ARS - Arts Studies

ARS 251The Arts of a World Capital: LondonUNITS: 3 - Offered in Summer, Global Knowledge, Visual & Performing Arts
Multidisciplinary course introducing students to the architecture and museums and the musical, dance, and theatrical performances of London. Historical and social context of these works of art. The infrastructure in London that makes its unusual artistic vitality and quality possible. Taught in London.

ARS 252The Arts of Vienna 1900UNITS: 3 - Offered in Summer, Global Knowledge, Visual & Performing Arts
Interdisciplinary study of art, architecture, music and theater in turn-of-the-century Vienna and of the political and scientific thinking that surrounded these arts. Taught in Vienna.

ARS (STS) 257Technology in the ArtsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Interdisciplinary Perspectives
The interaction between technology and the arts with an emphasis on developments in Western art of the twentieth century. Historical and emerging issues include: sound and film recordings, the addition of sound to films, the impact of films and television on theater, the impact of radio, computer applications to music, the visual arts, and literature.

ARS 258Mathematics and Models in MusicUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only
Use of mathematics and models in the composition of western music of various time periods with an emphasis on the twentieth century. Critical analysis of trivial and non-trivial uses of mathematics; differentiation between mathematics as an analytical tool and mathematics as a compositional tool. Survey of models including geographical, grammatical, and graphic.

ARS 259The Arts and PoliticsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only, Visual & Performing Arts
Interactions between the arts and politics. Specific instances and types of political art from the past and the present. Patronage, censorship, propaganda, art in times of war, the artist's options and powers, aesthetics and criticism.

ARS (MUS) 306Music Composition with ComputersUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Visual & Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Some knowledge of music or computer science (e.g. CSC 200)
Survey of the theory and history of computer music, compositional algorithms, digital synthesis techniques, composition of at least one computer music work -- a computer-assisted composition for traditional instruments, a piece for computer music ontape, a real-time piece, or a piece that combines tape and instrument(s).

ARS (AFS) 346Black Popular CultureUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Humanities, U.S. Diversity
A multidisciplinary examination of contemporary black cultural expression in film, music, art, and the media. Emphasis on race, class, gender, and political discourse.

ARS 351Arts, Ideas and ValuesUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer, Visual & Performing Arts
An examination of the way works of art embody a particular understanding of what is real and what is worthwhile and shape their viewers' ideas and values. Case studies approach.

ARS 353Arts and Cross-Cultural ContactsUNITS: 3 - Offered in Spring Only, Global Knowledge, Visual & Performing Arts
Study of works of art that allude to or combine two or more traditions. Examples from film, dance, music, theater and visual arts. Analysis of the role of the exotic in art. The role of arts of multiple traditions in inaugurating new artistic movements, such as Ming landscape painting. Impact of electronic media on contemporary multicultural arts, such as Nepali pop.

ARS 354The Arts and the SacredUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
The support and critique of religion through the arts. Study of religious symbolism embodied in works of art from a number of traditions and genres. The interrelationship between art and religion, history, culture, spirituality, and ritual.

ARS 414Interdisciplinary Arts SeminarUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall Only
Creation and presentation of new interdisciplinary works of art. Theory and history of such works including discussion of mixed media, multimedia and intermedia. In-class presentations and critiques. Eventual presentation of finished works in appropriate venues. Additional expenses will be incurred for Arts Now Series events

ARS 494Topics in Arts StudiesUNITS: 3 - Offered in Fall and Spring
Prerequisite: Junior standing and 15 hours in either dance, design, film studies, music, theater, or visual arts.
Multi-arts course focusing on selected works of art in various media, related by theme, place or date. Capstone course for students with an extensive background in one of the arts. Topics may vary.

ARS 498Independent Study in Arts StudiesUNITS: 1-3 - Offered in Fall Spring Summer
Prerequisite: Nine hours of course work in Arts Studies
Independent study or project directed by a faculty member in the student's area of interest. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.