Visual and Dramatic Arts

Visual and Dramatic Arts
http://arts.rice.edu/
202 Rice Media Center
713-348-4882

John Sparagana
Department Chair
sparaga@rice.edu

The Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts welcomes the full spectrum of Rice University students. Scientists, architects, historians, engineers and economists, among many others, augment our core of arts majors to create a diverse, lively forum of artists and thinkers. We believe this composite community is a vital asset to majors and non-majors alike: art thrives in contact with new and varied perspectives, and the risk-taking and critical thinking necessary to making art are crucial in many other fields. Beyond a dynamic artistic practice, we aim to cultivate an artistic frame of mind. 

Students may focus their education in one of three major concentrations, or tracks: studio, theater, or film and photography. Courses draw on the resources of Rice’s active and accomplished faculty, extensive on-campus facilities, and Houston’s vibrant artistic community. The department boasts a state-of-the-art cinema, as well as a 500-seat proscenium-style theater. Immediately next door, the Moody Center for the Arts hosts interdisciplinary arts courses and mounts exhibitions by internationally acclaimed artists. Rice campus is within walking distance of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and a short drive from the renowned Menil Collection. Distinguished speakers, visiting artists, film series, field trips, student exhibitions and performance opportunities all contribute to an immersive arts education that extends well beyond the classroom.

Bachelor's Program

Visual and Dramatic Arts does not currently offer an academic program at the graduate level.

Chair

John Sparagana

Program Advisor - Film and Photography

Charles Dove

Program Advisor - Studio Art

Christopher Sperandio

Program Advisor - Theatre 

Christina Keefe

Professors

Karin Broker
John Sparagana
Geoff Winningham

Associate Professors

Brian Huberman
Christopher Sperandio

Assistant Professors

Natasha Bowdoin
Lisa Lapinski

Professor in the Practice of Film and Media Studies

Charles Dove

Professor in the Practice of Theatre

Christina Keefe

Lecturer in Film and Media Studies

Tish Stringer

Lecturer in Photography

Paul Hester

Lecturers in Studio Art

Josh Bernstein
Will Fowler
Katrina Moorehead

Lecturers in Theatre

Heather Breikjern
Mark Krouskop

Artist in Residence

Allison Hunter

For Rice University degree-granting programs:
To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

Visual and Dramatic Arts (ARTS)

ARTS 101 - DRAWING FOR THE NON ART MAJOR

Short Title: DRAWING FOR THE NON ART MAJOR

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Drawing for the Non Art Major is intended to introduce basic, fundamental art practice to students not intending to major in art. This course will work to develop perceptive and interpretive skills - working both inside and outside traditional thought - to translate three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional work. Students will work in multiple black and white media and will be introduced to linear perspective and artistic composition. Students will be required to participate in class discussions and critiques. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster.

ARTS 103 - CREATIVE 2-D DESIGN

Short Title: CREATIVE 2-D DESIGN

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Study of the elements and principles of design and drawing using traditional and digital means. The emphasis in the class is on a foundation to culture practice and the critical approaches to art and technology. Students will be required to participate in class discussions and critiques. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster.

ARTS 165 - BEGINNING SCULPTURE

Short Title: BEGINNING SCULPTURE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Introduction to the concepts and forms of contemporary sculpture. Exploration of materials (including plaster, clay, cardboard, fabric, wood, and found objects) and sculpture techniques such as mold making and woodworking. Shop and studios are available days and evening throughout the week. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster.

ARTS 200 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN STUDIO ART I

Short Title: SPECIAL PROB IN STUDIO ART I

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Study of problems at the introductory level in creative art. Topics may vary. Please consult with your faculty advisor for additional information. This class may be used in awarding transfer credit. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ARTS 225 - BEGINNING DRAWING

Short Title: BEGINNING DRAWING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course introduces students to the basic techniques, materials and processes of drawing. Students will explore line, tone, space, form, composition, and content through a variety of drawing assignments in dry and wet media. Students learn how to draw from direct observation. No previous drawing experience is required.

ARTS 230 - COMICS AND SEQUENTIAL ART

Short Title: COMICS AND SEQUENTIAL ART

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: An introduction to the art of combining words and pictures: diverse applications such as storyboarding for stage and screen, comic books and graphic novels, and serial or multiples in a variety of media all fall under the umbrella of Sequential Art. Through instruction, demos, readings and practice, students will learn the history and implementation of linear visual narratives utilizing the Comics Art Teaching and Study Workshop as a resource. Students in this class will also participate in the construction and establishment of a permanent research center for the study of Comic Book Art within the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster. Cross-list: FILM 275.

ARTS 262 - ART OF DIY: PROBLEM SOLVING AND MAKING

Short Title: ART OF DIY: PROBLEM SOLVING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: The utilization of D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) communities will be a centralized resource used to guide and complete audio work within the class. Keeping in mind the question: within contemporary society, how has the ability to produce and problem solve on an individual basis changed? The focuses of this class are to produce diverse technically proficient works of art that draw from and inform the student's current research. The class will also, during the course of the semester, build and implement a large, open-source DIY laser cutter. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster. Instructor Permission Required.

ARTS 263 - ART OF DIY: PROBLEM SOLVING AND MAKING II

Short Title: ART OF DIY: PROBLEM SOLVING II

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: The focus of this class will be to first build a DIY 3-D printer. We will utilize the laser cutter built in the previous DIY course to make the necessary components for the printer. We will then focus our attention on utilizing these tools to construct works of art that draw from and inform the students current research and interests. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster. Instructor Permission Required.

ARTS 270 - BIG PAINTING: MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES FOR THEATRICAL PAINTING

Short Title: BIG PAINTING FOR THEATRE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Big Painting: Materials and Techniques for Theatrical Painting will examine the materials and techniques usually associated with scenic and theatrical painting but as applied to the context of 21st century contemporary art practices. Students will learn how to make big paintings. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster. Cross-list: THEA 270.

ARTS 280 - HISTORY & AESTHETICS OF FILM

Short Title: HISTORY & AESTHETICS OF FILM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Introduction to the art and aesthetics of film as an artifact produced within certain social contexts. Includes style, narration, mise-en-scene, editing, sound, and ideology in classical Hollywood cinema, as well as in independent, alternative, notification, and Third World cinemas. Cross-list: FILM 280, HART 280.

ARTS 294 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN STUDIO ART

Short Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN STUDIO ART

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Study of problems at the introductory level in creative art. Topics may vary. Please consult with department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ARTS 300 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN STUDIO ART II

Short Title: SPECIAL PROB IN STUDIO ART II

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of problems at the intermediate level in creative art. Topics may vary. Please consult with your faculty advisor for additional information. This class may be used in awarding transfer credit. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ARTS 301 - BEGINNING PAINTING

Short Title: BEGINNING PAINTING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course introduces students to the basic language, tools, and materials of painting. Students will learn painting techniques and concepts, starting with painting from observation and ending with more student-directed projects. Lectures and filed trips will explore painting through an art historical context as well as a contemporary one.

ARTS 310 - COLLABORATIVE PRINTMAKING

Short Title: COLLABORATIVE PRINTMAKING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course is designed to interactively educate the student about the collaborative print process beyond artistic dialog, allowing each student to work as artist-printmaker, economist, and business planner. The course will examine the process of taking artwork from the beginning concept to the finished product to the marketplace -- all the while staying within a budget. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster.

ARTS 311 - BEGINNING PRINTMAKING

Short Title: BEGINNING PRINTMAKING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course will give an introduction to prints and printmaking through the study of original works on paper and the opportunity to produce printed works of art. Works will include etchings, lithograph, linocut, and monoprints. Enrollment is limited. The instructor will formulate the course roster and may allow additional majors and under classmen to enroll.

ARTS 312 - RELIEF I

Short Title: RELIEF I

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 225

Description: Instruction in black-and-white linoleum prints. Includes advanced color methods. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster.

