Fall 2021 Fine & Performing Arts Classes
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Below you will find each of the Fine & Performing Arts departments. To see a list of all open courses for a department, click on the department name, for example, "Music". Below the department name are a few highlighted open courses. These are not the only open courses within these departments. To register for those individual courses, click on the individual classes name, for example, "Public Speaking". Once you are in Self-Service, make sure you are logged in (using your login and pw, ex. aa00000) you should then be able to register. If you are having trouble registering please contact Admissions or Counseling.
Information on how to register for classes.
Departments with open fall classes
Introduction to Art Concepts - runs both 16-weeks and 8-weeks. Fully online and In Person, see link. A study of the visual arts in relation to both personal and cultural expressions. Fundamentals of visual organization, color theory, terminology, historical art movements and concepts will be studied. Required for art majors.
Intro to Public Relations - runs August 23rd to December 12th. In Person: M, W 10:20 AM - 11:45 AM. An exploration of the principles, history and development, and professional practice of modern public relations. Includes concepts of planning and executing effective communication strategies, including message design and distribution, for any organization.
el Don Productions
News Media Production - runs August 23rd to December 12th. In Person: M, W 12:35 PM - 2:40 PM. A production-based course designed around a functioning media organization, providing students practical training in print, digital and Web-based media through work as members of the campus news magazine el Don and its website eldonnews.org. Students utilize a digital laboratory to gain practical experience in a variety of disciplines, including writing, editing, design, photography, audio, visual, multimedia and emerging technologies. Arranged laboratory hours (TBA) 10 hours per week.
Visual Reporting - runs August 23rd to December 12th. In Person: M, W 12:35 PM - 1:25 PMThis course stresses how to perceive and select visual images through work with a digital camera, a computer, and related digital media & graphics software. Students learn the application and manipulation of images in digital form by focusing on telling stories through pictures and informational graphics. Students serve as visual reporters for campus media.
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication - runs for both 16-weeks and 8-weeks. Fully online and In Person, see link. Introduction to communication theory, rhetoric, listening, perception, language usage, nonverbal communication, and conflict management. Students participate in oral and written exercises and simulations; these activities are designed to enhance communicative awareness and skills in interpersonal contexts. It is designed to assist students in improving their own interpersonal and oral communication skills.
Public Speaking - runs for both 16-weeks and 8-weeks. In Person: Varies, see link. Teaches critical thinking skills in relation to public speaking. Emphasis on the process, principles, and major facets of critical thinking with practice through oral presentations.
Dance History & Appreciation - runs August 23rd to December 12th. In Person: T, Th 10:20 AM - 11:45 AM. The development of dance in Western Europe and the U.S. from ancient times to the present. Explores dance as an emerging art form from the Renaissance to the 21th Century. Emphasizes the contemporary dance heritage of the United States.
Broadcasting for News and Sports- runs August 23rd to December 12th. In Person: T, Th 1:15 PM - 2:05 PM. Off Campus DMC. Introduction to broadcast journalism for TV and digital platforms with emphasis on writing, editing, and technical production of media newscasts. Emphasizes both field and studio reporting. Prior or concurrent enrollment in Television/Video Communications 110 recommended.
Drone Pilot Training - runs August 28th to October 16th. In Person: Sa 10:00 AM - 12:15 PM. Learn the ins-and-outs of legally flying a drone. The Drone Pilot Training course covers FAA rules and regulations, settings and features of drones, and supervised hands-on flight instruction with a licensed drone pilot. Drones provided for the class.
Motion Picture Technical Production - runs August 23rd to December 12th. In Person: Sa 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM. Off Campus DMC. This course provides hands-on, practical experience in technical production, culminating in a fully produced film screened to the public. The final movie presentation becomes the basis for creating a production reel.
Motion Graphics with After Effects - runs October 18th to December 12th. Fully Online. This graphics animation course covers the development of original motion graphics. Video editing skills are refined within the animation software to create animated clips for use in multiple media applications. Some experience in non-linear digital video editing is recommended, as well as some graphic design experience.
Fundamentals of Typography - runs August 23rd to December 12th. In Person: M, W 10:20 AM - 11:10 AM. Off Campus DMC.Introduction to the use of type styles, appropriate type selection and their characteristics as a means toward understanding design and communication through type solutions. Projects will explore current graphics industry practices and standards, including the use of digital technology and traditional hand skills.
Branding and Identity - runs October 18th to December 12th. Fully Online. A comprehensive design course serving as the capstone for all Digital Media Arts & Graphic Design programs. Students develop a career/transfer-ready digital portfolio through team-based branding and identity design development for multiple media applications. Focus is on both business and personal branding. Career goals, resumes, online portfolios, interviewing skills, and customer service needs are addressed. 6 units of digital media-oriented coursework recommended.
Mariachi - runs August 23rd to December 12th. In Person: Th 2:50 PM - 6:00 PM. Mixed ensemble for the study, rehearsal, and performance of Mariachi repertoire with an emphasis on the music from Jalisco. Each semester requires the performance of different repertoire. Designed for students who have basic performance skills.
Introduction to Video Game Audio - runs August 23rd to October 13th. In Person: M, W 10:20 AM - 11:50 AM. Off Campus, DMC. Introduction to the techniques and implementation of audio production in game design including the incorporation of music, dialog and sound effects. Recording, editing, digital effect application, looping, layering, and mixing for an interactive game environment are covered.
Film Music Appreciation - runs August 23rd to December 12th. Fully Online. A study of the history and development of film music in the twentieth and twenty-first century. Students are guided through a critical examination of a variety of music soundtracks by prominent composers and will explore how the music reflects changes in our society and culture.
Library Research Fundamentals - runs August 23rd to October 17th. Fully online. This course is designed to teach students basic college-level research skills for effective use of traditional and electronic library resources. Instruction includes print and non-print information sources such as reference books, scholarly material, online subscription databases, and the Internet.
Researching in the Digital Age - runs August 23rd to October 17th. Fully Online. This course focuses on library research strategies for effectively locating and evaluating information on the Internet. Central topics are formulating search strategies, understanding how to form search expressions, evaluating information, and citing resources.
Introduction to Theatre - runs August 23rd to December 12th. Fully online. An introduction to the art and concepts of theatre through a study of modern and historical theories of dramatic structure, playwriting, directing, design, and acting. Attendance at live theatre required.
Theatre History 1 - runs August 23rd to December 12th. Fully online. The study of the history of theatre from the origins of theatre through the 17th Century. The history and development of theatre and drama are studied in relationship to cultural, political and social conditions of the time. Plays are read for analysis of structure, plot, character and historical relevance.
Acting Fundamentals - runs August 23rd to December 12th. In Person: T/TH 11:55-1:50 A study of acting involving the development of acting techniques, styles, and disciplines. Provides theory and practical experience with varied characterizations. Emphasizes individual growth and acquired skills necessary to the acting craft.