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  • Objectives
    Choosing the Arts and Culture profile offers students the flexibility to explore the creative arts without focusing on any one discipline, although they may choose to concentrate on only a few disciplines. The wide perspective of this profile prepares students for university studies in art history, communications, creative writing, cultural studies, film studies, education, history, international development, journalism, literature, liberal arts, philosophy, religious studies and some professional faculties.
  • Entry requirements
    This profile is a good choice for students wanting to achieve a solid background in the arts without specializing at this point in their education.
  • Academic Title
    Arts and Culture Profile
  • Course description
    Term 1
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    Required Course(s) - Must take
    502-112-DW    Introduction to Arts and Culture    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Cheryl Simon teaching section(s) 01
    Sonia Zylberberg teaching section(s) 02
    Description:    Taught by faculty from different creative arts disciplines, this course introduces students to a minimum of three Arts & Culture disciplines and to library and internet research. In addition to classes that focus on stimulating creative and academic work, students have the opportunity to attend cultural events such as art exhibits, plays or concerts.
     
    Required Courses - Choose one of the following
    340-112-DW    Philosophy: Ideas and Culture    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    Philosophy holds a central place in Western culture, and the questions it addresses concerning the meaning of life, the nature of reality, and the justification of our values are questions that are also posed and examined by creative artists and writers. This course is an introduction to Western culture (and if desired non Western cultures) through philosophy.
     
    520-122-DW    Stone Age to Renaissance Art    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    This course is an essential grounding in the development of visual literacy. In it the student explores the evolution of art and architecture from the first stirrings of the mythic imagination to the modern sensibilities of the Renaissance. Linkages with and distinction from contemporary practice through the analysis of themes encompassing but not limited to studies in land art, shamanism, concepts of the body, feminism, notions of beauty, images of authority ,religious conflict, immortality, patronage, the emergence of the artist, are forged in classroom situations ,media presentations and gallery visits.
     
    550-111-DW    Classical Music History    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    This course introduces students to the major musical and cultural trends of Western music from its developmental stages to contemporary music. Students gain knowledge of the musical, cultural and socio-historical factors that led to the evolution of each era; they learn to identify the works of major composers and the main musical characteristics that identify each period.
     
    Profile Recommended Courses - Choose one of the following
    511-122-DW    Drawing and Creative Expression *    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Working from observation of live models, still life, memory & imagination, students explore the basics of representation, composition and expression. The foundations of drawing are introduced and further reinforced by an exploration of the expressive power of drawing media. Traditional and contemporary trends in drawing are examined and students learn how to critique and analyze a work of art using appropriate terminology. Knowledge of drawing provides the foundation for future success in many visual media.
     
    520-121-DW    Photography: Themes and History *    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    This course is a thematic survey and an examination of the processes involved by which photography became recognized as an powerful independent aesthetic medium of expression. An exploration undertaken of the rich language of photography through its diversified and global themes, which emerged within the rapid chronology of its technical evolution, will encompass but not be limited to studies in portraiture, documentary, photojournalism, landscape, photography as art ,and issues of contemporary photography Students will develop a critical, analytical understanding of the issues involved through classroom situations ,individual research and production with gallery visits to include the city-wide Mois de la photo biennales when applicable.
     
    530-121-DW    Alternative Media *    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    In this course, students analyze mass audiences and their attitudes and responses to mass media messages. Institutions such as corporate sponsors, news organizations, and public relations firms are discussed. Students explore the roles and the processes used to influence public opinion. Issues such as freedom of speech, censorship, publicity practices and propaganda are examined. Assignments focus on analysis, interpretation construction and evaluation of messages designed for local or mass audiences.
     
    530-122-DW    Documentary *    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    In this course, students analyze mass audiences and their attitudes and responses to mass media messages. Institutions such as corporate sponsors, news organizations, and public relations firms are discussed. Students explore the roles and the processes used to influence public opinion. Issues such as freedom of speech, censorship, publicity practices, and propaganda are examined. Assignments focus on analysis, interpretation, construction and evaluation of messages designed for local or mass audiences.
     
    530-123-DW    Film Styles    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    An introductory film course that exposes students to a variety of film forms and styles. The range of films includes narrative and nonnarrative. The genres include film noir, animation, film nouveau, faux-docs, and computer generated imagery.
     
