Apr 21, 2024  
Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    
Course Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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This is a comprehensive listing of all active, credit-bearing courses offered by Oberlin College and Conservatory since Fall 2016. Courses listed this online catalog may not be offered every semester; for up to date information on which courses are offered in a given semester, please see PRESTO. 

For the most part, courses offered by departments are offered within the principal division of the department. Many interdisciplinary departments and programs also offer courses within more than one division.

Individual courses may be counted simultaneously toward more than one General Course Requirement providing they carry the appropriate divisional attributes and/or designations.

 

Studio Art

  
  • ARST 111 - Introduction to 2D Design

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    In this course, students will learn the foundations of pictorial design essential to the image-making process. Knowledge of the elements and principles of design, such as composition, form, color are the pillars for successful design that supports a wide-variety of fine and applied art. Each project and assignment is designed to enhance understanding of the basics of image-making by applying a wide variety of materials through analog and digital techniques.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 042.
    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 112 - Introduction to Color in Context

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    In this course students will acquire increased awareness of the properties of color - hue, chroma, value - and how their formal elements, including placement and design qualities, give meaning and content to works of art. Projects will explore how color operates in public, social, historical, and political contexts. Students will work in mediums including (but not limited to) gouache, acrylic, collage, and digital imaging software (i.e. Photoshop). Students will explore and develop awareness about design elements through pattern, repetition, line, figure/ground relationships. Field trips required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Preference will be given to students who have taken ARST 110 / ARTS 040.

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 058.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 114 - Introduction to Figure Drawing

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course provides an introduction to the perceptual study of the human form through drawing, while interrogating historical and contemporary narratives embedded within portrayals of the human figure. Students will work from the draped and undraped life model with emphasis on direct observation. Students learn to convincingly depict the figure through the study of gesture, line, value, spatial relationships, surface anatomy, the figure in the environment, and compositional devices. Projects address a range of technical and historic contexts to better understand the role of the human form in art. Materials include graphite, charcoal and other dry media.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 120 - Introduction to Figure Painting

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Students will work from a live model using oil paint. The challenge of working from a live model is to remember that the entire surface of the painting is the content, even though the figure is the subject. Therefore, you will learn the formal elements of color, building form and volume, how to create the illusion of space, composition and some anatomy. These tools will help you to use the figure as a means of self-expression. If students can arrange their schedules this course can be taken sequentially with Intermediate Painting: Narrative and the Contemporary Figure. The courses are related and it provides a full year’s experience to learn to paint.
    Prerequisites & Notes: A drawing class is recommended.
  
  • ARST 121 - Introduction to Icon Painting

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Students will study the techniques of Russian icon painting and the philosophy behind the form and craft. We will learn about the traditional methods and materials using raw pigments mixed in egg yolk, traditionally gessoed panels, and gold leaf. Each student will make their own traditional icon using the ancient process of Russian Icon painters. This process was developed to make images that assist spiritual transformation for both the painter and the viewer. Each student will then take and adapt this ancient practice to create their own work.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 047.
  
  • ARST 122 - Introduction to Perceptual Painting

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course emphasizes the techniques and practices of oil painting. Painting from still-life, landscape, interiors, portrait, and figure introduces principles of drawing, composition, color, and technique that allow students to create a believable pictorial space. Learning specific limited color palettes, color mixing, preparing supports, and caring for tools and equipment, students will learn a strong foundation for developing the craftsmanship and technique necessary to master the medium. We will study the history of western oil painting and trace its impact and influence on a diverse range of contemporary artists and their work. Drawing highly recommended prior to this course.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 061.
  
  • ARST 123 - Intro: On Location

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This landscape course uses the tools and practice of painting, drawing and observation to explore the local environment and to develop a sense of place. The 19th century Romantic constructions of nature are ingrained in us through the powerful history of American landscape painting and can prevent us from seeing the world we live in. To disrupt this tendency, students will be brought into ‘the field’ to work from and engage with the history, geography, agriculture and industry in N.E. Ohio. Students will be able to express the true value of place, and explore its real virtues and problems in an effort to build understanding, increase awareness and to effect change. Field trips required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 062.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    Sustainability
  
  • ARST 123OC - Intro: On Location

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This landscape course uses the tools and practice of painting, drawing and observation to explore the local environment and to develop a sense of place. The 19th century Romantic constructions of nature are ingrained in us through the powerful history of American landscape painting and can prevent us from seeing the world we live in. To disrupt this tendency, students will be brought into ‘the field’ to work from and engage with the history, geography, agriculture and industry in N.E. Ohio. Students will be able to express the true value of place, and explore its real virtues and problems in an effort to build understanding, increase awareness and to effect change. Field trips required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 062OC.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 124 - Intro to Painting: Imagined Worlds

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course introduces students to oil paint by way of observing and imagining space and place. Students will study the history of landscape painting, and work through contemporary re-imaginings of land use interpretation and critique, to expand on and challenge traditional notions of “landscape.” Technically, the class will introduce methods for complex color mixing, a range of oil painting techniques, and how to work on traditional surfaces. Painting projects will focus on the creation of speculative landscapes, abstracted spaces, surreal interpretations, and dystopias/utopias, building on and challenging the history of landscape painting. Field trips required.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 130 - Introduction to Mixed Media and Sculpture

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Students will explore the basics of three-dimensional space using paper, sound, cardboard, plaster, wood and found objects. Concepts such as form, texture, scale, and proportion, will be covered. An introduction to basic mold making techniques will be covered. Weekly homework assignments will expand upon classroom projects. Required forms of participation include critiques, weekly discussions, reading assignments and one presentation. Students should expect to spend 6 hours per week outside of class to meet the minimum requirements
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 049.
    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 131 - Introduction to Sculpture: Material and Space

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    In this course, we will discuss and create work in three-dimensional space using paper, cardboard, plastics, wood, organic material, found objects, sound, and light. We will explore concepts around materiality, objectness, risk and certainty, nature, and the utilization of space. Weekly homework assignments will expand upon classroom projects. Required forms of participation include critiques, weekly discussions, reading assignments and a presentation. Students should expect to spend 4-6 hours per week outside of class to meet the minimum requirements.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 132 - The Pile On: Introduction to Multiples and Accumulation