ARTS 314 - SCREEN PRINTING I

Short Title: SCREEN PRINTING I

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 101 or ARTS 225

Description: Instruction in color screen-printing processes. Emphasis will be on figurative/narrative work with strong print experimentation. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster.

ARTS 315 - LINO + MONOPRINTING

Short Title: LINO + MONOPRINTING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 101 or ARTS 225

Description: Introduction to Monotype. Includes black-and-white and color Monotype printing. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster.

ARTS 320 - MONOTYPE I

Short Title: MONOTYPE I

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Includes black-and-white, color, chine-colle, and additional monotype printing techniques to produce one of a kind prints. Creative and personal imagery is emphasized.

ARTS 322 - 3-D PRINTMAKING

Short Title: 3-D PRINTMAKING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 225

Description: This course will produce 3-dimensional works utilizing the traditional and non-traditional print processes of linocut, photocopy, transfer, vinyl cutter, and monoprinting techniques. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster.

ARTS 323 - DRAWING STUDIO

Short Title: DRAWING STUDIO

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 225

Description: A continuation of Beginning Drawing, where students continue to investigate the concepts, materials, and possibilities of drawing. Students will explore further drawing in all its permutations, experimenting with scale, new materials, and new techniques. Assignments will continue focusing on working from life while also offering opportunities to work more subjectively.

ARTS 325 - LIFE DRAWING

Short Title: LIFE DRAWING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 101 or ARTS 225

Description: This course introduces students to drawing from the model. Students will work from short and long poses on exercises emphasizing gesture, proportion, composition, and character. A variety of media and approaches will be introduced. Homework and required visits to museums and galleries will build on what students practice in class.

ARTS 326 - COLLAGE

Short Title: COLLAGE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course introduces methods and theories of collage. Lectures, museum visits, and projects examine both the historical precedents for collage and its contemporary possibilities. Students explore collage through experimentation with diverse materials, approaches, and critiques. Students will work with frottage, photomontage, and assemblage, both independently and collaboratively.

ARTS 327 - DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

Short Title: DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of the expressive possibilities of documentary production using digital systems. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: ANTH 324, FILM 327.

ARTS 328 - FILMMAKING I

Short Title: FILMMAKING I

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Dramatic film production class that requires the making of one digital video and one 16mm film. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: FILM 328.

ARTS 329 - FILM FORM

Short Title: FILM FORM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Viewing, analysis, and discussion of modern and classic films. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: FILM 329.

ARTS 330 - INTERMEDIATE STUDIES: POP ART & ITS ORIGINS: ENGLAND & AMERICA C. 1955-1968

Short Title: INTERMEDIA STUDIES

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Pop Art whether American, British, or European, had - and has as its underlying and unifying agenda - a commentary or critique concerning the impact of "popular" culture (film, television, advertising, music, fashion, etc.) on contemporary society, especially in creating a new synthesis of "popular" and "high" culture in the visual arts. This, in part, was a reaction against the lofty, idealistic aspirations of post-war abstraction. This course will examine the philosophical and aesthetic origins and development of what came to be known as Pop Art.

ARTS 331 - POSTMODERNISM: ART FROM 1976 TO PRESENT

Short Title: POSTMODERNISM:1976-PRSNT

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Several influences reenergized the art scene in the late 1970s. Among the most significant were a new presence of European art and a new generation of American artists, accompanied by a return to figurative painting, the growth of the Feminist art scene, and new tendencies in abstraction. This course examines the artists, forms, and terms that have emerged since Documenta VII, held in Kassell, Germany in 1982. Among the many artists covered are Baselitz, Beuys, Chia, Clemence, Cucchi, Fischl, Lucian, Freud, Gilbert and George, Kiefer, Longe, Marianni, Richter, Salle, Schnabel, and Sultan.

ARTS 332 - CRITICAL STUDIES OF MULTIMEDIA ARTS

Short Title: CRITICAL STU OF MULTIMEDIA ART

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Critical Studies for Multimedia Arts is a course designed to familiarize art and non-art majors with key theories and core concepts in modern and contemporary multimedia art. Students will examine a broad spectrum of specific topics in contemporary artwork related conceptually to: space/time; bodies and performance; "sculptural" studies in an expanded field and video & film space. This is a multi-dimensional class consisting of guest lectures, artist-speakers, and field trips to local museums, galleries and alternative art spaces. This course will include discussions on readings, writings and special projects. This promises to be a fun and thought-provoking class and is designed to enhance studio practice and encourage interest in the visual arts. Cross-list: FILM 332, FOTO 332, THEA 332.

ARTS 349 - PRINTMAKING STUDIO

Short Title: PRINTMAKING STUDIO

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 225

Description: Exploration of etching, lithography, photo gravure, and monoprinting. Enrollment is limited. The instructor will formulate the course roster and may allow additional majors and underclassmen to enroll.

ARTS 358 - GROTESQUE, IMPURE, AND HYBRID PRACTICES IN ART

Short Title: MONSTER STUDIO

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course should be taken in conjunction with Monster (HUMA 368 or BIOC 368). Topics discussed in that seminar will act as prompts for studio projects. Students will work independently and in groups on assignments addressing the monstrous in art, culminating in a final exhibition. Intended for all skill and experience levels.

ARTS 366 - SCULPTURE STUDIO

Short Title: SCULPTURE STUDIO

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 165

Description: Study of advanced problems in various sculptural media. Limited enrollment. The roster is formulated on the first day of class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and under-classmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster. Cross-list: ARCH 367.

ARTS 368 - PHYSICAL COMPUTING FOR ART

Short Title: PHYSICAL COMPUTING FOR ART

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This class will explore how we relate to other humans and our environment through digital technology. We will begin constructing projects on traditional computers; however, the projects in the class will expand beyond these confines. The class will focus on a hands-on experience of making interactive art projects, performance installations, interactive moving images, and sound within the context of contemporary art. Space in studio class is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster will be formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Repeatable for Credit.

ARTS 370 - OUTSIDE CONTEXT: ART, ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES BEYOND THE WHITE CUBE

Short Title: OUTSIDE CONTEXT

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Outside Context: Art, Artists, and Audiences beyond the White Cube concerns the history and practice of making artwork in mass media forms. Contexts that are traditionally the baliwick of advertising and entertainment, and now more often, a place where artists implement work that engages wider audiences. Combining lectures and practice, students will participate in the development of new artworks in mass media and public forms. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster.

ARTS 378 - EXHIBITION DESIGN

Short Title: EXHIBITION DESIGN

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course will explore the world of museums and galleries through exhibition design. Students will study the curatorial process and exhibition preparation including concept development, educational goals, budget, installation, and publicity. Discussions, workshops, museum visits, and guest lectures will provide students the opportunity to gain practical experience in museum/gallery work.

ARTS 383 - STUDIO ART INTERNSHIP

Short Title: STUDIO ART INTERNSHIP

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course is a field-based, supervised, professional learning experience designed to enhance classroom learning. Students will be responsible for identifying and securing internship positions and must obtain permission from the department chairman and have a department faculty sponsor. All interns are required to keep an internship journal recording duties and activities; the journal will be used as the basis of a five-page paper summarizing the internship experience. Documentation of the work produced during the internship is required, portfolio, CD, DVD, etc. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ARTS 384 - TEXT AND IMAGE

Short Title: TEXT AND IMAGE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This interdisciplinary course will explore the relationship between language, text, and the visual arts. The class will examine poet/artist collaborations, text-focused artistic movements such as Dada, Surrealism, and the early text-based works of the 1960s, along with contemporary artists and writers who push the boundaries of their fields. Field trips, readings, group discussions, and class critique will all be integral to this course. Students will develop projects, either through individual investigation or group collaboration, examining how words and images might intersect. The semester will culminate in a publication of these projects. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster.