    603-123-DW    Drama *    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    This course surveys dramatic literature with particular reference to the social context of the theatre, including at least one classical play, one Shakespeare play, one modern play, and one Canadian play. Students will explore the relationship between stage and audience and will practice workshop performance exercises.
     
    Program Option Courses - Choose one of the following
    370-131-DW    Sacred Texts and Secular Images    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course looks at the ways in which religious texts, images, and ritual performances are transformed, or deformed, into secular museum exhibits, literature, films, concerts and theatrical performances. Examples are taken from various religious traditions.
     
    420-932-DW    Computer Communication of Arts and Literature    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Students will explore the ways in which literary and artistic endeavours are communicated through the Internet. They will develop an awareness of the cultural diversity of people’s lives, both past and preset, and the many fields in which creative artists express themselves. They will acquire the computer skills needed to present their findings in attractive Web pages, printed documents and on-screen presentations.
     
    502-132-DW    Newswriting    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Introduction to the basic techniques of news gathering and the structure and methods of writing news stories for print media, by observing, analysing and simulating a print newsroom. Students will consider issues of viewpoint, objectivity, and selectivity, and will practice researching, writing, and submitting their own stories.
     
    511-131-DW    Exploring Drawing    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Students are introduced to a variety of fundamental materials and methods such as charcoal, conté, graphite, ink and various types of paper. Sketching field trips and museum visits 99 will increase awareness of creative possibilities in visual communication. Drawing is the course that teaches the basic principles of realistic two dimensional representation, including observational skills, perspective, shading, and composition. Projects will involve drawing from observation, from imagination and the importance of expression. This course provides beginners with a practical base for future 2D artwork.
     
    530-131-DW    Communication and Culture    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course examines how we, in the broadly defined North American culture define our values and beliefs. The course examines historical and current events to see how the media affect and reflect contemporary culture. Students learn how to be active contributors to their environment, instead of passive consumers.
     
    550-131-DW    Intro to Guitar Techniques    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Mostly through finger style playing, this course introduces students to a simple guitar repertoire, reflecting different main cultural visions (classical, folk, popular) with their specific technical difficulties.
     
    550-132-DW    Intro to Vocal Techniques    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course introduces the students to musical vocal techniques and song repertoire and the way in which they relate to musical performance. Students have the opportunity to explore the song genre, its forms, styles, and lyrical and poetic content; they learn how to express these elements through vocal performance.
     
    560-131-DW    Theatre: Plays and Playwrights    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Students analyze style, theme and characterization in plays and explore the playwrights, their philosophies, reactions to world events and creative expression. The process of playwriting itself is scrutinized including an examination of structure, plot, dialogue and scene development. Students will visit a working theatre and attend a theatrical performance.
     
    602-531-DW    Culture québecoise    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Dans ce cours, vous allez explorer les richesses de la culture québécoise en vous plongeant dans l’étude d’oeuvres artistiques d’ici: roman, théâtre, cinéma, chansons, arts visuels. De plus, dans une atmosphère de classe interactive, enrichie de discussions, des exposés des élèves, vous ferez de la recherche sur l’histoire et le fonctionnement actuel d’institutions culturelles québécoises que vous aurez visitées.
     
    603-131-DW    Biography, Autobiography and Blogs    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    This course explores examples of biography and autobiography in a variety of formats and media throughout history. Students will learn research strategies and will establish their own on-line journals.
     
    General Education

    • 345-103-04    Knowledge    3 - 1 - 3    60
    • 602-10_-03    French: Bloc A    2 - 1 - 3    45
    • 603-101-04    Introduction to College English    2 - 2 - 4    60
    Term 2
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    Required Courses - Choose one of the following
    511-211-DW    Interactive Web Art and Culture    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course looks at new media and more specifically, interactive web art. The student will situate new media within the context of historical and contemporary currents in artistic and literary creation. Through exploration and interaction with new media art projects, students will recognise the relationship between information technologies, contemporary aesthetic attitudes and approaches to art making. Assigned readings and lectures on theory will compare artistic and literary works created through the information technologies with more traditional approaches, generating an discussion of the visual, social and psychological influence of information technologies on contemporary culture.
     
