Arts Abroad Program
A cultural immersion program designed exclusively for Chinese students to come to Purchase, learn about Western arts and culture, and study design, film, or music.
Participants in the program spend 18 weeks in the New York City Metropolitan area studying Western arts and culture through the direct study of the English language and one of three concentrations: Design, Film, or Music. The objective of the program is to give Chinese students an understanding of the philosophy and methods of the arts in Western European especially American context through the English language and one additional field.
All concentrations take four core courses
In addition, students will choose one concentration for studio work. All students must pick only ONE (1) studio concentration, and are not allowed to take more than one concentration during the program.
除了选择某一门专业课程体系以外，所有学生还必须修读另四门核心课程：作为二外的英语语言课程，工作坊 - 美国艺术、历史与文化简述课程，以及城市艺术鉴赏课程，以及艺术游学。所有学生能且只能选择三门专业课程体系中的一门，不得选择超过一门的专业课程体系。
CORE COURSE I: Communication in English (ESL) [120 hours]
Effective communication in English through speaking and writing are key to the success of artists and designers in the United States, and most other European countries. This ESL component of the Arts Abroad program builds on students’ current English language proficiency to prepare them for success in their specialty classes, the College and the local community, and, in an increasingly global society, their careers. In order to facilitate their transition to an English speaking environment, at the beginning of the program, students participate in 20 hours of course time per week. As the students become more confident and proficient, the weekly ESL course time is reduced. Over the 18 weeks, students will have received 120 hours of ESL instruction.
Classes are student centered, interactive, and taught by highly qualified instructors in a friendly, supportive environment. The ESL program includes:
- Assessment of each student’s level of English language proficiency
- Placement in the appropriate level for each skill area
- Classes in:
- Communication Skills (listening/speaking)
- Vocabulary Development
- American Culture
- Campus Community & Classroom Culture
CORE COURSE II: The Workshop - An Introduction to American Arts, History, and Culture [50 hours]
核心课程2：工作坊 - 美国艺术、历史与文化简述[50课时]
This interactive, student-driven course offers an introduction to 20th and 21st century American art, design, film, theater, and music. Rather than serve as a comprehensive survey, the course uses key American artistic moments, works, and figures to introduce students to fundamental aspects of American history, politics, culture and identity. Students develop their individual artistic practices by completing group projects and a final assignment that responds to their exploration of American culture in their chosen artistic medium.
CORE COURSE III: Critical Response Seminar (or, alternatively Arts in the City) [30 hours]
This course is conceived as a co-requisite with The Workshop and helps students build their English-language vocabulary and skills in critical engagement with art, performance, film, dance, and design. Students will explore how to engage with artistic work in a detailed, thorough way that synthesizes research, articulation of personal taste, and rigorous observation.
With several site visits to galleries, museums, and performance venues throughout New York City, the course will serve as a bridge between classroom learning and New York’s unparalleled cultural and artistic scene. Students will participate in lectures, group presentations and class discussions to prepare them to fully engage with the work they encounter during class trips, and each visit will be followed by a debrief discussion to give students an opportunity to reflect on the work and how it may connect to their own artistic practice. The course is open to all AAP concentrations.
通过对纽约市各地的画廊，博物馆和表演场地进行实地考察，即艺术游学该课程将作为课堂学习与纽约无与伦比的文化艺术场景之间的桥梁。 游学之前学生将通过课堂教学，小组演讲和课堂讨论充分了解实地考察的艺术作品，每次游学过后都会进行简短的讨论，以加深对艺术作品的理解和提升如何联系自己的艺术实践的领悟。 该课程对AAP所有专业学生开放。
CORE COURSE Ⅳ: Field Trips (or New York City Experiences) [12 hours]
With several trips to cultural destinations in New York City, students will begin to understand the vibrant contemporary life of the metropolis and its history. As an introduction to the city and its neighborhoods, the New York City Experiences will prepare students for their own independent investigations and travels. Likely destinations include the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; the Empire State Building; Central Park and Times Square; Chinatown.
考察纽约市的文化名胜使学生们更深入地了解纽约大都市充满活力的当代生活及其历史，也为学生在纽约市开展自己的独立调查活动和旅行做准备。 该课程可能的目的地包括自由女神像和埃利斯岛,帝国大厦,中央公园和时代广场, 唐人街。
DESIGN Concentration [110 hours]
The designed environment: topics at the intersection of graphic design and architecture
This concentration looks at elemental concepts in how our visual landscape is designed - from two-dimensional graphic design to occupied space. Design is approached from two important periods - modernism and the grid, and post-modernism and the visual vernacular.
该课程主要从基本概念上讲解如何设计视觉景观-从二维平面设计到使用空间。该课程从两个重要时期展开讲解设计 – 分别是现代主义和网格时期，后现代主义和视觉白话时期。
Participants will work individually and in groups on both research and observations of design, but also create interventions - physical and digital projects which aim to deepen our understanding of design and our surroundings. A variety of digital and analog tools and methods will be employed. The projects will culminate in a gallery installation on campus.
FILM Concentration [110 hours]
This concentration introduces students to the craft of digital filmmaking: camera operation, cinematography, lighting, staging, sound mixing, editing, and storytelling. Students will work in groups on short exercises to develop their skills and will collaborate in a final short film. These exercises will be accompanied by screenings of films, which will help students focus on a specific production component, narrative device, or stylistic element.
MUSIC Concentration [110 hours]
The focus of this concentration is to give students an overview of western music, with an emphasis on music after 1900 to today. This overview seeks to include as many genres of western music as time will allow in the program, and will not stay only in one area (e.g. Jazz, Classical, Popular, etc.).
This concentration will consist of 3 elements:
1. History of Western Music (2-hrs/week). The class will use the Norton Concise History of Western Music e-textbook, which will be provided to students.
西方音乐史（2课时/周）。该课程内容将使用 《诺顿西方音乐简史》 电子教科书，网页链接为：
2. Western Music Theory and Composition (3-hrs,week). The class will use the Norton Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony, which will be provided to students. (http://books.wwnorton.com/books/webad.aspx?id=4294990320). In addition, students will learn to compose simple music pieces in many genres.
3. Masterclasses (3hrs/week). In a variety of classical, jazz and popular musical genres, master classes will be presented weekly by professional musicians. In these masterclasses, professors will lecture and perform on their instruments or voice; and students will be invited to perform for and with the professor.
Students will take all three elements above simultaneously (no one element will be available by itself to students outside the concentration).