Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
In the era of YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify, we have more immediate access to a broad range of artistic media than at any previous moment in historyâ€”too much access, perhaps, to ever stop and bring our own responses into focus. In this endless media onslaught, how do we make our selections and develop critical faculties about the arts? How do we distinguish between pleasure, opinion, critique, and research? What critical models can serve us as we move towards an ever-atomizing media proliferation in the future?
This writing-intensive course seeks to address these concerns and help students in the Art and Performance major develop interdisciplinary skills in researching, responding to, and critically thinking about art. Rather than focus on a single form or era, we will instead dive into diverse readings on music, film, art history, performance, and art practice, in each case seeking to understand the methodologies and approaches possible in writing about those subjects, as well as identifying the ways in which those fields overlap.
This course fulfills the advanced writing requirement for Art and Performance majors. Students will not only write every week but will also be closely involved in reading and critiquing the work of their peers. You will be expected to watch films, visit museums, and listen to music on your own time, but those experiences will also be integral to what you produce over the semester.
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