    520-212-DW    16th Century to Modern Art    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    Building an essential understanding of visual literacy, the student explores increasingly complex visual languages of representation and architecture to modern times through classroom situations, media presentations and gallery visits . Close ties with contemporary practice are forged through analysis and discussion of underlying themes, social contexts and ideas that shape the forms of representation to the contemporary era.
     
    530-211-DW    Scriptwriting    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    In this course, students analyze films scripts, and write a script for a short film or video. They also explore writing for a variety of forms, which may include multimedia, radio, TV, journalism, project proposals or academic research.
     
    Profile Recommended Courses - Choose one of the following
    511-222-DW    Painting, Colour and Composition    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Students discover the power of colour and paint to heighten expression in art, through working from the model, still-life, imagination, abstraction and personal research sources. Techniques of acrylic paint application, composition, colour mixing and colour harmonies are investigated. Students will also learn to critically interpret the stylistic approaches of contemporary & historical painters, identifying elements that can inform creative thinking in painting today.
     
    530-222-DW    Animated Film    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    This course examines a wide assortment of animation films from digital, to experimental, and claymation to cartoons. The concepts, techniques and styles used by filmmakers are analyzed and critiqued.
     
    530-223-DW    Video Workshop *    0 - 3 - 3    45

    Description:    An introductory course designed to ground students in the techniques of story creation in a video editing environment. Successful completion of the course offers participants ample opportunity to become familiar with digital lab culture while acquiring the essential software skills necessary to the production of their own short format videos. A series of creative exercises involving hands-on experience with cameras, lighting and sound essentials 93 is complemented by supervised exercises in planning, shooting and editing in a Macintosh equipped digital lab. Presentations of the final videos, followed by peer critique completes the production cycle.
     
    530-224-DW    Film and Culture    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    This is an introductory course on the cultural significance of film and related media. All societies express important ideas in their art. In the last one hundred years, the cinema has been a dominant art form. This course prepares the student to understand the cultural value of the cinema. In viewing films that cover the range of cinema from historical to contemporary films, students learn how to interpret and analyze the social and cultural values expressed.
     
    603-211-DW    Poetics    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    Through reading selected theoretical and critical texts and analysing representative poems from different periods, students will explore how poems use language to achieve their effects. Students will learn appropriate literary terminology, and will analyse and practice a variety of poetic forms and languages.
     
    603-221-DW    Literature into Film    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    Comparative exploration of the languages of literature and film, including theories and examples of filmic adaptations of literature. Students will examine key factors in constructing narratives-factors such as reception, audience, genre and formula-while considering the different formal requirements of each medium.
     
    Program Option Courses - Choose one of the following
    340-231-DW    Philosophy, Literature and Life    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    Philosophy and literature have had a long and complex but profitable history. The aim of this course is to explore the ways in which literary works have taken up philosophical questions and philosophers have turned to literary forms for the purposes of philosophical analysis.
     
    370-231-DW    Western Religions and the Arts    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    In this course students examine and analyze the composition and functions of artistic, literary, musical, cinematic and/or theatrical representations of stories and teachings of at least two major religious traditions of the West: Classical Greece, Judaism, Christianity, Islam.
     
    502-231-DW    Feature Writing    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Introduction to the basic techniques of researching and writing news, arts and lifestyles features for print media. Students will consider how feature writing differs from newswriting and will learn to consider audience, form, and context while researching and writing their own stories.
     
    511-232-DW    Photo Art and Creative Expression    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Students use a range of materials and techniques to create mixed media artworks that incorporate photography as both a research tool and as a medium. Through personal expression, students explore notions of time, space, identity, reality, artifice, and transformation. Technical instruction includes camera operation, lighting considerations, and an introduction to mixed media. Each student must own or have access to a digital camera.
     
    530-231-DW    Digital Culture    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course examines issues relating to how communities interact in an increasingly digital, online environment. Topics include current developments and events, the impact of online research, social networking, blogs, file sharing, copyright laws, appropriation, and online education. To fully understand the impact of digital culture, the class is taught online. This is NOT a technical course; all that is required is that students have access to the web.
     
    550-231-DW    Music Appreciation    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    This course introduces students to the main musical elements, concepts and terminology that are required to understand and appreciate the expressive, aesthetic qualities of music through diverse genres. Students learn to identify how various composers manipulate musical language to create diverse musical styles and forms.
     