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    From utilizing heaps of candy to clothes to organic waste, contemporary artists use the process of gathering and amassing found or constructed objects to convey specific ideas. The growth, presentation, and preservation of vast quantities of matter confront audiences with a desire for more, a critique of consumer culture, and wonder at ordinary objects in unexpected situations. Students will create presentations on artists that work with accumulation and produce their own installations and performances using this technique. Class themes include ethically sourcing materials, the environmental impacts of our food/energy/product choices, scale, gift economies, degrowth and sustainability, and finding/borrowing/making multiples.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 133 - Introduction to Sculpture: In/With/About Wood

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    An introduction to the materials, methods, and concepts of wood sculpture. Students will explore wood on a technical level, and the historical, social, environmental, and economic values associated with this material. Students will develop woodworking skills, while combining traditional craft with digital techniques to produce contemporary art. Students will engage with wood as an artisanal practice (weaving, inlay, carving), as a material for mobile artworks (woodworking, joinery, and model-making), and for semi-permanent large-scale construction (framing, carpentry techniques). Students will become familiar with technical drawings and 3D machines including hand tools, stationary power tools and saws, and sanding/finishing products and techniques. Field trips required.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 134 - Intro to Public Art and Social Practice

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course introduces the fields of new genre public and social practice art, engaging directly with communities outside of the traditional institutional structure to initiate collaboration, debate, or social interaction in/with the public sphere. Students study participatory artmaking to inform community-and-collaboration-based practices. Interdisciplinary projects may include environmental artworks, public projects, radical archives, public interventions, zines, and alternative pedagogies. Works can address placemaking, food systems, environmental issues, social justice, goods and services, and care. Readings, lectures, and meetings with community partners will enhance an understanding of how art can facilitate open dialog in and with the public. Field trips required.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 140 - Introduction to Digital Photography

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the language and tools of digital photography. Students will learn how to create, import and transform images into digital format as well as alter them using a graphics program.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 045.
  
  • ARST 141 - Introduction to Black-and-White Photography

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This is an introductory course to black-and-white photography. Studio assignments are designed to contextualize photography in terms of its history, its relationships to the other art media, and its cultural implications. Besides studio assignments and group critiques there also will be slide lectures, technical demonstrations, and reading and writing assignments.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 052.
  
  • ARST 150 - Introduction to Obsolete New Media

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    All obsolete media was once new media. Media Archaeology will dig through technological history to gain a better understanding of how obsolescence impacts the practice, exhibition, and preservation of new media art. This class will include extensive readings from a variety of fields that investigate technology and obsolescence; the class will also view artworks that investigate dead tech and upgrade culture. This is a seminar/studio hybrid class, so students should be prepared to view artwork and read extensively on a weekly basis alongside short studio assignments. Studio assignments will employ expanded drawing/visualization, hacking, and experimental use of obsolete technologies. Field trips required. 
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 086.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 151 - Introduction to Media Art Studio / Seminar

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This hybrid seminar/studio art practice class introduces students to a range of contemporary media art practices. The course includes readings and writings about contemporary art practices (the “seminar” component), and art pieces in response to prompts (the “studio” component). This class is designed for majors and non-majors with an interest in media art (i.e. sound, video, installation, internet, etc.). Optional evening lab times will be available for additional project assistance.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 097.
    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 158 - Introduction to Digital Painting / Mark Making

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This Painting course uses digital tools in conjunction with non-toxic paint and dry media to create physically printed/painted works as well as animated, digitally painted and rotoscoped works that exist only on a screen. Projects will use Wacom tablets, IPads, Adobe software, scanners and VR to create works that shift between digital and analog and back again, emphasizing the painterly use of color, light, push/pull and mark making. In looking at contemporary artist’s work and creating digital paintings students will explore the expanded field and the ongoing critical discussion of the nature of “painting”. Field trips required.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 159 - Introduction to the Body & Technology

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course will consider the artist’s body as the starting point for creating time-based (4D) work in performance, sound, and video. As an introductory course, technical demonstrations on basic sound and video editing software will be included alongside practical assignments. In addition to the practical assignments and group critiques, students will study and discuss the ontology of performance as it relates to a visual/studio art practice and critically engage with the notion of ‘the body’ in digital art, which includes considerations such as ‘live’ vs. pre-recorded media, virtual vs. physical space, and performance documentation. Field trips required. 
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 160 - Intro to Print through Text and Image

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    In this fast-paced course students will combine elements of text and image through contemporary and traditional reproducible media such as relief, lithography, intaglio, screen print, and digital processes. Focus is placed on understanding how text and image work together in the multiple, while employing hand-drawn and photomechanical elements. Assignments will include writing, artworks, design, illustration, posters, and zines. With an emphasis on technical and conceptual development, students are encouraged to explore personal directions for their work. Class consists of demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and critiques. Students are expected to complete assignments and contextual research outside of class time. 
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 016.
  
  • ARST 161 - Introduction to Screenprinting

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course offers a comprehensive study into serigraphy, with an emphasis on conceptual and technical development. Focus is placed on both traditional and contemporary methods of water-based screenprinting onto paper. Exploring the multiple, repetition, reproducibility, and reinterpretation through screenprinted projects, students are encouraged to investigate personal directions for their work. Class consists of demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and critiques. Students are expected to complete assignments and contextual research outside of class time. This course was formerly taught as ARTS 011.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 011.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 162 - Introduction to Relief and Intaglio: From Drawing to Print

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Students will investigate their personal creative interests to learn a variety of relief and intaglio printmaking processes. These core print techniques are both based in the “line” and require hand rendering; previous experience or comfort with drawing is recommended. Projects will range from traditional analog to contemporary digital approaches. Focus is placed on enhancing technical and conceptual understandings as students consider print histories, methodologies, ideas, reproducibility, and outcomes. Class consists of demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and critiques. Students are expected to complete assignments and contextual research outside of class time.  
  
