Department Chair

  • Denise Massman, MFA
    Associate Professor of Creative Arts
    Foy Hall 305
    (518) 786-5054
    dmassman@siena.edu

Course Descriptions

 

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Description of Courses 100-199

CREA—101. Introduction to Creative Arts   3 credits

This course will introduce students to the vocabulary, interpretive strategies and collaborative processes essential to developing their own ideas of interrelationships among various disciplines in the creative arts. Attendance at arts events outside of class is required. This course is required for departmental minors; it is open to all students. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, CDA)

 

CREA—102. Introduction to Visual Art   3 credits

An introduction to a wide variety of forms and themes of the visual arts of the past and present. Students will learn the vocabulary necessary for analyzing and critically evaluating art. Attendance at a museum or gallery show is required. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, CDA)

 

CREA—103. Introduction to Music  3 credits
An introduction to the major forms, techniques, and composers in all epochs of music history to develop a better understanding and enjoyment of the art of music. CREA—103 may not be taken in the same semester with CREA—160. Attendance at designated music performances will be required.

(ATTR: ARTS, CAA)

 

CREA—104. Introduction to Theater   3 credits

An introductory exploration of the various elements involved in creating and responding to the theater. This course will expose the student to the creative aspects of playwriting, acting, directing and design and will develop the critical skills necessary to the informed audience member. Through discussion and attendance at both professional and academic productions, the student will be exposed to the complexities of the art form and entertainment industry. This course is designed for students with no theater experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA)

 

CREA-108. Introduction to Broadcast Journalism   3 credits

A basic introduction to reporting and writing the news for broadcast, both radio and television. Students learn what constitutes news, how to develop news stories and the basic audio and video elements required in broadcast journalism. Students will explore legal and ethical issues in broadcast journalism and major developments in the broadcast journalism field. (ATTR: ARTS, NOEX)

 

CREA-111. Proseminar in Creative Arts   3 credits

This course will introduce students to the creative arts as a whole through the interaction between experiments in creative action and critical analysis. Fundamental questions about the nature of art and creativity, the art worlds and ethical dimensions, and the relation between the arts and society will be initiated. For each theoretical component of the course, there is a complementary creative exercise.

 

CREA—112. Basic Design I   3 credits

A foundation studio course exploring two-dimensional design problems through a controlled sequence of exercises in drawing, abstract black and white composition, and basic color theory and its application to design. Emphasis is placed upon developing a student’s personal appreciation and creative expression rather than professional skill. Studio fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, EXCA, NOEX)


CREA-117. Communications Law and Ethics    3 credits

A survey of communications law including libel, privacy, confidentiality, and access to information as these issues pertain to broadcast journalists. This course also covers key ethical issues faced by broadcast journalists including finding facts through a variety of sources, dealing with conflict of interest, and avoiding harm. (ATTR: ARTS

 

CREA—120. Chorus   3 credits
A full-year, three credit course, which offers a study of choral literature from the Renaissance to the present, with emphasis on performance and vocal and musical development as they relate to the music studied. May be repeated with different content. No prerequisite. Audition by instructor is required. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA)

 

CREA—135. Voice and Movement   3 credits

This is a performance course in physical and vocal technique for the stage and other performance media. General physical limbering and awareness and the development of a free and natural speaking voice pave the way for extensive exercises for the breath, resonation and vocal articulation as well as methodologies in movement, which include improvisation, group performances and individual movement techniques designed to increase the body’s expressiveness.  Presentations of scripted material, extracts from dramatic literature or poetry form the periodic “onstage” portion of this practical performance course. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—145. Introduction to Theater Technology (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)    3 credits
An exploration of the theory and technique of current theater technology, including scenery construction, scene painting, properties, lighting, sound, and costuming. Through discussions and laboratory experience in two campus productions, students will learn the practical application of theater technology to the aesthetics of design. This course is designed for students with no theater experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, NOEX)

