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Fine Arts Minor (18 Credit Hours)

The fine arts minor is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to creative human expression for students interested in artistic performance, process and inquiry. Students have flexibility in designing their course of study within the minor and may choose to acquire either an in-depth understanding of a particular art—visual arts, dance, theater, music—or a broader, critical awareness of the visual and performing arts.

Students wishing to earn a fine arts minor will submit a portfolio documenting their creative and/or critical activities at D’Youville College at the end of their program to a committee of three faculty members for evaluation. This personal archive will generally consist of written programs, lists of repertoire studied and performed, samples of creative and/or critical work, and other evidence of creative achievements, including participation in public performances and/or exhibitions, as part of study toward the minor. The portfolio will be integrated into PHI 423 Philosophy of Art.

Five Courses (a minimum of 15 credits), with two at the 300-400 level:

Course Number Course Name Credits
DAN 101

Introduction to Dance

The student is acquainted with the principles and historical aspects of the world of classical and theatrical dance and their implications for developmental movement, creative expression and educational activities.

Prequisites: None

3
DAN 210

Introduction to Ballet

Students are acquainted with two basic methods of classical ballet, Cecchetti and Vaganova. Students learn theories of movement of the body in dance, French terminology, barre, centre floor, adage, allegro and enchainements. This course follows a graded syllabus for participation.

Prequisites: None

3
DAN 300

Elements of Dance Composition

Brief lectures on historical figures in dance combined with video presentations of significant choreographic works set the stage for each class topic. Exploring the basic elements of time, space and energy with structured exercises that will challenge the student to explore new directions in movement. Sharing and discussing choreographic studies will provide a stimulating experience

Prequisites: None

3
DAN 305

Dance Performance and Technique

This course offers students an opportunity to develop an appreciation for choreography and dance ability through practice. Emphasis will be given to refining traditional movement exercises and choreographic endeavors in ballet, modern and jazz technique

Prequisites: DAN-300

3
FA 105

Introduction to Photography

Intended for the beginner, this course teaches principles of design in composition, printing and display. Topics include camera handling, lighting, film and film development. Ownership of a camera is required.

Prequisites: None

3
FA 205

Drawing

This basic course emphasizes the elements and principles of design and composition as applied to a variety of drawing techniques. It is a studio course that uses a variety of media including still life, nature and the human figure.

Prequisites: None

3
FA 210

Design

This introduction to the study and application of design in the visual arts: focuses on problem solving and using principles of two- and three-dimensional design.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
FA 218

History of Western Art

This course studies the major trends in the visual arts of Europe from antiquity to the present. Forms, symbols and images of the artistic styles will be illustrated on selected works of each historical period.

Prequisites: None

3
FA 305

Painting

This course is an introduction to oil painting, with emphasis on understanding color, paint handling and observation. Attention is given to the approach of painters, both past and present, through periodic slide presentations.

Prequisites: None

3
FA 314

Art of the Film

This introduction to the elements of filmmaking includes screenwriting, camera and lighting, performance, music and sound, editing and the role of the director. Feature films are used to study elements.

Prequisites: None

3
FA 320

History of Visual Arts in America

This is a survey of painting, sculpture and architecture of the United States from the colonial period to the present with emphasis on the evolution of styles of the 19th and 20th centuries. Offered as needed.

Prequisites: None

3
FA 327

Modern Art

The development of major European and American styles in architecture, painting and sculpture in the last two centuries, from neoclassicism to contemporary trends, is studied.

Prequisites: None

3
FA 328

Art & the Everyday

This course combines an art-historical overview of contemporary artists using performance, happenings, action-based art, with influential critics, writers and photography with hands-on studio art-making.

Prequisites: None

3
FA 330

Frank Lloyd Wright & Amer Architecture

The architecture of Wright in the historical context of modern American architecture is examined. The course explores his precursors and his impact on and debate with future tendencies.

Prequisites: None

3
MUS 100

Music Appreciation

This is a basic introduction to music with emphasis on elements of music and musical styles. The course seeks to develop an understanding of music as well as the levels and spheres in which music is appreciated. Offered in the fall semester.

Prequisites: None

3
MUS 103

Chorus

Students participate in choral singing on the college level. The course maybe taken more than once. Does not fulfill humanities core requirements.

Prequisites: None

1
MUS 200

Appreciation of Music

This course studies music elements, style, form and history through readings and in-depth listening. Students are taught how to listen to music and identify musical period, composer and composition style, orchestration and elements of music. A study of music in the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Post-Romantic era and 20th-century jazz, rock and blues will be included in this course.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: Mus-100 Recommended But Not Required

3
MUS 209

Intro to the American Musical Theater

This course surveys the elements of musical theater, e.g., lyrics, score, dance and design. The historical development of musical theater from opera to American stage musicals are covered.

Prequisites: None

3
THE 104

Theater Production

This course acquaints students with theater history and the elements of theater(the roles of the playwright,director,producer,actor,scenic-lighting , sound and costume designers)as well as key developments, periods, playhouses and figures of influence in theater's evolution.

Prequisites: None

3
THE 202

Introduction to Acting

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of character development through work on short scenes from major plays. A review of various theories of acting from Stanislavski and Uta Hagen to the Meisner approach to acting,will dovetail the development of a living character on stage with script analysis.

Prequisites: None

3
THE 444

Theatre As Outreach

A practical workshop aimed at equipping students from all disciplines in the use of theater-based techniques in schools, community or non-theatrical environments (hospitals, therapeutic settings, youth centers, business retreats, etc.)

Prequisites: None

3
ENG 213

Studies in Drama

This course examines the expression of human concerns in dramatic form. It is designed to make play-giving and play-reading enjoyable and enriching experiences. Selected plays are examined with emphasis on 20th century playwrights.

Prequisites: ENG-111

3
ENG 302

Shakespeare

This course explores Shakespeare's dramatic and poetic presentation of human experience in all its ambiguities and contradictions. The course will investigate language, sources, historical context, staging and performance history.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: ENG-111 ENG-112

3

All FA minors are required to take:

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHI 423

Philosophy of Art

This course investigates and assesses the value dimensions of fine art endeavors. These endeavors include but are not limited to theater arts, drawing, painting,photography, architecture,dance and music. It explores the fundamental question of "What is Art?" and analyzes a range of aesthetic works for their instrumental or intrinsic worth.

Prequisites: None

3