Fine and Performing Arts

Courses are offered in Art, Music, Theatre, and several Languages.

Art

ART 101 (3 credits)

Drawing I

Applied study of drawing with emphasis on foundational elements, composition, materials, processes and aesthetic perception.

ART 103 (3 credits)

Color and Design

Study of the elements and principles of design and experimentation in the physical, psychological and theoretical use of color as applied to two-dimensional design. Students will learn to conceptualize, visualize and organize original designs.

ART 105 (3 credits)

Art Appreciation

An introductory course in art where visual manifestations of ideas are studied from pre-historic times through the present. Students will explore the development of social, political, philosophical, and theological ideas as they relate to art. Does not satisfy the art minor.

ART 106 (3 credits)

Design and Crafts

A course for students who wish to broaden and develop their creative skills, using a variety of materials and experimenting with various processes.

ART 120 (3 credits)

Ceramics I

Clay, the most available art material, is used in a variety of hand-built formations such as pinch pot, slab and coil. Basic steps in glazing and underglazing are done on greenware and bisqueware.

ART 201 (3 credits)

Drawing II

Intermediate level course providing opportunities for further work in drawing with emphasis on achieving individual self-expression. Prerequisite: ART 101 or permission of instructor.

ART 208 (3 credits)

Painting I

An introductory course in painting using the traditional medium of oil. Basic studies in the formal and technical process of image arragement and techniques are explored. Direct observation assignments and historical trends and painting methods are experienced.

ART 209 (3 credits)

Basic Photography

Study of the creative process using photographic principles and techniques, including black and white darkroom procedures. 35mm camera with manual capabilities required.

ART 212 (3 credits)

Teaching Art

Study of ways to adapt visual arts concepts derived from studio arts, art history, art criticism and aesthetics across the early childhood, elementary and secondary curriculums. Content includes studio, lecture, critique and micro teaching experiences. Designed for education majors; suitable for fine arts core.

ART 215 (3 credits)

Art: Prehistoric through Middle Ages

Chronological approach to historical development of painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistoric times through Middle Ages. Form and content of social, religious, and philosophical references are studied.

ART 217 (3 credits)

Art: Renaissance to Present

Chronological approach to historical development of painting, sculpture, architecture and crafts from Renaissance to present. Form and content of social, religious and philosophical references are studied.

ART 220 (3 credits)

Ceramics II

Introduction to slip casting, care of molds, advanced glazing, and decorating materials and procedures. Prerequisite: ART 120 or permission of instructor.

ART 251 (3 credits)

3-D Design

Introduction to the concepts of 3-D design. Students construct 3-D models from conceptual drawings. Emphasis is on critical thinking, from conceptualization to final product presentation.

ART 281 (3 credits)

Graphic Design and Illustration

Introduces students to the techniques, software, and materials used in graphic design. Emphasis is on basic design principles, layout, type, and integrity of image. These elements are used to produce final computer generated graphic solutions such as logos, flyers, ads and newsletters.

ART 307 (3 credits)

Silkscreening

Study of single and multiple screen printing processes. Emphasis is on aesthetic values, as well as preparation, techniques, color division, procedures, and print editions. Prerequisite: One of the following: ART 101, 103, or permission of instructor.

ART 308 (3 credits)

Painting II

This course is designed to further acquaint each student with the knowledge of painting and the skills needed for development of personal imagery and style. Students will expore new methods and materials beyond those of the oil medium. This will facilitate a more personal vision. The student will also focus on a higher degree of technical and esthetic quality. Prerequisite: Either ART 208, ART 340, or permission of instructor.

ART 309 (3 credits)

Intermediate Photography

Continuation of the study of black and white photography. Emphasis placed on creative use of the camera, alternative photographic processes and refinement of darkroom techniques. Students focus on long-term projects allowing the develoment of individual self-expression through a personal photographic vision. 35 mm camera with manual capabilities required. Prerequisite: ART 209 or permission of instructor.

ART 319 (3 credits)

Digital Photography

Students will learn the basics of digital photography and editing. A digitial camera is required. Pre-requisite: ART 209 or equivalent.

ART 340 (3 credits)

Watercolor

The elements and techniques of watercolor painting applied to both exercises and creative endeavors. Objective, subjective and conceptual approaches will be integrated into the course of study. Prerequisite: One of the following: ART 101, 103, 208, or permission of instructor.

