Note: It is expected that each course will be offered at least once during 2013–14 or 2014–15.
Introduction to Acting
FTA 1200 / 3 credits
Discussions, readings, presentations, viewings, and introductory exercises are integrated to help students grasp the many aspects of performance. Students explore the techniques of Stanislavsky, Meisner, and Chekhov; discover authors’ acting instructions; stretch vocally and physically; and learn to prepare and develop tools for performing new, dramatic realities through a process of creative growth and self-discovery. Readings from Shakespeare to the present are included.
20th-Century World Drama
FTA 3400 Refer to ADR 3400 under Humanities: General in Humanities Courses for description.
Introduction to Arts Management
CAM 1100 Refer to AMG 1100 in Arts Management Courses (School of the Arts) for description.
Fundraising and Development in the Arts
CAM 3100 Refer to AMG 3100 in Arts Management Courses (School of the Arts) for description.
Note: This course is not recommended for students who have taken CSS/AWR 3010, Understanding and Writing Grants.
Prerequisite: CAM/AMG 1100 or permission of instructor
Arts and Entertainment Law
CAM 3170 Refer to AMG 3170 in Arts Management Courses (School of the Arts) for description. There is no prerequisite for CAM 3170.
Marketing the Arts
CAM 3520 Refer to AMG 3520 in Arts Management Courses (School of the Arts) for description. There is no prerequisite for CAM 3520.
Internship in Arts Management
CAM 3981 / 3 credits
This internship provides students with practical experience in the field, a professional résumé credit, and the opportunity to assess their future career potential in visual, media, or performing arts management. A minimum of 112.5 on-site internship hours and an academic project (defined by the faculty sponsor) are required. For nonmatriculated students only; must be enrolled in the arts management certificate program.
Prerequisite: CAM/AMG 1100 or CSS 3510; CAM/AMG or CSS 3520; and permission of instructor
ACI 3070 Refer to CIN 3070 in Cinema Studies Courses (School of Film and Media Studies) for description. There is no prerequisite for ACI 3070.
Contemporary Global Cinema
ACI 3400 Refer to CIN 3400 in Cinema Studies Courses (School of Film and Media Studies) for description. There is no prerequisite for ACI 3400.
Contemporary European Cinema
ACI 3420 Refer to CIN 3420 in Cinema Studies Courses (School of Film and Media Studies) for description. There is no prerequisite for ACI 3420.
Contemporary Asian Cinema
ACI 3763 / 4 credits
An exploration of contemporary Asian cinema, focusing on films from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, and India made in the last 20 years. The class includes units on methods of comparative analysis, popular genres, authorship in art cinema, and national film industries.
Film and Artistic Expression
FTF 3015 / 4 credits
The most successful films function as both art and entertainment; students explore why this balance is a rare achievement. Topics include the business origins and aspects of cinema, films that concern and depict artistic process, and a critical/historical evaluation of films as works of art. Film aesthetics are examined from several perspectives, including grammar, genres and forms, and auteur theory. Also offered as CSS 3015.
Women in Film
FTF 3040 / 4 credits
The roles of women in cinema, as in American society generally, have changed drastically since the beginning of the 20th century. This course examines these diverse roles from their filmic beginnings in 1895 to the present. Although women have indeed “come a long way” in film, it remains clear that society still has a very long way to go. Also offered as CSS 3040.
The Law and Film
FTF 3055 Refer to CSS 3040 under Legal Studies in Social Sciences Courses for description.
American Film, Reflections of a Century I: 1900–1949
FTF 3075 / 4 credits
Early films depict the transition from the Victorian era to the Industrial Age, the birth of big cities, the suffragette movement, and the development of narrative cinema. Topics include World War I and the introduction of the propaganda film, the wild Jazz Age, the cynical gangster movies, the protest films of the Depression era, and the rise of escapist films. Also offered as CSS 3075.
History and Memory: Literature and Films of Atrocity
FTF 3085 Refer to ALI 3085 under Literature in Humanities Courses for description.
Frontline Reporting: Global Conflict
FTF 3086 Refer to ALI 3086 under Literature in Humanities Courses for description.
African American Cinema
FTF 3090 / 4 credits
This focus on African American cinema includes the work of major African American directors and performers and the films that reflect the complex issues attending the relationship between race and film in the United States. Also offered as CSS 3090.
Teenagers in Literature and Film
FTF 3110 Refer to ALI 3110 under Literature in Humanities Courses for description.
American Subcultures in Film
FTF 3160 / 4 credits
What does it mean to be part of a subculture? This phenomenon is explored through film, focusing on subcultures that are usually not in the mainstream spotlight and analyzing what it means to live on the margins. The subcultures may include, for example, the Amish, big rig drivers, scrabble champions, graffiti artists, quadriplegic athletes, prison inmates, and outsider artists. Also offered as CSS 3160.
