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GENERAL EDUCATION

GNED-210 General Education Area 1 Topic (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Special topics offered periodically for General Education credit in Foundational Area 1.

GNED-210 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Music in the Moment: Cross-Cultural Approaches to Improvisation
This course introduces theories and practices of improvisation in different parts of the world and how musicians learn to improvise and teach improvisation. By exploring traditions ranging from Hindustani art musics and Flamenco to battle rap and varieties of jazz, students learn how musicians navigate the fixed and free elements of each genre-and attempt some stylistically-appropriate improvisations of their own. The final unit of the class study attempts to improvise across styles in performances that combine one or more musical traditions. Students need no formal training in music and no experience improvising to participate, but they need an open mind and a willingness to learn and practice close listening skills.
GNED-210 002
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: The Artist's Perspective: Performance Art
This course investigates the formal and social aspects of the performance art medium. Students are introduced to the formal devices at work in the specialization that connect it to traditional media, as well as its unique components that also extend into theater, music, social challenge, experimentation, and documentation. Concepts are explored through a technical understanding of performative techniques, social organization, assignments that develop a formal and social understanding of the performance medium, as well as documentation and recordation.
GNED-210 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: The Artist's Perspective: Digital Photography
This is an introductory course that explores new technologies in contemporary photographic practice. Though technical aspects of digital photography are covered, the main focus is on making and looking at photographs. Utilizing Photoshop, technical topics center on cultivating a digital workflow, which includes digital capture, image editing, and digital output. Students become familiar with both historic and contemporary photographic work as well as ideas around light, composition, visualization, editing, and sequencing of images. Critiques are the central forum for students to develop their ability to speak about their own work as well as their peers'. The course concludes with students developing a final portfolio of photographs. Students are required to provide their own digital SLR camera and fixed (not zoom) lens.
GNED-210 004
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: The Artist's Perspective: Digital Photography
This is an introductory course that explores new technologies in contemporary photographic practice. Though technical aspects of digital photography are covered, the main focus is on making and looking at photographs. Utilizing Photoshop, technical topics center on cultivating a digital workflow, which includes digital capture, image editing, and digital output. Students become familiar with both historic and contemporary photographic work as well as ideas around light, composition, visualization, editing, and sequencing of images. Critiques are the central forum for students to develop their ability to speak about their own work as well as their peers'. The course concludes with students developing a final portfolio of photographs. Students are required to provide their own digital SLR camera and fixed (not zoom) lens.
GNED-210 005
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: The Artist's Perspective: Digital Photography
This is an introductory course that explores new technologies in contemporary photographic practice. Though technical aspects of digital photography are covered, the main focus is on making and looking at photographs. Utilizing Photoshop, technical topics center on cultivating a digital workflow, which includes digital capture, image editing, and digital output. Students become familiar with both historic and contemporary photographic work as well as ideas around light, composition, visualization, editing, and sequencing of images. Critiques are the central forum for students to develop their ability to speak about their own work as well as their peers'. The course concludes with students developing a final portfolio of photographs. Students are required to provide their own digital SLR camera and fixed (not zoom) lens.