CREA—165. Music Theory I Elementary Harmony        3 credits
Music Theory I is an introductory course in elementary harmony. Its main objective is to engage students in, and guide them through, the creative processes involved in music making and analysis through music notation, melodic writing, and elementary harmony. The stated objectives are achieved by engaging students in frequent hands-on in-class exercises and a final project. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA)

 

CREA-180. Experimental Video                        3 credits
In this studio art course, students will make several short videos and present them to the class for discussion, as well as view and read about many experimental films and videos by artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.  No experience in art, video, or sound production is necessary.  The course goal is to become familiar with the history of this new art medium, and to gain experience in making, critiquing, and exhibiting one's own original videos.  No prerequisites.  (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, MUMD, NOEX)

 
 

Description of Courses 200-249

 

CREA—200. Drawing I   3 credits
An introductory studio course designed to sharpen skills of visual perception, representation, and invention in drawing. Various media and techniques are explored in relation to subjects drawn from nature, including the figure and imagination. Studio fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—204. Digital Photography   3 credits

A beginning studio course exploring traditional photographic concerns as expressed through the digital format. Basic technical issues of camera operation, image processing via the computer, and print output are explored. Aesthetic issues regarding composition, light, subject matter, and photographic vision are stressed. Studio fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—210. Orchestra   1-3 credits

Orchestra is a performance-based musical ensemble course that explores expressive, technical and stylistic approaches to interpreting standard and contemporary orchestral repertory, including different types and genres of art music from a global perspective. The number of credits awarded will be determined by the instructor on the basis of workload and the level of responsibility. An assessment of competence, progress and improvement in orchestral work and attendance will determine the final grade. CREA-122 may be taken more than once to a maximum of six credits but may not exceed three credits in any one semester. Prerequisite: Audition and permission of instructor. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—213. Basics of Singing   3 credits

Through readings, vocal exercises, and the study of song literature, students will develop basic techniques used in singing including breath control, sound production, resonation, articulation, respiration & registration. Also included will be principles of song interpretation and presentation, and overcoming performance anxiety. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—219. Acting I  (2 hours lecture 2 hours lab)   3 credits

Students are acquainted with the process of actor training and character development through workshop, discussion, and attendance at professional and academic productions. Laboratory sessions are devoted to the preparation of scenes, exploration of the actor’s body and voice, and an examination of the student’s ability to feel, to communicate, and to imagine. This course is designed for students with no previous acting experience or those with some experience, but no training. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA-221. Acting for the Camera   3 credits

Students are acquainted with the process of acting for media that utilize the camera as a principal delivery system through workshop, discussion, observations and viewing and analyzing professional film and broadcast work. Laboratory sessions are devoted to exercises, the preparation of scenes, scenarios and journalistic reports and the exploration of technical skills. This course is designed for students with no previous camera acting or broadcast journalism experience or those with some experience but no training. Lab fee. (ATTR: ARTS, NOEX)

 

CREA—231. Art to the 15th Century   3 credtis

A basic survey of the visual arts with the intention of developing the student’s appreciation and knowledge of art as an expression of human culture from its origins to the 15th century. Small group field trips to local architectural sites are required. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, CDA, HAR, HGC)

 

CREA—232. Art from the 15th Century   3 credits
A basic survey of the visual arts with the intention of developing the student’s appreciation and knowledge of art as an expression of human culture from the 15th century to the present. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, CDA, HAR, HGC)

 

CREA—240. American Theater   3 credits

The course will introduce the student to the unique ways in which theater has reflected American society. Through class discussion, film,selected readings and attendance at both professional and academic productions, the student will examine the various means through which theater addresses issues of race, gender, culture and politics in ways that are both entertaining and instructive. This course is designed for students with no theatre experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. (ATTR: AMSC, ARTS, CAH, HGC)

 

CREA—242. Music from the 17th Century   3 credits

A study of music designed to develop the student’s appreciation and knowledge of music as an expression of human culture from the Romantic Period to the present. A prior music course is highly recommended, or consult instructor. (ATTR: ARTS, CAH, HGC)


