Theater, Dance, and Film and Visual Culture Minors

2017 - 2018 Catalog

The Theater department has the following degrees:

Dance minor

A minor in dance requires completion of at least 8 courses in dance as follows. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits that are also used to meet the requirements of
another major or minor.

  1. DANC 110, 111
  2. One course chosen from DANC 220, 240
  3. Four courses chosen from DANC 120, 202, 215, 225, 230, 233, 250, 292, 390
  4. One course chosen from DANC 220, 240, 330, 340, 390, 403; THTR 131, 209, 251, 253, 336, 338
  1. Required courses:
    • DANC 110 - University Dance
      Credits1
      FacultyDavies

      Participation in a university dance production for a minimum of 24 hours of rehearsal and performance. A journal recording the rehearsal/performance process is required. May be repeated for up to eight degree credits.


    • DANC 111 - University Dance Production
      Credits1
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyEvans

      Participation in any production aspect of a university dance production for a minimum of 24 hours. A journal recording the production process is required. May be repeated for up to four degree credits.


  2. Once course chosen from:
    • DANC 220 - Dance Composition
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDANC 120
      FacultyDavies

      A studio course exploring the craft and art of creating dance performances in a variety of styles and contexts. Images, text, music, improvisation and the elements of time, space and energy are examined as sources for dance material leading to group choreography. This course focuses on creating a finished performance piece for presentation.


    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


  3. Four courses chosen from:
    • DANC 120 - Introduction to Contemporary Modern Dance
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

      This course combines the exploration of individual and ensemble artistic expression in contemporary modern dance with the study of the history of modern dance. The course culminates in a performance presentation.


    • DANC 202 - Dance Europe
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      FacultyDavies

      Contemporary modern dance is an art form that explores questions about the body, identity, and globalization. Choreographers experiment with their craft by examining the way in which we relate to the world around us. The globalization of dance leads to cultural interchange and critical thinking about our place in a larger society and includes an exchange of styles and ideas and a cultural reflection on how and why dance is made. Globalism creates a rich artistic atmosphere and contributes to a wide variety of styles. Students travel to the four centers of contemporary modern dance in Europe: Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels. We explore contemporary aesthetics of particular regions, how culture influences movement choices, and the new ways in which European audiences are adapting to new forms of expression.


    • DANC 215 - World Dance Technique
      FDRHA
      Credits2
      FacultyStaff

      This dance class reflects the world dance form that is the specialty of the dance artist-in-residence. The basic dance techniques of that specific form are taught and movement is tied to the historical narrative of the country.


    • DANC 225 - Intermediate Contemporary Modern Dance Technique
      Credits2
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyDavies

      A studio course devoted to refining effort/shape values and pursuing performance quality phrasing and style in "Horton" modern dance technique. Students investigate self-directed reverse combinations, deconstruct movement phrases into sequential elements, and learn methods for written and oral analysis of dance. Students practice listening to the body by connecting movement phrases with kinesthetic experiences. May be repeated for up to eight credits.


    • DANC 230 - Musical-Theater Dance Technique
      Credits2
      FacultyStaff

      A studio exploration of choreography in musical theater from the 1940s to the present. Composition, theme, and form are discussed in concert with practical work in restaging historically significant musical dance numbers. Of particular interest are the choreographers' styles and the many dance techniques prevalent in musical theater. These issues are experienced through dance practica as original choreography is taught. May be repeated for up to six degree credits.


    • DANC 233 - Movement for Actors
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course exams an array of methods that provide a vocabulary for thinking about, acting upon, and talking about movement and gesture and the physical integration of voice, breath, speech, and movement. We explore Alexander Technique and create an awareness of physical habits of 'misuse' and transform them by focusing on breathing and vocal work. Students examine viewpoints as a method for vocabulary to discuss work and as a tool for creating it. Laban Movement Analysis looks at these same concepts as a language for interpreting and documenting human movement. Class meetings include lecture, studio work, and individual projects, and the course culminates in individual performance works that explore the synthesis of muscle coordination, sensory perception, and knowledge.


    • DANC 250 - Aerial Dance Techniques
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course examines a unique array of techniques from across the aerial arts and a diversity of experimental approaches to movement in the air. The history of the form as well as lineage of style and current techniques are expressed through lecture, studio work, required readings and videos, masterclasses, performances, and written responses.


    • DANC 292 - Ballet Technique
      Credits2
      FacultyStaff

      This studio course is devoted to the practice of classical ballet technique and to the exploration of classical and contemporary ballet in performance. The course culminates in a performance presentation. This course may be repeated for degree credit for up to six degree credits.


    • DANC 390 - Special Topics
      Credits3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      An advanced studio course for experienced dancers exploring various choreographic styles and methods and the intersections between technique, aesthetics and creative collaboration. This course permits the student to follow a program of specialized applied research in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses. The course culminates in a performance piece for presentation. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      Spring 2017, DANC 390-01: Aerial Dance (4). Prerequisite: Instructor consent (especially if you have a physical ailments or a fear of heights).  Additional course fee required, for which the student is responsible after Friday of the 7th week of winter term. A technique course for dancers, athletes and anyone excited about pushing themselves to new heights (literally!). This class explores various choreographic styles and methods and the intersections between technique, aesthetics, and creative collaboration. The course  culminates in an outside performance with the dancers tethered to the roof of Wilson Hall and dancing on its walls. Davies.


  4. Once course chosen from:
    • DANC 220 - Dance Composition
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDANC 120
      FacultyDavies

      A studio course exploring the craft and art of creating dance performances in a variety of styles and contexts. Images, text, music, improvisation and the elements of time, space and energy are examined as sources for dance material leading to group choreography. This course focuses on creating a finished performance piece for presentation.


    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


    • DANC 330 - Experiential Anatomy
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyDavies

      A study of human motion as it relates to the locomotor and physical activities of the dancer. The course covers the planes of the body; vocabulary of the skeleton; and specific muscles, their actions, and how they relate to the dancer's body. Injury prevention through alignment and proper movement is considered, as well as the reversal of body alienation. Attention is given to the application of course information to technique class and performance.


    • DANC 340 - Contemporary Dance Observation and Analysis
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyDavies

      The observation and analysis of live and recorded contemporary dance focusing on the work of emerging and established choreographers. Exploration of methods for describing the moving body in space. Emphasis is placed on the written and verbal critique of contemporary dance in performance.


    • DANC 390 - Special Topics
      Credits3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      An advanced studio course for experienced dancers exploring various choreographic styles and methods and the intersections between technique, aesthetics and creative collaboration. This course permits the student to follow a program of specialized applied research in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses. The course culminates in a performance piece for presentation. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      Spring 2017, DANC 390-01: Aerial Dance (4). Prerequisite: Instructor consent (especially if you have a physical ailments or a fear of heights).  Additional course fee required, for which the student is responsible after Friday of the 7th week of winter term. A technique course for dancers, athletes and anyone excited about pushing themselves to new heights (literally!). This class explores various choreographic styles and methods and the intersections between technique, aesthetics, and creative collaboration. The course  culminates in an outside performance with the dancers tethered to the roof of Wilson Hall and dancing on its walls. Davies.


    • DANC 403 - Directed Individual Study
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent.
      FacultyStaff

      Students enrich their academic experience by undertaking a performance project. Students must demonstrate ability to work with little supervision and must develop a written proposal defining the issue to be addresses, an outline of the proposed methodology, and a statement of the intended outcome with a schedule for completion. The project must include written, historical, and practical components, and permission must be secured in advance of registration.


    • THTR 131 - Fundamentals of Theater Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCorequisite: THTR 132
      FacultyStaff

      An introduction to modern theater practice involving two hours of lecture per week and participation of approximately 45-60 hours of work in a large-scale production spread throughout the term. A practical course, emphasizing scene-craft, stage lighting, and prop making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class to work on actual productions. Laboratory course with THTR 132.


    • THTR 209 - Stage Management
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyEvans

      Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop personal management style through the study of techniques and skill sets necessary to manage and run stage and film productions. Students hone their management techniques by applying management solutions to specific production problems of a theatrical, dance, or film project produced by the department. Students are required to participate in a production in a stage-management capacity.