American Film, Reflections of a Century II: 1950–1999
FTF 3175 / 4 credits
Defining trends in U.S. cultural history between 1950 and 1999, as reflected in film. Topics include the re-introduction of realism, counterculture films, films by socially oriented and “new auteur” directors, and the impact of AIDS, relations between the sexes, and modern special effects. Aspects of cinema history are also examined, including the construct and use of certain genres, the relationship between cinematic realism and censorship, and the rise of independent film. Also offered as CSS 3175.
The City on Film
FTF 3235 / 4 credits
“The city” is examined from some of the perspectives in which it has been depicted in film, beginning with early screen melodramas where the evils of the city are juxtaposed against the virtues of country life. Discussions range from the plight of anonymous individuals struggling for recognition and representations of the “urban jungle” in 1940s film noir to more contemporary perspectives. Filmmakers who incorporate the city as an identifying aspect of their directorial styles are also considered. Also offered as CSS 3235.
Musicals: Stage, Screen, and Beyond
FTF 3255 Refer to ADR 3255 under Humanities: General in Humanities Courses for description.
The Horror Film
FTF 3260 / 4 credits
Charts the transformations of one of the most stimulating and complex of film genres, the horror film, from its birth in the early 20th century to the present. Students study how the Hollywood horror film has evolved through the years in response to contemporary culture. Also offered as CSS 3260.
Sports Films: Underdogs, Champions, and Gutter Balls
FTF 3265 / 4 credits
Examines the elements and messages in sports films that make people cheer for the underdog and care about teams, players, and sports. Using both big-budget Hollywood films and documentaries with a small scope, this course explores the ideas of team, sport, and athletics and investigates the grip that sports have on American culture. Also offered as CSS 3265.
The Family on Film
FTF 3270 / 4 credits
Explores the many types of families presented on the silver screen in the 20th century and today: perfect/idyllic families, families threatened by divorce, dysfunctional families, eccentric families, families facing a crisis, and current notions of extended or nontraditional families. Also offered as CSS 3270.
American Film, Reflections of a Century III: The 21st Century
FTF 3275 / 4 credits
Analyzes trends in American cultural history as reflected in the movies from 1990 onward, with an exploration of precursors. Topics include the digital age, globalism, millennialism, postmodernism, and what is to come in the future. Students examine connections between Western civilization and landmarks of film history—cinema mirroring society and vice versa. Also offered as CSS 3275.
The Comedy Film
FTF 3280 / 4 credits
Throughout the history of cinema, the comedy film has been one of the most financially profitable genres, producing some of the biggest movie stars. Topics include various comedy film styles and performers, and the role of the comedy film genre within the context of world history, especially during darker periods like the Depression and World War II. Also offered as CSS 3280.
Mass Media: A Cultural History
CSS 3325 Refer to Communications in Social Sciences Courses for description.
Lights, Camera, God: Religion in the Movies
FTF 3340 / 4 credits
Since the dawn of cinema, religion has had an enduring hold on filmmakers’ creative and spiritual imaginations. The symbolic and controversial role of religion in movies made during the 20th century is examined through films and critical readings. Students analyze Judeo-Christian traditions and imagery inspired by the Bible and sacred sites. Films include cinematic masterpieces, popular movies, silent films, and indie features. Also offered as AHU 3340.
Contemporary Global Cinema
FTF 3400 Refer to CIN 3400 in Cinema Studies Courses (School of Film and Media Studies) for description. There is no prerequisite for FTF 3400.
East–West: Film and Literature of Cultural Formation
FTF 3415 Refer to ALI 3415 under Literature in Humanities Courses for description.
Social Psychological Theory Applied Through Film
FTF 3450 / 4 credits
A discussion of the constructs, theories, and ideas in the field of social psychology that are most relevant to contemporary society. Films that are rich in examples of social psychological theory are analyzed to facilitate mastery of these concepts. Also offered as BNS 3450.
History in Film
FTF 3550 / 4 credits
How has history been portrayed on the silver screen? What responsibilities do directors assume in presenting their subjective view of historical events? Students consider these questions and examine depictions of American and European history in early and contemporary cinema, the documentary film, and the cinematic presentation of film history itself. Also offered as CSS 3550.
Gender Expression in Film
FTF 3610 / 4 credits
By focusing on masculinities, femininities, and the space in between, this course examines the cultural structure of gender and investigates the various ways that gender is expressed visually in film. Also offered as CSS 3610.