ARTS 388 - CRITICAL STUDIES FOR STUDIO PRACTICE

Short Title: CRIT STUDIES STUDIO PRACTICE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Critical Studies for Studio Practice is a course designed to familiarize art and non-art majors with key theories and concepts in modern and contemporary art. This is a multi- dimensional class consisting of guest lectures, artist- speakers, and art field trips to local museums, galleries, and alternative art spaces. The course will include discussions on readings, writing, and special projects. This promises to be a fun and thought-provoking class and is designed to enhance studio practice and encourage interest in the visual arts.

ARTS 396 - SPEC PROBLEMS: MOBILE ARTS PROJECT

Short Title: SPEC PROB: MOBILE ARTS PROJECT

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: The focus of this special problems/independent study class will be on the practical conversion of a 30' transit bus into a multi-purpose mobile arts platform. Students will work one-on-one with Professor Sperandio and visiting artists on the development and fabrication of a variety of mechanical systems, including HVAC, electrical and plumbing. Participants will develop a more comprehensive understanding of alternative art practices through targeted readings and discussions, as well as participate in the development of new uses for this mobile arts space once it's completed. This project is funded in part by the Humanities Research Center, Rice Office of Parking and Transportation, and the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ARTS 398 - SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE EMERGING ARTIST

Short Title: SURVL GUIDE EMERG ART

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Visual and Dramatic Arts. Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: The purpose of this course is to prepare undergraduate art majors to develop and cultivate behavior, habits, and methods through which to best represent themselves and their work in a professional environment within the contemporary art world. The course will focus on the curriculum vitae, photographic records, presses, books, catalogues, as well as general tax issues, resale certificates, basic financial planning, web design, and the use of presentational tools such as PowerPoint. Students will learn how to write cover letters, artistic statements, press releases, and project proposals related to grants and/or residencies. This course is intended for visual art majors. Instructor Permission Required.

ARTS 400 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN STUDIO ART III

Short Title: SPECIAL PROB IN STUDIO ART III

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of problems at the advanced level in creative art. Topics may vary. Please consult with your faculty advisor for additional information. This class may be used in awarding transfer credit. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ARTS 401 - PAINTING STUDIO II

Short Title: PAINTING STUDIO II

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 301

Description: A continuation of practices and concepts introduced in Beginning Painting. Individual expression will be encouraged through a series of assignments that explore scale, subject matter, and process. Experimentation in different, painterly media will be encouraged. Students will continue to learn how to discuss painting through in-class critique. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for ARTS 401 and ARTS 303.

ARTS 425 - ADVANCED DRAWING

Short Title: ADVANCED DRAWING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): (ARTS 225 or ARTS 101) and ARTS 323

Description: This advanced course uses students to further uncover and articulate the possibilities of drawing. Students will continue to learn drawing techniques while developing their own individual drawing vocabularies. Assignments will be more open in structure, allowing the opportunity for more individually driven projects, specific to each student's interests.

ARTS 427 - ADVANCED FILMMAKING

Short Title: ADVANCED FILMMAKING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): FILM 225 and (FILM 327 or ARTS 327) and (FILM 328 or ARTS 328)

Description: Advanced documentary production using digital camera and editing systems. Continuation of ARTS 327. Space in studio class is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: FILM 427.

ARTS 428 - FILMMAKING II

Short Title: FILMMAKING II

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: 16mm film production course utilizing handmade cinema techniques. Space in class is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: FILM 428.

ARTS 432 - FILM GENRE: THE WESTERN

Short Title: FILM GENRE: THE WESTERN

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Survey of the essential American film experience spanning all the years of U.S. cinema, with emphasis on the western and its mythic function in society. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: FILM 432.

ARTS 435 - SEMINAR ON FILM AUTHORSHIP: THE NEW HOLLYWOOD

Short Title: SEMINAR ON FILM AUTHORSHIP

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This seminar covers the concept of authorship in Hollywood cinema since 1968. Filmmakers include Francis Ford Coppola, David Lynch, the Coen Brothers, and Charlie Kaufman. Cross-list: FILM 435, HART 480.

ARTS 444 - HANDMADE FILM

Short Title: HANDMADE FILM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: 16mm film production course utilizing handmade cinema techniques, 4 required 16mm films made using surface treatments, shooting with a 16mm film camera, hand developing, classic animation, crating soundtracks and digital editing. Space in class is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. Cross-list: FILM 444.

ARTS 447 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN LIFE DRAWING

Short Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS LIFE DRAWING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of advanced problems in creative art. Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ARTS 449 - PRINTMAKING STUDIO

Short Title: ADVANCED PRINTMAKING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 311 and ARTS 349

Description: Advanced exploration of etching, lithography, photo gravure, and monoprinting. Enrollment is limited. The instructor will formulate the course roster and may allow addtional majors and underclassmen to enroll.

ARTS 450 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN PRINTMAKING

Short Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS PRINTMAKING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of advanced problems in creative art. Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ARTS 457 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN SCULPTURE

Short Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS-SCULPTURE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of advanced problems in creative art. Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ARTS 460 - ADVANCED COMPUTER GRAPHICS

Short Title: ADV COMPUTER GRAPHICS

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This project-based class involves teams of 2-4 CS and Visual Arts students designing and building computer games suitable for Xbox Live Arcade using C# and XNA. For CS students, COMP 160 or COMP 360 is recommended as a prerequisite. For Visual Arts students, previous experience in drawing using Photoshop is suggested. Instructor Permission Required. Cross-list: COMP 460.

Course URL: www.owlnet.rice.edu/~comp460

ARTS 465 - ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Short Title: ADVANCED SCULPTURE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 165 or ARTS 365

Description: Study of advanced problems in various sculptural media. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster.

ARTS 475 - ADVANCED PAINTING

Short Title: ADVANCED PAINTING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 301 and (ARTS 303 or ARTS 401)

Description: Students will further advance their painting skills while beginning to develop a personal painting vocabulary. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with new materials, at new scales, and with new subject matter. Assignments will be more open in structure, allowing for more individually driven projects, specific to student interest.

ARTS 494 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN PRINTMAKING

Short Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS PRINTMAKING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of advanced problems in creative art. Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

ARTS 499 - SENIOR STUDIO

Short Title: SENIOR STUDIO

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment limited to students with a class of Senior. Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Visual and Dramatic Arts. Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Required seminar for all studio track majors. This course is designed to guide the senior major in focused preparation of their work of the annual senior exhibition. Classes will consist of lectures, visits and critiques by artists and curators, and intensive independent studio work. Prerequisites: Students must receive permission from their faculty advisor or department chair to register for this class; only department majors who have senior academic standing will be allowed to register for this course. Department Permission Required. Prerequisites: Students must receive permission from their faculty advisor or department chair to register for this course; only Visual and Dramatic Arts majors who have senior academic standing will be allowed to register for this course. Repeatable for Credit.

Film (FILM)

FILM 180 - 14 FILMS YOU SHOULD SEE BEFORE YOU GRADUATE FROM RICE UNIVERSITY

Short Title: 14 FILMS BEFORE YOU GRADUATE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Featuring the important, but less familiar works of American and European directors from the 1930s - 1960s. This class represents an ideal mixture of modernist auteur cinema and shameless viewing pleasure. Cross-list: HART 180.

FILM 215 - MYSTIC CINEMA: KABBALAH IN FILM

Short Title: MYSTIC CINEMA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course explores uses by the film industry of ideas drawn from Jewish mysticism. We will examine themes such as monsters, spirits, numerology and the paranormal, as portrayed in classic film and through to contemporary Hollywood. Emphasis will be placed on the medieval textual and folkloric traditions behind such portrayals. Cross-list: RELI 215. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FILM 215 and FILM 114/FSEM 141/RELI 114.

FILM 218 - HISTORY THROUGH FILM IN EAST AND NORTHEAST ASIA

Short Title: EAST/NORTHEAST ASIA FILM HIST

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Can we learn history by analyzing movies? Using documentary and feature films from Asian film culture's beginnings, we view 19th-20th century Chinese, Japanese, and Korean history. Collective in-class film viewing, discussion and reading required. Cross-list: ASIA 218, HIST 218.

