Course Catalog: Undergraduate Department of Arts

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Marjorie Hall, Chair and Associate Professor
Marianne Adams, Instructor
Leland Clarke, Associate Professor
Gregory Gomez, Associate Professor
Erica Licea-Kane, Associate Professor
Emily Tilson Ranii, Assistant Professor

Available Programs of Study:

B.A. in Performing Arts
B.A. in Visual Arts
Minors: Community Arts, Music, Theatre, Studio Art,
Art History, Performing Arts (through Colleges of the Fenway)

Arts Major / B.A. Degree/36-48 credits

The Arts department offers majors in the Performing Arts (Music, Theatre, and Dance) and Visual Arts. Students participate in the creative process, acquire theoretical tools for evaluating their own and others’ work, and study the history and literature of their chosen discipline. The Towne Art Gallery and the Wheelock Family Theater offer a variety of on-campus Arts programming, and pro-vide opportunities for student involvement at many levels. The Performing Arts program of the Colleges of the Fenway also provides many opportunities for co-curricular activity in the Performing Arts. Attendance at music and theater venues and art museums in the Boston area is integrated into many courses in the Arts majors.

In addition to supporting the interests of individual students, the majors complement professional preparation in teaching, juvenile justice and youth advocacy, social work, and child life. The arts have always provided people with a means of communicating ideas and reflecting on human experience. Students who have explored and developed their own creative processes are in an excel-lent position to nurture creative potential in the children and adults with whom they work. Skills in performance and studio art can be vital tools for practitioners in learning and therapeutic environments. Knowledge gained in studying the history and literature of the arts can have a direct impact on the richness of curriculum offered in the early childhood and elementary grades.

Learning outcomes for the arts majors:

Performing Arts students will:

  • Develop skills in performance and/or writing, directing, or theatre crafts, and apply them to theatrical, dance, and/or musical performances
  • Demonstrate an ability to critique their own processes and outcomes
  • Demonstrate an ability to participate constructively in critiquing the works of their peers, and to apply insights from those critiques to their own work
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze plays, dance performances, and/or musical compositions from a variety of cultures and historical periods
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in the dialogues appropriate to the disciplines of the history of music, dance, and/or dramatic literature and aesthetics through readings, discussions, oral reports, and written essays

Visual Arts students will:

  • Develop observational skills (drawing) and skills in the conceptual elements of art-making (design), and apply them in the creation of artworks in at least two media
  • Demonstrate an ability to critique their own processes and outcomes
  • Demonstrate an ability to participate constructively in critiquing the works of their peers, and to apply insights from those critiques to their own work
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze works of visual art from a variety of cultures and historical periods
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in the dialogues appropriate to in the history of art and aesthetics through readings, discussions, oral reports, and written essays

Important: Students considering a major in the arts should meet with a faculty member or make an appointment with the Chair of the department as early in their college careers as possible. AMT 499 Arts Portfolio requires students to have saved work from all of their arts courses at Wheelock. Students should obtain a copy of the portfolio requirements as soon as they begin taking arts courses, and begin accumulating work for the portfolio.

Course Requirements: Arts Major with a Second Major 36 credits

Performing Arts

One introductory level course (100 level) in music, theatre, or dance/4 cr

Two history or literature courses, one from each of two different art forms/ 8 cr

2 electives in music, theatre, or dance/8 cr

THE 277 Movement and Drama for Children/4 cr

or

MUS 279 Music for Children/4cr

AMT 254 Aesthetics /4 cr

Two advanced courses in music, theatre, or dance/8 cr*

AMT 449 Arts Major Portfolio/0 cr

Visual Arts

VIS 125 Introduction to Design/4 cr

VIS 130 Drawing/4 cr

One Art History course/4 cr

AMT 254 Aesthetics/4 cr

Three studio art electives/12 cr

Two advanced studio art courses/8 cr *

AMT 449 Arts Major Portfolio/0 cr

* Only one independent study can be applied to the advanced course requirement.

AMT 412 Internship in the Arts (4 credits), a 150-hour placement in an arts organization, may be substituted for one of the advanced courses, or may be taken in addition to the 36 credit major.

Performing Arts or Visual Arts Major without a Second Major 48 credits

Students opting to major in the Arts without a second major should follow the requirements for the 36-credit major as listed above and add the following, for a total of 48 credits:

One free elective in the Arts

One additional course in the major

One additional advanced course in the major*

*48-credit majors must include AMT 412: Internship in the Arts as one of the advanced focus courses.

Minors offered by the Arts Department:

Four single-discipline minors are offered: Music, Theatre, Studio Art, and Art History. 16 credits in the discipline are required for these minors. Students should take one introductory course (100-level), two intermediate courses, and one advanced course in the appropriate discipline. While minors are encouraged to take one of the advanced courses offered by the department, this requirement may be satisfied with an independent study with permission from the department chair.

Two multi-disciplinary minors are offered: Community Arts and Performing Arts, the latter through Colleges of the Fenway.

Community Arts Minor

One course in performance or studio arts/4 cr

MUS 277 Music for Children/4 cr

THE 279 Movement and Drama for Children/4 cr

VIS 278 Art for Children/4 cr

Performing Arts Minor

Introduction to the Performing Arts

One course each in Dance, Theatre, and Music

One approved advanced course in one of the disciplines

Three semesters participation in an approved performance ensemble

Please consult the Colleges of the Fenway website for more details.

All students wishing to declare a minor in the arts must have the program plan approved by the department chair.

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