    • THTR 251 - Introduction to Performance Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyCollins, Evans

      An introduction to the history, fundamentals and aesthetics of design for theater and dance with an emphasis on the collaborative nature of the design disciplines. Design projects are required. Lab fee required


    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyEvans

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


    • THTR 336 - Lighting Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyEvans

      A study of the practice of stage lighting, focusing on styles of production, historical methods and artistic theory. Culminates in a light design for a public theatrical production. Lab fee required.


    • THTR 338 - Costume Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

      A study of stage costuming with emphasis on design and construction. The course includes lecture and lab sessions. Lab fee required.


Film and Visual Culture minor

A minor in film and visual culture requires completion of 18 credits from six courses. In meeting the requirements of this interdisciplinary major, a student must use at least nine (9) credits not also used to meet the requirements of any other major(s) or minor.

1. Introductory course: ENGL 233 or FILM 233
2. Capstone course: FILM 413 or other departmental directed study (e.g., 403) approved in advance
3. Four additional courses from the following, with at least one in each of the three categories.

a. Film Courses: EALL 215; FILM 236, 285; FREN 274; JOUR 212; POL 292; SOAN 225 and, when appropriate, ARTH 295; ENGL 292, 293, 295, 413; FILM 195, 196; LIT 295; ITAL 295; ROML 296; SPAN 290, 295

b. Visual Culture and Analysis Courses: ARTH 200, 244, 255, 258, 261, 262, 263, 266, 267, 273, 274, 356, 363, 364; ARTS 223; DANC 220, 240, 340; CHEM 156; FREN 331; HIST 105; JOUR 319, 241, 270; PHIL 262, 264; POL 290; REL 153

c. Production Courses: ARTS 111, 112, 120, 131, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 223, 224; DANC 120; FILM 255; THTR 121, 141, 220, 235, 241, 242, 251, 253, 336, 337, 338, 361; and, when appropriate, FILM 195

  1. Introductory course:
    • ENGL 233 - Introduction to Film
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW requirement
      FacultyStaff

      An introductory study of film taught in English and with a topical focus on texts from a variety of global film-making traditions. At its origins, film displayed boundary-crossing international ambitions, and this course attends to that important fact, but the course's individual variations emphasize one national film tradition (e.g., American, French, Indian, British, Italian, Chinese, etc.) and, within it, may focus on major representative texts or upon a subgenre or thematic approach. In all cases, the course introduces students to fundamental issues in the history, theory, and basic terminology of film.


    • or
    • FILM 233 - Introduction to Film
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW FDR requirement
      FacultyStaff

      An introductory study of film taught in English and with a topical focus on texts from a variety of global film-making traditions. At its origins, film displayed boundary-crossing international ambitions, and this course attends to that important fact, but the course's individual variations emphasize one national film tradition (e.g., American, French, Indian, British, Italian, Chinese, etc.) and, within it, may focus on major representative texts or upon a subgenre or thematic approach. In all cases, the course introduces students to fundamental issues in the history, theory, and basic terminology of film.


  2. Capstone course:
    • FILM 413 - Research and Writing
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteFILM 233 and at least nine additional credits for the minor. Enrollment limited to ten

      A collaborative group research, writing, and/or production project for junior or senior minors, conducted in supervising faculty members' areas of expertise, with directed independent study culminating in a substantial final project. Possible topics include global and national film, focused treatments of auteur-directors or genres, film and psychology, film and technological change, film and painting, original film production.

      Winter 2017, FILM 413-01: Rsch&Writ: Screenplay (3). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. In this course, students will practice the essentials of screenwriting, completing the pre-production process on a full-length screenplay from storyline development through a scene map and into first a rough draft at midterm with a final draft due at the end of the term.  Through reading key texts on screenwriting and studying the process, the student will learn the basic storytelling concepts of screenwriting, how to develop those concepts into a compelling story, and finish out the term with a staged reading of the script for an audience.

      Winter 2017, FILM 413-02: Rsrch&Writ: Documentary (3). Prerequisite: Instructor consent. In this course, students will practice the essentials of documentary filmmaking from developing a basic idea into the outline of a script, creating a detailed shooting schedule for production, completing this schedule and taking the raw footage into post-production with advanced non-linear editing software.  Through the reading of key texts on the making of documentary, discussion of these texts with the professor, the students will learn the key components of documentary filmmaking and put them into practice with a finished film produced by the end of the term.


    • or other departmental directed study (e.g., 403) approved in advance
  3. Four additional course from the following, with at least one in each of the three categories.
  4. Film Courses:
    • EALL 215 - East Asian Cinema
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      FacultyZhu

      This course provides an introduction to and overview of contemporary East Asian cinema, including the Chinese-language cinemas of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and those of Japan and Korea. It focuses on the flourishing cinema of East Asia since the 1980s and provides a solid foundation in the successes and dominant tendencies of contemporary East Asian cinema and culture. Among the aims of the course are examining ways in which the contemporary East Asian cinemas and cultures are in dialogue with one another and looking at specific conditions and cultural forces at work in each unique case. The course also explores how the cinemas of East Asia reflect the changing cultural, economic, historical, political and social conditions of each country and how these cinemas and cultures are part of a larger redefinition of the idea of a national culture. Screenings and readings consist of exemplary works from each East Asian culture, organized around specific motifs, such as history, memory, identity, communication, love, and death.


    • FILM 236 - Science Fiction & Fantasy: From Page to Screen and Beyond
      FDRHL
      Credits4
      FacultyAdams

      Film, almost from origins, has been fascinated by the evocation of fantasy worlds and by the effort to imagine and represent future worlds filled with technological marvels.(Film is, of course, a medium obsessed by its own technological improvements from sound and color to 30 and virtual reality.) From such major directors as Lang and Kubrick to Lucas and Spielberg, science fiction has attracted some of the finest and most innovative directors. In this course, we study major examples of this phenomenon along with the technological history and philosophical speculations contributing to it.


    • FILM 285 - Music in the Films of Stanley Kubrick
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      FacultyGaylard

      How does music add power and meaning to a film? What are the connections between the flow of music and the flow of a dramatic narrative? How does music enhance visual images? The course will focus on the pre-existent classical compositions chosen by Stanley Kubrick for his movies 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975), and The Shining (1980). The ability to read music is not a requirement for this course.


    • JOUR 212 - The Journalist in Fiction and Film
      Credits4
      FacultyLuecke

      Since the time of Sophocles, at least, citizens have been tempted to "kill the messenger." Those bearing news are often at odds with the citizens to whom they bring the news. This class explores the tension between citizens and modern-day messengers by reading and viewing fictional depictions of journalists. Students examine the role of popular culture in forming myths, stereotypes and false expectations of journalists - and other groups - to understand better the role of journalists in a free society.


    • JOUR 338 - The Documentary
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteJunior standing. Appropriate for nonmajors
      FacultyFinch

      A critical study of the documentary in film and television, with analysis of prominent directors and genres.


    • POL 292 - Topics in Politics and Film
      FDRSS2
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteVary by offering. Open to non-majors and majors of all class years

      This course examines how film and television present political issues and themes. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • SOAN 225 - Peoples of Central Europe Through Literature and Film
      FDRSS4
      Credits4
      FacultyJasiewicz

      This course provides basic information about the citizens of the Central European nations of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. The beliefs, attitudes, and value systems of the people of Central Europe are studied using core textbook readings supplemented by feature films, video materials, novels, short stories, plays, and poetry. Class discussions focus on interpreting these works of art in the context of comparative, historical-sociological analysis of the Polish, Czech, and Hungarian cultures and societies.