  • ARST 170 - Intro: Reimagining the Book

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course will explore and expand upon the book as a textual object of art. Using narrative and non-narrative techniques in relation to concept, image, and form, students will design and construct a series of books. Reading, and attendance at special Art Department lectures and Art Library sessions are required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 039.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 172 - Introduction to Narrative Art Seminar

    HC ARHU
    2 credits
    This seminar will explore the basic facets of visual storytelling by examining genres of narrative art, including comics, graphic novels, and visual cues embedded within popular culture. Students will analyze and deconstruct the visual language of creative works to interrogate how images affect the overall story. Students will read works widely accepted as classics in the field and explore current trends in the publishing marketplace. Critical engagement with narrative art enables students to consciously connect ubiquitous image culture to influential contemporary/historic themes. Readings and assignments emphasize the impact of narrative art and escapist pop culture on society. Field trips required.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • ARST 210 - Intermediate Drawing

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course will develop technical skills and methodologies introduced in Drawing 110. Assignments will engage postmodern strategies relevant to graphic representation and introduce an expanded definition of drawing. Emphasis will be placed on formal concerns of subject, image, material, and technique. Projects will explore the nature of figuration and the use of the figure in a narrative pictorial context. Other projects will engage symbolism, metaphoric iconography, process-based methods, and abstraction as a form of expression.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: ARST 110 (former ARTS 040) or ARST 112 (former ARTS 058) required.

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 060.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 211 - Intermediate Design

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course will develop technical skills and methodologies relating to design, visual communication, and fine art. Assignments will engage in postmodern strategies relevant to graphic representation, process, and materiality. Emphasis will be placed on composition, concept, color, and craft. Projects will explore both traditional and contemporary craft through analog and digital fabrication. The course will build a vocabulary that encourages generative studio practices and improvisation in support of students’ goals. Other projects will engage story-telling, audience, scale, process-based methods, and meaning-making.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: An introductory 2D course.

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 083.
  
  • ARST 212 - Intermediate Drawing in Space/Place

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course explores the materials and techniques of drawing in an expanded multi-dimensional field. Using traditional materials as well as digital tools to explore the practice of drawing, students will practice drawing on a plane (2D), in space (3D), and in time-based digital space (4D). Class projects will anchor around the theme of “place,” using subjects in abstraction, process, history, land use/abuse and location. Course materials will interrogate the complex relationship between artist and “place,” while investigating how artists can envision, imagine, and portray “space” in three physical dimensions. Field trips required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: An introductory course in 2D is required.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 213 - Intermediate Drawing Practice in/over Time

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    How does an artist remain capable of response in times of chronic crises and continual change? In this course, students will work in a variety of mediums to explore drawing as a practice that is sustained in and over time. We’ll explore how artists engage ritual, prompt, embodied practice, and experiment in response to their lived conditions and artistic visions. Students will develop an overarching drawing project that builds and changes throughout the semester. Course participants will also engage in readings, discussion, critique, and presentations. Students are expected to develop projects and research outside of class time. Field trips required. 
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: Any introductory course in studio art.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 220 - Intermediate: Embodied Content

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    All aspects of western oil painting: the skin of paint, the object, the mark-making and the image are intimately linked to the body. The compression of sight and touch, embedded in the traditional practices and techniques of western art, demand an integration of sensory and intellectual experience. This course will introduce the traditional materials and methods of oil paint while encouraging students to expand on these traditions and explore a wide range of interpretations of the body and embodiment as subject matter.
    Prerequisites & Notes: An introductory course in painting and an introductory course in drawing are required

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 067
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 221 - Intermediate: Narrative and Contemporary Figure Painting

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    You will work from live models and from your imaginations. We will look at the way the human figure is used by a number of contemporary artists and study the form and content that drive contemporary figure painting. This course includes required field trips.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Students must have completed one course in drawing and painting, and have had some experience working with oil paint and from a live model before this course. Course counts as “Problems” and traditional media.

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 070.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 222 - Intermediate: Drawing into Painting

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This class will introduce students to a number of methods and materials that run the gamut from drawing into painting. A variety of wet and dry materials and techniques will be introduced to encourage students to give shape and form to their imaginations. Students will work with ink wash, charcoal, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, pastel, collage and any media that allows them to visualize their ideas and move thought into form.  
    Prerequisites & Notes: Introductory drawing & painting recommended.

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 028.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 223 - Intermediate Painting: Image Appropriation

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course examines the role of appropriation in modern and contemporary painting, focusing on the intertwined relationship between photography, digital imaging, and painting. The advent of photographic and digital imagery has placed appropriation front and center in contemporary art, but appropriation has always been central in the art practice across mediums and disciplines. Projects ask students to appropriate from these visual histories into their painting, while exploring and examining appropriation as a critique and as a process. Students are expected to choose painting mediums, processes and surfaces that reflect their conceptual premise. Field trips required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: A studio art introductory course in 2D.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 230 - Intermediate Moldmaking & Casting

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Moldmaking and casting will form the locus of this technique-heavy course. Students will obtain the skills necessary to create a blanket mold, and a 2-part mold amoung others. Casting techniques, using a variety of material will be covered. Additionally, students will learn how to finish their casts using several patina methods.  Students are responsible for a series of final projects, one research presentation, and participation in a select number of the Art Department’s Artist’s Lecture Series. Field trips required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: An introductory 3D course is required

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 029.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 231 - Intermediate: Site, Location, Place

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course is designed as an investigation into the genre of Installation Art. We’ll examine histories, emergent themes, and methodologies. Three major projects are required, one of which must be site-specific and located outside of the art building.  Readings, discussions, and one research presentation are also required forms of participation. Field trips are required.   
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: An Introductory 3D course or documentation of work in this medium is required

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 043.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 232 - Problems: Art as Social Practice

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course explores social practice art relative to principles of public, community, interventionist, and collaborative-based art practices. Students will examine and discuss its evolution and intersections relative to global social change movements, everyday living, and notions of collectivity. Through lectures, readings, guest speakers, and student presentations  students will be introduced to a range of socially-engaged art practices. Requirements include  one presentation and three major projects that explore the field from within their own practice. 
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 068.
  
