An introduction to digital arts, focused on the exploration and production of still images, including but not limited to digital photography, through electronic media.
Students will make digital projects, including, but not limited to: narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking, and/or animation projects. Cameras and editing software are provided.
Students in this course will conceptualize, design, print, publish and distribute original zines of their own creation. Students will utilize a variety of analog and digital methods of design, drawing, collage, scanning, photocopying, printing, marketing and distribution. Assignments focus on the creative pipeline for DIY publishing. Students will expand their understanding of the histories, practices and theories of creative publishing as a creative practice.
An introduction to the techniques and expressive possibilities of experimental animation. Digital and analog processes will be explored, such as stop-motion, collage, cut paper, erasure, rotoscoping, keyframing, claymation and motion graphics. Students will create original animations through weekly exercises and longer-term projects that examine production and content. Projects, discussions and critiques will be informed by weekly screenings, readings and tutorials of contemporary and historical animated art works.
This course serves as an introduction to the variety of music genres found in cultures around the world outside the Western art music
tradition. Students will be introduced not only to different musical styles, but also to their aesthetic foundations, relation to social and
cultural contexts, historical developments, and cross-cultural interactions and influences.
This course is a survey of African American musical traditions from colonial times to the present. Students will examine the development of these styles, paying particular attention to the way in which they fused cultures from around the globe. The influence of the music in the United States and around the world will also be studied.
This course is a survey of the variety of indigenous, folk, and art music of Latin America. Emphasis is on the sound of the music and on
the cultural and social contexts of various cultures and the historical development of music in Latin America from the colonial period to
This is an interdisciplinary course investigating science and art through the analysis of related themes and experiences. The course will not privilege one method of inquiry over another, nor does it seek to compare or contrast them. Rather, it is the explicit goal to see artistic and scientific inquiry as related expressions of the human mind. The instructors presuppose no more than a general awareness of art history or applied science but we expect a commitment to investigate aspects of both disciplines with equal enthusiasm.
This course traces the origins of blues from pre-colonial Africa to the present. Through repeated, active listening of blues recordings (1912-present), reading a wide selection of works from the foremost scholars of blues, and engaging with in-class discussion, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the blues—i.e., sounds, styles, people, places, compositional processes, traditions, recording and marketing practices, mythology, scholarship, and legacy. All aspects of the blues will be examined and analyze through the proper historical and socio-cultural context.
Introduction to acting techniques for stage and screen, including script analysis, character development exercises, and improvisation. This course involves ongoing performance training, an on-set experience, and a final showcase performance.