FILM 225 - INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING AND EDITING

Short Title: INTRO TO FILMMAKING & EDITING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course introduces the student to filmmaking in general through specific techniques of digital video production. The emphasis in this class will be the medium as a means of effective storytelling through the craft of filmmaking. All aspects of production will be discussed, including preproduction and postproduction. Core topics will include the basic principles and operation of digital video cameras, lighting instruments, and audio recording gear; concepts and practical use of nonlinear digital editing gear, planning and scripting using applications of various filmmaking techniques; and delivery of a finished project.

FILM 250 - CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN CINEMA

Short Title: CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN CINEMA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This class examines trends in European cinema of the last fifteen years. Particular attention will be given to the issues of history, memory and national identity in Europe's shifting geopolitical climate, and to the formal and aesthetic concerns with which filmmakers responded to these shifts. The discussion will include films by Michael Haneke, Fatih Akin, Christian Mingiu and others. Cross-list: HART 250.

FILM 273 - INTRODUCTION TO FILM: FILM CRITICISM

Short Title: INTRODUCTION TO FILM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: A writing-intensive course that teaches students to view films analytically and to write film criticism. Each week, students will view a film, read criticism of that film, and write their own review of the film. Screenings will be taken from important movements in world cinema history. Cross-list: ENGL 275, HART 285.

FILM 275 - COMICS AND SEQUENTIAL ART

Short Title: COMICS AND SEQUENTIAL ART

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: An introduction to the art of combining words and pictures: diverse applications such as storyboarding for stage and screen, comic books and graphic novels, and serial or multiples in a variety of media all fall under the umbrella of Sequential Art. Through instruction, demos, readings and practice, students will learn the history and implementation of linear visual narratives utilizing the Comics Art Teaching and Study Workshop as a resource. Students in this class will also participate in the construction and establishment of a permanent research center for the study of Comic Book Art within the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster. Cross-list: ARTS 230.

FILM 280 - HISTORY & AESTHETICS OF FILM

Short Title: HISTORY & AESTHETICS OF FILM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Introduction to the art and aesthetics of film as an artifact produced within certain social contexts. Includes style, narrative, mise-en-scene, editing, sound, and ideology in classical Hollywood cinema, as well as in independent, alternative, nonfiction, and Third World cinemas. Cross-list: ARTS 280, HART 280.

FILM 281 - THE BEGINNINGS OF CINEMA

Short Title: THE BEGINNINGS OF CINEMA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This class studies the emergence of cinema in the context of cultural developments at the turn of the 20th century. Early films will be examined together with such contemporaneous issues as technologies of vision, modern mass culture, urban expansion and consumerism. Cross-list: HART 281.

FILM 284 - NONFICTION FILM

Short Title: NONFICTION FILM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Introduction to the history and aesthetics of nonfiction film as both a social artifact and as a work of art. Includes discussions of actualities, the city film, the social documentary, surrealist cinema, propaganda, ethnography, the essay film, and the contemporary nonfiction film from around the world. Cross-list: HART 284.

FILM 285 - AUTEUR FILM: CASE STUDIES OF THREE AUTEURS

Short Title: AUTEUR FILM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course will explore the tradition of auteur filmmaking, with an emphasis on how this particular artistic mode situates itself within the evolving system of Hollywood institutional film. The auteur, in contrast to other filmmakers, exhibits unparalleled control over the production and post-production processes and is uniquely identifiable through the notable conventions of aesthetics, style, theme, content, atmosphere, etc. FILM 485/HART 481 ( 4 Credit Hours ) will require completion of additional coursework for the additional credit than the FILM 285/HART 283 (3 Credit Hours). Credit may not be received for more than one of FILM 285 or FILM 485 or Hart 283 or HART 481. Cross-list: HART 283. Equivalency: FILM 485. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FILM 285 and FILM 485.

FILM 287 - INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL VIDEO AND INSTALLATION ART

Short Title: INTRO TO VIDEO AND INSTALL ART

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Learn to create unique experiences by sculpting time and space. With an emphasis on production and practice, this course introduces students to installation art and non-traditional, experimental uses of video. Students will learn the basic tools and techniques of digital video production using Adobe Premiere and After Effects.

Course URL: www.arts.rice.edu/

FILM 308 - IMPROVISATION FOR STAGE AND SCREEN

Short Title: IMPROV FOR STAGE AND SCREEN

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This is a course in the practical training of comedic, long-form, improvisation. Students will learn how to craft scenes spontaneously using tools like character dynamic, status, comedic pattern, beat structuring, and agreement. Classic forms of scenic improv will be taught and the course will also examine the role of improvisation in comedy films, video, and the creation of sketch comedy. Students will get to practice their skills by crafting videos in the class' culmination run of improv shows. Cross-list: THEA 308.

FILM 321 - LIFE IN REAL-TIME

Short Title: LIFE IN REAL-TIME

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course explores digital video as a contemporary art medium rich with possibilities of cultural critique. We will examine how artists deploy the speed of time-based media to underscore the urgency of specific environmental issues and offer observations on serous issues through the use of metaphor, irony, and humor. We will compare and contrast these ways through reading, films, and presentations.

FILM 323 - EXPERIMENTAL SOUND AND VIDEO

Short Title: EXPERIMENTAL SOUND AND VIDEO

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: The purpose of this course is to create experimental, collaborative digital media artworks. Students will learn the basic tools and techniques of digital video and audio production. Students will engage in experiment with sound and moving images by working to complete a number of short projects. Pre-registration of this course is limited to 8 students. 4 additional places will be reserved for VADA and Shepherd School of Music majors. Cross-list: MUSI 316. Repeatable for Credit.

FILM 327 - DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

Short Title: DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of the expressive possibilities of documentary production using digital systems. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: ANTH 324, ARTS 327.

FILM 328 - FILMMAKING I

Short Title: FILMMAKING I

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Dramatic film production class that requires the making of one digital video and one 16mm film. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: ARTS 328.

FILM 329 - FILM FORM

Short Title: FILM FORM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Viewing, analysis, and discussion of modern and classic films. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: ARTS 329.

FILM 332 - CRITICAL STUDIES OF MULTIMEDIA ARTS

Short Title: CRITICAL STU OF MULTIMEDIA ART

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Critical Studies for Multimedia Arts is a course designed to familiarize art and non-art majors with key theories and core concepts in modern and contemporary multimedia art. Students will examine a broad spectrum of specific topics in contemporary artwork related conceptually to: space/time; bodies and performance; "sculptural" studies in an expanded field and video & film space. This is a multi-dimensional class consisting of guest lectures, artist-speakers, and field trips to local museums, galleries and alternative art spaces. This course will include discussions on readings, writings and special projects. This promises to be a fun and thought-provoking class and is designed to enhance studio practice and encourage interest in the visual arts. Cross-list: ARTS 332, FOTO 332, THEA 332.

FILM 334 - FILM LITERATURE

Short Title: FILMING LITERATURE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course engages a wide range of filmic adaptations of literary texts, with close attention to the specificity of the medium, genre and sub-genre, narrative and point of view.

FILM 336 - CINEMA AND THE CITY

Short Title: CINEMA AND THE CITY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This class explores representations of the city in 20th and 21st century world cinema. Central concerns will include the city as cinematic protagonist, parallels between urban and cinematic space and the intertwined histories of both film and urban design over the last century. Cross-list: ASIA 355, HART 336.

FILM 339 - A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE

Short Title: TRENDS IN CUBAN CULTURE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This research seminar will explore contemporary trends in Cuban culture through literary texts, films, music and works of art. We will examine the ways in which politics and the practices of artistic representation intersect in post-revolutionary Cuba. A research trip to Cuba has been organized as part of this seminar. Course taught in Spanish. Instructor Permission Required. Cross-list: HART 304, SPPO 375.