    550-232-DW    Guitar: Musical Expression    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course furthers the students’ classical guitar technique (finger style) through ensemble and simple solo playing. Using Classical repertoire, different elements (fingering, phrasing, dynamics, ornamentation, etc.) are learned in order to improve students’ musical expression. Musical Interpretation: Guitar: 550-332- DW Through popular guitar (pick style), the students learn to play different popular styles ( rock, blues, Latin, etc.) by exploring and experimenting with their specific stylistic components.
     
    550-233-DW    Voice: Musical Expression    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course introduces students to the principles of the vocal mechanism, sound production, pitch control, rhythmic accuracy, and musical expression. Students will gain an understanding of basic ear training, musical vocabulary and theory; they will learn how to apply these concepts to vocal expression and performance.
     
    560-231-DW    Theatre: Concept and Craft    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Students are exposed to major movements and innovators of the modern and contemporary theatre, their impact on the language and expression of acting, and their influence on theatre craft areas such as acting, playwriting, design, and directing. The actor’s tools are also be developed with exercises to extend the vocal, physical and creative potential.
     
    603-232-DW    Poem and Song    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    Exploration of the language of poetic and lyric expression, including how music contributes to, and interacts with, words in lyric forms. Through discussion, analysis and workshops, students will read, listen to, and possibly write or perform poems or lyrics.
     
    General Education

    • 109-103-02    Health and Physical Education    1 - 1 - 1    30
    • 602-B__-03    French: Bloc B    2 - 1 - 3    45
    • 603-102-04    Literary Genres    2 - 2 - 3    60
    • COMP 1    Complementary         
    Term 3
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    530-325-DW    Media Production    0 - 4 - 2    60

    Description:    This course allows students to produce more complex media productions. Workshops, technical exercises, group work, and analysis of student productions constitute the main course activities. There is no pre-requisite for the course, but students are expected to be very comfortable with video equipment, software, and media labs.
     
    Required Courses - Choose one of the following
    511-311-DW    Sculpture and 3D Composition    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    A practical studio course designed as an introduction to sculpture. Through a series of exercises and projects, the students learn sculptural techniques such as carving, clay modelling and construction. While dealing with problems of three-dimensional form and space, the student gain experience in handling a variety of tools and materials. Students learn to analyze these works, applying compositional principles, concepts and vocabulary taught in the course.
     
    520-311-DW    Art: Icons and Ideas    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Description:    In this course the student examines visual arts and architecture situated in a global and cosmopolitan context. Significant themes in the visual arts are positioned in a particular framework in order to explore concepts which deal with key issues such as the role of the artist, environment, technology, social order, religion, gender, race, protest, propaganda, politics, methodology and the history of aesthetics. The student explores the ways in which visual art production is used and perceived by society. It is important to note that each course addresses one of these specific themes. Lectures, demonstrations, audio visual and digital presentations are utilized. Visits to museums and to a variety of art spaces are an integral and compulsory component of this course.
     
    530-312-DW    Film and Social Issues    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    Rather than look at movies from an aesthetic or technical point of view, Film and Social Issues looks at movies as social documents that reflect ethical, cultural, gender, political, and economic realities. This course examines the ideological underpinnings of feature and documentary filmmaking and encourages students to analyze how and why the social preoccupations of a given era find their way into film.
     
    550-312-DW    Jazz and Blues    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    This course introduces students to the main musical elements, concepts and terminology required to understand and appreciate the music of jazz and blues. Students are introduced to the origins and evolution of the different styles of the jazz and blues eras. They gain an appreciation for the compositions of the prolific jazz and blues composers and artists through history.
     
    Profile Recommended Courses - Choose one of the following
    340-321-DW    Communication, Interpretation and Meaning *    3 - 1 - 2    60

    Description:    The aim of this course is to address philosophical questions that are particularly relevant to the creation and interpretation of works of art. Some of the questions that could be entertained are: what is meaning and what are the conditions under which it is created? What roles do an author or artist’s intentions have in the interpretation of a work? On what basis is one interpretation to be judged better thananother? What is artistic expression and is it relevant to the assessment of art? These and other questions will be pursued through the interpretation of works of art.
     
    511-321-DW    Computer Art    1 - 3 - 2    60

    Description:    This course is an introduction to the contemporary art form of digitally-generated art. The student acquires skills through the use of a personal computer and the Internet, while progressively exploring the visual elements and principles of composition. Artworks involve using the computer both as an imaginative research tool and as a viewing medium, Certain projects lead to hard copy/printed production. Through a series of three extended projects students engage in a developmental process, integrating prior knowledge with personal research to arrive at a new expressive language.
     
