Section NumberSection TitleSection Description
AHST*598*01Global Art HistoryThe art and architecture of Asia, Africa, Central and South America, and the South Pacific region offers a thought-provoking history. In this course, you will have the opportunity to investigate how artistic and architectural traditions emerge and flourish across cultures and how they respond to religious ideals, societal beliefs, and political strife or stability. A hypostyle hall, an image of the Buddha, or the temples of Teotihuacan teach us not only about the people who lived among them but how art and architecture helped to foster and shape their worldview. We will also make connections to contemporary artists. You may, for example, compare ancient Japanese temples to Christo and Jean-Claude’s The Gates or see how political uncertainty informs the work of Doris Salcedo.
CIM*301*01SoundscapesA soundscape, simply put, is an acoustic environment. Whether on a hike in the woods, waiting at the airport or listening to a piece of music, the soundscapes which surround us have an incredible impact on our lived experience of the world. Building on the work of R. Murray Schafer, this course will investigate the constantly evolving nature of soundscapes.
The study of soundscapes occupies “a middle ground between science, society and the arts” and is a relevant topic to multiple artistic practices including filmmaking, performance, theatrical design, game development, music, and installation. Through creative projects, discussions, and lectures, this course will approach soundscapes from multiple perspectives: as a creative practice, as a design platform, and as a field of research. Covering topics which range from neuroscience and auditory scene analysis to field recording and urban planning, this course covers a diverse array of artists and practitioners including Brian Eno, Maryanne Amacher, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, and Richard Devine.
CIM*301*02Motion Capture ProductionThis course provides hands-on experience for creative applications with motion capture, ranging from camera tracking to hand-held 3D controllers to high end optical tracking systems. The class will introduce methods of gesture-based and full-body tracking as input for performance, immersive experiences, generation of graphics and audio, and alternative forms of human-computer interaction. This course is open to all disciplines with course content that is responsive to the interests of students enrolled in the course. Students should have some familiarity with 3D graphics applications and an aptitude for learning new software.
CRWT*305*01Political PoetryIn this craft seminar, students will read a range of political poems and hybrid prose pieces by authors diverse in style, period and identity, considering what makes a poem political without being propagandistic; how the urgent messaging of politics can meet art’s and artists' urge to grapple with the complex; and how poetry and other writing might be of use in making change in the world. Throughout the semester, students will produce and revise their own politically-inflected creative writing, to add to their portfolio of work.
DANC*398*01Before UtteranceThis special topics course researches the commonalities between pre-semiotic compositional methods of contemporary dance and poetry. Students will begin by looking towards multiple artists in each field and exploring their particular methods of making. As the class considers what initiates designing a conceptual work, students will attempt to find parallels between how and why a work is made. Through this encounter of disciplines, the course poses the following questions: What are the intuitive senses that startle each artist into a channel of expressive form? What do these disciplines share in relationship to time, space, and matter? By experimenting with speed/acceleration, imagery, metaphor, the body, sensation, or the flip-flopping of tenses - recognizable tools that cross between dance and poetry become visible. These experiments will make it possible to view poetry and dance as matching models, despite (or rather because of) the distinction each form makes between how written language and embodiment function as modes of utterance. Ultimately, each student will create a comprehensive practice that will lead to the development of a final project.
FILM*320*01Dance and MediaThe words “cinema” and “kinetic” are linguistically related — it’s moving pictures after all and not still — and dance has, from the beginning of film, played a central role that continues to this day, from mainstream musicals to pure-dance experiments to music videos to TikTok. This course explores that rich intersection from a theoretical as well as a practical perspective. For the former we’ll look at the representation of dance in mainstream cinema, avant-garde film, documented performance and music video, with attention paid to the full range of social dance, show dance and formal dance. And for the practical aspect we’ll collaborate with dancers from the School of Dance to shoot and edit original material, which may take the form of abstract work, music video, or performative/narrative pieces. There will sometimes be a physical aspect to the class — warming up, moving the camera, moving our bodies — but this will be designed for the untrained filmmaker as well as the open-minded dancer. Students will also present a final research paper to the class on a related topic/artist with illustrative material.
FILM*341*01Production PracticesThis course introduces students to practical location and studio skills in documentary and narrative filmmaking. Coursework will consist of a series of collaborative production exercises designed to improve students’ ability to direct or work on a set and operate professional level camera and sound gear. Individual assignments will include written and production exercises that emphasize balancing creative and practical concerns.
GDES*220*01Design Research & ExplorationThis course is a flex-level remote studio for the pursuit of design research and inquiry, serving as a potential springboard to senior capstone or other involved projects. The focus of research and project direction is determined by the individual student, and can range from conceptual to structural while encompassing technological, historical, or theoretical design questions. Students will create proposals, iterations, and finished work for two short and one comprehensive researched design projects on topics of their own devising. Experimentation will be emphasized. Final deliverables can include print publications, posters, advertising and social media campaigns, websites, apps, written papers, artist collaborations, environmental or wayfinding projects, and emerging media formats such as AR, VR, and motion capture-based work. We make the path by walking.
