Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Goode, Dianne
Discipline and Number
AP 3340 Section 001
MW Time 2:30 PM - 3:45 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, 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 professional 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:

Assigned reading
Stylistic analysis of painting and sculpture at an area museum
Analysis of architecture in the Metroplex
Review of an art exhibition
Review of dance, theater, and music performances
Review of a film
Formal research paper on a topic that corresponds to the student’s concentration within the Arts and Performance major
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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