Human Rights Topics in Film
FTF 3615 / 4 credits
Topics including tolerance, racism, terrorism, colonization, and citizenship are explored in the context of human rights. The use of film in promoting and protecting human rights internationally is interrogated. This course aims to engage and help students understand various political and social issues through the visual medium of film. Also offered as CSS 3615.
The Great Directors
FTF 3750 / 4 credits
Asserting that directors are in some ways the “authors” of a film text, it is often possible to identify key aspects and motifs of particular directorial styles. While looking at the director’s overall role in the collaborative filmmaking process, this course examines the work of several influential directors who have had a major impact on the cinema. Also offered as CSS 3750.
The American Crime Film
FTF 3760 / 4 credits
An examination of the transformations, both stylistic and thematic, within the crime film. Topics include the ways in which social attitudes toward crime and criminals are mediated in the social conventions of the cinema, the relationship of the crime film to distinct periods of American history, and the relevance of the crime film to other genres. Also offered as CSS 3760.
Romance, Love, and Sex on Film
FTF 3780 / 4 credits
The various styles of lovemaking that have dominated the silver screen are examined, considering them both as art and entertainment and as reflections of social mores and attitudes. Topics vary through the decades, ranging from the early “peep show” days of the film industry through eras of moralism and censorship to the more sexually liberated and explicit films of the 1950s and beyond. Also offered as CSS 3780.
Introduction to Video Techniques and Technology
FTF 1500 / 3 credits
This introduction to the art and science of video production focuses on developing visual literacy and postproduction skills. Starting with an examination of basic video technology and traditional media aesthetics, all stages of the video production process are covered. Students receive introductory technical training and hands-on experience with digital camcorders, microphones, and nonlinear editing equipment.
FTF 2110 / 3 credits
An examination of the history, cultural impact, and aesthetics of documentary film and video production. Through viewings, lectures, discussions, and hands-on exercises, students learn how to research, write, interview, direct, shoot, and edit a documentary. The class works in small production teams, using camcorders and editing equipment to produce mini-documentaries designed by each team.
Motion Picture Production Workshop
FTF 2240 and 2260 (second time) / 3 credits (per semester)
Using highly portable, digital camcorders and editing tools, students have the opportunity to plan and complete short motion pictures. The course includes instruction in camera operation; roles in production, sound, and editing procedures; and shooting video as film. Working in crews, each student concentrates on one of the production roles: writer, director, camera, sound, or editor.
Popular Music in America: Evolution and Revolution
EMT 2200 Refer to AHI 2200 under History in Humanities Courses for description.
Music and Cultural Identity
EMT 3073 / 4 credits
A study of music in its cultural contexts, including how it defines and perpetuates national, cultural, ethnic, and personal identity around the world. The class examines the recording, performing, and broadcasting of music and the role of race, class, and gender in Spain, Central Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Looking through the lens of culture, students see who drives the music industry, who listens, and for what purposes. Also offered as CSS 3073.
The Great Broadway Songwriters
EMT 3105 Refer to AHU 3105 under Humanities: General in Humanities Courses for description.
American History and Society Through Music
EMT 3115 Refer to AHI 3115 under History in Humanities Courses for description.
Music of Protest
EMT 3116 Refer to AHI 3116 under History in Humanities Courses for description.
American Popular Music: Blues to Bebop
EMT 3200 / 4 credits
American popular music and its recording techniques to 1950: ragtime, gospel, blues, vaudeville, New Orleans brass band, swing, Tin Pan Alley, bebop, and early rhythm and blues. Students may not earn credit for both this course and SOA 4600 or MTH 4120.
American Popular Music: Bebop to Hip-Hop
EMT 3210 / 4 credits
Since 1950, American pop music has changed its directions, its media, and its paradigms on a regular basis. This course surveys the principal artists, writers, and producers of a half-century of popular music, one that has proven to be critical to any artistic comprehension of modern America, commencing with the musically shattering experiment of bebop, through rock and R&B, to today’s undergrounds and fringes. Students may not earn credit for both this course and SOA 4610 or MTH 4130.
American Music: A Cultural History
EMU 3470 / 4 credits
Using an interdisciplinary approach, students analyze the social and historical effects of American music, from the music of Native Americans and the early Europeans in America to gospel, blues, jazz, rhythm and blues, rock ’n’ roll, rap, hip-hop, and beyond. The evolution and convergence of musical genres and forms are also examined, along with the artists, their aesthetics and audiences, and the evolving history of American culture. Also offered as CSS 3470.
Life Drawing I and II
GDR 1040 and 3040 / 3 credits (per semester)
This studio/art history course offers each student the opportunity to draw from a live model as well as from the wealth of art history’s famous masters like Rembrandt and da Vinci. The form and structure of the model are explored in a variety of media. Traditional and modern drawing concepts are introduced, including gesture, contour, relational technique, value, and composition.