PHOT*350*01Beyond the FrameBy exploring the possibilities of the photographic medium within a contemporary art context, this course addresses content that relates to ideas, approaches and practices that extend beyond the frame. Using the photograph as source material, the physical and social aspects of photographic processes, methods and various disciplinary perspectives will provide innovative ways the medium has addressed aesthetics, social practice, identity and theories through a study of visual art, performance and other disciplines. Readings, discussion, in-class writing exercises, presentations, as well as studio/gallery visits and visiting artists will enhance our research and dialogue.
MUSC*300*01Global Music IndustryHow did the global music industry evolve into what it is today, and what developments are on the horizon? In this course, we will examine the past, present and future of the global music industry. We will start by looking at the music and music industry relationship between the United States and Great Britain that began 90 years ago, and how that association helped establish the machinery of the global music industry. We will then explore how the development of media and technology led to an expansion of all aspects of the music and entertainment industry. Finally, we will study the global music industry of today and make predictions about the future. Throughout the course, students will critically engage with the content -- presented in the form of lectures, readings, musical selections and video and film -- in order to make connections between music, technology and commerce and view their own artistic and business career opportunities within that context.
MUSC*301*01Speaker Design & ConstructionThis course will explore the theory, techniques, and steps involved in designing and constructing audio speakers. Material will include close examination of existing designs, with special attention paid to contemporary near field monitor design. Students will construct their own near field monitors according to principles of sound pressure, acoustics and electronics. A basic understanding and skillset in the field of audio electronics is required.
MUSC*301*02Remote Audio RecordingThis class will explore emerging standards and practices for producing music for clients remotely. Topics will include: platform specifics, basic studio branding, remote recording protocols, and communication and recording processes / techniques necessary to successfully deliver professional recording services from a remote setting.
THEA*475*01Shakespeare w/ ArchetypesUsing the text of William Shakespeare, students will explore the rich philosophical and psychological world of Carl Jung. Applying his theories towards universal storytelling and archetype, the course will delve into how to dissect difficult text and how to make material written centuries ago feel as though it was written yesterday. From iambic pentameter and scansion, to Tarot and mythology, to monologues and scenes, students can expect to be challenged on all levels- artistically, physically, and intellectually.
THEA*475*02Queer Writers Scene StudyThis scene study class will explore gender/gender roles, sexuality, intimacy, romance, culture and political and social issues at large through the underrepresented lens of queer writers. Theater students of all identities and departments are welcome. Scenes and scene partners will be chosen by the students. Any and all queer writers’ work is available ranging from Paul Vogel to Tracey Scott Wilson to Jen Silverman to Larry Kramer to UArts alum Lee Edward Colston II. Scenes will be worked on in class utilizing a professional rehearsal model allowing students to practice rehearsal preparation, research and experience professional director/actor dynamics.
THEA*475*03Lecoq & Theatrical CreationJacques Lecoq was one of the most notable theatrical innovators of the 20th century. His school in Paris brought young theatre-makers from all over the world to train their bodies and imaginations toward the "theatre of tomorrow". This course brings Lecoq's legacy to life in the 21st century. Working under the guidance of Sarah Sanford (a Lecoq School alum) and the MFA students in the UArts/Pig Iron Devised Performance Program, the course will focus on movement, not as just a tool in a toolkit, but also as a creative source from which to launch an urgent theatre of this moment. Lecoq gave structure and language to the idea of "collective creation" or "devising"; students in this course will generate their own theatrical works, serving as performers AND creators. This course invites theatre students to think of themselves as authors while simultaneously sharpening their physical presence and readiness for the demands of the stage. Lecoq was famous for creating a laboratory of play and this course will, indeed, bring this vital element into the room at every turn. In play, students will discover in themselves that which is most vital, alive and animated, arresting audience's attention with new works that are borne out of their own theatrical vision.
THEA*475*04Musical Theater & CultureThis course chronicles American and British musical theatre from 1870-present while also analyzing the genre via critical/cultural theories (race, Marxism, Queer theory, disability theory, Rural/Urban studies, intersectionality, and embodiment) in order to explore ways in which musical theatre directly reflects our societies' norms and values. This is a writing class: Thought papers and a research paper assignment required
THEA*475*05Understanding Song FormsThe formal structure of songs has been continually developed and expanded since humans began to sing. The reasons a composer chooses one song form over another can often be ambiguous, but is an important aspect of the song's creation. The goal of this course is to gain an in-depth knowledge of song forms, discuss the potential reasons a song was written with a specific form and how that formal design can be applied to its interpretation.
WFTV*290*01Creating the Scripted PodcastThis course focuses on the practical skill set needed for writing and producing a fiction podcast. Students will read and analyze works in order to gain a deeper understanding of radio play formatting, creating a story outline, creating a sound outline, plot development, and character development. Students will have opportunities to experiment and hone these practical skills in weekly in-class exercises. The culminating project will be a short radio play, in any genre, that students will cast, record and add light post-production sound work.
WFTV*290*02Writing ComedyWriting Comedy is a workshop course where Screenwriting, Film, Theater, and Acting students will have the opportunity to explore the world of writing comedy for film, TV, streaming, and the web. Students will learn the foundations of what makes successful comedy, and through exercises, improvisations, and other techniques will be able to generate and practice the craft of writing comedy in a variety of mediums.