    • and, when appropriate,
    • ARTH 295 - Special Topics in Art History
      FDRHA
      Credits3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring

      Selected topics in art history with written and oral reports. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • ENGL 292 - Topics in British Literature
      FDRHL
      Credits3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring
      PrerequisiteCompletion of the FW requirement

      Studies in British literature, supported by attention to historical contexts. Versions of this course may survey several periods or concentrate on a group of works from a short span of time. Students develop their analytical writing skills in a series of short papers. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      Spring 2017, ENGL 292-01: Topic in British Literature: Utopian or Dystopian? (4). Prerequisite: Completion of the FW requirement. Over a decade ago, celebrated contemporary British science fiction and fantasy writer Gwyneth Jones's Bold as Love sequence anticipated both devolution and "Brexit" in an award-winning series published between 2001-2006. With titles drawn from Jimi Hendrix tunes and allusions to Arthurian legend, Shakespeare's history plays, English folk-tales, American westerns, and Chinese opera, the Bold as Love novels defy generic categories. Theories explored and tested include intertextuality and intermediality, sources and influences, and generic hybrids. (HL) Keen. Spring 2017 only

      Spring 2017, ENGL 292-02:  Middlemarch & Devoted Readers (4). Not open to students who have taken ENGL 299. Prerequisite: Completion of FW requirement. This seminar begins with and centers upon George Eliot's Middlemarch, a novel often regarded as one of the greatest and most ambitious produced in the era of the novel's securest cultural dominance and famously described by Virginia Woolf as one of the "few English novels written for grown-up people." It then problematizes this encounter by setting it in light of Rebecca's Mead's critically-acclaimed My Life in Middlemarch, a memoir of her devoted lifelong reading and reading of it, not just for pleasure but for its profound wisdom and insight. The question of such intense admiration verging on fandom is one that has received increasing scholarly attention, particularly in relation to the so-called Janeite phenomenon, that is, the love of Jane Austen fans for her novels, but extends to numerous other novelists, poets, playwrights, fun-makers, and their fans. Students supplement this focus of the course by researching and presenting their own exemplary case studies of such readerly devotion, obsession, or fandom. (HL) Adams.

      Fall 2017, ENGL 292A-01: Topics in British Literature: Literature of the British Slave Trade, 1688-2016 (3). The British slave trade lasted from the mid-1600s until 1807, but its legacy is more tenacious: more than 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade, novelists like Yaa Gyasi are still writing about the horrors and indignities of this violent institution. To study British literature, however, is often to encounter the slave trade as a shadow or a gap, something that lurks in the background of our favorite 18th- and 19th-century novels but never quite breaks through the surface. By placing novels like Mansfield Park (1814) and Jane Eyre (1847) alongside works that deal more explicitly with slavery, this course aims to disrupt that image of cozy, "civilized" England and demonstrate that British literature cannot be separated out from the Atlantic slave trade and British imperialism. (HL) Walle.


    • ENGL 293 - Topics in American Literature
      FDRHL
      Credits3-4
      PrerequisiteCompletion of the FW requirement

      Studies in American literature, supported by attention to historical contexts. Versions of this course may survey several periods or concentrate on a group of works from a short span of time. Students develop their analytical writing skills in a series of short papers. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      Spring 2017, ENGL 293-01: Topics in American Literature: Business in American Literature (4). In his 1776 book The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith tells a powerful story of the free market as a way to organize our political and economic lives, a story that has governed much of the world ever since. This course studies that story, considers alternate stories of human economic organization, such as those of American Indian tribes, and sees how these stories have been acted out in American business and society. We study novels, films, short stories, non-fiction essays, autobiographies, advertisements, websites, some big corporations, and some local businesses in the Lexington area. Our goal is not to attack American business but to understand its characteristic strengths and weaknesses so we can make the best choices about how to live and work happily in a free market society. (HL) Smout.

      Spring 2017, ENGL 293-02: Topics in American Literature: The American Short Story (4). Prerequisite: Completion of the FW requirement. Initially limited to First-Years. This course is a study of the evolution of the short story in America from its roots, both domestic and international, tracing the main branches of its development in the 20th century. We also explore more recent permutations of the genre, such as magical realism, new realism, and minimalism. Having gained an appreciation for the history and variety of this distinctly modern genre, we focus our attention on the work of two American masters of the form, contemporaries and erstwhile friends who frequently read and commented on each other's work--Hemingway and Fitzgerald. We examine how they were influenced by their predecessors and by each other and how each helped to shape the genre. (HL) Oliver.

      Fall 2017, ENGL 293A-01: Topics in American Literature: Literary Editing (3). An apprenticeship in editing for one or more students with the editor of Shenandoah, Washington and Lee's nationally prominent literary magazine. This is a course for anyone interested in editing literary journals, writing for the literary community (blogs, news releases, two book reviews, features, business correspondence), and how both print and on-line journals operate. Often a stepping stone to a publication career, the course involves an introduction to the creation, design, and maintenance of WordPress web sites, as well as a survey of current magazines. The course also offers opportunities for students to practice generating and editing their own texts and those of their peers. Each student oversees one facet of the journal (Poem of the Week, blog, submissions management, contests, social media), and each makes a presentation to the class on the nature and practices of two other current literary journals. Students work in pairs toward an understanding of the role journals play in contemporary literature and engage in peer editing. (HL) Smith.

      Fall 2017, ENGL 293B-01:  Topics in American Literature:  Utopia, Science Fiction, and the Idea of America(s) (3).  What value does the utopian/dystopian text hold in the development of alternative thought?  This course, grounded in science fiction and the African American and Latin American contexts, addresses this question via the thoughtful examination of a range of theoretical, fictional, and cinematic texts.  Works studied throughout the term come from, among others, Carlos Fuentes, Thomas More, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Frederick Jameson, W.E.B. DuBois, Frances Bodomo, Alfonso Cuarón, Octavia Butler, and Samuel Delany. (HL) Wilson.


    • ENGL 295 - Spring-Term Seminar in Literary Studies
      FDRHL
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW requirement

      Students in this course study a group of works related by theme, by culture, by topic, by genre, or by the critical approach taken to the texts. Involves field trips, film screenings, service learning, and/or other special projects, as appropriate, in addition to 8-10 hours per week of class meetings. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • ENGL 413 - Senior Research and Writing
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteSix credits in English at the 300 level, senior major standing, and instructor consent. Enrollment limited to six

      A collaborative group research and writing project for senior majors, conducted in supervising faculty members' areas of expertise, with directed independent study culminating in a substantial final project. Possible topics include ecocriticism, literature and psychology, material conditions of authorship, and documentary poetics.

      Fall 2017, ENGL 413-01: Senior Research and Writing: The Art of Narrative (3). This seminar focuses on the development of narrative strategies in short stories and narrative essays. You identify specific literary techniques, analyze them, and apply them in your own writing—fiction, non-fiction, or a combination. A literary technique is any use of language that can be studied in the context of a literary work, abstracted into a general method, and then recreated in an entirely new work. During the term, you develop two major pieces of writing simultaneously, each worth one third of your final grade: (1) a portfolio of original short fiction and/or personal essays that employs some of the identified techniques; and (2) an analytical essay exploring literary techniques from a range of published works. The essay establishes patterns of technique use and argues why certain techniques are employed for similar or contrasting effects in varying contexts. The remaining third of your final grade is the accumulative average of smaller and process assignments leading up to the major pieces. (HL) Gavaler.


    • FILM 195 - Topics in Film Studies
      FDRHA
      Credits3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW FDR requirement, and other prerequisites may vary with topic

      Selected topic in film studies, focused on one or more of film history, theory, production, or screenwriting. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • FILM 196 - Topics in Film and Literature
      FDRHL
      Credits3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW FDR requirement, and other prerequisites may vary with topic

      Selected topics in film and literature. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • ITAL 295 - Topics in Italian Culture
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteITAL 163 or equivalent

      A second-year topics course focusing on issues and texts related to Italian literature and culture. All discussion, writing, and exercises are in Italian. May be repeated for degree credit with permission and if the topics are different.

       

       


    • LIT 295 - Special Topics in Literature in Translation
      FDRHL
      Credits3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW requirement

      A selected topic focusing on a particular author, genre, motif or period in translation. The specific topic is determined by the interests of the individual instructor. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • ROML 296 - Spring-Term Topics in Romance Languages
      Credits4
      Prerequisitevary with topic

      Nature and content of the course is determined by the interests of the instructor(s) and student(s). May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Staff. Offered when interest is expressed and departmental resources permit.


    • SPAN 290 - Topics in Latin American Culture and Literature
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteMay vary with topic

      This course offers students the opportunity to further their knowledge of the culture and literature of a specific Latin American country, and their awareness of Latin America in general, through the study of special cultural and literary topics. Readings, discussions, and assignments occur primarily in Spanish. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • SPAN 295 - Special Topics in Conversation
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteThree credits from any 200-level Spanish course or instructor consent

      Further development of listening and speaking skills necessary for advanced discussion. Acquisition of both practical and topic-specific vocabulary. Appropriate writing and reading assignments, related to the topic, accompany the primary emphasis on conversational skills. Recent topics include: Hispanic Cinema and La Prensa. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


  5. Visual Culture and Analysis Courses:
    • ARTH 200 - Greek Art & Archaeology
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyLaughy

      An introduction to ancient Greek art and archaeology. We encounter some of the greatest works of art in human history, as we survey the development of painting, sculpture, architecture, and town planning of the ancient Greeks. We encounter the history of the people behind the objects that they left behind, from the material remains of the Bronze Age palaces and Classical Athenian Acropolis to the world created in the wake of Alexander the Great's conquests. We also consider how we experience the ancient Greek world today through archaeological practice, cultural heritage, and the antiquities trade.