Prerequisite (for GDR 3040): One semester of life drawing
Drawing From Nature
GDR 2600 and 3600 / 3 credits (per semester)
Designed for all levels, beginning through advanced, this course uses the Purchase campus and environs as its subject. Students work with a variety of drawing materials, developing their abilities to observe and interpret landscape. The class meets in the studio for the first session and during inclement weather. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to off-campus sites.
Painting I and II
GPA 1150 and 3150 / 3 credits (per semester)
This course develops each student’s unique personal vision and style. Students are encouraged to be creative and to develop “image books” and sequential paintings to foster awareness of their own emergent tendencies. Students learn the fundamental aspects of painting and visual form, including color theory, thematic development, composition, palette and canvas preparation, and painting media and techniques.
Prerequisite (for GPA 3150): One semester of painting
Fundamentals of Color
GPA 2020 / 3 credits
An intensive lecture/studio study of the fundamental elements, principles, and concepts of color theory, with emphasis on how color has been used historically in the studio arts. Lectures span from prehistoric cave paintings to contemporary art. Students complete a variety of design and painting projects and are responsible for purchasing some supplies.
GPA 2090 / 3 credits
Designed for students who have not yet discovered the fluidity and vibrancy that watercolor can offer. Emphasis is on the development of painting skills and techniques related to artistic expression. Topics and demonstrations include flat washes, graded washes, wet-in-wet, tonality, glazes, and the use of resist.
Painting From Art History
GPA 3060 / 3 credits
A lecture/studio course that explores transformations of previous art by important artists from prehistoric times through the postmodern era. Students learn to research and analyze composition, style, and content of significant paintings and apply new methods to their own work. Designed for all levels of accomplishment, from beginning through advanced.
Photo I: Beginning and Intermediate
GPH 1010 and 2010 / 3 credits (per semester)
Designed to provide a solid foundation in the basic techniques of black and white photography and darkroom procedures, this course concentrates on developing and printing a series of photographic assignments, along with demonstrations, critiques, and presentations of selected photographers’ work. After a review of basic skills, intermediate students select a theme and develop a photographic series. Students need a 35mm camera and light meter.
Digital Photography I
GPH 1200 / 3 credits
An exploration of the digital image for on-screen use and for output onto paper. Editing and printing techniques are covered, with attention to image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop and RAW files. A digital camera is required.
Prerequisite: GPH 1010 and 2010 or equivalent
Digital Photography II
GPH 3210 / 3 credits
In this continuation of GPH 1200, the digital image is explored in more depth. Topics include advanced printing and editing techniques as well as color calibration issues for various output methods. A digital camera is required.
Prerequisite: GPH 1200 or equivalent
Introduction to Sculpture: Materials and Processes I
GSC 2000 / 3 credits
An introduction to the basic processes, materials, and vocabulary used by artists and designers who work in three dimensions, with emphasis on the nature of 3-D space, structure, and content. Materials include clay, plaster, wax, and wood; processes include modeling, carving, and construction. The exploration of individual interests is encouraged. Projects should be easily portable, and students provide basic household tools (e.g., pliers, hammers).
GSC 2060 and 2070 (second time) / 3 credits (per semester)
An exploration of foundry techniques based on traditional methods of lost-wax bronze casting. Students prepare wax objects, make molds, and cast sculptural pieces in bronze during an all-day Saturday casting (a festive event with music, potluck refreshments, and invited guests). All levels of experience are welcome, and individuals can advance at their own pace.
Workshop in Metal Sculpture
GSC 2100 and 2110 (second time) / 3 credits (per semester)
Sculptural form making is explored using a variety of metalworking techniques, including shearing, bending, forging, and welding. Emphasis is on the evolution of each participant’s sculptural ideas, using metalworking skills as a means of materializing those ideas. Twentieth-century art movements and concepts within the tradition of welded steel sculpture are also examined. Students supply their own safety goggles and gloves.
Introduction to Woodworking and Furniture Design
GSC 2670 and 2680 (second time) / 3 credits (per semester)
Designed to provide a firm foundation in woodworking processes and techniques, this course covers the structure of wood, its identification, aesthetics, and uses as a design material. A wide range of tools and construction techniques are explored with emphasis on hand work, although machinery and machine joinery are covered. Basic cabinet-making and design techniques are covered with related projects.
Sculpture: Found Objects Into Art
GSC 3420 / 3 credits
Students examine their sense of the disposable as they make sculptures with low overhead costs, using accessible and found materials. Various processes and materials are explored to challenge the way people see ordinary objects and to find artistic potential in unexpected places. Additive and subtractive sculptural processes, casting, mold making, assemblage, and installation projects are explored.
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