Course Descriptions

Master of Arts Courses:

Includes courses in Art, Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre and the Dramatic Arts

 

Required Core Courses

FA 5020 - Issues in Contemporary Fine Arts
3 Semester hours

Interdisciplinary theories, concepts and issues will be researched and discussed. Interdisciplinary projects will be analyzed and critically evaluated.

 
FA 6024 - Final Project
6 Semester hours

A capstone experience of creative and scholarly work, which includes a public recital, performance, or exhibit; and a written component

 
FA 6027 - Future Directions for Fine Arts
3 Semester hours

Exploration of trends in selected areas.

Graduate Art Courses

ART 5002 - Graduate Drawing I
3 Semester Hours

Exploration of drawing methods, materials, concepts; emphasis on developing means of expression, individual style, critical analysis and evaluation.

 
ART 5003 - Graduate Drawing II
3 Semester Hours

Continuing exploration of drawing methods, materials, concepts; emphasis on developing personal means of expression individual style, critical analysis and evaluation.

 
ART 5004 - Graduate Painting I
3 Semester Hours

Exploration of various painting media, methods, supports and concepts; emphasis on developing means of expression, individual style, critical analysis and evaluation.

 
ART 5005 - Graduate Painting II
3 Semester Hours

Exploration of various painting media, methods, supports and concepts; emphasis on developing means of expression, individual style, critical analysis and evaluation.

 
ART 5008 - Special Studio Problems I
3 Semester Hours

Exploration of various media, methods and concepts, including development of interdisciplinary projects.

 
ART 5010 - Graduate Practicum/Internship
2-4 Semester Hours

The student will work with an approved art organization in his/her chosen field of specialization. Supervision and evaluation by a Fine Arts faculty member in cooperation with a representative from the chosen organization. Contact an art faculty advisor for requirements for credit. May be substituted as a studio course with advisor's and Dean's recommendation.

 
ART 6002 - Graduate Drawing III
3 Semester Hours
   
Continuing exploration of drawing methods, materials, concepts; emphasis on developing personal means of expression individual style, critical analysis and evaluation.
 
ART 6003 - Graduate Drawing IV
3 Semester Hours

Exploration fo various painting media, methods, supports and concepts; emphasis on developing personal means of expression individual style, critical analysis and evaluation.

 
ART 6004 - Graduate Painting III
3 Semester Hours

Exploration of various painting media, methods, supports and concepts; emphasis on developing means of expression, individual style, critical analysis and evaluation.

 
ART 6005 - Graduate Painting IV
3 Semester Hours

Exploration of various painting media, supports and concepts; emphasis on developing means of expression, individual style, critical analysis and evaluation.

 
ART 6006 - Graduate Sculpture I
3 Semester Hours

Exploration of various three-dimensional meda, methods, techniques and concepts; emphasis on developing means of expression, individual style, critical analysis and evaluation.

 
ART 6007 - Graduate Sculpture II
3 Semester Hours
   
Exploration of various three-dimensional media, methods, techniques and concepts; emphasis on developing means expression, individual style, critical analysis and evaluation.
 
ART 6005 - Graduate Sculpture III
3 Semester Hours

Exploration of various three-dimensional media, methods, techniques and concepts; emphasis on developing menas of expression, individual style, critical analysis and evaluation.

 
ART 6006 - Graduate Sculpture IV
3 Semester Hours

Exploration of various, three dimensional media, methods, techniques and concepts; emphasis on developing means of expression, individual style, critical analysis, and evaluation.

 
ART 6009 - Speical Studio Problems III
3 Semester Hours

Exploration of various media, methods and concepts, including development of interdisciplinary projects.

 
ART 6010 - Graduate Research
2-4 Semester Hours


The student will work on an approved research project in his/her chosen field of specialization under supervision and evaluation by Fine Arts faculty. Contact an art faculty advisor for requirements for credit. May be substituted as a studio course with advisor's and Dean's recommendation. 
 

Graduate Fine Arts Courses

FA 5020 - Issues in Contemporary Fine Arts
3 Semester Hours

Interdisciplinary theories, concepts and issues will be researched and discussed. Interdisciplinary projects will be analyzed and critically evaluated. Note: Required core course.