CREA—245. Scenery Design (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)   3 credits
A study of the aesthetics and mechanics of designing scenery for the stage. Students will utilize design, drafting and presentation skills developed in class to create scene renderings, elevations, models and working drawings based on the interpretation of a theatrical script. This course is designed for students with no theatre experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—247. Lighting and Sound Design (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)  3 credits
A study of the aesthetics and mechanics of designing lighting and sound for the stage. Students will utilize design, drafting and presentation skills developed in class to create lighting cues, lighting plots, electrician schedules, sound plots, sound cues and sound recordings based on the interpretation of a theatrical script. Students will have the opportunity to explore the principles of lighting in a lighting laboratory using current technology. Students will also use current sound technology to record, construct and manipulate sound effects. This course is designed for students with no theatre experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, EXCA, NOEX)

 

Description of Courses 250-349


CREA—250. Costume and Makeup Design (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3 credits
A study of the aesthetics and mechanics of designing costumes and makeup for the stage. Students will utilize design and drafting skills developed in class to create costume renderings and patterns as well as makeup plots and palettes based on the interpretation of a theatrical text. This course is designed for students with no theater experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—251. Theater to the Restoration    3 credits
A survey of the rise and development of world theater, from its origins through the English Restoration, focusing on theatre architecture, plays, acting styles, theatrical conventions, methods of production and critical perspectives during significant periods of theatrical activity. This course is designed for students with no theatre experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAH, HGC)

 

CREA—252. Theater from the Restoration   3 credtis

A survey of the development of world theater covering material from 17th century theatre through contemporary achievements, focusing on theater architecture, plays, acting styles, theatrical conventions, methods of production and critical perspectives during significant periods of theatrical activity. This course is designed for students with no theater experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAH, HGC)

 

CREA—254. Opera I             3 credits
A survey of operatic styles and major composers principally from early to modern opera geared to those students who are just beginning, or who have not yet begun, to take an interest in opera as well as for those who desire to know more about an art form they already enjoy. There is a required field trip. (ATTR: ARTS, HGC)

 

CREA—255. American Art      3 credits
A study of art in the United States from the seventeenth to the twentieth century considering both the European influence and American styles. Small group field trips to local/regional historic houses and museums are required. (ATTR: AMSC, ARTS, CAH, HAR, HGC)

 

CREA—256. American Music                                     3 credits
A survey of American music from the seventeenth century to the present. Attention will be given to the contributions of the early settlers, the influence of folk traditions, the contributions of ethnic and minority groups, and the major lines of development in symphonic music. (ATTR: ARTS, AMSC, HGC)

 

CREA—257. American Musical Theater   3 credits
An examination of the works of American composers inspired by the theater, the unique qualities of theatre music and its contribution to American culture. Areas studied include early ballad operas, black minstrelsy, opera vaudeville, musical comedy, ballet, and dramatic background music. (ATTR: ARTS, AMSC, HGC)

 

CREA—258. American Theater               3 credits
The course will introduce the student to the unique ways in which theater has reflected American society. Through class discussion, film, selected readings and attendance at both professional and academic productions, the student will examine the various means through which theater addresses issues of race, gender, culture and politics in ways that are both entertaining and instructive. This course is designed for students with no theatre experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. (ATTR: AMSC, ARTS, CAH, HGC)

 

CREA—260. Music Theory I Elementary Harmony     3 credits
Music Theory I is an introductory course in elementary harmony. Its main objective is to engage students in, and guide them through, the creative processes involved in music making and analysis through music notation, melodic writing, and elementary harmony. The stated objectives are achieved by engaging students in frequent hands-on in-class exercises and a final project. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA)

 

CREA-275: Film Theory and Criticism   3 credits
This course provides a forum for observing, analyzing, discussing and writing about ­the aesthetics of film. This course also teaches the basics of film criticism and reveals how film criticism affects the making and re-making of film as genre. (ATTR: ARTS)