    511-322-DW    Printmaking Techniques    1 - 3 - 2    60

    Description:    The foundations of the print were laid with the first incised line on a rock wall, in stone, bone, horn or metal. The course traces printmaking’s evolution from a reproduction technique to it’s role as an original medium of contemporary expression. Students explore the intaglio and relief processes through the creation of original prints. Technical exploration l include the use of carving tools for incising plates, inking, paper preparation and the setting of presses. A small edition of original prints are produced in each of the techniques explored.
     
    530-323-DW    Communication Practices    0 - 4 - 2    60

    Description:    This course enables students to understand that the web and other digital media enable them to reach a global audience. It also provides students with the opportunity to apply various forms and tools of communication. For example, students produce an advertising, marketing, or public relations campaigns, produce a performance piece, create a gallery of digital art, or create a social communications network.
     
    530-324-DW    Animation Production    0 - 4 - 2    60

    Description:    An introduction to frame-by-frame animation production, exploring ideas, styles and techniques and applying them to making short films and videos using traditional live animation, clay, and flash software.
     
    603-321-DW    Creative Writing *    1 - 3 - 2    60

    Description:    Students will practice different writing techniques in a variety of genres. As well as writing, learning activities include lectures, readings, discussions, workshops, evaluation and self-evaluation exercises
     
    Program Option Courses - Choose one of the following
    370-331-DW    Eastern Religions and the Arts    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    In this course students examine and analyze the composition and functions of artistic, literary, musical, cinematic and/or theatrical representations of stories and teachings of at least two major religious traditions of the East: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto.
     
    420-933-DW    Computer Graphics and Web Design    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Students will explore selected Web sites to see how well they communicate their intended message. Students will create and publish well-designed Web sites of their own using Dreamweaver and Flash software. Graphic images will also be created, using graphics software, to enhance the effectiveness of the Web pages.
     
    502-331-DW    E-Journalism    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    The web enables anyone to reach a global audience. This course teaches students how to tell and disseminate news stories using digital media. The course helps students to understand and broadcast a news story using simple and free, electronic media such as blogs, discussion forums, newsgroups, citizen journalism, podcasts, email chains, text-messaging, and newsletters
     
    511-332-DW    Painting and Creative Expression    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This is an introductory course in acrylic painting fundamentals, including paint application techniques, colour mixing, colour harmony and compositional strategies. Students work from observation, the model and photographic sources exploring expressive approaches to representational image making. A reflection upon great painters of the past and present;. will be applied to individual creative thinking strategies, introduced through a series of guided thematic and technical projects.
     
    520-331-DW    Canadian Art in Context    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    This course examines the evolution of the visual arts and architecture in Canada from the 17th century to the present day. The student utilizes various methods of analysis in order to understand the place of artistic production and the artists and architects who contributed to its development within a diverse Canadian and global socio-cultural context. The student is exposed to a variety of procedures and techniques used in Canadian art production. Visits to historic and contemporary exhibitions, architectural and archaeological sites in order to experience in situ, Canada’s diverse visual and architectural heritage will comprise a focus of this course. Discussion, lectures, field trips are components of this course.
     
    550-332-DW    Guitar: Musical Interpretation    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course will further the students’ classical guitar technique (finger style) through ensemble and simple solo playing. Using Classical repertoire, different elements (fingering, phrasing, dynamics, ornamentation, etc.) will be learned in order to improve students’ musical interpretation.
     
    550-333-DW    Voice: Musical Interpretation    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course introduces students to the various stylistic possibilities of contemporary musical interpretation through vocal performance. Students l gain an understanding of the diverse expressive elements of song interpretation, vocal musical concepts and terminology.
     
    560-331-DW    Theatre Practice    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Student actors learn practical acting techniques through monologue and scene work, while exploring major training areas such as voice, movement and improvisation, and focusing on text, physical presentation, stage business, blocking and stage craft.
     
    602-331-DW    La francophonie    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    Ce cours vous fera voyager dans différentes oeuvres, langues et mentalités du large monde francophone. Par le biais de l’étude d’oeuvres artistiques (littérature, musique, cinéma, théâtre) et de documents informatifs, de même que par des exercices de recherche et de création, il vous permettra de connaître une variété de niveaux de langues et de problématiques du monde francophone.
     
