved by the Program Director.

Credit is granted on a pass/fail basis. Does not count towards requirement for Theatre Arts minor. This course may be taken three times.

1

VPT 228

Oral Interpretation

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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 along with critical analysis.

3

VPT 300

Acting II

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2017, 2019

Concentration on refinement of the actor's instrument through stage movement and voice. To enlarge the student's physical and emotional projection along with detailed characterization work.

Prerequisite(s): VPT 203 or consent of the Instructor.

3

VPT 302

Directing

Offered: Alternate Years: Spring 2018, 2020

Analysis and interpretation of play scripts; creating visual imagery; basic blocking techniques; coaching of actors; and the process of producing a play from auditions through performance.

Prerequisite(s): VPT 110, VPT 182, VPT 203, or VPT 306 or consent of the Instructor.

3

VPT 306

Introduction to Playwriting

Offered: Fall Semester

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.

Course may be applied to the English major or minor or Creative Writing minor.

3

VPT 310

Transformation: Designing for the Stage

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

The theatre combines storytelling with visual and oral representation. In theatrical design, message and medium are guided by a script. Explore how both costume and set designers use angles, colors and textures to convert the written word into visual images.

No previous art training necessary. May apply this course to the Studio Arts program.

3

VPT 315

Make-up for the Stage

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

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.

May apply this course to the Studio Arts program.

3

VPT 320

Dramaturgy

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

A dramaturg is someone who knows his/her way around a rehearsal room and a library. This course will be a practicum of the skills of a dramaturg; touching on production dramaturgy, literary management, and educational dramaturgy. Some of the things practiced will include a discovery of how seasons are constructed, how playwrights can be assisted in new play development, what kind of research is useful for directors and actors in preparing a production, and what kind of information to give audiences and how best to convey it.

Course may be applied to the English Major or Minor.

3

VPT 324

Medieval Theatre: Staging the Divine

Offered: Not Offered 2016-2017

Similar to ancient Greece, medieval drama originated spontaneously in ceremonial acts of worship. The Catholic Church which had originally declared its hostility to the theatre, eventually became its advocate and sponsor. The study of the plays and their theatrical presentation helps to illuminate medieval life and faith, and how theatre served as rite, education and entertainment.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPT 331

Topics in Theatre Arts I

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students are given the opportunity for further study in selected areas of design and technical production for the stage. Topics will vary.

May be repeated four times as long as topics differ.

3

VPT 332

Topics in Theatre Arts II

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Students explore different subjects in dramatic literature and theatre history along with further studies in performance, directing, dramaturgy, and playwriting. Topics will vary.

May be repeated four times as long as topics differ.

3

VPT 405

Theatre Practicum

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Allows students who have shown significant interest and expertise to take on creative and managerial responsibilities in the areas of performance, directing, dramaturgy, design, playwriting, and technical aspects of production.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Program Director.

3

VPT 475

Internship in Theatre Arts

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

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

Must complete the "U.S. Internship Request for Approval" process found under the myPlans tab in myHill to register for this Internship.

3 or more

VPT 496

Independent Research

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Opportunity for upper-level students to do an advanced research project or investigation in a field of special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course. The student and a full-time faculty member familiar with the student’s area of interest agree on a plan of study and research and on evaluation methods. Before registering, the student must obtain the signatures of the faculty director and the Program Director.

3