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Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences

ARTS Course Descriptions

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  • ARTS 101 Music & Arts as Craft (3)

    Examines the creative connections among individual imagination, artistic creation, audience reception and financial considerations, looking at the creative processes of artists such as Michelangelo, Mozart and Jackson Pollock as examples of the complex, often laborious and always evolving efforts that result in great works of art. Students talk with working artists, composers, conductors and collectors in the Baltimore area. [ART]

  • ARTS 121 World Music (3)

    Equips students to understand diverse world cultures through the lens of those cultures' musical lives. Students develop skills in listening perception and cultural analysis while focusing on musical traditions from Africa, Central Europe, Native American communities, Latin America, India, Indonesia and Japan. The course also presents music's basic structural elements and descriptive terminology. [ART]

  • ARTS 201 The Arts in Society (3)

    An overview of the role that individual artistic expression and group artistic movements have played throughout history, with a focus on the individual and the arts, economics and the arts, and politics and the arts. [ART]

  • ARTS 202 Technology in the Arts (3)

    An exploration of ways that technology has shaped the arts throughout history, that artists have appropriated and responded to technology, that technology facilitates management of the arts and that emerging technologies continue to influence the arts.

  • ARTS 230 The Art of Film (3)

    A study of film as an art form. Course considers film as an artifact, made in particular ways and having a certain style and structure. Em phasis is placed on the ways film represents space and time. Laboratory fee required.

  • ARTS 288 Independent Study: Analysis (3)

    Consideration and completion of a special project in the arts. Each student works closely with a faculty member who helps to set goals, develop a course plan and guide progress. Projects vary with individual student interests. prerequisite: permission of the division chair

  • ARTS 289 Independent Study: Production (3)

    Consideration and completion of a special design, video or other production-oriented project in the arts. Each student works closely with a faculty member who helps to set goals, develop a course plan and guide progress. Projects vary with individual student interests. Laboratory fee required. prerequisite: permission of the division chair

  • ARTS 297 Topics in the Arts I (3)

    Intensive exploration of topics in the arts of mutual interest to students and faculty. The topic of study appears under that name in the class schedule. Laboratory fee may be required. [ART]

  • ARTS 298 Topics in the Arts II (3)

    Intensive exploration of topics in the arts of mutual interest to students and faculty. The topic of study appears under that name in the class schedule. Laboratory fee may be required.

  • ARTS 304 Arts and Ideas (3)

    An interdisciplinary study of enduring works of imagination and intellect that have contributed to the making of contemporary civilization. Examples of art, architecture and music are used to illuminate central themes in literature, philosophy and history. The cultural resources of the Baltimore area are used wherever appropriate. [ART]

  • ARTS 351 The Business of Being an Artist (3)

    A hands-on examination of the practical skills that are required to make a living as a professional creative artist in context of the 21st-century U.S. workforce. Topics include intellectual property, artists’ agents and managers, entrepreneurial uses of the Web, leveraging social and new media, fundamentals of self-employment, grant-writing basics and complementary career tracks.

  • ARTS 352 Essentials of Arts Management (3)

    Provides a broad-based view of the business of running a nonprofit arts organization in the context of the current economic environment, including grant writing, bookkeeping, marketing and management issues, event promotion and board development. prerequisite: ARTS 201

  • ARTS 397 Topics in Integrated Arts (3)

    Intensive exploration of arts-related topics. Content varies according to the concurrent interests of faculty and students. Specific topic is listed in the schedule of classes. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. prerequisite: none unless listed in the class schedule

  • ARTS 475 Internship in Integrated Arts (3)

    Students apply skills and knowledge from coursework to jobs in the field of arts management or performance. Interns will meet periodically as a group to share experiences and discuss problems and successes. Eligible for continuing studies grade; otherwise, grading: pass/fail. prerequisite: senior status and permission of the program director.

  • ARTS 476 Seminar in Integrated Arts (3)

    Senior-level capstone seminar required of all Integrated Arts majors. Through completion of a major project, a final paper and class discussion, students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills related to the role of the arts in society; the interaction of technology and the arts; and the integration of arts production, analysis and management. prerequisite: ARTS 475

  • ARTS 489 Independent Study in Integrated Arts (3)

    Consideration and completion of a special project in the area of arts management. Each student works closely with a faculty member who helps to set goals, develop a course plan and guide progress. Projects vary with individual student interests. prerequisite: permission of the program director

  • ARTS 493 Honors Seminar (3)

    An advanced interdisciplinary seminar that focuses on important books and issues and encourages independent thinking, clear presentation and an understanding of the concerns and methods of various disciplines. The course may be team taught; topic and instructor(s) may change from semester to semester. Course may be repeated for credit when topic changes. prerequisite: 3.3 GPA and permission of the Denit Honors Program director

  • ARTS 494 Honors Project (3)

    Directed individual instruction in an advanced project of the student’s choice; the project must be academically related to this discipline. Each student works closely with a faculty director who guides his/her progress. The project must be of honors quality and must be finally approved by both the faculty director and a second faculty member. Eligible for continuing studies grade. prerequisite: 3.3 GPA and permission of both the Denit Honors Program director and the faculty director