Students majoring in visual art focus on creating art and pursuing an understanding of the history and theory of art and its importance in society.
- Minor in Fine Arts - Art
Vanita Neelakanta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Fine and Performing Arts
Fine Arts 331
Program Website: Visual Arts: Art (http://www.rider.edu/academics/ colleges-schools/westminster-college-of-the-arts/school-of-fineperforming-arts/undergraduate-programs/visual-arts)
Associated Department: Fine Arts (http://www.rider.edu/academics/ colleges-schools/westminster-college-of-the-arts/school-of-fineperforming-arts/undergraduate-programs)
Art Minor Requirements
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Survey of Art History I|
|Survey of Art History II|
|Art of the Ancient World|
|Medieval and Renaissance Art|
|Art of the Baroque|
|19th Century Art|
|Art of the 20th Century|
|Selected Topics in Art History|
|Select three of the following:|
|Fundamentals of Drawing|
|Intermediate Painting A-B-C|
|Figure Drawing and Painting|
|Special Topics in Studio Art|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Survey of Music History I|
|Survey of Music History II|
|History of Pop and Rock Part I|
|History of Pop and Rock Part 2|
|Music of the Theater|
|Postmodernism & Populr Culture|
|Beethoven and the Romantic Age|
|Music of the Beatles|
|Contemp Music Experience|
|Black Music in America|
|Select one of the following:|
|Theatre History to 1700|
|Theater History Since 1700|
|American Theatre History|
|Contemporary American Theater|
|Selected Topics in Theatre His|
Courses and Descriptions
ART 103 Fundamentals of Drawing 3 Credits
An intensive study of drawing techniques in charcoal, pencil, and pen and ink.
ART 104 Survey of Art History I 3 Credits
The history of Western art, architecture, sculpture, painting from prehistoric times through the Middle Ages, emphasizing the relation between the arts and ideas of each period.
ART 105 Design 3 Credits
Basic concepts of composition, form, texture, value, and color in two-dimensional design are explored.
ART 106 Survey of Art History II 3 Credits
The history of Western art, architecture, sculpture, painting from the Renaissance to the present, emphasizing the relation between the arts and ideas of each period.
ART 201 Art of the Ancient World 3 Credits
The arts of ancient man from prehistoric times to the fall of the Roman Empire.
ART 207 Medieval and Renaissance Art 3 Credits
A study of the major monuments of architecture, painting, and sculpture created in Western Europe between 300 and 1600. Particular emphasis on the history of Christian art, from its beginnings in the Roman catacombs, to the great monasteries and cathedrals of the High Middle Ages, to the revival of ancient Roman grandeur and forms in the Renaissance.
ART 209 Art of the Baroque 3 Credits
The art of the 17th century in southern and northern Europe.
ART 214 American Art 3 Credits
The development of the arts from colonial America to World War I. Discusses major economic, social, and political factors that influenced the course of American art history.
ART 230 Three-Dimensional Design 3 Credits
Beginning problems in traditional sculptural materials (clay, wood, stone) and design-construction in mixed media.
ART 303 19th Century Art 3 Credits
An in-depth study of the major art movements in 19th-century Europe, from Neoclassicism to Postimpressionism.
ART 304 Drawing II 3 Credits
Studies the art of drawing beyond the introductory level with an emphasis on greater self-expression, advanced technical skills, and a variety of drawing media.
Prerequisite(s): ART 103.
ART 305 Intermediate Painting A-B-C 3 Credits
Studio courses designed to expand the student’s creative experience in painting with emphasis of greater self-expression. Students will be presented with specific painting projects that originate from conceptual or perceptual responses to reality (still life, landscape, figure) and to imagination (dreams, fantasy, invention). Class trips to galleries and museums are included. May be taken three times.
Prerequisite(s): ART 204.
ART 306 Art of the 20th Century 3 Credits
The major artists and movements in the history of 20th-century painting and sculpture from Postimpressionism. Slide lectures, class discussion, field trips.
ART 310 Figure Drawing and Painting 3 Credits
Students will draw and paint from various sources, including the live model, clothed and nude, to understand the structures, gestures, and psychological aspects of the human body in art.
ART 335 Printmaking 3 Credits
A studio introduction to various traditional and contemporary relief printmaking techniques.
ART 493 Special Topics in Studio Art 3 Credits
Study in drawing and painting of a particular style, such as abstraction or subject, such as still life; or particular aspects on a museum collection, such as the Metropolitan.