   
FA 5022 - Special Topics: Fine Arts History or Theory
3 Semester Hours

Advanced research in theory or history to be proposed by faculty or student.

   
FA 6022 - Special Topics: Fine Arts History or Theory II
3 Semester Hours

Advanced research in theory or history to be proposed by faculty or student. Prerequisite: FA 5022

   
FA 6023 - Fine Arts: Studies Abroad
3 Semester Hours

Historical and cultural studies abroad within interdisciplinary areas of Fine Arts. Must be approved by Faculty.

   
FA 6024 - Final Project
6 Semester Hours

A capstone experience of creative and scholarly work, which includes a public recital, performance, or exhibit; and a written component. Note: Required core course.

   
FA 6027 - Future Directions for Fine Arts
3 Semester Hours

Exploration of trends in selected areas. Note: Required core courses.

   
 

Graduate Music Courses

MU 5001 - Applied Voice Lessons
2 Semester Hours
This course may be repeated once.

 

   
MU 5002 - Applied Instrumental
2 Semester Hours

This course may be repeated once.

   
MU 5007 - Choral Literature, Methods and Techniques
3 Semester Hours

This course is an in-depth study of choral literature from all style periods, including major choral and operatic works. The course will also develop concepts of band/orchestral methods and techniques for successful instrumental conducting.

   
MU 5009 - Independent Study
3 Semester Hours

Students plan, develop, research and present in an area of musical interest while working with a faculty mentor.

   
MU 5010 - Advanced Vocal Diction
3 Semester Hours

An in-depth survey of the principles of English, Italian, Latin, French, and German vocal diction, including the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

   
MU 5011 - Instrumental Pedagogy
3 Semester Hours

Instrumental majors will study pedagogical techniques and concepts with specific application to the particular instrument.

   
MU 5012 - Digital Music
3 Semester Hours

This course will cover integrating digital music with other digital media. It will cover using loops, overlaying music and voice loops and other digitized music formats. It will be and introduction to midi and audio recording, and currently available software for digital music production. The course will also include a brief unit on necessary music knowledge for operation for digital music software being studied.

   
MU 5013 - Music Technology
3 Semester Hours

Introduction to music notation, midi sequencing, and audio recording programs for the desktop computer.

   
MU 5014 - Computer Music Composition
3 Semester Hours

Using computers and music software programs to help develop, record, layout, compose, and notate original music compositions.

   
MU 5015 - Audio Recording on Computers
3 Semester Hours

This course uses the computer to record, mix, and master live music performances.

   
MU 5016 - Creating Commercial Music on Computers
3 Semester Hours

This course uses computers to create jingles and background music for audio and video commercial advertisements.

   
MU 5017 - Studio Recording Techniques
3 Semester Hours

Study fo the recording principles and techniques within a recording studio setting.
 

MU 5018-5021 - Track Advanced Applied Conducting (See course numbers below)
 

Students work privately with faculty one hour per week to develop conducting techniques used in leading choral and instrumental ensembles. Emphasis will be on appropriate conducting gestures and score analysis. $200 lab fee will be accessed.

MU 5018 - Applied Conducting I
MU 5018 - Applied Conducting II
MU 5020 - Applied Conducting III
MU 5021 - Applied Conducting IV
            

2 Semester Hours
2 Semester Hours
2 Semester Hours
2 Semester Hours

 

   
MU 5022 - Applied Study
2 Semester Hours

Students work privately with faculty one hour per week to develop musical, technical and repertoire skills appropriate to graduate study. $200 lab fee will be accessed.

   
MU Applied Composition or Arranging
2 Semester Hours

Private study in composition or arranging. Content of study to be determined by the instructor, depending on the experience and needs od the student. Assignments in various forms and styles of the emphasis area will be given each lesson. The student will be encouraged to develop his own style of writing after study of established styles. This course may be repeated at the discretion of the instructor, but only 8 hours will be counted toward required hours for the completion fo the degree. $200 lab fee will be accessed.