 

CREA-280: Documentary Filmmaking           3 credits 

Through workshop, discussion, observations and viewing and analyzing professional documentaries, students are acquainted with the process of using a camera to produce audio and visual images that record and interpret existing events. The course will examine artistic methods for the production of documentaries as well as the social and political aspects of documentary film. Laboratory sessions are devoted to production and postproduction activities. This course is designed for students with no previous experience or those with some experience but no training. Lab fee. (ATTR: ARTS, NOEX)

 
 

CREA—297. Special Topics in Creative Arts      3 credits
Selected areas of study in art history, studio art, music or theater. Sample topics include: new art forms, experimental video, women in art, vocal performance, elements of theater design, world music, and watercolor. May be taken more than once with different content. A field trip to a professional music or theater production, museum or visual art exhibition may be required. Lab fee. Consult the fall and spring schedules for specific content and length of class sessions. (ATTR: ARTS)

 

CREA-309. New Art Forms                   3 credits

In this studio art course, students will be introduced to new art forms such as assemblage sculpture, sound art, action art, experimental video, and installation art.  In addition to studying the history and theory behind new art forms, students will produce original pieces in these new media and present them to the class for discussion.  No experience in any of the techincal aspects of these art forms is necessary.  The course goal is to increase awareness and understanding of contemporary art, and to expand one's sense of aesthetetics. Prerequisites: CREA101 or CREA112 or CREA200 or CREA204 or permission of instructor.  (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 
 

CREA—312. Basic Design II     3 credits
A basic studio course exploring three-dimensional design problems through a controlled sequence of projects dealing with form in space. Emphasis is placed upon developing a student’s personal appreciation and creative expression rather than professional skill. Prerequisite: CREA—112 or 231 or permission of the instructor. Studio fee. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—313. Drawing II            3 credits
An intermediate level studio course designed to expand the student’s knowledge of drawing techniques and media and to increase the range of creative application. Students will study still life, landscape, and figure directly and pursue a series of exercises designed to develop their own personal expression. Prerequisite: CREA—200 or permission of the instructor. Studio fee. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—314. Painting I      3 credits
A beginning studio course in the problems of composition, value structure, color mixing, and various painting techniques with oils or other media. Students use drawing and painting in the study of nature and still life. Prerequisite: CREA—102, 112 or 200, or permission of the instructor. Studio fee. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—325. Graphics       3 credits
A beginning studio course exploring the graphics print media. Problems of composition, color coordination, and image construction are explored using a range of techniques. Prerequisite: CREA—102, 110 or 115, or permission of the instructor. Studio fee. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—327. Medieval Art        3 credits
This course offers an overview of the art of Europe from the beginnings of Christianity to the Renaissance, a span of over thirteen centuries of dynamic cultural change. In the predominantly illiterate Medieval cultures, visual art was used to establish and communicate the evolving religious and political values. Students will study the works of art and architecture for which the Middle Ages is justly renowned: illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and architecture. Prerequisites: CREA—231 or permission of the instructor. (ATTR: ARTS, HAR, HGC, MRST)

 

CREA—328. Renaissance Art     3 credits
A survey of the arts of Italy and northern Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, viewed in light of the humanism and naturalistic outlook of the period.  Prerequisite: CREA-231 or 232
(ATTR: ARTS, HAR, HGC, MRST)

 

CREA—329. Modern Art     3 credits

A survey of major concepts in the visual arts from impressionism to the present.  Prerequisite: CREA-232. (ATTR: ARTS, HAR, HGC)


CREA—330. Acting II (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)   3 credtis