  • ARST 233 - Intermediate Sculpture & Bodily Autonomy

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course engages with issues of physical and social reproduction, bodily integrity/modification/extension, performance, maintenance art, surveillance, activism, and abject art. Through individual and collective projects, students will develop sculpture skills in a variety of media, while learning about contemporary artists that address social, cultural, and political issues related to the human body. Technical content includes mold-making, wearable/soft sculpture, installation art, and prop-activation performance; hanging/installation methods will also be considered. Students will explore contemporary art that addresses bodily autonomy from a variety of perspectives, emphasizing links between an artwork’s form and its content. Field trips required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: An introductory class in 3D is required.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 240 - Intermediate: The Negative, The Print

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course focuses on refining silver based photographic techniques while encouraging students to pursue their conceptual driven individual projects. Students will explore medium and large format film, the Zone system to make fine Black and White prints. This is a darkroom and critique intensive course. In addition to studio projects, there will be assigned readings and writings. The final culmination will be a portfolio with an accompanying statement.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: ARST 141 (formerly ARTS 052)

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 017.
  
  • ARST 241 - Intermediate Photo Project Seminar

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This seminar is designed for juniors and seniors who have completed at least one vis/pro course and one problem course in photography. The seminar is production driven, and it will allow students to focus on their own visual thesis in a group setting.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course was formerly taught as ARTS 032.

    Prerequisite: ARST 141 (formerly taught as ARTS 052) and one other photography course.
  
  • ARST 242 - Intermediate: Photo: Color

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This is an intermediate class dealing with color photography and the staged narrative. It is assumed that students who are registered for the class are already familiar with black and white darkroom practices. During the course of the semester students will be introduced to a variety of contemporary topics via projects, lectures, reading and writing assignments.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: An introductory photography class or the consent of the instructor

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 053.
  
  • ARST 243 - Intermediate: Photo: Mixed Media

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This class deals with Alternative Photographic Processes with an emphasis on challenging the boundary of the medium. Prior photography knowledge is helpful however exceptions can be made after individual consultations.   During the first part of the semester projects are designed to introduce students to the photographic materials and concepts of the 19th century. During the second half of the semester however students will be encouraged to experiment with a variety of methods beyond the traditional two dimensional photographic form to convey their ideas. In the past, thesis from this class have included: paintings, performances, sculptures, installations, projections and artist’s books.  
    Prerequisites & Notes: ARST 141 (formerly taught as ARTS 052)

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 076.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 250 - Intermediate: Art as Research

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    All art is, in some way, a form of research, and the artist employs a range of research methodologies in the creative process. This class will look specifically at art-making practices that foreground research as a primary component of the creative process. Participants will view their scholarly research project as a premise that inspires multidisciplinary pieces of art and writing. We will look at archives, labs, and libraries as sites for creative production, and students will create multiple art pieces that give material and form to their scholarly ideas. At least two prior introductory courses (in any dimension) are required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: 2 introductory courses are required.

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 093.
  
  • ARST 260 - Intermediate Print Projects

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Students will further their study into printmaking by enhancing their technical knowledge, skill set, and conceptual reasoning through individual print projects. Expanding upon their previous experience in reproducible media, students will have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the medium as they learn additional techniques and concentrate on their specific creative goals. Embracing new and historical approaches to reproducible media, students are encouraged to experiment as they evolve their practice and ideas. Class consists of demonstrations, lectures, discussions, field trips, and critiques. Students are expected to complete assignments and contextual research outside of class time
    Prerequisites & Notes: Any introductory course in Reproducible Media
  
  • ARST 261 - Intermediate Reproducible Media: Print in the Expanded Field

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This interdisciplinary print course is designed for students to explore the expanded field of reproducible media, as they further develop their technical knowledge, conceptual reasoning, and individual interests. Using analog and digital methodologies, assignments may range from the printed image, to sculpture, installation, performance, social practice, and animation. Elaborating on scale, scope, skill, and personal directions, students will investigate content, context, and materiality through a broad understanding of print. Class consists of demonstrations, lectures, discussions, field trips, and critiques. Students are expected to complete assignments and contextual research outside of class time.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Any introductory course in Reproducible Media.

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 014.
  
  • ARST 270 - Intermediate: Artists’ Books

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course will focus on advanced bindings, complex book structures, and editions, and use of the letterpress studio. Three major projects and one presentation are required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: Must have taken ARST 170 (former Arts 039) or have the consent of the instructor.

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 090.
  
  • ARST 271 - Intermediate Sequential Illustration

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    An introduction to the art, creation, and production of comics, graphic novels, and sequential illustration. Students will focus on a semester-long project developing original stories and characters through writing and image making. Students will learn to design effective, strong, and original layouts; characters with distinct idea, shape, structure, and fun factor; experiments with maps, diagrams, world building, and social structures. Students acquire a basic understanding of the history of the medium; current trends; and orthodox and experimental narrative techniques. Stories and artworks may have conventional and non-conventional plots and forms, and utilize a variety of materials, analog and digital. Field trips required. 
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisites: An introductory class in studio art is required.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 320 - Advanced 2D Projects

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Advanced: 2D Projects is the upper-level course for Studio Art majors whose artistic focus is primarily in 2D (broadly defined). Students develop self-driven projects within the rigor of this majors-only studio course; participants will be guided through exercises that support larger and longer projects than those completed in assignment/skills-based courses. Students work in a shared studio space. Advanced Projects courses are reserved and required for majors only and intended to be taken during the Junior year.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course is limited to studio art majors only, preferably in their junior year.

    This course was formerly taught as ARTS 120.

    *Visual art majors are permitted until phased out.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 334 - Advanced 3D/4D Projects

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Advanced Projects: 3D/4D is the upper-level course for Studio Art majors whose artistic focus is primarily in 3D/4D (broadly defined). Students develop self-driven projects within the rigor of this majors-only studio course; participants will be guided through exercises that support larger and longer projects than those completed in assignment/skills-based courses. Students work in a shared studio space. Advanced Projects courses are reserved and required for majors only and intended to be taken during the Junior year. This course requires field trips.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course is limited to studio art majors only, preferably in their junior year.