    • ARTH 255 - Northern Renaissance Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyBent

      A survey of Northern painting from 1300 to 1600, examined as symbols of political, religious, and social concerns of painters, patrons, and viewers. Among the artists covered are Campin, van Eyck, van der Weyden, Dürer, Holbein, and Brueghel. Emphasis placed on interpretation of meaning and visual analysis.


    • ARTH 258 - Baroque and Rococo Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyLepage

      A survey of the art and architecture of Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. The course focuses on the stylistic and ideological issues shaping western art during the age of Religious Wars. This course considers the stylistic innovations of Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Rembrandt, Velasquez, Poussin, Watteau, Boucher, and Fragonard, as well as the function of- and interest in-artistic production within the context of 17th- and 18th-century society.


    • ARTH 261 - History of Photography
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      An art-historical introduction to the history of photography, from its origins in the 19th century to the present day. Lectures and discussions examine photography's aesthetic, documentary, and "scientific" purposes; important contributors to photography and its history; the evolution of the camera and related technical processes; and issues of photographic theory and criticism. Photography is considered as a medium with its own rich history - bearing in mind stylistic shifts and changes in subject matter related to aesthetic, social, and cultural concerns - but also as a key component in the wider narrative of modern art.


    • ARTH 262 - 19th-Century European Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      This course begins in the late 18th century and covers major European art movements and criticism up to c.1900. Topics include the art of the French Revolution as an instrument of propaganda; the rise of Romanticism; the advent and impact of early photography; and the aesthetic and ideological origins of Modern Art.


    • ARTH 263 - 20th-Century European Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      This course covers major European art movements and criticism from the late 19th century through the 20th century. Lectures and discussions explore the implications of what it means for art to be/appear "modern," the social and aesthetic goals of the early avant-garde, the "rise and fall" of abstraction, and artistic responses to post-war mass culture. Movements discussed include Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and New Realism.


    • ARTH 266 - American Art to 1945
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      A survey of painting and sculpture in the United States from its earliest settlement to about 1945. Lectures and discussions emphasize the English eastern seaboard development in the 17th and 18th centuries, though other geographical areas are included in the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include art of the early colonies, the Hudson River School, Realism and Regionalism, and the reception of abstract art in the United States.


    • ARTH 267 - Art Since 1945
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      This course introduces students to art and art theory from 1945 to the present. The objectives of the course are: (1) to enhance student knowledge of the major works, artists, and movements of art in Europe and the United States since 1945; (2) to integrate these works of art within the broader social and intellectual history of the period; and  (3) to help students develop their skills in visual analysis and historical interpretation. Among the issues we examine are the politics of abstract art; the ongoing dialogue between art and mass culture; the differences between modernism and postmodernism; and contemporary critiques of art history's prevailing narratives. This is a lecture course with a heavy emphasis on in-class discussion.


    • ARTH 273 - Arts of Modern Latin America
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyLepage

      This lecture course surveys the art and architecture of Latin America from circa 1900 to the present. Students explore the relationship between the arts in Europe and Latin America, trace the development of modern art in Latin America, and consider topics such as the rise of modernismo in Latin America, art in service of nationalism, indigenismo, and the growing Chicana/o movement in the United States. Among the artists covered are Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Tarsila do Amaral, Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Wilfredo Lam, Lygia Clark, and Francisco Botero.


    • ARTH 274 - Art and Revolution: Mexican Muralism
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      FacultyLepage

      This lecture course surveys public monumental art produced by Mexican artists Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros in Mexico and the United States from 1910 to the 1970s. These artists used art to promote the social ideals of the Mexican Revolution (1911-1920). Through this muralist movement, they attempted to build a new national consciousness by celebrating the cultural heritage of the Mexican people. Quickly, the muralists and their patrons came into conflict with one another concerning how to best achieve their utopian goal of equality for all Mexicans. This course examines the various ideologies of the Mexican muralists and considers reactions to muralism by other artists as well as the public. The class also examines the impact of muralism throughout Latin America and the United States.


    • ARTH 356 - Science in Art: Technical Examination of 17th-Century Dutch Paintings
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteCHEM 156 in the preceding winter term
      FacultyUffelman

      Spring Term Abroad course. A survey of 17th-century Dutch history, art history, politics, religion, economics, etc., which links the scientific analysis of art to the art and culture of the time. The course begins on campus and then history, etc., will occur for a few days in Lexington and then proceed to Center for European Studies, Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands. Students visit numerous museums, hear guest lectures from faculty at Universiteit Maastricht, and observe at conservation laboratories at some of the major Dutch art museums. Students are graded by their performance on two research projects involving presentations and journals. Though students are not required to learn a foreign language to participate in the program, they are expected to learn key phrases in Dutch as a matter of courtesy to citizens of the host country.


    • ARTH 363 - Surrealism
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      Surrealism was one of the most multi-faceted and influential intellectual movements of the 20th century with a legacy and practice that continues today. This seminar examines the key writings and ideas that underlie surrealism with a focus on its artistic practice. We will consider works by artists including Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, and Max Ernst; watch surrealist films; discuss the significance of dreams; and play surrealist "games of chance."


    • ARTH 364 - Seminar on Art of the 1960s
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyKing

      An exploration of the art produced during the decade of the 1960s. A seminal period, it includes Pop Art, Post-Painterly Abstraction, Minimalism, and socially conscious and politically oriented art reflecting feminism and black radicalism. Emphasis is placed not only on the major artistic currents of the period but also on the broader cultural reflections of these movements. .


    • ARTS 223 - Photography and the City
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisitePrerequisite: ARTS 120, 222 and instructor consent
      FacultyBowden

      Spring Term Abroad course. The city of Paris has played a critical role throughout the history of photography, from the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839, to its role today as a capitol of the contemporary photographic art scene. With this historical and cultural context in mind, students explore the city with their cameras, and create images based on their own visual research. Collaborative, interdisciplinary, and digital projects comprise the majority of work in this course, and gallery and museum visits play an integral role.


    • DANC 220 - Dance Composition
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDANC 120
      FacultyDavies

      A studio course exploring the craft and art of creating dance performances in a variety of styles and contexts. Images, text, music, improvisation and the elements of time, space and energy are examined as sources for dance material leading to group choreography. This course focuses on creating a finished performance piece for presentation.


    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


    • DANC 340 - Contemporary Dance Observation and Analysis
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyDavies

      The observation and analysis of live and recorded contemporary dance focusing on the work of emerging and established choreographers. Exploration of methods for describing the moving body in space. Emphasis is placed on the written and verbal critique of contemporary dance in performance.


    • CHEM 156 - Science in Art
      FDRSC
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyUffelman

      This course develops students' fundamental understanding of certain physical, chemical, biological, and geological concepts and utilizes that vocabulary and knowledge to discuss 17th-century Dutch art. The emphasis is on key aspects of optics, light, and chemical bonding needed to understand how a painting "works" and how art conservators analyze paintings in terms of conservation and authenticity, using techniques such as X-ray radiography, X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Raman microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, infrared microscopy, infrared reflectography, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, UV-vis spectroscopy, UV photography, and laser ablation methods. When possible, the course develops modern notions of science with those of the 17th century in order to see how 17th-century science influenced 17th-century art.


    • FREN 331 - Etudes thématiques
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteThree courses at the 200 level

      This course gives students a general knowledge of the evolution of French literature and ideas over the centuries through the study of one main theme. Recent offerings include: L'Exil; Regards sur la ville; Le dépaysement; Le voyage dans la literature française; L'esprit critique au XVIIIe siècle. May be repeated for degree credit if the theme is different.


    • HIST 105 - Scenes from Chinese History
      FDRHU
      Credits4
      FacultyBello

      As one of the 20th century's most influential forms of mass communication, film is more than mere entertainment entirely divorced from the social, political, economic and, ultimately, historical context in which it was produced. This is particularly true of modem nation-states "invented" during the 20th century like the People's Republic of China (PRC). The PRC has employed film to shape national consciousness relating to both contemporary and historical issues to link present and past by providing a standardized interpretation of Chinese history for the inculcation of the mass audience of its citizens. The course is intended to explore how contemporary PRC cinema has interpreted major events in Chinese history, such as the establishment of the dynastic system. the Opium War, and the War of Resistance Against Japan (a.k.a. World War II).


