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Year Course ID Course
2021-2022 SAMC 111

Critical Issues in the Arts

This foundational interdisciplinary course introduces the arts as a way of knowing, especially through some of the complex issues in the arts, such as: arts and interpretation, arts and technology, arts and justice, arts and gender, and arts and faith. Students will explore these issues through the engagement of representative works of both artists and scholars from varying viewpoints and historical periods. Students will be expected to participate fully in individual and collaborative research projects applying both developing skills and critical evaluation. The format of the course includes lectures supplemented by assigned readings for discussion and debate. The course will be delivered by an interdisciplinary teaching team. Students attend weekly lectures, and participate in one of three discussion groups.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None.
2021-2022 SAMC 112

Interdisciplinary History of Western Arts

A foundational interdisciplinary introduction to key historical developments in Western artistic practice and concepts from ancient times to present. Students critically engage artistic materials (paintings, music, theatrical scripts, etc) and writings of the various style periods, developing their ability to meaningfully experience, interpret, and articulate different approaches to the arts in relation to the changing ideas of Western culture. Students are encouraged to think critically, charitably, and divergently, exploring and evaluating how the arts were understood and written about in different periods, and investigating the relationship of past artistic ideas to contemporary ideas and practices. The format of the course includes lectures, readings, discussion, and individual investigative assignments and research projects. The course is delivered by an interdisciplinary teaching team. Students attend weekly lectures, and participate in one of four discussion groups.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): None.
2021-2022 SAMC 351

Arts, Media and Culture Field Placement

Designed for any student seeking arts leadership skills through experience-based learning. Students work with systems and strategies applying to self promotion and production, interdisciplinary and collaborative work, and arts organizations. Working under the direction of fine arts faculty, students focus on utilizing resources for development and implementation of special projects.

Course Credits: 1, 2, 3
Prerequisite(s): SAMC 110 or equivalent and upper level standing
NB: Pass/Fail courses.
2021-2022 SAMC 352

Arts, Media and Culture Field Placement

Designed for any student seeking arts leadership skills through experience-based learning. Students work with systems and strategies applying to self promotion and production, interdisciplinary and collaborative work, and arts organizations. Working under the direction of fine arts faculty, students focus on utilizing resources for development and implementation of special projects.

Course Credits: 1, 2, 3
Prerequisite(s): SAMC 110 or equivalent and upper level standing
NB: Pass/Fail courses.
2021-2022 SAMC 353

Arts, Media and Culture Field Placement

Designed for any student seeking arts leadership skills through experience-based learning. Students work with systems and strategies applying to self promotion and production, interdisciplinary and collaborative work, and arts organizations. Working under the direction of fine arts faculty, students focus on utilizing resources for development and implementation of special projects.

Course Credits: 1, 2, 3
Prerequisite(s): SAMC 110 or equivalent and upper level standing
NB: Pass/Fail courses.
2021-2022 SAMC 370

Aesthetics

This course doesn't merely explore different questions about the nature, value, and meaning of beauty, artworks, and aesthetic experience; its primary goal is to assist students in developing lifestyles that embody the values, pleasures, and risks of moving through the God's creation with deep aesthetic attention coupled to an expansive imagination

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year standing or 6 sem. hrs. of philosophy or instructor's consent.
NB: Not offered every year See Department of Philosophy chair.
Cross-listed: PHIL 370.
2021-2022 SAMC 420

Arts, Media & Culture Travel Study

A three-week interdisciplinary fine arts study trip to London, England, in which students critically engage culture and the fine arts. Visits to galleries, performances, and cultural sites accompany lectures and readings to encourage students to develop and deepen their biblically-informed view of the role of fine arts. While most course activities take place in London proper, several day trips to surrounding locations are included.

Course Credits: 3
Prerequisite(s): Completion.
NB: Summer travel study course. This course is limited to students wishing to take this course for credit. No prior courses in art, theatre, or music are necessary. Another course, often MUSI 310, is offered on the travel study.
Cross-listed: IDIS 420.