    This course was formerly taught as ARST 334.

    Visual art majors are permitted as well until phased out.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 400 - Capstone A: Senior Studio Practice

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    In this component of the Studio Art capstone, participants occupy semi-private studios within a community of majors. The focus is on the process and production of developing a comprehensive visual thesis project. This capstone project may include painting, digital media, installation, sculpture, photography, performance, printmaking, or any hybrid/combination thereof. Studio Practice provides the structure and support necessary for the completion of the Studio Art thesis, including the establishment of a disciplined work ethic that will enable participants to maintain a studio practice beyond the walls of Oberlin. The capstone sequence is reserved and required for Studio Art major seniors.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course is limited to senior studio art majors.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 410 - Capstone B: Professional Practice

    HC ARHU
    2 credits
    In this course, the Studio Art senior cohort meets together weekly to learn about best practices in the life of a professional artist. Students will develop skills related to writing grant and residency applications, developing an artist statement, understanding graduate schools and potential occupations. Participants will explore the many ways that artists operate in the world, a range of models of how the art practice functions in the public sphere, and how communities support artists beyond the institution. Students will interact with alumni of Oberlin’s Studio Art department as part of the Pathways Visiting Artist series, which connects current seniors with alumni working in the field.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course is limited to studio art majors in their senior year.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 420 - Capstone C: Exhibition Practice

    HC ARHU
    2 credits
    The Exhibition Practice component of the Studio Art capstone is a course in the spring semester dedicated to the production of our annual senior thesis exhibitions. Students learn to install 2D, 3D, and 4D artwork in the context of a professional exhibition. Skills to be gained include building and preparing frames, techniques for installing sculptural works, technological needs for interactive installation, lighting, and gallery preparation. Students prepare PR materials for the exhibitions and document the work for inclusion in their portfolio after college.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course is limited to studio art majors in their senior year.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • ARST 598 - Honors in Studio Art

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Private reading functions as the capstone course alongside of honors project, taken with primary advisor, when the student is completing an individual honors project apart from the Senior Studio and Thesis course.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This course is available to students by invitation only.
  
  • ARST 995F - Private Reading - Full

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Private readings are offered as either a half or full academic course and require the faculty member’s approval. Students who wish to pursue a topic not covered in the regular curriculum may register for a private reading. This one-to-one tutorial is normally at the advanced level in a specific field and is arranged with a member of the faculty who has agreed to supervise the student. Unlike other courses, a student cannot register for a private reading via PRESTO. To register for a private reading, obtain a card from the Registrar’s Office, complete the required information, obtain the faculty member’s approval for the reading, and return the card to the Registrar’s Office.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Within the Studio Art major, a total maximum of one private reading can count towards the major requirements in extraordinary circumstances, under the discretion of the chair. Private readings in studio art may not overlap with other courses currently being offered and are subject to a term bill charge to cover space and materials used on a case-by-case basis.
  
  • ARST 995H - Private Reading - Half

    HC ARHU
    2 credits
    Private readings are offered as either a half or full academic course and require the faculty member’s approval. Students who wish to pursue a topic not covered in the regular curriculum may register for a private reading. This one-to-one tutorial is normally at the advanced level in a specific field and is arranged with a member of the faculty who has agreed to supervise the student. Unlike other courses, a student cannot register for a private reading via PRESTO. To register for a private reading, obtain a card from the Registrar’s Office, complete the required information, obtain the faculty member’s approval for the reading, and return the card to the Registrar’s Office.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Within the Studio Art major, a total maximum of one private reading can count towards the major requirements in extraordinary circumstances, under the discretion of the chair. Private readings in studio art may not overlap with other courses currently being offered and are subject to a term bill charge to cover space and materials used on a case-by-case basis.

Technology in Music and the Related Arts

  
  • TECH 101 - Introduction to Electroacoustic Music

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    TECH 101 offers an introduction to electroacoustic music. Practical work includes analog and digital audio, sequencing, and sound editing on the computer. Regular short assignments reinforce facility with the standard tools of the digital audio workstation. Creative projects present the opportunity to demonstrate skill proficiency. The course includes a reading and listening survey of historical and contemporary electroacoustic music practice.
  
  • TECH 102 - Introduction to Sound Art

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    TECH 102 offers an introduction to historical, technical, and creative topics in the sonic arts. Technical assignments may include work in analog and digital audio, sequencing, and editing sound on the computer, as well as creative coding, DIY electronics, or interactive media. Creative projects present the opportunity to demonstrate skill proficiency. The course includes a reading and listening survey of historical and contemporary electroacoustic music and sonic arts practices. Contact the instructor for specific details.
  
  • TECH 103 - Sonic Arts in Society

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    Sonic Arts in Society is a community-based learning course that brings innovative music technology workshops and programming-with an emphasis on interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) activities-to community members of all ages. Students apply their creative aptitudes and technical skills to the development and implementation of workshops and programming tailored to the needs of the communities that they will serve.
    Prerequisites & Notes: TECH 101, 102, or equivalent is suggested.
    Community Based Learning
  
  • TECH 104 - Crafting Change: Exploring Crisis, Creativity, and DEI in STEAM Education

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    In this modular course, students will explore significant contemporary themes in contemporary STEAM education. They will participate in the Crafting Change Symposium at Oberlin, a remote event that brings together experts across K-12 and Higher Education to share, teach, learn and imagine an equitable, crisis-informed, inclusive, student-centered future for learning across disciplines, institutions, and ages. Students will develop plans for their own STEAM outreach projects.
  