    • JOUR 270 - Digital Media and Society
      Credits4
      FacultyArtwick

      Facebook, YouTube, and iPhones are popular, if not essential elements in college students' busy lives. Being born into the digital age, students have grown up with profound and rapidly-changing media and communication technologies, yet likely take them for granted. This course takes an in-depth look at digital media, exploring the relationship between technology and social change. The concept of technological determinism guides our examination of social networking, online news/information, digital entertainment, and health online.


    • PHIL 262 - Art, Imagination, and Ethics
      FDRHU
      Credits4
      FacultySmith

      This course considers ethical issues pertaining to the creation, consumption, and criticism of artistic works, including the visual arts, literature, and music. Can artistic works be assessed morally, and are such assessments relevant to their aesthetic assessment? Is it possible for a work of art to be deeply immoral and at the same time aesthetically excellent (or vice versa)? Is there a distinctive kind of moral knowledge that can only come about through engagement with works of art? To what extent, if at all, are artists accountable for the messages implicit in their works of art, or for the effects of these works on their audiences? Are there distinctive ethical issues raised by current forms of "popular art," e.g., video games, rap music, and slasher films?


    • PHIL 264 - Aesthetics
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      FacultyMcGonigal

      This course offers a wide-ranging, reflective overview of contemporary debates in the philosophy of art. We discuss the following kinds of questions: How are artistic experience and value interrelated? In what does beauty consist? What is the nature of aesthetic experience? Should we value works of art for what we can learn from them? How do pictures represent? What constitutes artistic expression? In what ways is the imagination involved in engaging with artworks? Can emotional responses to fiction be genuine and rational? Is artistic intention relevant to the interpretation of artworks? Are there general principles of aesthetic evaluation? What are the relations between the moral and aesthetic values of art?


    • POL 290 - Seminar in Politics, Literature and the Arts
      FDRSS2
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteSet by instructor, varies with topic

      In this course, we study how literature, film, and other media are used to examine political themes and how they are used to achieve political ends. We address how politics shapes the arts and how the arts shape politics. The topic is announced at registration. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different. Only one such seminar may be counted towards the politics major.


    • REL 153 - Jesus in Fact, Fiction, and Film
      FDRHU
      Credits3
      FacultyBrown

      A study of representations of Jesus in history, fiction, and film and the ways in which they both reflect and generate diverse cultural identities from antiquity to the present. The course begins with the historical Jesus and controversies about his identity in antiquity and then focuses on parallel controversies in modern and postmodern fiction and film. Readings include early Christian literature (canonical and non-canonical), several modern novels and works of short fiction, and theoretical works on the relationship of literature to religion. In addition, we study several cinematic treatments of Jesus dating from the beginnings of filmmaking to the present.


  6. Production Courses:
    • ARTS 111 - Drawing I
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyBeavers, Olson-Janjic

      Development of skills and visual awareness through the study of the basic elements of drawing. Variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, ink and crayon. Lab fee required.


    • ARTS 112 - Drawing II
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 111 and instructor consent
      FacultyBeavers, Olson-Janjic

      Continuation of Drawing I. Lab fee required.


    • ARTS 120 - Photography I
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyArcher, Bowden

      An introduction to the methods and materials of black and white film photography, with an emphasis on composition, exposure, and darkroom technique. The course includes a combination of image presentations, technical demonstrations, studio instruction, and group critiques. Lab fee required; cameras are available for check-out.


    • ARTS 131 - Design I
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyStene

      An introduction to the elements and concepts of two-dimensional design within the context of current digital technology, with an emphasis on contemporary computer software programs.


    • ARTS 217 - Painting I
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 111 and instructor consent
      FacultyOlson-Janjic

      Emphasis on color, design and spatial relationships. Work from observation and imagination in oil and acrylic. Lab fee required.


    • ARTS 218 - Painting II
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 217 and instructor consent
      FacultyOlson-Janjic

      Continuation of ARTS 217. Lab fee required.


    • ARTS 219 - Painted Light: Interpreting the Landscape
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteARTS 217 or instructor consent
      FacultyOlson-Janjic

      This course begins with the introduction of en plein air, a French expression which means "in the open air" and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. We examine artists who have worked en plein air, past and present, study their work and methods, and then apply this knowledge to painting outdoors. Emphasis is on the way light and color define form and space. Students build on their knowledge of color theory through observation and implementation. Beginning with the concept of plein air, we quickly branch out to more interpretive and subjective uses of the landscape in painting, resulting in a cohesive body of work. Lab fee required.


    • ARTS 220 - Photography II
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 120 and instructor consent
      FacultyBowden

      An introduction to digital photography, explored through a combination of technique and creative problem solving. Methods and approaches for editing, sequencing, and presentation are investigated. The course includes a combination of demonstrations, studio instruction, and group critiques, as well as image presentations, readings, and discussions related to historical and contemporary movements in the medium. Lab fee required; cameras are available for check-out.


    • ARTS 221 - Antique Photographic Processes
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteARTS 120
      FacultyBowden

      An exploration of 19th-century photographic processes within the context of the history of photography. Individual processes are learned through studio demonstration and intensive hands-on lab sessions. Processes covered in this course include salt printing, cyanotype, Van Dyke, kallitype, and platinum and palladium printing and toning, as well as wet plate collodion processes such as tintypes and ambrotypes. Students learn how to make enlarged digital negatives for contact printing from photographs that originate in either film or digital formats. In addition to technique, students learn the historical background of each process, as well as contemporary trends and artists working with these methods.


    • ARTS 223 - Photography and the City
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisitePrerequisite: ARTS 120, 222 and instructor consent
      FacultyBowden

      Spring Term Abroad course. The city of Paris has played a critical role throughout the history of photography, from the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839, to its role today as a capitol of the contemporary photographic art scene. With this historical and cultural context in mind, students explore the city with their cameras, and create images based on their own visual research. Collaborative, interdisciplinary, and digital projects comprise the majority of work in this course, and gallery and museum visits play an integral role.


    • ARTS 224 - Color Photography
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteARTS 120 and instructor consent
      FacultyBowden

      An exploration of the visual and technical principles of color photography, as applied in the digital realm. Students learn the concepts of color photography through studio projects, as well as image presentations, readings, and discussions of methods and artists, historical and contemporary. Students photograph in digital format and learn the craft of fine color printing in the digital darkroom. Lab fee required; cameras are available for check-out.


    • DANC 120 - Introduction to Contemporary Modern Dance
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

      This course combines the exploration of individual and ensemble artistic expression in contemporary modern dance with the study of the history of modern dance. The course culminates in a performance presentation.


    • FILM 255 - Seven-Minute Shakespeare
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteCompletion of the FDR FW and HL requirements
      FacultyDobin

      After intensive collective reading and discussion of four Shakespeare plays in the first week, students organize into four-person groups with the goal of producing a seven-minute video version of one of the plays by the end of the term, using only the actual text of the play. The project requires full engagement and commitment, and includes tasks such as editing and selecting from the text to produce the film script, creating storyboards, casting and recruiting actors, rehearsing, filming, editing, adding sound tracks and effects. We critique and learn from each other's efforts.


    • JOUR 266 - Cross-Cultural Documentary Filmmaking
      Credits4
      FacultyFinch

      The United States is a melting pot of nationalities and cultures. As people move to the U.S. from other countries they go through cross-cultural adaptation, and identity becomes an issue for everyone. Students in this course work in three-person teams to produce five-minute documentaries on cross-cultural adaptation by an ethnic community in our region or by selected international students at Washington and Lee. Students are expected to immerse themselves in learning about the home countries and current communities of their subjects. The course includes instruction in the techniques of documentary film-making, allowing students to develop their writing, storytelling, shooting and editing skills.


    • THTR 121 - Script Analysis for Stage and Screen
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy, Collins, Evans

      The study of selected plays and screenplays from the standpoint of the theatre and screen artists. Emphasis on thorough examination of the scripts preparatory to production. This course is focused on developing script analysis skills directly applicable to work in production. Students work collaboratively in various creative capacities to transform texts into productions.