FILM 351 - HOLOCAUST REPRESENTATION IN LITERATURE, ART, AND FILM

Short Title: HOLOCAUST REPRESENTATION

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course will address the representation of the Holocaust in literature, art, and film. Is the Holocaust representable? What literary and artistic techniques and devices have been employed to represent the unrepresentable? Through Holocaust narrative, poetry, fiction, art, memorials, documentary and narrative film, we will explore these questions. Cross-list: JWST 351. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FILM 351 and FILM 349/RELI 349.

FILM 359 - CINEMAS OF URBAN ALIENATION

Short Title: CINEMAS OF URBAN ALIENATION

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This seminar examines cinematic engagements with urban spaces and experiences around the world spanning the last two centuries. Particular attention will be paid to issues of migration, marginality, colonialism, war and post-war, nostalgia and memory, race and gender. Cities of focus include Berlin, Istanbul, Moscow, Algiers, Beirut and Paris. Our weekly discussions of individual films will be grounded in critical writings of the cities' histories and theories of space and film. Cross-list: ARCH 359, HART 359.

FILM 361 - WHAT IS CINEMA? CLASSIC READINGS OF CLASSIC FILMS

Short Title: WHAT IS CINEMA?

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Using a variety of readings now considered classics as our guide, this class will look closely at a broad range of films and film movements discussed by critics and theorists such as Rudolf Amheim, Jean Epstein, Sergei Fisenstein, Walter Benjamin and Andre Bazin. Cross-list: HART 361.

FILM 373 - SURVEY OF AMERICAN FILM AND CULTURE

Short Title: SURVEY OF AMER FILM & CULTURE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: A course that explores the history of cinema in the U.S. from its origins to the present day. Cross-list: ENGL 373, HART 380.

Course URL: www.english.rice.edu

FILM 378 - PLACE AND MEMORY IN MIDDLE EASTERN AND EUROPEAN CINEMA

Short Title: MEMORY AND PLACE IN CINEMA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Focuses on cinematic explorations of and preoccupations with the notion of place. Screenings include iconic and lesser - known films from Europe and the Middle East that offer diverse lenses and contexts (love, family, landscapes, borders, trauma, exile) through which we will examine questions of real and imagined place and the politics of memory. Cross-list: ANTH 378, HART 391.

FILM 380 - RIPPED, RECYCLED AND REMADE CINEMA

Short Title: RECYCLED CINEMA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This hybrid seminar/production class investigates the practice cinematic quoting in media works. We will look at how the appropriation process critiques political and cultural concerns between the source and reworked material, new conversations it introduces, and these works in relation to fair-using, hijacking, open sourcing, and stealing.

FILM 381 - MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB

Short Title: MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Students will collaborate with health professionals to create solutions to real-world medical communication, visualization and design problems. Working individually and in teams, students will apply critical thinking and theory to hands-on design. Projects may include production of short videos, infographics, app development, 3-D virtual models, creative writing, and other media arts. Cross-list: ENGL 386.

Course URL: www.english.rice.edu

FILM 382 - MODALITIES OF CINEMA

Short Title: MODALITIES OF CINEMA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: In this course we will survey the range of organizing principles of cinema- the differing and combative ways cinema arranges its images and sounds. We will look at classicism, modernism, postmodernism and many other modes. The films will range from early silent pictures, to experimental shorts, to commercial blockbusters. Cross-list: HART 382.

FILM 383 - GLOBAL CINEMA

Short Title: GLOBAL CINEMA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course introduces students to cinema as a global enterprise. It explores the relationship between nations, identities, races, concepts, and genres. It inquires into the question of globalization as it relates to the motion picture audience, corporations, and the commerce of ideas. Cross-list: HART 383.

FILM 384 - AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA

Short Title: AMERICAN INDEPENDENT CINEMA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Explores the history of filmmaking outside of Hollywood in the United States throughout the 20th century, emphasizing the period from 1959 to the present. Special attention to the contributions of marginalized communities and the art world, innovative film styles, and the interdependence of alternative and mainstream media cultures. Cross-list: ENGL 384.

Course URL: www.english.rice.edu

FILM 385 - FILM STUDIES

Short Title: FILM STUDIES

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: A variable topics course that may focus on such areas as film genres, national cinemas, world cinema, directors or other thematically organized topics. Cross-list: ENGL 385. Repeatable for Credit.

Course URL: www.english.rice.edu

FILM 386 - MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB

Short Title: MEDIA STUDIES

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3-4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: A variable topics course that addresses interdisciplinary approaches to studying the relationships between film, photography, television, and digital technologies such as the internet and computer-generated imaging. Cross-list: ENGL 388. Repeatable for Credit.

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FILM 388 - POST WAR EUROPEAN CINEMA

Short Title: POST WAR EUROPEAN CINEMA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This class surveys major developments in European cinema from the late 1940s to the late 1960s. Our study will include such movements as Italian Neorealism, German Rubble Films, French New Wave, and Soviet cinema in the Thaw. Particular attention will be paid to such issues as cinema and post-war reconstruction, memory and nation, and body and space. Cross-list: HART 388.

FILM 389 - FILM MELODRAMA

Short Title: FILM MELODRAMA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Melodrama - the genre of tears, sensationalism and excess - has long been the focus of critical debates. Initially dismissed as mere escapism, melodrama films have begun to generate nuanced studies about their engagement with issues of gender, sexuality, class, and race. This seminar examines aesthetic, socio-political, and psychological dimensions of film melodrama, including historical works by Vidor, Sirk, Godard, and Fassbinder, as well as more recent projects by Haynes and Almodovar. Cross-list: HART 389.

FILM 395 - FILM INTERNSHIP

Short Title: FILM INTERNSHIP

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course is a field-based, supervised, professional learning experience designed to enhance classroom learning. Students will be responsible for identifying and securing internship positions and must obtain permission from the department chairman and have a department faculty sponsor. All interns are required to keep an internship journal recording duties and activities; the journal will be used as the basis of a five-page paper summarizing the internship experience. Documentation of the work produced during the internship is required portfolio, CD, DVD, etc. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

FILM 396 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN FILM & VIDEOTAPE MAKING

Short Title: SPEC. PROB: FILM & VIDEO

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of problems in film and film production. Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

FILM 420 - FILM STUDIO

Short Title: FILM STUDIO

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): FILM 327 and FILM 328

Description: A class for advanced filmmaking students working independently, but meeting as a group to participate in discussions about a variety of filmmaking topics. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

FILM 427 - ADVANCED FILMMAKING

Short Title: ADVANCED FILMMAKING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): FILM 225 and (FILM 327 or ARTS 327) and (FILM 328 or ARTS 328)

Description: Advanced documentary production using digital camera and editing systems. Continuation of FILM 327. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: ARTS 427.

FILM 428 - FILMMAKING II

Short Title: FILMMAKING II

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: 16mm film production course utilizing handmade cinema techniques. Space in class is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: ARTS 428.

FILM 430 - ADVANCED METHODS IN SOUND, CINEMATOGRAPHY, AND EDITING

Short Title: ADVANCED CINEMATOGRAPHY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): FILM 327

Description: This class will prepare students for more rigorous work in professional media. Building on the basic understanding of sound, image, and editing, students will focus on the controlled and strategic use of techniques and equipment. We will explore visual representation theory, psychoacoustics and narrative sound design, and the use of editing as a storytelling mechanism. Students will gain valuable and realistic crew experience and learn to anticipate and understand many aspects of film production.

FILM 432 - FILM GENRE: THE WESTERN

Short Title: FILM GENRE: THE WESTERN

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Survey of the essential American film experience spanning all the years of U.S. cinema, with emphasis on the western and its mythic function in society. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Cross-list: ARTS 432.

FILM 433 - FILM GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION CINEMA

Short Title: FILM GENRE: SCIENCE FICTION

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: In this course we will trace the history and elements of the popular film genre of science fiction, from early silents to recent configurations. We will look at the links between the genre cinema itself. Topics for the Film Genre courses will vary and will include the uncanny, transhumanism, utopia and dystopia, and technology.