A rigorous exploration of both the theory and practice of acting for the stage, focusing on textual analysis and its integration into the rehearsal process, improvisation and its contribution to role preparation, contemporary methods of actor training, audition techniques, and acting in nonlinear or non-traditional roles. Students will prepare scenes and audition monologues as an integral part of the course of instruction. This course is designed for students with prior on-stage experience and training in acting. A field trip to a professional production is required. Prerequisite: CREA-140. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—340. Opera II    3 credits
Offered when there is sufficient student interest
A continuation of CREA—254. Prerequisite: CREA—254, or permission of instructor. (ATTR: ARTS, HGC)

 
 
 

Description of Courses 345-499

 

CREA—345. Scenery Design (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)  3 credtis

A study of the aesthetics and mechanics of designing scenery for the stage. Students will utilize design, drafting and presentation skills developed in class to create scene renderings, elevations, models and working drawings based on the interpretation of a theatrical script. This course is designed for students with no theater experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Prerequisite:

CREA-112 or 145, or permission of instructor. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—347. Lighting and Sound Design (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)   3 credits
A study of the aesthetics and mechanics of designing lighting and sound for the stage. Students will utilize design, drafting and presentation skills developed in class to create lighting cues, lighting plots, electrician schedules, sound plots, sound cues and sound recordings based on the interpretation of a theatrical script. Students will have the opportunity to explore the principles of lighting in a lighting laboratory using current technology. Students will also use current sound technology to record, construct and manipulate sound effects. This course is designed for students with no theater experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Prerequisite: CREA-112 or 145, or permission of instructor. Lab fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—348. Costume and Makeup Design (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)   3 credits
A study of the aesthetics and mechanics of designing costumes and makeup for the stage. Students will utilize design and drafting skills developed in class to create costume renderings and patterns as well as makeup plots and palettes based on the interpretation of a theatrical text. This course is designed for students with no theater experience as well as those already acquainted with the stage. A field trip to a professional production is required. Prerequisite: CREA-112 or 145, or permission of instructor. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, CAA, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—349. Directing (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)     3 credits
An introductory exploration of both the theory and practice of directing for the stage. Students will direct content less scenes, short plays and/or contextual scenes from full length works, collaborating with students in CREA—219 (Acting I) as an integral part of the course. This course is designed for students with an intermediate to advanced level of theater experience and training. A field trip to a professional production is required. Prerequisite: CREA—219 and permission of the instructor. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA)

 

CREA—350. Acting Practicum      1-3 credits
This course awards academic credit to eligible students for the laboratory exploration of theatrical process as actors in the production program. The number of credits awarded will be determined in advance by the Program faculty on the basis of workload and the degree of difficulty of the assignment. A satisfactory written report, practicum journal, and participation in the production program will determine the final grade. CREA—350-354 may be taken more than once to a maximum of six credits, but may not exceed three credits in any one semester. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. Prerequisites: Permission of program director and CREA—140. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—351. Directing Practicum   1-3 credits

This course awards academic credit to eligible students for the laboratory exploration of theatrical process as directors in the production program. The number of credits awarded will be determined in advance by the Program faculty on the basis of workload and the degree of difficulty of the assignment. A satisfactory written report, practicum journal, and participation in the production program will determine the final grade. CREA—350-354 may be taken more than once to a maximum of six credits, but may not exceed three credits in any one semester. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. Prerequisites: Permission of program director and CREA—400. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—352. Design Practicum   1-3 credits