    • THTR 141 - Stage Acting I
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyLevy, Mish

      An introduction to acting for the stage. In this hands-on class, students learn and develop physical and vocal techniques for text-based and improvisational performance, focusing on relationships, objectives, and actions. Work includes in-class scene presentations from modern scripts.


    • THTR 220 - Playwriting
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      An introductory workshop in creative writing for the theater that will focus on traditional forms of scene and script writing. Opportunities for collaborative writing and devised theater may be included. Weekly writing and reading assignments are required. Limited enrollment.


    • THTR 241 - Stage Acting II
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141 and instructor consent
      FacultyLevy

      A studio course continuation of THTR 141 with greater emphasis placed on research techniques and performance.


    • THTR 242 - Musical Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyMish

      Students learn, through study of seminal texts and video clips of performances and interviews with performers, a basic history of the American musical theater as an art form, combining the talents of composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, set and costume designers, and others. Students research musical dramatic literature and apply musical and acting skills in the development and performance of excerpts from distinctive musicals of various eras. Students develop constructive, critical methods in the process of practicing and viewing musical theater performance.


    • THTR 251 - Introduction to Performance Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyCollins, Evans

      An introduction to the history, fundamentals and aesthetics of design for theater and dance with an emphasis on the collaborative nature of the design disciplines. Design projects are required. Lab fee required


    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyEvans

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


    • THTR 336 - Lighting Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyEvans

      A study of the practice of stage lighting, focusing on styles of production, historical methods and artistic theory. Culminates in a light design for a public theatrical production. Lab fee required.


    • THTR 337 - Scene Painting and Scenic Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyCollins

      This course is an exploration and application of the methods and materials used in painting and finishing scenery for the theater. The course covers both historical and current scene painting techniques, as well as the tools and paints that have been developed to support those techniques. Outside projects are required. Lab fee required.


    • THTR 338 - Costume Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

      A study of stage costuming with emphasis on design and construction. The course includes lecture and lab sessions. Lab fee required.


    • THTR 361 - Stage Directing 1
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141 and instructor consent
      FacultyLevy

      An introduction to directing for the stage.  In this hands-on class, students learn and develop basic techniques for integrating work with scripts, performers, and designers into a cohesive stage performance.  Students direct scenes from realistic modern or contemporary plays, focusing on collaboration, clarity, imagination, and analysis to create stage pictures and character relationships that tell a specific story on stage.  The class culminates in invited classroom performances.


    • and, when appropriate,
    • FILM 195 - Topics in Film Studies
      FDRHA
      Credits3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW FDR requirement, and other prerequisites may vary with topic

      Selected topic in film studies, focused on one or more of film history, theory, production, or screenwriting. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


Theater minor

A minor in theater requires at least seven courses. A student may not complete both a major and a minor in theater. In meeting the requirements of this discipline-based minor, a student may not use more than nine credits that are also used to meet the requirements of another major or minor.

  1. Performance: THTR 109, 121 (FILM 121), 141
  2. Literature: One course chosen from THTR 210, 211, 215
  3. Design/Technology: Choose one of the following: THTR 131, 209, 236, 238, 251, 253, 336, 337, 338
  4. Electives: Two additional courses chosen from the following, with at least one at the 300 level

THTR 100, 131, 202, 204, 209, 210, 211, 215, 220, 236, 238, 239, 241, 242, 245, 251, 253, 290, 336, 337, 338, 341, 361, 397, 423, 453, 493
DANC 120, 202, 215, 220, 225, 230, 233, 240, 250, 292, 330, 340, 390
FILM 109, 195, 196, 233, 236, 250, 255

  1. Performance:
  2. Required courses:

    • THTR 109 - University Theater
      Credits1
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyStaff

      Participation in a university theater production for a minimum of 50 hours. A journal recording the production process is required. May be repeated for degree credit with permission. Maximum seven credits for students with a major or minor in theater, eight credits for others.


    • THTR 121 - Script Analysis for Stage and Screen (FILM 121)
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy, Collins, Evans

      The study of selected plays and screenplays from the standpoint of the theatre and screen artists. Emphasis on thorough examination of the scripts preparatory to production. This course is focused on developing script analysis skills directly applicable to work in production. Students work collaboratively in various creative capacities to transform texts into productions.


    • THTR 141 - Stage Acting I
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyLevy, Mish

      An introduction to acting for the stage. In this hands-on class, students learn and develop physical and vocal techniques for text-based and improvisational performance, focusing on relationships, objectives, and actions. Work includes in-class scene presentations from modern scripts.


  3. Literature:
  4. One course chosen from:

    • THTR 210 - Ancient and Global Theater
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy

      This course examines the history of theater and dramatic literature from its foundations in ancient world cultures through the Renaissance. Since this history course covers over 2000 years of time, class meetings sometimes move at a fast pace. Students gain a general world-wide cultural understanding of the art and history of the theater from its beginnings, and how theater spread as a phenomenon across the globe. Since theater is primarily a cultural institution, we simultaneously examine politics, philosophy, religion, science, and other factors that influence how the art form is created, maintained, and culturally preserved. We also examine history itself as an important cultural tool for assessing the events of the past.

       

       

       


    • THTR 211 - Western Theater History
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy

      This course examines theater from the Renaissance period up to the modern era. Students read, analyze, and perform texts from this period, studying in detail how the theater is culturally created and maintained. The goal of the course is to gain a general overview of how the theater came to be what it is today. Since theater is primarily a cultural institution, we simultaneously examine politics, philosophy, religion, science, and other factors that influence how the art form is created, maintained, and culturally preserved. We also examine history itself as an important cultural tool for assessing the events of the past.


    • THTR 215 - Modern Drama
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course explores the principal movements and aesthetics in the modern period in European and American theater history from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. Significant plays, playwrights, theatre artists and theorists are studied in context of the successive waves of modern movements: realism, symbolism, expressionism, surrealism, epic theater and theater of the absurd. Oral presentations, short research papers and performance projects will be required.


  5. Design/Technology:
  6. Choose one of the following:

    • THTR 131 - Fundamentals of Theater Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCorequisite: THTR 132
      FacultyStaff

      An introduction to modern theater practice involving two hours of lecture per week and participation of approximately 45-60 hours of work in a large-scale production spread throughout the term. A practical course, emphasizing scene-craft, stage lighting, and prop making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class to work on actual productions. Laboratory course with THTR 132.


    • THTR 209 - Stage Management
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyEvans

      Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop personal management style through the study of techniques and skill sets necessary to manage and run stage and film productions. Students hone their management techniques by applying management solutions to specific production problems of a theatrical, dance, or film project produced by the department. Students are required to participate in a production in a stage-management capacity.


    • THTR 236 - Special Effects for Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteAdditional course fee required, for which the student is responsible after Friday of the 7th week of winter term
      FacultyCollins

      In this hands-on, project-based course, students apply the process of iterative design and use critical thinking to provide creative solutions to solve the artistic effects required to tell stories in theater. Starting with textual analysis of given scripts, students develop the parameters required for various effects, figure out a process to create those effects, and make them.


    • THTR 238 - 3D Printing & Desktop Manufacturing for the Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyCollins

      Desktop manufacturing has revolutionized the design and prototyping of objects. This course is an introduction to the use of desktop manufacturing technologies. Students learn how to create digital designs, publish them electronically and create physical versions of those digital ideas. The course concentrates on how these technologies can be used in theater design and technology.


    • THTR 251 - Introduction to Performance Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyCollins, Evans

      An introduction to the history, fundamentals and aesthetics of design for theater and dance with an emphasis on the collaborative nature of the design disciplines. Design projects are required. Lab fee required


    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyEvans

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


    • THTR 336 - Lighting Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyEvans

      A study of the practice of stage lighting, focusing on styles of production, historical methods and artistic theory. Culminates in a light design for a public theatrical production. Lab fee required.


    • THTR 337 - Scene Painting and Scenic Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyCollins

      This course is an exploration and application of the methods and materials used in painting and finishing scenery for the theater. The course covers both historical and current scene painting techniques, as well as the tools and paints that have been developed to support those techniques. Outside projects are required. Lab fee required.


    • THTR 338 - Costume Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

      A study of stage costuming with emphasis on design and construction. The course includes lecture and lab sessions. Lab fee required.