ART 495 Selected Topics in Art History 3 Credits
An intensive study of a particular art history topic, e.g., a single artist, artistic center, or artistic medium. Slide lectures, class discussion, field trips, class reports. Topics to be announced.
MUS 105 Survey of Music History I 3 Credits
A chronological survey of Western music from the Medieval through the Baroque periods stressing the origin and evolution of musical forms, musical styles, and the important composers before 1750. The relation between the music and the aesthetic movements of each period is studied.
MUS 106 Survey of Music History II 3 Credits
A chronological survey of Western music from the classical through the contemporary periods stressing the origin and evolution of musical forms, musical styles, and the important composers since 1750. The relation between the music and the aesthetic movements of each period is studied.
MUS 204 Jazz History 3 Credits
Survey from 19th C. roots to 21st C. styles. Development of listening skills and overview of musical skills used by jazz performers. Exploration of the relationship between jazz and poetry, race relations, and the reputation of jazz in popular culture.
MUS 205 History of Pop and Rock Part I 3 Credits
Students will receive grounding in the origins and flow of popular music up to the break-up of the Beatles. They will learn the musical developments set in their historical and sociological contexts.
MUS 206 History of Pop and Rock Part 2 3 Credits
Students will receive grounding in the developments and flow of popular music from the 1970s to today. They will learn the specific musical developments set in their historical and sociological contexts.
MUS 208 Music of the Theater 3 Credits
A study of music drama both historical and contemporary covering European opera of the Baroque, classical and romantic periods, and the American musical theatre, especially the contemporary Broadway musical.
MUS 209 Great Composers 3 Credits
A study of selected major composers life, works, and historical significance with an emphasis on the listening experience. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, or others.
MUS 218 Postmodernism & Populr Culture 3 Credits
This course considers music in light of the ideological trends of postmodernism in order to better understand contemporary music in its cultural context.
MUS 300 Beethoven and the Romantic Age 3 Credits
A study of the Romantic period with particular emphasis on Beethoven. The classical heritage, the transformation of that heritage into romantic terms, the prominent influence of Beethoven on 19th century musical style.
MUS 304 Music of the Beatles 3 Credits
This course is a very in-depth analysis of the music and personalities of the Beatles. The student will gain in depth insight to the Beatles songs and albums as the course proceeds through the music chronologically. This will be contextualized historically and sociologically where required.
MUS 306 Contemp Music Experience 3 Credits
A survey of European and American musical styles of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Topics include postromantic music, neoclassicism, serialism, electronic music, and the current avant garde.
MUS 309 Film Music 3 Credits
A study of music in feature film, documentary film, and television. A chronological survey of film music from silent to contemporary film, animated shorts, and television, with emphasis on listening to recorded performance of representative works.
MUS 315 Black Music in America 3 Credits
This course covers the history of music made by and/or about African Americans, from minstrel shows to hip hop and everything in between.
THE 105 Theatre History to 1700 3 Credits
The history of theater from the primitive time through the Baroque era. Examines major plays and playwrights, emphasizing the Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Elizabethan eras.This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Disciplinary Perspectives element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
THE 106 Theater History Since 1700 3 Credits
The history of theater from the Restoration to the present. Examines major plays and playwrights, emphasizing the Restoration, Romantic, and Realistic movements.This course counts towards the fulfillment of the Disciplinary Perspectives element of the CLAS general education curriculum.
THE 306 American Theatre History 3 Credits
The history of the American theater from the colonial period to the present, emphasizing dramatic scripts and theatrical conventions. Examines important playwrights, theorists, and practitioners representative of each period of American history, emphasizing the 19th and 20th centuries.
THE 307 Contemporary American Theater 3 Credits
Today’s most influential theatre artists are discussed. Focusing on playwrights, the form and content of dramatic literature considered most significant today are examined along with recent innovations in design and staging practices.
THE 308 Modern Drama 3 Credits
Surveys American and European drama from 1920 to 1970. All plays are read in English translation. In these plays, theatrical artists address the great themes of this century. While doing so, they also expand the limits of theatrical expression.
THE 495 Selected Topics in Theatre His 3 Credits
Intensive study of a particular topic, such as the work of one dramatic movement, one period in dramatic history, or one nation’s history. Students become deeply involved in an area through research, class discussions, and individual consultation with the instructor.