This course awards academic credit to eligible students for the laboratory exploration of theatrical process as designers in the production program.  The number of credits awarded will be determined in advance by the Program faculty on the basis of workload and the degree of difficulty of the assignment. A satisfactory written report, practicum journal, and participation in the production program will determine the final grade. CREA—350-354 may be taken more than once to a maximum of six credits, but may not exceed three credits in any one semester. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. Prerequisites: Permission of program director and CREA—245 (Scenery Design) or CREA—247 (Lighting and Sound Design) or CREA—250 (Costume/Makeup Design). (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—353. Technology Practicum      1-3 credits
This course awards academic credit to eligible students for the laboratory exploration of theatrical process as technicians in the production program. The number of credits awarded will be determined in advance by the Program faculty on the basis of workload and the degree of difficulty of the assignment. A satisfactory written report, practicum journal, and participation in the production program will determine the final grade. CREA—350-354 may be taken more than once to a maximum of six credits, but may not exceed three credits in any one semester. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. Prerequisites: Permission of program director. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—354. Stage Management Practicum   1-3 credits
This course awards academic credit to eligible students for the laboratory exploration of theatrical process as stage managers in the production program. The number of credits awarded will be determined in advance by the Program faculty on the basis of workload and the degree of difficulty of the assignment. A satisfactory written report, practicum journal, and participation in the production program will determine the final grade. CREA—350-354 may be taken more than once to a maximum of six credits, but may not exceed three credits in any one semester. Lab Fee. Prerequisites: Permission of program director. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA-355: Creative Process in Contemporary Music      3 credits
This course is a study of the most recent examples of contemporary music. We will experience the creative process in these compositions through listening and analysis, and we shall even do a little composing and performing of our own. These compositions often reflect other artistic trends and utilize scientific fields in the creative process, for example minimalism, postmodernism, mathematics, acoustics, etc.  Reading or writing music is not required. Prerequisite: CREA-103 or 165 or 242 or 254 or 256. (ATTR: ARTS

 

CREA-357: Music Ritual and Creative Arts in Non-Western Cultures     3 credits
This is a study of music of the world. We will also examine the context in which the music may be heard, such as dance, theatre, or religious ceremonies. We will explore relationships between music and other art forms, such as calligraphy, painting, and architecture.  In other words, we will study the people through their musical practices. Reading or writing music is not required for this class. Prerequisite: CREA-103 or 242 or 254 or 256 or 257. (ATTR: ARTS)

 

CREA-360: Reporting for Radio and Television   3 credtis

This course is a practical examination of reporting for radio and television outlets including cable. Students practice covering actual news events first for radio and then for television. They gain actual experience in the field with those skills they learn in the prerequisite course Introduction to Broadcast Journalism including interviewing, developing stories and broadcast news writing. Further, students will learn to use a tape recorder and edit audio for their radio reports. They will also learn to shoot news video and edit video stories for use on the college’s cable channel. Students will be introduced to the concepts of performance for broadcast reporting. Prerequisite: CREA-115. Lab fee. (ATTR: ARTS)

 

CREA-363: Image and Society     3 credits

This course provides a forum for observing, analyzing, discussing, and evaluating the effect of images on society. It offers training in visual literacy, the psychology of coding, perceiving and interpreting images. Prerequisite: CREA-232 or permission of the instructor. (ATTR: ARTS)

 

CREA—397. Advanced Topics in Creative Arts II     3 credits
Selected areas of advanced study in visual art history, studio art, music, broadcasting, or theater. Sample topics include those mentioned for CREA—297. May be taken more than once with different content. As with CREA—297 a field trip may be required. Lab fee. Consult the fall and spring schedules for specific content and length of class sessions. (ATTR: ARTS)

 

CREA—400. Directing (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)  3 credits
An introductory exploration of both the theory and practice of directing for the stage. Students will direct content less scenes, short plays and/or contextual scenes from full length works, collaborating with students in CREA—140 (Acting I) as an integral part of the course. This course is designed for students with an intermediate to advanced level of theater experience and training. A field trip to a professional production is required. Prerequisite: CREA—140 and permission of the instructor. Lab Fee. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA)

 

CREA—420. Painting II    3 credits
An intermediate course in the problems of composition, value structure, color mixing, and various painting techniques with oils or other media. Students use drawing and painting in the study of nature, still life, and the figure. A continuation of CREA—320, which is a prerequisite, or permission of the instructor. Studio fee. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA-430. Multimedia and Interactive Design/Producing for Journalists 3 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to interactive media and online reporting. Students will learn the technology required to design and produce a web site. They will learn to write for new media particularly the internet. Students will also practice using the internet for journalistic research. This course will also be open to students interested in using the internet for distributing their creative work. No previous experience with web design is required. Prerequisites: CREA-115 and 360. (ATTR: ARTS)