Music

MUS 010 (1 credit)

Chorus

Open to all students. Meets two hours a week. Practical experiences in part-singing; advancing choral literature; public performances. May be repeated.

MUS 020 (1 credit)

Instrumental Ensemble

Open to all students by audition. Meets two hours a week. Practical experiences in attaining blend, maintaining precision, furthering musicianship. May be repeated.

MUS 051 (1 credit)

Private Instruction

Private lessons in piano, voice, organ or any other instrument for which an instructor can be made available on request. One half-hour lesson per week. Additional fee required. May be repeated for credit.

MUS 121 (3 credits)

Introduction to Music

Presentation of basic elements of music, important forms, types and representative styles and works. Promotes more intelligent listening to music, especially classical music.

MUS 123 (3 credits)

American Popular Music

Presents basic elements of music with special emphasis on growth and development of American popular music, rock and jazz. Listening lessons, independent projects and class discussions that encourage active participation and develop an appreciation for our rich heritage of music and the arts.

MUS 130 (3 credits)

Sing Broadway

introduces the student to basic vocal tehnique, song preparations and performance. Song literature will emphasize, but not be limited to, Broadway Musical Theatre. The class will include live performance, lecture, directed listening, demonstration, discussion, and audio-visual materials, Observations, interactions and discussions are encouraged. Practice outside of the classroom is expected.

MUS 131 (3 credits)

Music Fundamentals via Piano

Elements of notation, scales, intervals, triads, functional keyboard, elementary sight singing and ear training.

MUS 132 (3 credits)

Music Fundamentals via Guitar

Elements of music notation, scales, chords and transposition with special emphasis on how these apply to guitar. Good playing skills stressed. Instrument required. (Limited number of instruments available for rental.)

MUS 133 (3 credits)

Music Fundamentals via Singing

Learn to read musical notation while developing the singing voice. Course content includes instruction in correct breathing, vowel formation and phonation while learning to read music through singing songs.

MUS 135 (3 credits)

Music Theory

Correlates harmony, keyboard experience, ear training, sight singing and analysis. Major and minor scales, intervals, triads, inversions. Musical background not necessary.

MUS 220 (3 credits)

Music and Health

Basic music course in the theories and techniques of music as an agent of wellness. Explores music therapy, recent research, and healing practices of non-Western cultures as they relate to music. Especially recommended for students planning a career in healthcare or human services. No prerequisites, no prior musical experience or performance required.

MUS 221 (3 credits)

American Music

In-depth study of origins of music in America from early settlements through the present day. Emphasis on contributing cultural factors as well as study of style and form. Folk, dance, religious, stage, and art music is included.

MUS 222 (3 credits)

Multicultural Music

Study of musical diversity of the world. Emphasis on interrelationship of music and cultural traditions. Topics: music of Africa, Europe, and the Americas, including their influence on American music. Lecture, discussions, video and extensive use of recorded material. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.

MUS 224 (3 credits)

Broadway Musicals

Survey of musical theatrical productions in the Western world. Emphasis on the development of the American musical theatre.

MUS 235 (3 credits)

Harmony

Part writing of figured bass exercises and melody harmonization using diatonic triads and seventh chords; some keyboard harmony. Prerequisite: MUS 135 or instructor permission.

MUS 322 (3 credits)

World Music

Study of musical diversity of the world. Emphasis on interrelationship of music and culture. Topics: music of India, Middle East, Indonesia, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Pacific Rim and Pacific Islands, and Australia, including their influence on American music and vice-versa. Lecture, discussion, group project, videos, and extensive use of audio material. Fulfills the human diversity requirement.

MUS 331 (3 credits)

Women in the Arts

A culture-based survey of the contributions by women of the Western world to the fields of music, visual arts, dance, and theater. Significant attention also to women in African-based arts, including African-American women. Previous artistic experience is helpful. No prerequisite. This course fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement.

MUS 333 (3 credits)

Music History

In-depth exploration of origins of Western musical practice. Covers music from Medieval to Modern. Emphasis is on evolution of style and form. Learn through lecture, score analysis, reading assignments, oral reports and directed listening.