    General Education

    • 109-104-02    Physical Activity    0 - 2 - 1    30
    • 345-102-03    World Views    3 - 0 - 3    45
    • 603-103-04    Literary Themes    2 - 2 - 3    60
    • COMP 2    Complementary         

    Term 4
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    Required Course(s) - Must take
    502-499-DW    Integrating Activity    3 - 1 - 2    60

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Carole Reed teaching section(s) 02
    Patrick Barnard teaching section(s) 01
    Description:    This is an interdisciplinary course taught by faculty from across the creative arts disciplines. In this course students work through the university application process. The major focus of the course, however, is the development of a challenging comprehensive assessment project that involves reflection and creativity as well as research, writing, and presentation skills.
     
    Required Courses - Choose one of the following
    511-412-DW    Drawing/Painting Studio    1 - 3 - 2    60

    Description:    This course enables students to deepen technical and formal experimentation in drawing, painting, and 2d mixed media. Longer projects allow for the development of a personal approach to conceptual, technical & thematic expression. Projects may focus on the model and other figurative sourcesas well as on non-figurative modes of expression. Creative and critical exploration of sign, symbol and metaphor in visual communication will be addressed.
     
    511-413-DW    Sculpture Studio    1 - 3 - 2    60

    Description:    In this advanced course students produce sculptural projects which may include some of the following: relief, assemblage and mixed media utilizing both traditional and contemporary approaches. Undertaking topical research as their starting point, students learn to use appropriate techniques which can include modeling, casting, carving, and assembling with various materials such as plaster, clay, wood, metal, plastic and found objects, to create finished sculptural works. Students analyze and critique these works, applying the compositional principles, concepts and vocabulary taught in the course.
     
    530-412-DW    Multimedia Production    0 - 4 - 2    60

    560-411-DW    Theatre of the Western World    1 - 3 - 2    60

    Description:    Arts and Culture profile students study outstanding contributions to the theatre of the western world beginning with the Greeks and moving through the medieval mystery, the Shakespearean moment, the advent of the modern, and into the present day. Plays are presented as active works requiring performance to be fully realized. Students can expect to do readings, text analysis and interpretation, rehearsals and presentations.
     
    603-411-DW    Creative Writing Workshop    1 - 3 - 2    60

    Description:    With guidance, including workshops, students will explore, develop, plan and implement a creative writing project. They will practice evaluating their own writing and that of others, and will learn how to format their writing appropriately. Work done in this course may, with permission of both instructors, be used for the Integrating Activity.
     
    Profile Recommended Courses - Choose one of the following
    340-421-DW    Philosophy of Art *    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    This course is devoted to general and foundational philosophical questions about the nature of art, its creation, interpretation and criticism. Accordingly, students take up such questions as, for example, what is art and can it be distinguished from ordinary objects and activities? Is there such a thing as artistic truth and does it differ from, for instance, scientific truth? What moral considerations, if any, are attached to the production and interpretation of art?
     
    520-421-DW    History of Contemporary Art    2 - 1 - 3    4
    5
    Description:    In this course the student examines the major trends and theories of 20th and 21st century art production focusing its evolution in a global context since 1945. Taking into account such topics as Surrealism, Expressionism, Minimalism, , Pop Art ,Conceptual Art and Post Modern debates, the student will focus on issues raised in relation to specific artists, art production and events in the history of art. There will be an exploration of significant artists, stylistic schools, socio- cultural forces, particular media, theory and thematic concerns which have shaped and continue to define present artistic production. Class discussion, lectures, museum and gallery visits as well as artist lectures are some of the activities in this course.
     
    530-421-DW    Cinema: Selected Topics    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course provides students with the opportunity to explore film in considerable depth and detail. Students have the opportunity to examine and critique the various film genres, directors, styles, and movements, and to better understand the subtleties and the power of film language.
     
    530-422-DW    Film Theory and Criticism *    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    Film Theory and Criticism provides students with the necessary technical and aesthetic vocabulary for viewing, discussing and writing about movies. It also presents an overview of critical theories that have influenced filmmakers, film critics, and film publics over the past hundred years. Lectures, group discussions and screenings comprise the content, while assignments include formal essays, and a creative project.
     