  • TECH 105 - Sound Collage

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    An exploration and introduction into the history, culture, technology, and practice of Music Sampling in the U.S, Europe and Japan. The course will provide students with a basic understanding of how advancements in synthesizer technology in the early 1980s sparked a music “re-evolution” that fundamentally changed how we write, produce, and even think about what is considered music in pop culture. From the birth of hip-hop in New York, house music in Chicago, and techno in Detroit, to the Grammy wins of countless artists from across the music spectrum, Music Sampling continues to dominate the sound and practice of the modern-day music industry. Using Ableton Live music production software with a hands-on approach we will analyze, break-down and reconstruct classic and current songs from various genres, discuss how early technological limitations provided a creative environment that fostered productivity and contributed to popular song form, and how the ongoing evolution of sampling and elastic audio continues to reshape music, genre and the industry as we know it. We will discuss the intersection of genres through derivative works, music across generations, sampling techniques and terminology, pioneering musicians, DJ’s and music producers, the sound and style of iconic samplers and sequencers, the cultural backdrop that contributed to the advent of foundational electronic music genres, song and genre analysis, and more.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Instructor Consent.
  
  • TECH 106 - It’s Electric! An Introduction to Live Sound Design for Live Performance

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    In “It’s Electric!,” students will develop a practice, through which they use their artistic and sonic voices to create a world through which design can simultaneously provide anchors as well as act as a container for choreographed or scripted performance. From live scoring of silent film, to John Cage and Merce Cunningham’s deep collaborative relationship and beyond, the course will simultaneously look at historic examples of sound-performance collaboration while focusing on developing students’ sonic landscapes as part of a deeper collaborative practice between themselves and the body-based partners they may work with.
    Prerequisites & Notes: TECH 101 Intro to Electroacoustic Music
    Does this course require off campus field trips? No

  
  • TECH 107A - Digital Fabrication 1: An introduction to the tools of the TIMARA makerspace

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    This course provides an introduction to computer aided design, digital fabrication, and electronics. Students will learn all the skills necessary to design and fabricate their own simple hardware synths or wearable sensors. By the end of the course, students will feel confident designing and fabricating projects that utilize many of the tools of the TIMARA makerspace: a laser cutter, craft cutter, 3D printer, sewing, embroidery, knitting machine and soldering equipment.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? No

  
  • TECH 107B - Digital Fabrication 2: The tools of the TIMARA makerspace

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    This course provides a deep exploration of computer aided design, digital fabrication, and electronics. Learn to use computer-aided design software like Fusion 360 and KiCAD to design your own 3D components for printing and your own circuits for milling. Learn to use the TIMARA department’s mill to fabricate your own circuit. Design, fabricate, and document your own custom project from scratch using the tools of the TIMARA makerspace. This course is appropriate for those who have completed Digital Fabrication 1 as well as those coming to the course with prior experience with makerspace technologies.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? No

  
  • TECH 170 - Electro-acoustic Interpretation and Performance Practice

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    Electro-acoustic Interpretation and Performance Practice
  
  • TECH 201 - Electro-acoustic Studio Tech

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    TECH 201 is required of TIMARA majors and there are typically a few seats for non-majors.Non-majors looking for an introductory TIMARA course should also consider TECH 101, TECH 170, or secondary lessons. TECH 201 offers an introduction to the electroacoustic studio environment. Practical work includes analog and digital audio, synthesis techniques, sequencing, and sound editing on the computer. Regular short assignments reinforce facility with the standard tools of the composing studio. At least two major creative projects present the opportunity to demonstrate skill proficiency. A reading and listening survey of historical and contemporary practice provides the basis for exploring analytical and critical techniques.
  
  • TECH 202 - Real-time Techniques

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    Real-time Techniques
  
  • TECH 203 - Performance Technology Workshop

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    TECH 203 explores the musical, technological, and scholarly tools currently available to electroacoustic composers, paying particular attention to the systems proposed by composers such as Wishart, Smalley, Emmerson, and Norman. While we deal extensively with certain hardware and software such as Max/MSP and ProTools, the course is not “about” said tools. Rather, it is organized around musical/scholarly practice and approaches, each of which inevitably draws on a variety of tools. All topics are approached through a combination of reading, listening, and creative work with the ultimate goal of expanding compositional resources and scholarly vocabulary. The first module focuses on stereo composition and diffusion, while the second focuses on multi-channel composition.Prerequisite & Notes: TECH 202. Consent of the Instructor.
  
  • TECH 204 - Performance Technology Wrkshop

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    TECH 204 concentrates on real-time technologies and performance issues. The course emphasizes direct experience with the volatile and wonderful relationship between emerging technology and performance, particularly in work created for public presentation outside the studio environment. A variety of performance situations will be addressed, including concert stage, MIDI and OSC controllers, installation, and radio/web broadcast. Topics include: real-time performance issues, sonic and visual systems, motion sensing, performative gesture, ensemble dynamics, and collaboration.
  
  • TECH 291 - Sophomore Studio

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    Second-year TIMARA major meet individually with TIMARA faculty for 30-minutes each week and also join that teacher’s weekly Studio Class. Students are also expected to work in substantial and consistent ways each week on their own. Pre-requisites: TECH 201, 202.
  
  • TECH 292 - Sophomore Studio

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    Second-year TIMARA major meet individually with TIMARA faculty for 30-minutes each week and also join that teacher’s weekly Studio Class. Students are also expected to work in substantial and consistent ways each week on their own. Pre-requisites: TECH 201, 202, and 291.
  
  • TECH 301 - Processing Sensors

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    TECH 301 explores a wide variety of sensors, the electronic circuitry necessary to connect them, and the processors that allow them to communicate with computers. In particular, the class utilizes the technology often employed in performance art and interactive installations: connecting sensors to the PICAXE processor an the ARDUINO board processor. A final project requires students to purchase their own processor board and sensors.
  
  • TECH 303F - TIMARA Apprenticeship - F

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    TECH 303 provides an opportunity for students to apprentice with a TIMARA faculty member. Students will work in conjunction with the teacher on the creation of original faculty work. Specific activity will vary depending on the nature of the project, but may included: research into new technologies, high-definition field recording, audio editing and mixing, video production, music engraving, software programming, and hardware development and construction. Activities will happen with careful supervision and critical reflection with the teacher throughout the semester. In this way, students will have the rare opportunity to enter into many stages of the creative process with a member of the TIMARA faculty.
  
