Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Description
Instructor
Goode, Dianne
Discipline and Number
AP 3340 Section 501
Day
MW Time 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
Writing in the Arts

Description of Course:

This writing-intensive course focuses on critical interpretation and the elements of research associated with the creative and performing arts. Students will learn how to analyze the arts and to express their ideas effectively. The goal of the course is to strengthen, develop, and polish students’ writing skills. Our writing assignments include stylistic analyses, comparison/contrast papers, formal research, and reviews of art, dance, theater, music, and film. To prepare students for writing about the arts, Dr. Goode will present background lectures on history and methodology, and we will read examples of past and current writings about the creative and performing arts.

Required Texts:

Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing about Art. 11th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2014.

Sporre, Dennis J. Visual Artsguide. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Multiple brief writing assignments, including:
stylistic analysis of painting and sculpture at an area museum;
analysis of architecture;
comparison/contrast paper at an area museum;
review of an exhibition at an area art gallery;
review of dance, theater, and music performances;
review of film;
research paper.
NOTE : Dr. Goode will provide thorough guidelines for all writing assignments. Many of the writing assignments will focus on exhibitions and performances that take place on the UTDallas campus.

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