Experiencing Arts and Culture
Summers 2013 and 2015
Peg Faimon, Lead Faculty, Art/Design
Harvey Thurmer, Music (co-lead in 2015)
Julia Guichard, Theatre
John Weigand, Architecture
Thematic Sequence Description
Students travel domestically or abroad to a particular urban location(s) (e.g. New York, Paris, Milan, Prague, etc.) for an immersive thematic sequence (3 courses connected by theme or topic) focused on the global importance and impact of the integrated creative arts (e.g.: architecture, interior design, theatre, studio arts, graphic design, music, etc.). This intensive, experiential program helps students from any major develop a general knowledge of cultural history, and an understanding of the theories and application of various forms of the creative arts. This sequence assumes no prior knowledge and is intended to make the creative arts interesting, accessible, and valuable for all majors. Instruction is provided by a multi-disciplinary team of faculty from the College of Creative Arts.
CCA 121 Introduction to the Integrated Arts & Culture
This course focuses on learning basic arts vocabulary, concepts and principles, with an emphasis on those words and ideas that are common to all the arts. (e.g.: syncopation, rhythm, pattern, etc.) Students will be exposed to the fundamental steps of the creative process that are integral to various art forms. This vocabulary and process will be examined within a historical and cultural context of a particular urban location.
CCA 221 Immersion in the Integrated Arts & Culture
Students learn about various forms of art (architecture, theatre, design, music, etc.) gaining an understanding of their unique characteristics, while simultaneously learning how they are interconnected, integrated, and situated in a specific cultural context. Learning will take place through lectures, discussion, projects, as well as individual and group explorations.
CCA 321 Application in the Integrated Arts & Culture
This course focuses on the application of knowledge regarding the integrated arts within an environmental/site specific condition. A team-based project will place students in multidisciplinary groups that collaboratively research, create and present a particularly important environment/site that demonstrates arts integration. In addition, there will be an individual project that chronicles the student’s learning process and asks them to reflect upon the connection of the creative process to their personal experience/environment.