ACADEMICS

  • Visual and Performing Arts

    The visual and performing arts hold an essential place in society, promoting cultural and economic growth, and fostering creative expression, community experience, and entertainment in a wide variety of media. The VPA Major provides students with coursework in Art, Music, and Theatre, serving as a foundation for interdisciplinary work in the arts. Core courses promote critical thinking in all three disciplines, and prepare students intellectually and creatively for work on their capstone/senior thesis projects. Students choose a concentration in Art, Music, or Theatre, taking courses that provide knowledge, techniques, and models of thinking designed to enhance the creative process. Studies will be applied to the production, performance, and critical study of artistic work.

    Concentration in Art
    The Art concentration offers a program in the creation of visual art augmented by studies in art history. Courses in design, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, digital arts, and integrated media provide the technical skills and concepts that form the basis for expression in visual art. Existing within the interdisciplinary major, the Art concentration presents extensive involvement in studio art while encouraging creative thinking and artistic production that are informed by and sometimes created with the performing arts of music and theatre.

    Concentration in Music

    The Music concentration offers a program of study in performance skills, music theory, and music history. Students will develop strong musical literacy, as well as expertise in a particular instrument or voice. By a thorough study of performance skills, music theory, and music history, graduates will be equipped to work as professional musicians or enter graduate programs in various areas of music. While a solid grounding in traditional performance will be stressed, the interdisciplinary nature of the major will encourage activity with artists, actors, directors, poets, and those in other creative fields.

    Concentration in Theatre
    The Theatre concentration provides a basis in theatre arts and technical skills, preparing students for graduate level study or entry level work in theatre and related fields. Students study acting, design, stagecraft and directing, applying those skills to departmental and self-generated productions. A solid grounding in theatre arts is emphasized, and students are encouraged to collaborate with those in the visual arts is music, and to explore their own impulses and talents in diverse artistic disciplines.

    Requirements for a Major
    Minimum requirement for the major is completion of a three course (9 credit) Foundation curriculum, a three course (9 credit) Interdisciplinary Core, and 27 credits in one of three concentrations. Students will declare concentration in Art, Music, or Theatre.

    Interdisciplinary Foundation Courses

    Foundation in Art 3 credits

    • AR 113 World Art Survey I or
    • AR 100 Cross Media Studio

    Foundation in Music 3 credits

    • MU 100 Music Fundamentals or
    • MU 101 Fundamentals of Music and Aural Skills for music concentrators or
    • MU 102 Applied Music or
    • MU 115 Music Appreciation

    Foundation in Theatre 3 credits

    • TH191 Introduction to Theatre
    Interdisciplinary Core Courses
    • VP 200 Critical Thinking in the Arts 3 credits
    • VP 300 Interdisciplinary Arts Seminar 3 credits
    • VP 400 Arts Capstone/ Senior Thesis 3 credits

    Foundation and Core Total 18 credits
    Requirements for the Concentration in Art

    In addition to the three Foundation courses and three Interdisciplinary Core courses students will complete nine courses (27 credits) including:

    • AR 100 Cross Media Studio 3 credits or AR 112 World Art Survey I 3 credits
    • AR 140 Drawing I 3 credits
    • AR 117 Visual Design: 2-Dimensions 3 credits
    • AR 122 Visual Design: 3-Dimensions 3 credits
    • AR 113 World Art Survey II 3 credits
    • AR 225 Art Since Mid-Century 3 credits
    • Additional AR courses* 9 credits

    Concentration Total 27 credits
    Major Total 45 credits


    Requirements for the Concentration in Music
    In addition to the three Foundation courses and three Interdisciplinary Core courses students will complete 18 credits of courses, lessons, and ensemble (or 17 credits if Class Piano is taken) including:

    • MU 101 Fundamentals of Music & Aural Skills 3 credits
    • MU 205 Harmony I 3 credits
    • MU 281 Music History I 3 credits
    • MU 282 Music History II 3 credits
    • MU 102-202-302-402 4Private lessons 4 credits
       (four semesters @ 1 credit each)
    • Ensemble 2 credits
      (credits earned after completion of four semesters of ensemble participation)
    • MU 190 Class piano (unless proficient) 1 credit
    • Additional MU courses* 8 or 9 credits
    • Or, if MU101 Fundamentals of Music & Aural Skills is taken as Interdisciplinary Foundation
    • MU 205 Harmony I 3 credits
    • MU 210 Harmony II 3 credits
    • MU 281 Music History I 3 credits
    • MU 282 Music History II 3 credits
    • MU 102-202-302-402 4Private lessons 4 credits
       (four semesters @ 1 credit each)
    • Ensemble 2 credits
      (credits earned after completion of four semesters of ensemble participation)
    • MU 190 Class Piano (unless proficient) 1 credit
    • Additional MU courses* 8 or 9 credits

    Concentration Total 27 credits
    Major Total 45 credits


    Requirements for the Concentration in Theatre
    In addition to the three Foundation courses and three Interdisciplinary Core courses students will complete nine courses (27 credits) including:

    • TH 275 Introduction to Stagecraft 3 credits
    • TH 245 Acting I 3 credits
    • TH 355 Theatre Practicum 3 credits
       (3 at one credit each)

    and one of the following:

    • TH 360 Scene Design for Theatre 3 credits
    • TH 370 Costume Design for Theatre 3 credits
    • TH 390 Lighting Design for Theatre 3 credits
    • Additional TH courses* 15 credits

    Concentration Total 27 credits
    Major Total 45 credits

     
    *With advisement, electives within a concentration may be selected from the other disciplines. For description of required and elective courses see entries in individual disciplines of Art, Music, and Theatre.


    Requirements for Double Major in Elementary Education

    Students who double major in elementary education may concentrate in Art, Music, Theatre or Visual and Performing Arts. They will fulfill the Interdisciplinary Foundation and Core requirements plus requirements in their concentration for a total of 36 credits.
    Emphasis in Art for Students who double major in Elementary Education

    • Interdisciplinary Foundation and Core requirements 18 credits
      plus
    • AR 112 or 113 or 225 World Art Survey I 3 credits or
    • World Art Survey II 3 credits or
    • Art Since Mid-Century 3 credits
    • AR 140 Drawing I 3 credits
    • AR 117 Visual Design: 2-D 3 credits
    • AR 122 Visual Design: 3-D 3 credits
    • AR 260 Visual Arts in the Schools 3 credits
    • Electives in Art 3 credits

    Concentration Total Credits: 18
    Major Total Credits: 36

     
    Emphasis in Music for Students who double major in Elementary Education

    • Interdisciplinary Foundation and Core requirements 18 credits
      plus
    • MU 101 Fundamentals of Music and 3 credits
    • Aural Skills (unless taken for foundation) or
    • MU 205 Harmony I 3 credits
    • MU 115 Music Appreciation
    • (unless taken for Foundation) 3 credits or
    • MU 281 Music History I 3 credits or
    • MU 282 Music History II 3 credits
    • MU 190 Class Piano and MU 195 Class Guitar and 3 credits participation in 2 Ensembles at 5 credits each
    • MU 237 Music in Elementary School 3 credits
    • MU 102/103, Private Lessons (unless MU 190 3 credits
    • And MU 195 taken) and Participation in 2 Ensembles Electives in Music 3 credits

    Concentration Total 18 Credits
    Major Total 36 Credits


    Emphasis in Theatre for Students who double major in Elementary Education

    • TH 245 Acting I 3 credits
    • TH 275 Introduction to Stagecraft 3 credits
    • TH 290 Theatre for Young Audiences 3 credits
    • TH 292 Creative Dramatics 3 credits
    • TH 321 Rehearsal and Performance 3 credits
    • Electives in Theatre 6 credits
    Concentration Total 18 Credits
    Major Total 36 Credits

     

    Emphasis in Visual and Performing Arts for Students who double major in Elementary Education

    • AR 260 Visual Arts in the Schools 3 credits
    • MU 237 Music in Elementary School 3 credits
    • TH 290 Theatre for Young Audiences 3 credits
    • TH 292 Creative Dramatics 3 credits
    • Electives in Art, Music, Theatre, and Visual and Performing Arts 6 credits
    Concentration Total 18 Credits
    Major Total 36 Credits