FILM 435 - SEMINAR ON FILM AUTHORSHIP: THE NEW HOLLYWOOD

Short Title: SEMINAR ON FILM AUTHORSHIP

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This seminar covers the concept of authorship in Hollywood cinema since 1968. Filmmakers include Francis Ford Coppola, David Lynch, The Coen Brothers, and Charlie Kauffman. Cross-list: ARTS 435, HART 480.

FILM 444 - HANDMADE FILM

Short Title: HANDMADE FILM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: 16mm film production course utilizing handmade cinema techniques, 4 required 16mm films made using surface treatments, shooting with a 16mm film camera, hand developing, classic animation, crating soundtracks and digital editing. Space in class is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. Cross-list: ARTS 444.

FILM 455 - VIDEO AND EXPLANDED CINEMA

Short Title: VIDEO AND EXPANDED CINEMA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This seminar explores the emergence of video and "expanded cinema" as a primary field of artistic practice over the course of the 1960s and 1970s. We will examine seminal works by artists including Andy Warhol, Dan Graham, and Robert Whitman as well as the shifting aesthetic, political, and media landscapes in which this work emerged. Cross-list: HART 457.

FILM 456 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN FILMMAKING

Short Title: SPECIAL PROBLEM: FILMMAKING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of advanced problems in film and film production. Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

FILM 483 - DOCUMENTARY AND ETHNOGRAPHIC FILM

Short Title: DOCUMENTARY & ETHNOGRAPH FILM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Overview of the history of documentary and ethnographic cinema from a worldwide perspective. Includes both canonical and alternative films and film movements with emphasis on the shifting and overlapping boundaries of fiction and nonfiction genres.

FILM 485 - AUTEUR FILM: CASE STUDIES OF THREE AUTEURS

Short Title: AUTEUR FILM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course will explore the tradition of auteur filmmaking, with an emphasis on how this particular artistic mode situates itself within the evolving system of Hollywood institutional film. The auteur, in contrast to other filmmakers, exhibits unparalleled control over the production and post-production processes and is uniquely identifiable through the notable conventions of aesthetics, style, theme, content, atmosphere, etc. FILM 485/HART 481 ( 4 Credit Hours ) will require completion of additional coursework for the additional credit than the FILM 285/HART 283 (3 Credit Hours). Credit may not be received for more than one of FILM 285 or FILM 485 or Hart 283 or HART 481. Cross-list: HART 481. Equivalency: FILM 285. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FILM 485 and FILM 285.

Photography (FOTO)

FOTO 200 - PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE COMMUNITY

Short Title: PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE COMMUNITY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This course offers students the use of photography as a medium through which to interact, to document, or to collaborate with the Houston community. Projects may involve photo documentation of specific neighborhoods, photo essays on issues related to public welfare, profiles of community leaders, or collaboration with individual teachers or artist in the community. Students may work individually, in pairs, or in groups as they identify the specific community topic that they wish to address through photography. Prior experience in photography may be helpful, but is not required. Basic instruction in digital photography, editing, processing, and printing will be provided.

FOTO 205 - INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY

Short Title: INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Introduction to black and white photography through exploration of light-sensitive materials, film and digital cameras, and computers. Assignments include viewing analysis, discussion, and writing about pictures to improve visual awareness, technical skills, and understanding of meaning in photography's continuing history. Final roster to be determined by the instructor on the first day of class. Enrollment in section 002 of this course is reserved for new matriculants only.

FOTO 206 - PHOTOGRAPHY II

Short Title: PHOTOGRAPHY II

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 205 or FOTO 205

Description: Continued exploration of the basic materials and processes of the photographic medium. Includes viewing, analysis, and discussion of the medium's history and current trends. Space in studio class is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor.

FOTO 210 - BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Short Title: BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Introduction to digital photography through exploration of light, camera, and computer. Assignments include looking, taking, discussing, adjusting, printing and writing about photographs. The class is a balance of visual awareness, technical skills and meaning in the context of photography’s continuing history. Primary software application is Adobe Lightroom which is provided on computer in the VADA Digital Lab in the Rice Media Center; students must provide their own digital camera. Instructor Permission Required. Cross-list: HART 209.

FOTO 216 - 35MM PHOTOGRAPHY

Short Title: 35MM PHOTOGRAPHY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Introduction to 35mm photography. Space in studio class is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor.

FOTO 263 - EPISODES IN THE HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY: FROM INVENTION TO THE PRESENT

Short Title: HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This class aims to examine the history of photography in the nineteenth century as it develops within a number of specific thematics, from medium's conception in the late eighteenth-century through to debates in the twentieth century about photography's relationship to artistic and social issues. Instructor Permission Required. Cross-list: HART 263. Mutually Exclusive: Credit cannot be earned for FOTO 263 and HART 363.

FOTO 295 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Short Title: SPEC PROB PHOTOGRAPHY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Study of problems at the introductory level in creative art. Topics may vary. Please consult with department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

FOTO 304 - PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIA FOR ARTISTS

Short Title: PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDIA FOR ARTISTS

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): FOTO 205 or ARTS 205 or ARTS 225 or ARTS 301

Description: Guided exploration of traditional and non-traditional photographic media for students with prior experience in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, or photography. Photographic media open for students' exploration will include, but not limited to, black and white silver printing, traditional photographic color printing, digital printing, and oil pigment on photographic images. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor.

FOTO 305 - PHOTOGRAPHY III

Short Title: PHOTOGRAPHY III

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of advanced problems in photography, with emphasis on the independent pursuit of projects submitted by the students. Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Instructor Permission Required.

FOTO 306 - PHOTOGRAPHY IV

Short Title: PHOTOGRAPHY IV

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of advanced problems in photography with emphasis on the independent pursuit of projects submitted by the students. Continuation of FOTO 305 (formerly ARTS 305). Space in studio classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor. Instructor Permission Required.

FOTO 310 - INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHTOGRAPHY

Short Title: INTERMEDIATE DIGITAL PHOTO

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): FOTO 205 or FOTO 210

Description: A continuation of FOTO 210, which is a prerequisite for this course. The emphasis is on making photographs as distinct from taking them. The course explores the malleability of the digital medium through the use of digital tools in Adobe Photoshop, which is provided on the computers in the VADA Digital Lab in the Rice Media Center. Students must provide their own digital camera.

FOTO 332 - CRITICAL STUDIES OF MULTIMEDIA ARTS

Short Title: CRITICAL STU OF MULTIMEDIA ART

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Critical Studies for Multimedia Arts is a course designed to familiarize art and non-art majors with key theories and core concepts in modern and contemporary multimedia art. Students will examine a broad spectrum of specific topics in contemporary artwork related conceptually to: space/time; bodies and performance; "sculptural" studies in an expanded field and video & film space. This is a multi-dimensional class consisting of guest lectures, artist-speakers, and field trips to local museums, galleries and alternative art spaces. This course will include discussions on readings, writings and special projects. This promises to be a fun and thought-provoking class and is designed to enhance studio practice and encourage interest in the visual arts. Cross-list: ARTS 332, FILM 332, THEA 332.

FOTO 345 - COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY I

Short Title: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY I

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): (ARTS 205 or FOTO 205) and (ARTS 206 or FOTO 206)

Description: Study in the fundamentals of color photography. Includes problems in exposing color negative and transparency film, as well as photographic and digital color printing. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor.

FOTO 346 - COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY II

Short Title: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY II

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): (ARTS 205 or FOTO 205) and (ARTS 206 or FOTO 206)

Description: Study in the fundamental techniques of color photography. Includes special problems in color camera work, color negative and transparency processing, and color printing. Continuation of FOTO 345 (formerly ARTS 345). Space in studio class is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor.