 

CREA-435: Television Production Workshop   3 credits

This course is a practical introduction to the aesthetic principles, creative process and technology used to create multi-camera and single camera television programs in the studio and in the field. It also introduces the post-production process and video editing using non-linear software along with newly emerging digital technology. This course examines television production methods required for both non-fiction programming such as broadcast news and fiction-based productions. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Lab fee. (ATTR: ARTS, NOEX)

 

CREA—450. Acting Practicum  1-3 credits
This course awards academic credit to eligible students for the laboratory exploration of theatrical process as actors in the production program. The number of credits awarded will be determined in advance by the Program faculty on the basis of workload and the degree of difficulty of the assignment. A satisfactory written report, practicum journal, and participation in the production program will determine the final grade. CREA—450-454 may be taken more than once to a maximum of six credits, but may not exceed three credits in any one semester. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. Prerequisites: Permission of program director and CREA—219. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)


CREA—451. Directing Practicum   1-3 credits
This course awards academic credit to eligible students for the laboratory exploration of theatrical process as directors in the production program. The number of credits awarded will be determined in advance by the Program faculty on the basis of workload and the degree of difficulty of the assignment. A satisfactory written report, practicum journal, and participation in the production program will determine the final grade. CREA—450-454 may be taken more than once to a maximum of six credits, but may not exceed three credits in any one semester. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and CREA—349. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)


CREA—452. Design Practicum    1-3 credits
This course awards academic credit to eligible students for the laboratory exploration of theatrical process as designers in the production program. The number of credits awarded will be determined in advance by the Program faculty on the basis of workload and the degree of difficulty of the assignment. A satisfactory written report, practicum journal, and participation in the production program will determine the final grade. CREA—450-454 may be taken more than once to a maximum of six credits, but may not exceed three credits in any one semester. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and CREA—345 (Scenery Design) or CREA—347 (Lighting and Sound Design) or CREA—348 (Costume/Makeup Design). (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—453. Technology Practicum   1-3 credits
This course awards academic credit to eligible students for the laboratory exploration of theatrical process as technicians in the production program. The number of credits awarded will be determined in advance by the Program faculty on the basis of workload and the degree of difficulty of the assignment. A satisfactory written report, practicum journal, and participation in the production program will determine the final grade. CREA—450-454 may be taken more than once to a maximum of six credits, but may not exceed three credits in any one semester. A field trip to a professional production is required. Lab Fee. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA—454. Stage Management Practicum    1-3 credits
This course awards academic credit to eligible students for the laboratory exploration of theatrical process as stage managers in the production program. The number of credits awarded will be determined in advance by the Program faculty on the basis of workload and the degree of difficulty of the assignment. A satisfactory written report, practicum journal, and participation in the production program will determine the final grade. CREA—450-454 may be taken more than once to a maximum of six credits, but may not exceed three credits in any one semester. Lab Fee. Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. (ATTR: ARTS, EXCA, NOEX)

 

CREA-480. Internship in Creative Arts  

The internship provides students with practical experience in a professional arts environment. Internships may be done in areas involving either the production or presentation of the arts. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. (ATTR: ARTS, INT, NOEX)

 

CREA-490. Seminar in Creative Arts    3 credits  

An integration of the Creative Arts major that investigates issues related to the contemporary art world as exemplified in students' research and creative interests.  Through intensive study and research, students will examine current trends, and critical perspectives in art.  Field trips may be required.  Prerequisites: Completion of a minimum of 30 credits in Creative Arts and concurrent registration in any unfulfilled major requirements. (ATTR: ARTS, NOEX)

 

CREA—497. Independent Study in Creative Arts  1 - 3 credits
Qualified students may pursue a topic of their choosing that must be submitted in writing and approved by the professor and the department.