 

MU 5023 - Composition I
MU 5024 - Composition II
MU 6006 - Composition III
MU 6007 - Composition IV             
MU 5025 - Arranging I
MU 5026 - Arranging II
MU 6008 - Arranging III
MU 6009 - Arranging IV

2 Semester Hours
2 Semester Hours
2 Semester Hours
2 Semester Hours
2 Semester Hours
2 Semester Hours
2 Semester Hours
2 Semester Hours

   
MU 5027 - Advanced Harmony and Counterpoint
3 Semester Hours
A survey of harmonic and contrapuntal techniques used in the Common Practice literature. Pedagogical considerations are used in presenting harmonic and contrapuntal concepts. Writing in strict and free styles of the Common Practice. This is a review course for graduate-level study.

 
MU 5028 - Advanced Modern Harmony
3 Semester Hours

Survey of late Nineteenth Century, Twentieth Century and contemporary harmonic practices including harmony used in Impressionism, and 20th Century techniques such as pan-diatonicism, bi-tonality, poly-tonality, bi-modality, quartal and quintal harmony, and aleatoric, atonal and serial techniques.

   
MU 5030 - Instrumentation and Orchestration
3 Semester Hours

This course will cover ranges and transpositions of the different instrument families. Practical playing ranges. Transcribing form the piano to the orchestra, wind band, and other ensembles. Scoring for the string section, the mechanics of scoring and copying parts. Use of Computer Notation as an aid to orchestration. Basic Principles fo arranging will also be covered, including compositional, formal and practical considerations for writing creative music armaments.

   
MU 6001 - Topics in Advanced Music History
3 Semester Hours
   
MU 6002 - Theory Overview/History Overview
2 Semester Hours

Students admitted with deficiencies are required to remove them early in their programs. Deficiencies shall be removed by successfully passing the following courses as applicable: Theory Overview (2 hrs) and/or History Overview (2 hrs); these courses shall not count towards the minimum credit hours required for the graduate M.A. in Fine Arts (Music Track) degree program.

 
MU 6005 - Topics in Advanced Music History
3 Semester Hours

Advance topics in music history, which could include the specialized study of historical style periods or topical subjects such as Jazz, American Popular Music, History or Opera, Chamber Music, etc. depending on the interests and expertise of the instructor. The student transcript will show the particular topic taught.
 
   

 

Graduate Theatre and the Dramatic Arts Courses

THR 5000 - Theory of Acting: Stanislavski
3 Semester Hours

A comprehensive survey of the theory and works of Constantin Stanislavski as a basis for the study, application, and instruction of contemporary acting principles and techniques.

   
THR 5001 - Author Studies
3 Semester Hours

This course is an in-depth study of one or two authors. Particular author or authors will vary depending on the professor. It may be taken with different author focus, and must feature a playwright with a significant catalog of works.

   
THR 5003 - Practicum/Internship
3 Semester Hours

Students will work with an approved theatrical organization in their chosen field of specialization, (i.e., Community Theatre, Repertory Theatre, or other approved organization) under the supervision of a Fine Arts faculty member in cooperation with a representative from the organization.

   
THR 5004 - Advanced Studies in Period Styles in Acting
3 Semester Hours

An exploration of styles and techniques from various historical periods. Related advanced scene work.

   
THR 5005 - Voice and Articulation
3 Semester Hours

The mechanics of voice production and articulation. Includes diction, phonetics, and dialects all oriented toward self-improvement for the individual speaker.

   
THR 5006 - Special Study in Theatre
3 Semester Hours

This course offers advanced work in research or skill development. Available only with faculty approval and supervision.

   
THR 5007 - Theatre Workshop
1 Semester Hours

Students who are involved in a production will receive one semester hour of credit. Criteria for credit is established by the director of the theatre production. Students may enroll in one theatre workshop per semester.

   
THR 5009 - Methods and Materials of Teaching Theatre
3 Semester Hours

Methods and Materials of Teaching Theatre.

   
THR 6001 - Shakespeare
3 Semester Hours

Extensive survey of the works of Shakespeare. A study of selected histories, tragedies, and comedies. Emphasis on theme, character, and imagery.

   
THR 6002 - History fo the Theatre I
3 Semester Hours

A comprehensive examination fo the history of theatre from its origin through the 18th century. Includes Greek, Roman, Middle Ages, and European theatre. 
 

 
THR 6003 - History fo the Theatre II
3 Semester Hours

A comprehensive examination of the history of theatre from the early 19th century to the modern era. Includes Europe, United States, Asia, and Africa.