  • TECH 303H - TIMARA Apprenticeship - H

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    TECH 303 provides an opportunity for students to apprentice with a TIMARA faculty member. Students will work in conjunction with the teacher on the creation of original faculty work. Specific activity will vary depending on the nature of the project, but may included: research into new technologies, high-definition field recording, audio editing and mixing, video production, music engraving, software programming, and hardware development and construction. Activities will happen with careful supervision and critical reflection with the teacher throughout the semester. In this way, students will have the rare opportunity to enter into many stages of the creative process with a member of the TIMARA faculty.
  
  • TECH 330 - Studio Recording

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    Introduction to the theory and practice of music recording, including a study of recording environments and equipment. Students will explore basic acoustics, microphone techniques, signal processing, mixing, and editing. General DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software tools will be demonstrated and compared. Through practical ‘hands-on’ studio experience, student will develop and demonstrate basic critical listening abilities unique to the field of recording engineering/producing. Projects will include guided and independent studio recording sessions, class presentations on microphone techniques and industry tools/equipment, and analysis of recordings.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Prerequisite: Junior standing in the TIMARA major.Consent of instructor required.
  
  • TECH 332 - Advanced Audio Recording

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    In this course, students will further develop their technical and practical understanding of the modern production studio. Topics include analog, digital, and hybrid recording systems; current and future audio control systems; systems troubleshooting; appropriate use of signal processing; studio etiquette; and modern production values and techniques. In class, and through recording assignments, students will work in teams and individually to execute recording sessions and solve engineering issues as they arise.Prerequisites and notes: TECH 330 Studio Recording.
  
  • TECH 340 - Special Topics in TIMARA

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    Courses on special topics related to interdisciplinary approaches to technology-based creation, research, and/or performance practice.
  
  • TECH 345 - Mixed Media Circuits: Design, Fabrication, Inquiry

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    In this course we use traditional handicraft and contemporary technologies to create bespoke mixed media circuits for diverse creative applications including wearables, performance, improvisation, and installation. Students will build DIY switches and sensors, textile and pulp-based actuators and displays, and embed or affix circuits on homegrown and custom-built substrates. We will engage in critical making, using the design and fabrication process to foster critical inquiry and facilitate discourse on what it means to make.
  
  • TECH 345OC - Mixed Media Circuits: Design, Fabrication, Inquiry

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    In this course we use traditional handicraft and contemporary technologies to create bespoke mixed media circuits for diverse creative applications including wearables, performance, improvisation, and installation. Students will build DIY switches and sensors, textile and pulp-based actuators and displays, and embed or affix circuits on homegrown and custom-built substrates. We will engage in critical making, using the design and fabrication process to foster critical inquiry and facilitate discourse on what it means to make.
  
  • TECH 350 - Workshop in Music and Media Technologies

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    Advanced workshops in the use of technological media in composition, performance, interactive media, and in interdisciplinary contexts. Emphasis on creation of original works and solution of performance problems of analog, digital, and hybrid music systems, and the use of technological media in a variety of contexts.
    Prerequisites & Notes: May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required.
  
  • TECH 350A - Workshop in Music and Media Technologies

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    Advanced workshops in the use of technological media in composition, performance, interactive media, and in interdisciplinary contexts. Emphasis on creation of original works and solution of performance problems of analog, digital, and hybrid music systems, and the use of technological media in a variety of contexts.
    Prerequisites & Notes: May be repeated for credit. Consent of instructor required.
  
  • TECH 360 - Mixed Media Collaboration

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    Mixed Media Collaboration invites students from all disciplines (music, painting, sculpture, writing, movement, video, etc.) to collaborate with other artists. Beginning with relevant precedents as detailed in Vera John-Steiner’s book, “Creative Collaboration,” we will learn a common language to discuss our work. To understand the viewpoints of our collaborators we will investigate the creative processes of the disciplines in which we are less accomplished. This foundation will help us develop collaborative models for responding to aesthetic challenges and technical problems. At the end of the semester, our work will culminate in a transformative performance showcasing the StudiOC learning community. Field Trips required.
  
  • TECH 361 - Making a Sustainable, Inclusive, and Just Future: The New Industrial Revolution

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    The Maker Revolution has been described as the “New Industrial Revolution.” Despite benefits, the first Industrial Revolution contributed to increased economic disparity, social injustices, and widespread environmental degradation. In this course, we ask: can we really afford a new Industrial Revolution? Students will critique the maker movement, considering what communities have been excluded, and exploring whether we can make solutions to poverty and sustainability. Students will develop resources to grow a sustainable and inclusive maker culture throughout the Conservatory and College. In so doing, they will provide a model for a future of ethically-driven making across industry and education.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Must be admitted as part of the “Reimagining Maker Culture(s): From Fabrication to Curation StudiOC learning community ATHN 211A, or by instructor consent.
  
  • TECH 995F - Private Reading - Full

    FC CNDP
    4 credits
    Private Reading - Full
  
  • TECH 995H - Private Reading - Half

    HC CNDP
    2 credits
    Private Reading - Half

Theater

  
  • THEA 100 - Introduction to Acting

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course is designed for actors and other theater practitioners, regardless of their level of experience. Built on the principle that the actor’s job is to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances, the course offers an innovative approach that places that creative process at the forefront of study. Over the course of the semester, students will explore the process of creating character, first in self-generated work that begins as individual exploration and develops through interaction with other actors in class. With those skills learned, students will be assigned a scene and partner and embark on a very specific rehearsal process designed to delve deeply into the world of character and the playing of scripted material. Admission to the course requires a simple audition and interview process.
  
  • THEA 101 - Introduction to Theater

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course introduces and explores theater from the page to the stage. Topics include the relationship between theater and society, dramatic structure, and the forms and styles of theater. We will be engaging with new American plays and Western European classic works.
  
  • THEA 141 - Emergency Preparedness for Performing Arts Organizations

    HC ARHU
    2 credits
    This class will address why emergency preparedness is critical to protect your arts organization from internal and external risks. We will examine the typical process and contents of an emergency response plan; including planning strategies and basic business recovery procedures.
  
