CORE 170’s — The Arts

The Arts are important constituents of human culture.  Art refers to a diverse range of human activities, creations, and expressions that are appealing to the senses or emotions of a human individual.  The study of the seven lively arts - architecture, painting, sculpture, dance, drama, music, and literature - plays a vital role in a liberal arts education and can provide ways in which a student can gain an understanding and appreciation of the intrinsic values of the arts.  Understanding the arts provides students with a basis for understanding some of the basic principles that unite individuals.  The study of the arts can provide a powerful motivational tool to those who are successful and can provide the impetus to succeed in other academic areas.  In addition, course offerings in the arts are dedicated to achieving the Mission of Kings College in that they not only direct students toward the tools they need to make a living, but also guide them toward a better understanding of how to live.

All students are required to take one 3 credit course in the arts as part of the CORE Curriculum.  The Arts CART is divided into the following sub-categories:

171 Theatre, 172 Dance, 174 Music History/Theory, 175 Music Performance, 176 Art Appreciation, 177 Artistic Creation/Visual Arts, 178 Creative Writing, 179 Film Studies

Sub-Category Descriptions:

171 Theatre

Students will be introduced to various aspects of the theatre arts, both performance and technical.  Students will develop an appreciation for this most collaborative of art forms through various production and performance courses.  Through in class discussions, exercises, and performances, as well as attendance of theatrical events, students will increase their ability to analyze and interpret a piece of theatre.

  • To increase the student’s appreciation for the various aspects of the theatre arts
  • To increase the student’s appreciation for the role of collaboration within the theatre
  • To create in the student a critical eye for analyzing and interpreting theatrical works
  • To increase the student’s visceral knowledge of creating a piece of theatre that will be presented to an audience

172 Dance

Students will be introduced to various aspects of dance performance and appreciation.  Students will develop an appreciation for the history of dance and dancers, and increase their ability to analyze and interpret the use of the human body as a means of expression.  Courses are designed to explore the proper technique appropriate for various periods and styles of dance, such as movement, jazz, modern, and tap, and will deal with style, retention of steps, body line, how to count and other basic dance necessities.

  • To increase the student’s appreciation of dance as an art form and means of expression
  • To create in the student a critical eye for analyzing and interpreting dance
  • To increase the student’s knowledge of various techniques required of dancers and choreographers
  • To increase the student’s visceral knowledge of creating and participating in a dance performance piece that will be presented to an audience

174 Music History/Theory

Students will be introduced to various aspects of music theory and composition.  Students will develop an appreciation for the history of music and musicians, and increase their ability to analyze and interpret music as an art form and means of expression.  Courses are open to students of all skill levels, the ability to read music is not a prerequisite.  Course work will include: note reading, rhythms, chord progressions, and four part writing among other topics, as well as analyzing musical compositions.

  • To increase the student’s appreciation of music as an art form and means of expression
  • To create in the student a critical eye and ear for analyzing and interpreting varying musical compositions
  • To increase the student’s knowledge of various techniques required of musicians and composers
  • To increase the student’s visceral knowledge of composing and interpreting a piece of music that will be presented to an audience

175 Music Performance

Students will be introduced various aspects of vocal and instrumental music performance.  Students will develop an appreciation of performance through the study of the instrument and great performers.  Courses are open to students of all skill levels.  Course work will include basic music reading ability, instrumental/vocal techniques, individual and group performance work. 

  • To increase the student’s appreciation of music as an art form and means of expression
  • To create in the student a critical eye and ear for analyzing and interpreting instrumental and vocal performance
  • To increase the student’s knowledge of various techniques required of vocal and instrumental performers
  • To increase the student’s visceral knowledge of performing a piece of music in front of an audience

176 Art Appreciation/History

Students will be introduced to various aspects of appreciation and analysis of numerous visual art media.  Students will develop an appreciation for the history of visual art and artists, and increase their ability to analyze and interpret visual art as a means of expressing the social, political, and cultural trends of the period in which it was created.  Course work will include an introduction to the diverse aspects of art such as its components, media and techniques, and content.

  • To increase the student’s appreciation of visual art as a means of expression
  • To create in the student a critical eye for analyzing and interpreting visual art from varying periods
  • To increase the student’s knowledge of various techniques and media used by artists
  • To increase the student’s visceral knowledge of interpreting and discussing visual art in front of an audience

177 Visual Arts

Students will be introduced to various fundamentals of visual art including:  composition (form/function), observation and analysis, drawing, painting, basic color theory, sculpture, textiles, photography.  Students will develop an appreciation of visual art through the study of the other artists and their To increase the student’s appreciation of visual art as a means of expression

  • To create in the student a critical eye for analyzing and interpreting visual art from varying periods
  • To increase the student’s knowledge of various techniques and media used by artists
  • To increase the student’s visceral knowledge of interpreting and discussing visual art in front of an audience

178 Imaginative Writing (Foundational Course for Creative Writing Minor)

This introductory course explores the way writers invent original pieces of creative writing, focusing specifically on the act of inventing. Students will be asked to observe the world around them and make writing a daily habit. Students will also engage in idea generating activities and learn how to let meaning grow organically from the work. The act of observing and recording will lead the student to not only write more polished pieces of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction, but it will also lead the student to become a better observer and thinker, important goals of a liberal arts education. Daily reading assignments will encourage students to read outside of their favorite genres and styles and to respond to that reading in meaningful ways.

Objectives - During the course of the semester, students will be asked to:

  • Keep consistent writing habits;
  • Read the work of others and find both inspiration and technical strategies within this work, analyzing the work for elements of craft;
  • Appreciate the traditional and classical styles of the art and recognize their impact on contemporary style (understanding first technical proficiency in writing and then analyzing why an artist may work outside accepted writing rules);
  • Use creative writing exercises to generate raw material, beginning to see possibility in unexpected places;
  • Examine and appreciate the various forms art can take on;
  • Shape raw prose into poems, stories, nonfiction, and/or drama, presenting an authentic creative voice;
  • Begin early revision work; and
  • Share their writing with other writers and a general audience.

Goals - As a result of taking this course, the student should:

  • Have a greater understanding and appreciation for arts as a medium through which the human condition is enriched;
  • Have a visceral knowledge of the act of creating a piece of art;
  • Be able to relate and respond to significant expressions of the human spirit and understand the arts and literature as expressions of cultural, aesthetic, and moral values of individual and collective emotions;
  • Be able to identify the basic elements of various works, including but not limited to character, theme, tone, point of view, context, rhythm, allusion, and metaphor, and apply this knowledge to writing;
  • Understand a text as having an overall structure that reflects its critical, emotional, and narrative effect, making connections between a work’s language, composition, and imagery, and the thought and feeling the work evokes;
  • Understand qualities of excellence and how they may be applied to determine levels of creative achievement;
  • Identify, communicate, and defend ideas, feelings, and value judgments appropriately, effectively, creatively; and
  • Appreciate the aesthetic dimensions of life, the nature of beauty and art, and the proper role of the emotional dimensions of life.

179 Film Studies

Students will be introduced to various fundamentals of film including: editing, cinematography, sound, special effects, etc.  Students will develop an appreciation of how film can produce meaning through critical interpretations and deep analysis.  Students will be provided with a vocabulary and a grammar of film that will enable them to process and understand what the actors, writers, designers, directors, and producers are expressing with their medium.

  • To increase the student’s appreciation of film as a means of expression
  • To create in the student a critical eye for analyzing and interpreting film from varying periods and genres.
  • To increase the student’s knowledge of various techniques and media used by film makers.
  • To increase the student’s visceral knowledge of creating a film project of creative film piece that will be critically viewed by an audience.