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:
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The development of major European and American styles in architecture, painting and
sculpture in the last two centuries, from neoclassicism to contemporary trends, is
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
All FA minors are required to take:
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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.