FOTO 366 - THE ROAD AS EXPERIENCE AND METAPHOR IN PHOTOGRAPHIC PRACTICE

Short Title: ROAD TRIP PHOTOGRAPHY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): FOTO 205 or FOTO 210

Description: A search for America and the self through the written and visual literature of moving through the American landscape. This course will search for motifs to emulate in small formats and short distances, as preamble to the culmination recorded in a self-designed book of each personal odyssey. Repeatable for Credit.

FOTO 383 - PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKMAKING

Short Title: PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKMAKING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): ARTS 205 or FOTO 205 or FOTO 210 or HART 209 or FOTO 310

Description: Intermediate problems in photography culminating in the production of an original book. Students will pursue a project involving either film-based or digital photography, edit, layout, and then produce their own book. Students will participate in scheduled critiques. Priority will be given to students who have taken two or more semesters of photography at Rice.

FOTO 385 - PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINAR

Short Title: PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINAR

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Advanced problems in photography including, but not limited to, color and black and white film-based photography, view camera, and alternative processes. Students will be given advanced assignments tailored to the format and medium they wish to pursue will participate in scheduled critiques of the full class. Space in the class is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in the course. Priority will be given to students who have taken two or more semesters of photography at Rice. The class roster will be formulated by the instructor on the first day of class. Repeatable for Credit.

FOTO 388 - PHOTOGRAPHY IN CHINA

Short Title: PHOTOGRAPHY IN CHINA

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3,4

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Open to all students within the university who are interested in deepening their understanding of China and improving their photography skills. This course will study China through the history of photography, looking at ways in which China has been viewed by both Chinese and visiting photographers. Students will learn documentary skills and travel to China during spring break to gather materials for their own projects. Instructor Permission Required. Cross-list: ASIA 388.

FOTO 390 - VISUALIZING NATURE

Short Title: VISUALIZING NATURE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: An experimental course combining the scientific disciplines of the earth sciences with the artistic disciplines of creative photography to study the natural landscape and related ecosystems. The course will combine classroom lectures and laboratory demonstrations in geoscience with classes in the use of digital and film-based cameras and illustrated lectures on recognized achievements in landscape photography. Extensive field trips will be scheduled. Students will travel frequently, at times in pairs, other times in larger groups and as a full class, accompanied by one or both professors. The budget for the course includes funding both for travel and for photography expenses. Instructor Permission Required. Cross-list: ESCI 380.

FOTO 395 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Short Title: SPEC PROB:PHOTOGRAPHY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of problems in creative art. Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

FOTO 410 - ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Short Title: ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: A continuation of FOTO 310, this course offers advanced photo-art students a chance to develop a personal body of artwork supported by digital image processing. Student-driven projects will influence the choice of technical topics covered in class. For example, some techniques covered may include digital animation, digital painting, 3D compositing, or master printing. Students will be expected to critique their work and that of other artists shown on Rice campus and in Houston. Students entering the course should be proficient in the use of Adobe Photoshop. A semester-long project is due at the end of the class.

FOTO 454 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS - PHOTOGRAPHY

Short Title: SPECIAL PROBLEMS-PHOTOGRAPHY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Study of advanced problems in creative art. Topics may vary. Please consult with the department for additional information. May be used in awarding transfer credit. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

Theatre (THEA)

THEA 100 - STAGE CRAFT

Short Title: STAGE CRAFT

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Introduction to materials, tools, and standard theatre production techniques. Theory and practice of scenic building and painting techniques, creation of props, sound support requirements, and running crew during performance. No Lab hours required.

THEA 101 - THEATRE TECHNOLOGY: COSTUME CONSTRUCTION

Short Title: THEA TECH: COSTUME CONSTRUCTON

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Introduction to the materials, tools, and standard techniques of costume/clothing construction. Lab hours required.

THEA 102 - INTRODUCTION OF ACTING

Short Title: INTRODUCTION TO ACTING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This is a class in the basic terminology and craft of acting. It will encompass voice and movement training, as well as basic technical theatre terminology and vocabulary for the actor. The course work will progress from ensemble/group work and individual exercises/ monologues to scenes. Space in classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor.

THEA 103 - THEATRE TECHNOLOGY

Short Title: THEATRE TECHNOLOGY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Introduction to lighting and sound equipment, tools, and board operation. Theory and practice of lighting and sound materials, hang and focus, programming both sound and lights boards as well as introduction to projection elements. No lab required.

THEA 202 - COSTUME AND PATTERN DRAFTING AND DRAPING FOR STAGE

Short Title: PATTERN DRAFTING AND DRAPING

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Prerequisite(s): THEA 101

Description: This course enables students to explore pattern-making, design, fit and alteration of costumes for the stage. The course will familiarize students with the draping method of pattern development and the flat-patterning method of pattern development in order to create three-dimensional period and contemporary costumes for the theatre based on two-dimensional research and theatrical designer drawings. Instructor Permission Required.

THEA 207 - MAKEUP FOR THE STAGE

Short Title: MAKEUP FOR THE STAGE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: This is a hands-on class that explores the principals of stage makeup materials and skills, methods and techniques that are used in an actor's transformation for the stage. This includes techniques for moderate and extreme aging, injuries and character roles and period styles. Class will use the application of analytical and research skills in the visual development of the character. Class size limited to 10.

THEA 270 - BIG PAINTING: MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES FOR THEATRICAL PAINTING

Short Title: BIG PAINTING FOR THEATRE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Big Painting: Materials and Techniques for Theatrical Painting will examine the materials and techniques usually associated with scenic and theatrical painting but as applied to the context of 21st century contemporary art practices. Students will learn how to make big paintings. This course has limited enrollment. The roster is formatted on the first day class by the instructor, who may allow additional registration for majors and underclassmen. It is necessary to attend the first class meeting to confirm your place on the class roster. Cross-list: ARTS 270.

THEA 300 - INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE DESIGN

Short Title: INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE DESIGN

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to the theory and practice of theatre design through exploration of the principles and elements of design as they apply to scenery, lighting, and costumes with an emphasis on text analysis and research. Students will complete and present a variety of projects.

THEA 301 - ACTING I

Short Title: ACTING I

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to the fundamentals of acting through the exploration of actor training techniques based on the theories of Stanislavsky, Strasburg, Adler, Meisner, and Hagen, emphasizing the actor's primary tools: voice, body, emotional life, and imagination.

THEA 302 - ACTING II

Short Title: ACTING II

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): THEA 301

Description: Text analysis for the actor with particular emphasis on a thorough investigation of given circumstances and dramatic action. Students will work on scenes from Ibsen to contemporary playwrights. Space in classes is limited. Registration does not guarantee a place in class. The class roster is formulated on the first day of class by the individual instructor.

THEA 303 - INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

Short Title: INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: A survey course of the art and theory of the theatre through an examination of dramatic literature from the Greeks through the modern era. The course will also explore the craft of the theatre as it is practiced today. Requires attending several theatre productions in local Houston venues. Cross-list: ENGL 390.

Course URL: www.english.rice.edu

THEA 304 - COSTUME DESIGN

Short Title: COSTUME DESIGN

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Exploration of costume design and the designers' role in the collaborative process. Students will read diverse plays then present design projects that explore character, storytelling, and the relationship between performer and audience. Students will experiment with rendering techniques to explore the visual language of period and contemporary clothing.

THEA 305 - LIGHTING DESIGN

Short Title: LIGHTING DESIGN

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): THEA 300

Description: Exploration of the role that lighting plays in a production and the lighting designer's place as an artist in the collaboration process. Emphasis on the practical application of the controllable properties of light as they apply to theatre. Students will be required to complete a variety of projects including light labs responding to music and culminating in a final lighting project.

THEA 306 - SCENIC DESIGN

Short Title: SCENIC DESIGN

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): THEA 300

Description: Advanced examination of the principles of scenic design including research, rendering, technical drawing, model construction, text analysis and the role of the scenic designer in collaboration with directors, actors, and other designers. Students will read and analyze a variety of plays in different periods and styles, and then, based on text analysis and research, complete and present design projects.