  7. Electives:
  8. Two additional courses chosen from the following, with at least one at the 300 level:

    • THTR 100 - Introduction to Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

      An introduction to drama and the theater arts, including a brief historical survey, selected examples of dramatic literature, and a sequence on theater disciplines such as acting, designing, and directing.


    • THTR 131 - Fundamentals of Theater Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCorequisite: THTR 132
      FacultyStaff

      An introduction to modern theater practice involving two hours of lecture per week and participation of approximately 45-60 hours of work in a large-scale production spread throughout the term. A practical course, emphasizing scene-craft, stage lighting, and prop making. The student applies the methods and theories discussed in class to work on actual productions. Laboratory course with THTR 132.


    • THTR 202 - Supervised Study Abroad
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyCollins, Martinez

      A Spring Term Abroad course. An intensive exposure to English theater and the current season in London. In addition to a full schedule of theater attendance, the course includes a study of theater training, production techniques and representative styles and periods of English drama.


    • THTR 204 - Study Abroad in Swedish Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      FacultyEvans

      This course provides a broad impact on student's cross-cultural skills and global understanding, enhancing their worldview. Students have the opportunity to acquire critical intercultural knowledge, appreciation of cultural and social differentness, and exposure to perspectives critical for global leadership. The course focuses on examining cultural differences between Sweden and United States through the exploration of the arts; however, because of the size of the class students are encouraged to examine Swedish culture from their own disciplinary interest.


    • THTR 209 - Stage Management
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyEvans

      Stage management is an essential position for all theatrical productions. Students develop personal management style through the study of techniques and skill sets necessary to manage and run stage and film productions. Students hone their management techniques by applying management solutions to specific production problems of a theatrical, dance, or film project produced by the department. Students are required to participate in a production in a stage-management capacity.


    • THTR 210 - Ancient and Global Theater
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy

      This course examines the history of theater and dramatic literature from its foundations in ancient world cultures through the Renaissance. Since this history course covers over 2000 years of time, class meetings sometimes move at a fast pace. Students gain a general world-wide cultural understanding of the art and history of the theater from its beginnings, and how theater spread as a phenomenon across the globe. Since theater is primarily a cultural institution, we simultaneously examine politics, philosophy, religion, science, and other factors that influence how the art form is created, maintained, and culturally preserved. We also examine history itself as an important cultural tool for assessing the events of the past.

       

       

       


    • THTR 211 - Western Theater History
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      FacultySandberg, Levy

      This course examines theater from the Renaissance period up to the modern era. Students read, analyze, and perform texts from this period, studying in detail how the theater is culturally created and maintained. The goal of the course is to gain a general overview of how the theater came to be what it is today. Since theater is primarily a cultural institution, we simultaneously examine politics, philosophy, religion, science, and other factors that influence how the art form is created, maintained, and culturally preserved. We also examine history itself as an important cultural tool for assessing the events of the past.


    • THTR 215 - Modern Drama
      FDRHA
      Credits3

      This course explores the principal movements and aesthetics in the modern period in European and American theater history from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. Significant plays, playwrights, theatre artists and theorists are studied in context of the successive waves of modern movements: realism, symbolism, expressionism, surrealism, epic theater and theater of the absurd. Oral presentations, short research papers and performance projects will be required.


    • THTR 220 - Playwriting
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      An introductory workshop in creative writing for the theater that will focus on traditional forms of scene and script writing. Opportunities for collaborative writing and devised theater may be included. Weekly writing and reading assignments are required. Limited enrollment.


    • THTR 236 - Special Effects for Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteAdditional course fee required, for which the student is responsible after Friday of the 7th week of winter term
      FacultyCollins

      In this hands-on, project-based course, students apply the process of iterative design and use critical thinking to provide creative solutions to solve the artistic effects required to tell stories in theater. Starting with textual analysis of given scripts, students develop the parameters required for various effects, figure out a process to create those effects, and make them.


    • THTR 238 - 3D Printing & Desktop Manufacturing for the Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyCollins

      Desktop manufacturing has revolutionized the design and prototyping of objects. This course is an introduction to the use of desktop manufacturing technologies. Students learn how to create digital designs, publish them electronically and create physical versions of those digital ideas. The course concentrates on how these technologies can be used in theater design and technology.


    • THTR 239 - Total Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteThree credits in theater or dance and instructor consent
      FacultyStaff

      A practical study of design, directing, production and acting problems in a specific style of dramatic literature, culminating in a public theatrical production.


    • THTR 241 - Stage Acting II
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141 and instructor consent
      FacultyLevy

      A studio course continuation of THTR 141 with greater emphasis placed on research techniques and performance.


    • THTR 242 - Musical Theater
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyMish

      Students learn, through study of seminal texts and video clips of performances and interviews with performers, a basic history of the American musical theater as an art form, combining the talents of composers, lyricists, directors, choreographers, set and costume designers, and others. Students research musical dramatic literature and apply musical and acting skills in the development and performance of excerpts from distinctive musicals of various eras. Students develop constructive, critical methods in the process of practicing and viewing musical theater performance.


    • THTR 245 - Talk to Us: How to Make Friends and Influence People
      FDRHA
      FacultyLevy

      An investigation, using theatre, film, television, performance art, and stand-up comedy, of the ways in which speaking directly to an audience can or should influence them. In particular, we talk about the use of rhetoric to make an argument, and the relationship between performer/speaker and audience. Students evaluate the use of direct address in various media, and the class includes some domestic travel to attend live events. The course culminates with a public performance by the students.


    • THTR 251 - Introduction to Performance Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyCollins, Evans

      An introduction to the history, fundamentals and aesthetics of design for theater and dance with an emphasis on the collaborative nature of the design disciplines. Design projects are required. Lab fee required


    • THTR 253 - Digital Production
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyEvans

      Digital technologies and multimedia interaction are increasingly utilized to produce, enhance, and innovate theatrical production. Students examine and experiment with various digital technologies as they relate to theater and dance performance. Students create digital audio, video, design rendering, and animation projects for theatrical performances.


    • THTR 290 - Topics in Performing Arts
      FDRHA
      Credits3 credits in fall or winter, 4 in spring
      PrerequisiteThree credits in theater and instructor consent

      Selected studies in theater, film or dance with a focus on history, criticism, performance or production. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • THTR 336 - Lighting Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyEvans

      A study of the practice of stage lighting, focusing on styles of production, historical methods and artistic theory. Culminates in a light design for a public theatrical production. Lab fee required.


    • THTR 337 - Scene Painting and Scenic Art
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyCollins

      This course is an exploration and application of the methods and materials used in painting and finishing scenery for the theater. The course covers both historical and current scene painting techniques, as well as the tools and paints that have been developed to support those techniques. Outside projects are required. Lab fee required.


    • THTR 338 - Costume Design
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

      A study of stage costuming with emphasis on design and construction. The course includes lecture and lab sessions. Lab fee required.


    • THTR 341 - Acting 3: Styles
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141 or instructor consent

      An advanced acting class focused on performing the work of a particular playwright or playwrights. In this course, students enhance their scene work by examining the theatrical and historical context in which the plays were written, thereby achieving a deeper understanding of a performance style other than contemporary realism. Topics change regularly. May be repeated twice for degree credit if the topics are different. 


    • THTR 361 - Stage Directing 1
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteTHTR 141 and instructor consent
      FacultyLevy

      An introduction to directing for the stage.  In this hands-on class, students learn and develop basic techniques for integrating work with scripts, performers, and designers into a cohesive stage performance.  Students direct scenes from realistic modern or contemporary plays, focusing on collaboration, clarity, imagination, and analysis to create stage pictures and character relationships that tell a specific story on stage.  The class culminates in invited classroom performances.


    • THTR 397 - Seminar in Theater Topics
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteSix credits in theater or dance courses and instructor consent

      A seminar in theater history, literature/ criticism or production with a specific topic and scope to be announced prior to registration. Work in the seminar is based on research, discussion and assigned papers and/or projects. Lab fee required for certain topics. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • THTR 423 - Directed Individual Project
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyStaff

      This course permits the student to follow a program of specialized applied research in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • THTR 453 - Internship
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDepartmental consent
      FacultyMish

      After consultation with a theater faculty member and a representative of a departmentally approved theater or dance company, students submit a written description of a proposed summer internship with the company. Specific conditions of the internship and of required on-campus, follow-up projects must be approved by the department. Students register for the credit during fall registration, and the credit is awarded at the end of the fall term after completion of the required on-campus, follow-up projects.


