2015-16 College Catalog

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FINE-103 Introduction to the Creative Arts

Through experiential learning, invention, and direct encounters with the arts, students engage in an interdisciplinary study of form, meaning, and humanistic expression in four major areas: dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts. Students learn to identify, interpret, apply, analyze, and communicate about the basic elements, principles, processes, materials, and inherent artistic qualities of these art forms. As a requirement for all transfer students pursuing the AAT Elementary Education degree, this course design supports students planning to work with elementary-age children as teachers, caregivers, and in other aspects of child development.



Hours Weekly

3 hours weekly

Course Objectives

1. Demonstrate an ability to identify and describe the basic types and elements of the four arts using an appropriate arts vocabulary.

2. Identify and apply critical theories, concepts, and skills for interpreting and analyzing works of art and in formulating aesthetic judgments.

3. Incorporate innovation, risk-taking, and creativity to create basic productions in each of the four arts, considering the role of the arts and the creative process as a problem-solving methodology.

4. Pose and address questions, demonstrating an understanding of the interrelationships among the four arts within the confluence of creative and humanistic expression with social and cultural contexts.

5. Assess, reflect on, and critically analyze the role of the four arts in illuminating the human spirit, creative process, and search for meaning.

6. Demonstrate effective communication in writing and speaking about the four arts.