    530-423-DW    Experimental Film and Video    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course is designed to provide a college level introduction to the experimental film and video genre. The cultural, historical and artistic origins of the genre are explored, as are its major movements and essential elements. Students view, analyze, discuss, and provide critiques of selected works. A theoretical introduction to the creative process is provided through appropriate readings, exercises, group and individual projects.
     
    603-422-DW    Special Studies in Literature    2 - 1 - 3    45

    Description:    Students will explore a specific literary topic-a major author, major work, period, movement or theme-in a seminar format, applying various interpretive strategies in short essays, presentations, and discussions. With guidance, students will also prepare a major critical essay in MLA format. Work done in this course may, with permission of both instructors, be used for the Integrating Activity.
     
    Program Option Courses - Choose one of the following
    502-431-DW    Artists' Books and Graphic Novels    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course is designed to familiarise students with the relationships between visual images and text. The course explores two related types of text and image art - the artist’s book and the graphic novel relating fine arts and popular culture forms of creative graphic production. Students produce several artist’s books and graphic novels applying both two and three-dimensional aspects of the art form. This course allows students to develop their skills in representational and abstract image making, while helping them further explore the potential for visual communication through an ongoing exposure to historical and contemporary precedents.
     
    511-431-DW    Sculpture and Creative Expression    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Using topical research as a starting point, students produce sculptural works using both traditional and contemporary approaches. They use various materials and appropriate techniques, such as modeling and/or direct casting in clay, carving in plaster, and assembling with wood and/or found objects, etc. Students analyze and critique these works, applying the compositional principles, concepts and vocabulary taught in the course.
     
    530-431-DW    Multimedia Creation    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course examines the creative, social, and structural aspects of designing multimedia projects. In this introduction to interactive media technology, students research and develop projects ranging from web page design and construction, to graphic user interface media presentations, and Flash animations. The class is designed to develop learning opportunities that support interdisciplinary research and learning.
     
    550-431-DW    Guitar: Musical Performance    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    Mainly through pick style guitar (pop, rock, blues, folk, Latin, etc.), students further their performance abilities. They learn the proper tools to define and execute the best accompaniment possible for a particular song in order to enhance the final result.
     
    550-432-DW    Voice: Musical Performance    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    This course provides students with musical and vocal techniques required to carry out performance projects; students gain an understanding of the vocal mechanism and sound production, as well as the musical expressive elements that are required for song performances. Students are introduced to vocal and musical terminology and they are provided with critical feedback tools in order to critique their solo and group performances.
     
    560-431-DW    Theatre Performance    0 - 3 - 3    45

    Description:    Students receive directed practice in auditioning, script analysis, improvisation, individual character work, text, line memorization, voice and movement, as well as in the generation of creative ideas, space considerations, handling of props/costumes, and the completion of basic production tasks related to mounting a theatrical performance.
     
    560-432-DW    Dance: Technique and Style    0 - 3 - 3    45

    Description:    Students are introduced to a broad-based dance technique with emphasis on coordination, dynamic alignment, strength, flexibility, rhythm, musicality as well as an understanding of anatomy and kinesiology. Through various somatic approaches, students will develop kinaesthetic awareness which will enable them to move with efficiency, fluidity and dynamism, leading to a more profound level of artistic expression. Students also explore various dance styles, including modern, jazz, tap and hip hop with emphasis on rhythms and combinations, individual expression, and artistry. Students explore the process of bringing choreographic sequences to performance level and develop an understanding and appreciation for dance as a vital and relevant art form.
     
    603-432-DW    Journalism Workshop/The Plant    1 - 2 - 3    45

    Description:    (Double-credit course taken along with one of the following General Education English courses: 603-102: Newspaper Writing, 603-103: Newspaper Writing, or 603-BXE: Newspaper Writing.) Students write news, features, arts and sports stories for the weekly student newspaper, The Plant. Students also work on all aspects of newspaper production, from writing and editing to photography and layout. Pre-registration is possible. Contact the instructor listed in the timetable to inquire about pre-registration.
     
    General Education
    • 109-105-02    Active Living    1 - 1 - 1    30
    • 345-BXH-03    Applied Themes in Humanities    3 - 0 - 3    45
    • 603-BXE-04    Applied Themes in English    2 - 2 - 2    60

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