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Arts Courses

View available descriptions and outcomes for Arts courses in the English, Technical Communication & Media Arts department at Southern Polytechnic State University below.

Visit the Schedule of Classes to find out who is teaching each class in the current semester, then visit the Faculty and Staff Directory and click on the instructors' names for syllabi and assigned textbooks.

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If you're not majoring in an English, Technical Communication & Media Arts degree program, consult your major department for core requirements in this department.


ARTS 2001 Art Appreciation

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1101

Appreciation of visual arts is developed through an introduction to the aesthetics, criticism, history, and production of visual art in the Western world. Some non-

Western art will be included.

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • understand the general nature of art;
  • discuss and make informed judgments about art;
  • identify different periods and styles of art; and
  • know what it means to "make art."

ARTS 2002 Drama Appreciation

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1101

Survey of drama as a performing art, considering both literary and nonliterary elements. Some non-Western dram a will be included. In addition, attendance at one or more live dramatic performances will be required.

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • understand the aesthetics of drama of the Western World and, to a lesser extent, drama of the non-Western cultures;
  • analyze plays intended to be performed before a live audience view and discuss in a limited way drama created for other media (radio, film, TV);
  • possess critical and perceptual skills that enhance the enjoyment of the best live drama;understand the different genres of drama; and
  • understand the relationship of drama and the historical, political,and artistic currents and events.

ARTS 2003 Music Appreciation

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1101

Survey of music in the Western world, including historical movements and basic musical notation. The course also covers some non-Western music, as well as contemporary, classical, and popular music.

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • distinguish the style elements of each major musical period (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical,Romantic, 20th century);
  • discuss how music influences and reflects Western culture from the Middle Ages to the present time;
  • identify major composers and performers and their contributions to Western music;
  • identify and aurally recognize the basic elements of music;
  • aurally identify style characteristics of Western music; and
  • aurally and visually identify instruments and various ensembles.

ARTS 2004 History of Contemporary American Music

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1101

Survey of the development of contemporary American music genres from a historical and analytical perspective from the beginnings of American contemporary styles in the late nineteenth century to the present. Additionally, the course examines the social and historical context of various cultures in the American mosaic of people in the present time, especially the two primary cultures: those of European and African ancestries. Includes a music listening component and further develops some of the topics covered in ARTS 2003.

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • discuss the development of American music beginning with the blues to present day musical styles;
  • compare 20th century "classical" music with that of contemporary "popular" music;
  • discuss how society influenced American music and how American music influenced society;
  • identify major performers and composers and their contributions to American music;
  • identify and aurally recognize the basic elements of music;
  • aurally identify style characteristics of American music; and
  • aurally and visually identify instruments and various ensembles.

ARTS 2005 University Bands

1 credit hour

(may be repeated for credit) 

Prerequisite: Instructor's approval

University Bands involves the study, rehearsal, and performance of concert band literature through the concert band performance medium with emphasis primarily in the Western European art music tradition of the past 500 years, with some exposure to music of other cultures. Students will develop skills in tone production, intonation, and technique, and become knowledgeable in music theory, aural skills, and music history.


ARTS 2010 Introduction to Drawing

3 credit hours

Regardless of drawing experience, students will develop drawing skills using pencil, ink, and charcoal to master shading, contour, gesture, and perspective techniques. Studio Course; open to all students.

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • demonstrate in their own drawing the use of pencil, ink, and charcoal;
  • demonstrate in their own drawing a mastery of shading, contour, gesture, and perspective techniques;
  • demonstrate in their own drawing a development of "right-brained" visual skills; and
  • identify how these "right-brained" visual skills apply to problem-solving in other disciplines

ARTS 2020 History and Principles of Design

3-0-3

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

This course is designed to introduce students to the history ofdesign practices and the general principles surrounding visualstructure and aesthetics in design practice. It focuses on thehistory of layout, color, and form and development in art andadvertising, and specific differences between design practices fordifferent media, subject matter and audiences. This class isessential to understanding design principles and how they havedeveloped with cultural changes and new modes of visual
presentation with new media.


ARTS 2110 Introduction to Painting

3-0-3

Prerequisite: Introduction to Drawing

This course is an introduction to the basic elements and techniques of painting. Students will learn how to use, manipulate and transform paint into creative works building upon basic composition and drawing techniques studied in Drawing. Students will use different types of paint, such as acrylic and oil, studying the differences between the mediums and how to apply them to create artworks.


ARTS 2220 2D and 3D Design

3-0-3

Prerequisite: ARTS 2010

This course is an introduction to the basic elements and techniques of 2-and3-dimensional design. While investigating, analyzing, and evaluating historical and cultural 2-and3-dimensional artworks, students will manipulate form and space to create effective 2-and 3-D projects.


ARTS 290x Special Topics 

1 to 3 hours

Special topics in the arts - especially music, art, or drama. Offered by the program at its discretion.


ARTS 2903 Music Theory

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 1101; ARTS 2003 or Departmental Approval

Music theory is an in-depth study of how music is "put together". Concepts learned are note reading; rhythmic notation; major and minor scales; time and key signatures; intervals; triads; triad inversions; I, IV, V7; cadences; Roman numeral analysis. It is highly recommended that students have a basic music-reading background.


ARTS 3000 Visual Thinking 

3-0-3

Prerequisites: TCOM 2010; Prerequisite or co-requisite: TCOM 2020 or TCOM 2030

Study of visual thinking as an alternative to and enhancement of verbal and mathematical thinking. Helps students develop creative problem-solving skills by (1) analyzing types of conceptual blocks, and (2) developing techniques that use order and visual coherence to overcome these blocks. Students may be required to produce graphic solutions to problems; however, prior drawing experience is not required.

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • know the basic principles of visual perception;
  • use both "left-brain," or analytic, and "right-brain," or holistic, thinking to solve problems; and
  • possess and use a grammar for communicating through visual means.

ARTS 3100 History of New Media Arts

3-0-3

Prerequisite: ARTS 3000

The course is a study of the history of new media arts as it pertains to art and design. students will learn about how early developments in photography, cinema and computer aided arts lead to the advanced media arts practices that make up fine and applied arts today. Students will learn about and use traditional art mediums and understand how they work in tandem with new media creativity.


ARTS 4100 Media Arts Studio

3-0-3

Prerequisite: TCOM 3430 AND: ARTS 3100 or ENGL 4170

The course concentrates on using new media as a means of creating artwork. The course is designed to allow students to use new media as a means of creating alternative ways of communicating. Students will study contemporary artists and their unique approaches to communication using new media in a fine art capacity. They will plan and execute individual art projects using various new media tools.


ARTS 4600 Directed Study

3-0-3

Prerequisites: Twenty-one hours of courses in the major

Directed Study in media arts provides students with an opportunity to pursue advanced study in a specialized area of media arts beyond what is covered by the program's curriculum. Directed study may also be used by an undergraduate major who needs to complete an undergraduate requirement in the major that is not offered before the student's graduation date.


ARTS 4800 Senior Portfolio

3-0-3

Prerequisite: Senior standing, completion of 24 hours of upper
level courses in major.

Course examines portfolios as new media artists and practitioners. The course includes portfolio and writing theory along with a collaborative workshop environment. Students develop a professional portfolio of sample works based on course projects, internship experiences, and/or work history. In addition, students write a reflective paper examining their growth and maturity as media artists and new media practitioners. Interviewing techniques, resume writing, and the jog search process are included.

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