Theatre

THR 113 (1 credit)

Broadway/Show Dance

In this class students will investigate the vocabulary and creative potential of performance techniques through dance. Students will engage with these techniques through in-class technical practice, readings, reflection papers, and performances. A majority of this course will focus on preparation for the final performance. may be repeated once for credit.

THR 114 (3 credits)

Ballet

In this class students will investigate the vocabulary and creative potential of performance techniques through dance. Students will engage with these techniques  through in-class technical practie, readings, reflection papers, and performances. A majority of this course will focus on prepartion for the fnal performance. May be repeated once for credit.

THR 115 (3 credits)

Tap Dance

In this class students will investigate the vocabulary and creative potential of performance techniques through dance. Students will engage with these techniques through in-class technical practice, readings, reflection papers, and performances. A majority of this course will focus on preparation for the final performance. May be repeated once for credit.

THR 134 (1 credit)

Theatre Workshop

An overview of the various elements that make up the art of the theater.  Students participate in the Alvernia University Theatre Ensemble (ACTE) and are responsible for production assignments. May be repeated for credit.

THR 142 (3 credits)

Creativity Workshop

The course explores the art of creativity in various fields of study. Through exercises, discussions, and research, students will learn the many tools and techniques for expressing creativity in their own field of study. Cross-listed with COM 142.

THR 150 (3 credits)

Introduction to Theatre

A brief, but comprehensive introductory view of the theatre examining all elements that make it a lively art. Cross-listed with COM 150

THR 155 (3 credits)

Introduction to Acting

Principles of basic acting technique-given circumstances, tasks, facets of embodying and experiencing the portrayal of a character. Some attention given to physical and vocal characterization. Cross-listed with COM 155.

THR 156 (3 credits)

Theatrical Production and Design

This class is designed to give students an introduction to crafting scenery and to basic principles of scenery and lighting design. Cross-listed with COM 156.

THR 244 (3 credits)

Computer-Assisted Design

A course in AutoCAd and other design programs with a particular emphasis on their use in theatre.

THR 255 (3 credits)

Intermediate Acting

Intermediate instruction in techniques for character development including improvisation. Also an introduction to acting styles and acting in verse plays.  Cross-listed with COM 255.

THR 350 (3 credits)

Directing for the Stage

Study of the principles and techniques used in leading the production of theatre and the development of the director. Students mount a one-act play. Prerequisites: COM 134, 150, 155, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with COM 350.

THR 355 (3 credits)

Theatre History

A comprehensive study of the history of theatre from its origins through the Renaissance. Cross-listed with COM 355 and ENG 355.

THR 356 (3 credits)

Theatre History II

A comprehensive study of the history of theatre from the neo-Classical era through today. Cross-listed with COM 356 and THR 356.

THR 357 (3 credits)

Behind the Curtain

Studying the various areas of show production. Topics vary from semester to semester: they may include specific study of time periods, prop creation, makeup design, costume design, advanced scenery and lighting, model creation, and mask making. This course may be repeated under different topics.

THR 360 (3 credits)

Advanced Acting/Directing

Advanced instruction in techniques for actors and/or directors. This course may be repeated under different topics. Pre-requisite: COM?THR 255 or COM/THR 350 or permission of instructor.

THR 404 (3 credits)

Arts Operations

Explores business and finance issues associated with working in the arts as a profession. Includes working with arts organizations as well as arts entrepreneurship. Cross-listed with COM 404.

THR 434 (3 credits)

Senior Production Workshop

Students assume leadership positions in the production of a theatrical event. Experiences may include acting, directing and/or design. Students establish an appropriate project with the director of the theatre program prior to enrolling in the course. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Cross-listed with COM 434.

Languages

FRENCH

FRE 101 (3 credits)

Elementary French I

Intro to basic skills of French speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis on competence in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and comprehension. For students with no previous background in French.


FRE 102 (3 credits)

Elementary French II

Continuation of French 101. Prerequisite: FRE 101 or equivalent.


FRE 201 (3 credits)

Intermediate French I

Review of grammar and syntax. Progressive development of the four basic communication skills. Introduction to literary readings. Prerequisite: FRE 102 or equivalent; or two years high school French.

FRE 202 (3 credits)

Intermediate French II

Continuation of French 201. Prerequisite: FRE 201 or equivalent.