  • THEA 172 - Production: Scenery

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Discuss and study current and historical practices with regards to the creation of scenery starting from the designer’s elevations through the generation of working drawings, building, budgeting, technical and dress rehearsals, opening night and strike. Develop an awareness and vocabulary of the Stage, the equipment and the processes involved in bringing the physical production, specifically scenery, into reality.
  
  • THEA 174 - Lighting Technology and Design

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    An introduction to lighting technology, terminology and technique. Lectures cover lighting history, equipment, manual and computer controlled lighting systems, distribution systems, electricity, lamps, reflectors, lenses, projection equipment and moving lights. Beginning design processes will also be covered. Students hang and focus lights for actual shows and participate in a crew for a theater, dance or opera production during the semester.
    Prerequisites & Notes: In case of schedule conflicts a project may be substituted for the run crew.
  
  • THEA 184 - Introduction to Vectorworks Spotlight

    HC ARHU
    2 credits
    This course will introduce the student to the commonly used tools and workflows in Vectorworks Spotlight for entertainment design, including the overall user interface, mouse interaction, document organization including key concepts ranging from the uses for classes and layers, and the basic use of tools and commands in the software. Students will apply skills in various class projects leading including creation of a venue, lighting plot, and export of information into Lightwright.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Lab/Equipment Requirements: Students taking this course will need their own laptop computer which must meet the following minimum requirements:

    Operating Systems:
    macOS 10.15 (Catalina), macOS 10.14 (Mojave), macOS 10.13 (High Sierra), macOS 10.12 (Sierra)
    Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit

    Minimum Hardware Profile:

    Processor:
    64-bit Intel Core i5 (or AMD equivalent) or better

    RAM:
    4GB or more

    Graphics Card:
    OpenGL 2.1 compatible graphics card with 1GB of VRAM or more. Some integrated graphics cards such as Intel Iris graphics are acceptable for simple models/drawings, but a dedicated graphics card is preferable.

    The full Vectorworks software package is provided FREE to all students.
  
  • THEA 199 - Production Crew

    ARHU
    0 credits
    Each enrolled student will serve on one technical/administrative crew for one of the theater, dance or productions during the semester: scenery, lighting, sound, or costumes.
    Prerequisites & Notes: Mandatory one-time class meeting on the second Thursday of the semester; 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  
  • THEA 200 - Acting 2: Scene Study

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    The class will focus on observation, personalization, activation, and moment-to-moment realization of character. It will explore the process of crafting a character, rehearsal techniques and scene study utilizing contemporary plays.
    Prerequisites & Notes: THEA 100 and consent of instructor only.
  
  • THEA 207F - Acting Ensemble

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course gives full credit to student actors who perform in scenes for Theater 307, Directing 2. The students enrolled in this class will work for the entire semester and the course will be taken for a letter grade. Students are selected by audition.
  
  • THEA 207H - Acting Ensemble

    HC ARHU
    2 credits
    This course gives half credit to student actors who perform in scenes for Theater 307, Directing 2. The students enrolled in this class will work one module and the course will be P/NP. Students are selected by audition.
    Prerequisites & Notes: THEA 100. Note: THEA 207 meets concurrently with THEA 307 because THEA 207 serves as the Acting Ensemble for THEA 307.
  
  • THEA 208 - Directing I

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course is designed to introduce students to the art and craft of directing. Students will explore the theory and function of the director as well as become familiar with the step by step process that a director must take to create a piece from first read into production. Students will develop strategies for analyzing scripts, visualizing design concepts, as well as engage in exercises to create dynamic staging and begin building a vocabulary for working with actors. Consent of instructor required.
    Prerequisites & Notes: THEA 100
  
  • THEA 212 - Stage Management

    FC ARHU
    2 credits
    This course is an introduction to the practice of stage management for theater, dance, musical theater, and opera. Topics covered include: organization, communication, interpersonal relations, the production process, rehearsal and performance procedures, and documentation. This course will culminate in a final stage management project and a prompt book for a play or another comparable project.
  
  • THEA 212H - Stage Management - Half

    HC ARHU
    2 credits
    This half course is an introduction to the practice of stage management for theater, dance, musical theater, and opera. Topics covered include: organization, communication, interpersonal relations, the production process, rehearsal and performance procedures, and documentation.THEA 212LA can be taken in conjunction with this course.
  
  • THEA 212LA - Stage Management Practicum

    HC ARHU
    2 credits
    This course can only be taken by students who have completed THEA 212. It consists of the practicum component of THEA 212: an introduction to the practice of stage management for theater, dance, musical theater, and opera. Topics covered include: organization, communication, interpersonal relations, the production process, rehearsal and performance procedures, and documentation. This course will culminate in a final stage management project and a prompt book for a play or another comparable project.
    Prerequisites & Notes: This is a stand alone practicum that can only be taken by students who have completed THEA 212.
  
  • THEA 216 - The Informed Body and Voice

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    This course introduces basic principles of voice production for actors: breathing, relaxation, coordination, resonance and centering. Exercises are designed to integrate mind/breath/sound/body in the act of purposeful communication: daily progression from pure sound to informed physical life and text work. Emphasis on freeing the students’ vocal and physical natural range and expressiveness.
    Does this course require off campus field trips? Yes

  
  • THEA 220 - Production Management

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    Production Management is the second in a line of management courses.  It can be taken by a student who may or may not have taken Stage Management and is interested in continuing to examine what is required to manage a full season over the course of multiple productions, using the Theater Department season as an example. This course can provide fulfillment for a  student’s production/design course requirement.
    This course is appropriate for new students.
  
  • THEA 222 - Introduction to Design

    FC ARHU
    4 credits
    An introduction to designing for the performing arts. Lectures and readings cover elements of theater design, i.e., scenery, costumes, and lighting used to express creative ideas. Projects provide a chance to experiment with the building blocks of design. Text analysis and concept also are covered from a visual perspective. A preliminary course to further studies in scene, costume, or lighting design.
    This course is appropriate for new students.
 

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