THEA 307 - HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, AND CLOTHING FOR THEATRE DESIGNERS

Short Title: HIST FOR THEATER DESIGNERS

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE, INTERIORS, AND CLOTHING FOR THEATRE DESIGNERS ***** Survey of the major period styles of buildings, homes, furnishings, and clothing from ancient Egypt through the 20th century including a critical analysis of the interdependent nature of the evolution of design and the relationship to the cultures in which they were created. Repeatable for Credit.

THEA 308 - IMPROVISATION FOR STAGE AND SCREEN

Short Title: IMPROV FOR STAGE AND SCREEN

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This is a course in the practical training of comedic, long-form, improvisation. Students will learn how to craft scenes spontaneously using tools like character dynamic, status, comedic pattern, beat structuring, and agreement. Classic forms of scenic improv will be taught and the course will also examine the role of improvisation in comedy films, video, and the creation of sketch comedy. Students will get to practice their skills by crafting videos in the class' culmination run of improv shows. Cross-list: FILM 308.

THEA 309 - MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO

Short Title: MUSICAL THEATRE STUDIO

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Practical training and experience in musical theatre performance. This course will focus on the particular challenges that musical theatre presents as distinct from non-musical theatre. Performance techniques will emphasize the skills necessary for successful presentation of a musical number by an actor, as well as how to prepare an effective audition.

THEA 310 - THE SPOKEN TEXT

Short Title: THE SPOKEN TEXT

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): THEA 301

Description: An exploration of language through voice, movement and text as one of the actor's primary means of communication and expression. The student will analyze, rehearse, and perform scenes from the work of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Recommended prerequisite(s): ENGL 321.

THEA 311 - HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATRE

Short Title: HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATRE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course is designed to familiarize students with the repertoire of a uniquely American art form that has had a widespread cultural influence. It will present a historical perspective of the decades of musical theatre from the 1920s to the present, with particular emphasis on representative innovative examples of change and the transition from musical comedy into musical theatre.

THEA 312 - DIRECTING I

Short Title: DIRECTING I

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): THEA 301

Description: An introductory course exploring the tools and craft of the stage director. Students will learn how to analyze dramatic text and will gain a fundamental knowledge of the director's basic skills, including composition, picture, movement, rhythm, and pantomimic dramatization. Recommended prerequisite(s): THEA 303 or 300.

THEA 315 - THEATRE IN WESTERN CULTURE: A HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION

Short Title: INTRO TO THEATRE HISTORY

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Through reading and watching a selection of major plays and exploring other primary historical and critical sources, students in this course will study the development of the western dramatic tradition from ancient roots to modern day. Students will explore how the theatrical experience reflects and effects the society in which it exists and will consider how theater holds a mirror up to cultural power, taboos, and changes.

THEA 320 - GENDER, SEXUALITY AND THE ADAPTATION OF TRANSATIONAL LITERATURE TO PERFORMANCE

Short Title: GENDER AND PERFORMANCE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course examines the embodiment of gender and sexuality through the oral interpretation of transnational literature. Students will learn how to analyze and adapt to performance novels and short stories from various global and historical contexts that exemplify the genre of the "coming of age" narrative. Cross-list: SWGS 320.

THEA 322 - DIRECTING SHAKESPEARE

Short Title: DIRECTING SHAKESPEARE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): THEA 301

Description: Staging Shakespeare's plays for modern audiences: learning to speak the lines "trippingly off the tongue", analyzing textual clues, and researching the period to find correlations to contemporary society in the process of active rehearsal. Students will work with THEA 310 to stage a final scene. Recommended prerequisite(s): THEA 310.

THEA 323 - VOICE AND SPEECH FOR THEATRE

Short Title: VOICE AND SPEECH FOR THEATRE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Development of an expressive speaking voice through awareness and overcoming physical and vocal habits and limitations, including alignment, relaxation, breath support, resonance, tone and projection. Recommended prerequisite(s): THEA 301.

THEA 324 - MOVEMENT FOR STAGE AND STAGE COMBAT

Short Title: COMBAT & MOVEMENT FOR STAGE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture/Laboratory

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Introduction to body dynamics and stage combat through partner exercises, physical stretching and conditioning, ensemble movement, full body awareness, focus, action and counter-action, precision, and economy of effort. Recommended prerequisite(s): THEA 301.

THEA 325 - ACTING FOR FILM

Short Title: ACTING FOR FILM

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Prerequisite(s): THEA 102 or THEA 301

Description: This course provides an introduction to the art of acting on camera. It emphasizes specific techniques of speech, movement, character development, and the creation of relationships as they relate to the recorded medium (film, television, commercials, industrial films). The elements of study include proper voice placement, appropriate acting styles, and subtlety in performance. Student performances will be videotaped for study.

THEA 330 - CONTEMPORARY DRAMATIC LITERATURE

Short Title: CONTEMP DRAMATIC LITERATURE

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: In this course we will examine contemporary American plays that have had a significant impact on theatrical form or that are highly reflective of contemporary society. Playwrights whose work will be studied will include Mamet, Guare, Lucas, Wilson and many others.

THEA 331 - THEATRE PRODUCTION

Short Title: THEATRE PRODUCTION

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Studio

Distribution Group: Distribution Group I

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Practical application of skills acquired in previous THEA courses in a realized Theatre Program production as a company member. Admission to class requires either an audition, interview, or portfolio review with the director and/or production manager. Possible roles include: actor, assistant director, stage manager, assistant stage manager, designer, and technical support in scenery, costumes, lighting, or sound. Prerequisites: permission of instructor. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

THEA 332 - CRITICAL STUDIES OF MULTIMEDIA ARTS

Short Title: CRITICAL STU OF MULTIMEDIA ART

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Seminar

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Critical Studies for Multimedia Arts is a course designed to familiarize art and non-art majors with key theories and core concepts in modern and contemporary multimedia art. Students will examine a broad spectrum of specific topics in contemporary artwork related conceptually to: space/time; bodies and performance; "sculptural" studies in an expanded field and video & film space. This is a multi-dimensional class consisting of guest lectures, artist-speakers, and field trips to local museums, galleries and alternative art spaces. This course will include discussions on readings, writings and special projects. This promises to be a fun and thought-provoking class and is designed to enhance studio practice and encourage interest in the visual arts. Cross-list: ARTS 332, FILM 332, FOTO 332.

THEA 396 - THEATRE INTERNSHIP

Short Title: THEATRE INTERNSHIP

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: This course is a field-based, supervised, professional learning experience designed to enhance classroom learning. Students will be responsible for identifying and securing internship positions and must obtain permission from the department chairman and have a department faculty sponsor. All interns are required to keep an internship journal recording duties and activities; the journal will be used as the basis of a five-page paper summarizing the internship experience. Documentation of the work produced during the internship is required, portfolio, CD, DVD, etc. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

THEA 432 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS: DIRECTING AND DESIGN

Short Title: SPEC PROB: DIRECT & DESIGN

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-3

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Independent study. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

THEA 435 - SPECIAL PROBLEMS: ADVANCED TOPICS

Short Title: SPEC PROB:ADVANCED TOPICS

Department: Visual and Dramatic Arts

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Independent Study

Credit Hours: 1-6

Restrictions: Graduate level students may not enroll.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Independent study. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

Description and Code Legend

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference: 

Course Catalog/Schedule 

  • Course offerings/subject code for Visual and Dramatic Arts: ARTS 
  • Course offerings/subject code for Film: FILM 
  • Course offerings/subject code for Photography: FOTO 
  • Course offerings/subject code for Theatre: THEA 

Department Description and Code

  • Visual and Dramatic Arts: VADA 

Undergraduate Degree Description and Code 

  • Bachelor of Arts degree: BA 

Undergraduate Major Description and Code 

  • Major in Visual and Dramatic Arts: VADA 

Undergraduate Major Concentration Descriptions and Codes

  • Major Concentration in Film and Photography: VFIL 
  • Major Concentration in Studio Art: VSTU 
  • Major Concentration in Theatre: VTHE