GERMAN

GER 101 (3 credits)

Elementary German I

Introduction to basic skills of German speaking, listening, reading, writing. Emphasis on competence in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, comprehension. Prerequisite: no previous experience or one year high school German.

GER 102 (3 credits)

Elementary German II

Continuation of German 101. Prerequisite: GER 101 or equivalent.

GER 201 (3 credits)

Intermediate German I

Review of grammar and syntax. Progressive development of four basic communication skills. Prerequisite: GER 102 or equivalent.

GER 202 (3 credits)

Intermediate German II

Continuation of German 201.

ITALIAN

ITA 101 (3 credits)

Elementary Italian I

Introduction to basic skills of Italian speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis on competence in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, comprehension. No prerequisite.

ITA 102 (3 credits)

Elementary Italian II

Continuation Italian 101. Prerequisite: ITA 101 or equivalent.


LATIN

LAT 101 (3 credits)

Elementary Latin I

Introduction to basic forms, syntax and vocabulary. Selected prose readings. No prerequisite.

LAT 102 (3 credits)

Elementary Latin II

Continuation Latin 101. Prerequisite: LAT 101.

SPANISH

SPA 101 (3 credits)

Spanish for Beginners I

Introduction to basic skills of Spanish speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis on competence in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and comprehension. For students with no previous Spanish background.

SPA 102 (3 credits)

Spanish for Beginners II

Continuation of Spanish 101. Prerequisite: SPA 101 or equivalent.

SPA 113 (3 credits)

Elementary Spanish I

Development of proficiency in basic communication skills. Emphasis on listening comprehension and oral expression. Prerequisite: 3 years of high school Spanish.

SPA 114 (3 credits)

Elementary Spanish II

Continuation of Spanish 103. Prerequisite: SPA 103 or equivalent.

SPA 107 (3 credits)

Spanish for Health Professionals

Designed to help students in health professions to develop proficiency in their communicative skills. Focus on vocabulary and situations encountered by health professionals. No prerequisite.

SPA 108 (3 credits)

Spanish for Health Professionals

Continuation of Spanish 107. Prerequisite: Spanish 107 or equivalent.

SPA 109 (3 credits)

Spanish for Law Enforcement I

Designed to develop basic communication skills dealing with the Law Enforcement profession. No prerequisite.

SPA 110 (3 credits)

Spanish for Law Enforcement II

Continuation of Spanish 109. Prerequisite: Spanish 109 or equivalent.

SPA 111 (3 credits)

Spanish for Teachers I

Designed to develop basic communication skills dealing with the education profession. No prerequisite.

SPA 112 (3 credits)

Spanish for Teachers II

Continuation of SPA 111. Prerequisite: SPA 111 or equivalent.

SPA 151 (3 credits)

Practical Spanish Conversation

An immersion setting in which students will learn related vocabulary and employ their language skills in real life experiences such as a one-week day camp for children in the Dominican Republic. This course satisfies human diversity requirement. Perquisite: SPA 102 or equivalent.

SPA 201 (3 credits)

Intermediate Spanish I

Review of grammar and syntax. Progressive development of four basic communication skills. Introduction to literary readings. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or equivalent.

SPA 202 (3 credits)

Intermediate Spanish II

Continuation of Spanish 201. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or equivalent.

SPA 203 (3 credits)

Spanish Conversation & Composition I

Progressive development of oral proficiency and writing skills with emphasis on current topics. Literary and cultural readings. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or equivalent.

SPA 204 (3 credits)

Conversation and Composition II

Continuation of Spanish 203. Prerequisite: SPA 203 or equivalent.

SPA 311 (3 credits)

Cultural Perspectives of Spain

Discusses history, geography, art and music, daily life, celebrations, foods, stereotypes, ethnic groups, current events and the role of women today in Spain. This course is primarily taught in Spanish and fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or permission of instructor.

SPA 312 (3 credits)

Cultural Perspectives of Latin America

Discusses history, geography, art and music, daily life, celebrations, foods, stereotypes, ethnic groups, current events and the role of women today in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. This course is taught primarily in Spanish and fulfills the human diversity graduation requirement. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or permission of instructor.

Contact Information

 
Carol Schwanger

Carol N. Schwanger
Fine and Performing Arts Department Chair

Francis Hall 301 B
610.796.3009 or 610.796.8227
Fax: 610-790-1908
carol.schwanger@alvernia.edu