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CATALOG • 2009-2010


Fine Arts – Major

For information, contact Roxanne Amico.

The interdisciplinary fine arts major is for those students interested in career possibilities such as but not limited to criticism, museum work, radio-television programming, fine arts librarianship education, consulting, newspaper or periodical writing, teaching, and editing. The integrated approach to an, theatre, speech, dance, music and creative writing provides in-depth specialization in combination with general knowledge in related arts areas. Each student is expected to reflect coherence in her course selection. Continual advising and evaluating is essential to success in this program. The course work will reflect a balance of creative and historical/critical experiences.
All fine arts majors are obliged to abide by the written Performing Arts Departmental Policies.
A grade of C or better is required in all courses taken for application toward all major requirements in the performing arts.

Competencies and Assessment in the Performing Arts

1. Attendance at the First Friday Performing Arts Noon Series is required each term for declared majors. Presentations are required once each year. All presentations are expected to be works in progress and can be drawn from class work or independent work. Additionally, all performing arts majors are required for graduation to attend a minimum of eight cultural events at Cedar Crest (2 in each area: art gallery openings or talks, music concerts, dance concerts, and theatre productions). Advisors keep a written record of students' attendance.

2. Mid-year reviews are conducted for all fine arts majors. Reviews take place during FNA 100.  All majors are expected to meet with the departmental faculty to review their progress from class work to performance. Failure to comply will require the student to submit a five page analysis of her work to date. Mid-year reviews are required for certification.

3. By spring of the junior year, students submit project proposals for approval. All majors are expected to make an oral presentation on a designated First Friday briefly presenting the progress and plans for their project in spring of the junior year.
Senior Project: All majors must produce a major creative project in order to graduate. Students present a project proposal for departmental approval and seek an advisor for the project by May 1. No projects will proceed without departmental approval. This project is included in Fine Arts 353.

4. Graduating seniors participate in exit interviews with departmental faculty.

Performing Arts Core Curriculum:
DNC 102 Experiencing Movement I 3 credits
FNA 100 First Friday (4 x .5) 2 credit
FNA 103 Introduction to the Fine Arts 3 credits
FNA 252 Fine Arts Seminar 3 credits
FNA 353 Senior Project (2x3) 6 credits
MUS 101 Experiencing Music 3 credits
THS 100 Experiencing Theatre 3 credits
THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits
  or
THS 109 Poetry & Prose: Oral Interpretation 3 credits
  or
THS 106 Forensic Speech Team 1 credit

Plus at least 33 credits comprising a coherent schedule of courses reflecting an interdisciplinary approach to a specific arts area- dance, music, theatre, creative writing, or art. The curriculum must be approved by the Fine Arts advisor and reflect courses which address both theory/history and experiential elements in the focus area.

Plus 18 credits in areas of secondary emphasis in three other fine arts areas, including a history and studio course in each area..

Requirements for the Arts Criticism Concentration

This concentration within the interdisciplinary fine arts major prepares students for a career in arts criticism with an 6-credit internship in public information journalism. Students must complete the performing art core curriculum. In addition, students must choose two from the following courses:
ART 105 Introduction to Art History I 3 credits
ART 106 Introduction to Art History I 3 credits
ART 200   Art of the 20th Century: 1880-1945
or ART 210 Art of the 20th Century: 1945-present 3 credits
DNC 235 History of Dance 3 credits
ENG 200 Literary Analysis 3 credits
ENG 233 Creating Writing: Fiction 3 credits
ENG 245 Topics in World Literature 9 credits
THS 201 Beginning Acting 3 credits
THS 231 History of Theatre: Ancients to 17th Century 3 credits

Plus 9 credits of studio art (ex. ceramics, painting, printed image, sculpture, jewelry & metalsmithing).

Plus two semesters of the following courses:
MUS 120 Historical Epochs in Music: Contemporary 6 credits plus an additional MUS 120 topic
HIS 107-108 European Civilizations: Ideas and Experiences 6 credits