    • THTR 493 - Honors Thesis
      Credits3-3
      PrerequisiteCompletion of the required courses for the major, a 3.500 grade-point average in courses used for the major, and permission of the department. Students must have completed advanced theater courses in their area of interest, demonstrated ability in the area of interest as evidenced by course work, performance and/ or production experience, and completion of additional area-specific requirements
      FacultyStaff

      An advanced theater course that serves as a capstone to the major. Theater majors selected by the department conduct advanced theater research and individual artistic preparation, contribute artistically to the department's performance season, and produce a significant written thesis under the guidance of a thesis adviser.


    • DANC 120 - Introduction to Contemporary Modern Dance
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyStaff

      This course combines the exploration of individual and ensemble artistic expression in contemporary modern dance with the study of the history of modern dance. The course culminates in a performance presentation.


    • DANC 202 - Dance Europe
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      FacultyDavies

      Contemporary modern dance is an art form that explores questions about the body, identity, and globalization. Choreographers experiment with their craft by examining the way in which we relate to the world around us. The globalization of dance leads to cultural interchange and critical thinking about our place in a larger society and includes an exchange of styles and ideas and a cultural reflection on how and why dance is made. Globalism creates a rich artistic atmosphere and contributes to a wide variety of styles. Students travel to the four centers of contemporary modern dance in Europe: Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels. We explore contemporary aesthetics of particular regions, how culture influences movement choices, and the new ways in which European audiences are adapting to new forms of expression.


    • DANC 215 - World Dance Technique
      FDRHA
      Credits2
      FacultyStaff

      This dance class reflects the world dance form that is the specialty of the dance artist-in-residence. The basic dance techniques of that specific form are taught and movement is tied to the historical narrative of the country.


    • DANC 220 - Dance Composition
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteDANC 120
      FacultyDavies

      A studio course exploring the craft and art of creating dance performances in a variety of styles and contexts. Images, text, music, improvisation and the elements of time, space and energy are examined as sources for dance material leading to group choreography. This course focuses on creating a finished performance piece for presentation.


    • DANC 225 - Intermediate Contemporary Modern Dance Technique
      Credits2
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyDavies

      A studio course devoted to refining effort/shape values and pursuing performance quality phrasing and style in "Horton" modern dance technique. Students investigate self-directed reverse combinations, deconstruct movement phrases into sequential elements, and learn methods for written and oral analysis of dance. Students practice listening to the body by connecting movement phrases with kinesthetic experiences. May be repeated for up to eight credits.


    • DANC 230 - Musical-Theater Dance Technique
      Credits2
      FacultyStaff

      A studio exploration of choreography in musical theater from the 1940s to the present. Composition, theme, and form are discussed in concert with practical work in restaging historically significant musical dance numbers. Of particular interest are the choreographers' styles and the many dance techniques prevalent in musical theater. These issues are experienced through dance practica as original choreography is taught. May be repeated for up to six degree credits.


    • DANC 233 - Movement for Actors
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course exams an array of methods that provide a vocabulary for thinking about, acting upon, and talking about movement and gesture and the physical integration of voice, breath, speech, and movement. We explore Alexander Technique and create an awareness of physical habits of 'misuse' and transform them by focusing on breathing and vocal work. Students examine viewpoints as a method for vocabulary to discuss work and as a tool for creating it. Laban Movement Analysis looks at these same concepts as a language for interpreting and documenting human movement. Class meetings include lecture, studio work, and individual projects, and the course culminates in individual performance works that explore the synthesis of muscle coordination, sensory perception, and knowledge.


    • DANC 240 - Contemporary Modern Dance History
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course is a study of the manifestations of American modern dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Students explore the relationship between dance and developments in U.S. culture and study the innovators of the art form and their techniques, writings, and art works through readings, video and lectures.


    • DANC 250 - Aerial Dance Techniques
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      FacultyDavies

      This course examines a unique array of techniques from across the aerial arts and a diversity of experimental approaches to movement in the air. The history of the form as well as lineage of style and current techniques are expressed through lecture, studio work, required readings and videos, masterclasses, performances, and written responses.


    • DANC 292 - Ballet Technique
      Credits2
      FacultyStaff

      This studio course is devoted to the practice of classical ballet technique and to the exploration of classical and contemporary ballet in performance. The course culminates in a performance presentation. This course may be repeated for degree credit for up to six degree credits.


    • DANC 330 - Experiential Anatomy
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyDavies

      A study of human motion as it relates to the locomotor and physical activities of the dancer. The course covers the planes of the body; vocabulary of the skeleton; and specific muscles, their actions, and how they relate to the dancer's body. Injury prevention through alignment and proper movement is considered, as well as the reversal of body alienation. Attention is given to the application of course information to technique class and performance.


    • DANC 340 - Contemporary Dance Observation and Analysis
      FDRHA
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultyDavies

      The observation and analysis of live and recorded contemporary dance focusing on the work of emerging and established choreographers. Exploration of methods for describing the moving body in space. Emphasis is placed on the written and verbal critique of contemporary dance in performance.


    • DANC 390 - Special Topics
      Credits3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent

      An advanced studio course for experienced dancers exploring various choreographic styles and methods and the intersections between technique, aesthetics and creative collaboration. This course permits the student to follow a program of specialized applied research in order to widen the scope of experience and to build upon concepts covered in other courses. The course culminates in a performance piece for presentation. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

      Spring 2017, DANC 390-01: Aerial Dance (4). Prerequisite: Instructor consent (especially if you have a physical ailments or a fear of heights).  Additional course fee required, for which the student is responsible after Friday of the 7th week of winter term. A technique course for dancers, athletes and anyone excited about pushing themselves to new heights (literally!). This class explores various choreographic styles and methods and the intersections between technique, aesthetics, and creative collaboration. The course  culminates in an outside performance with the dancers tethered to the roof of Wilson Hall and dancing on its walls. Davies.


    • FILM 109 - Film Performance Laboratory
      Credits1
      PrerequisiteInstructor consent
      FacultySpice

      Participate as a writer, actor, cinematographer or technician in a faculty supervised film production. May be repeated for degree credit for a total of 3 credits.


    • FILM 195 - Topics in Film Studies
      FDRHA
      Credits3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW FDR requirement, and other prerequisites may vary with topic

      Selected topic in film studies, focused on one or more of film history, theory, production, or screenwriting. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • FILM 196 - Topics in Film and Literature
      FDRHL
      Credits3 credits in Fall or Winter; 4 credits in Spring
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW FDR requirement, and other prerequisites may vary with topic

      Selected topics in film and literature. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.


    • FILM 233 - Introduction to Film
      FDRHL
      Credits3
      PrerequisiteCompletion of FW FDR requirement
      FacultyStaff

      An introductory study of film taught in English and with a topical focus on texts from a variety of global film-making traditions. At its origins, film displayed boundary-crossing international ambitions, and this course attends to that important fact, but the course's individual variations emphasize one national film tradition (e.g., American, French, Indian, British, Italian, Chinese, etc.) and, within it, may focus on major representative texts or upon a subgenre or thematic approach. In all cases, the course introduces students to fundamental issues in the history, theory, and basic terminology of film.


    • FILM 236 - Science Fiction & Fantasy: From Page to Screen and Beyond
      FDRHL
      Credits4
      FacultyAdams

      Film, almost from origins, has been fascinated by the evocation of fantasy worlds and by the effort to imagine and represent future worlds filled with technological marvels.(Film is, of course, a medium obsessed by its own technological improvements from sound and color to 30 and virtual reality.) From such major directors as Lang and Kubrick to Lucas and Spielberg, science fiction has attracted some of the finest and most innovative directors. In this course, we study major examples of this phenomenon along with the technological history and philosophical speculations contributing to it.


    • FILM 255 - Seven-Minute Shakespeare
      FDRHA
      Credits4
      PrerequisiteCompletion of the FDR FW and HL requirements
      FacultyDobin

      After intensive collective reading and discussion of four Shakespeare plays in the first week, students organize into four-person groups with the goal of producing a seven-minute video version of one of the plays by the end of the term, using only the actual text of the play. The project requires full engagement and commitment, and includes tasks such as editing and selecting from the text to produce the film script, creating storyboards, casting and recruiting actors, rehearsing, filming, editing, adding sound tracks and effects. We critique and learn from each other's efforts.