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Applied Arts

An Applied Arts concentration is a combination of the theoretical and technical mastery of a subject with an emphasis on application.

Requirements for some specific concentrations in Applied Arts are detailed below. Other areas such as dance, cinema, interior design, and architectural design may also be proposed.

A concentration in applied arts entails more than performance ability and experience. It also attests to a student's understanding of the art performed, both technically and contextually; the ability to engage in informed discourse about content, style, and meaning; and the insight necessary to devise independent and effective interpretations of the art through applied activities.

I. Applied Arts - Music Concentration Requirements

Music Theory1

Examples: Theory, Musicianship, Harmony, Musical Structure, Aural Skill (require either as 3 credits or within other courses).

12 cr

(6 lower/6 upper)

Music History2

Examples: Music History and Literature.

May include no more than 3 credits from Non-Western Music, Jazz, and Popular Music.

6 cr

(3 lower/3 upper)

Music Analysis, Literature and Related Areas

Examples: Form and Analysis, Counterpoint, Orchestration, 20th Century Technique, Jazz Arranging, Composition, various genre courses, works of individual composers.

3 cr

(3 upper)

Applied Studies

9 cr

(6-9 upper division)

Applied Electives3 cr


3 cr

1 May not use fundamental courses (based on course description and title).

2 May not use music appreciation courses (based on course description and title).

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Music will:

  1. have expertise in at least one area of applied music, demonstrated through technical as well as through expressive skills, both independently and in collaboration with other musicians;
  2. be proficient with the materials, procedures, and syntax of common-practice tonal music in Western culture;
  3. have competency in intellectual understanding and in music-making with at least one other distinct body of repertoire, which may include vernacular music (pop, rock, jazz, etc.), music of a non-Western culture, music from Western culture that pre-dates the common-practice era (medieval or Renaissance styles), or twentieth-century post-tonal music;
  4. be knowledgeable regarding genres, composers, performers and performance practice, and important works from different style periods or types of music;
  5. understand the connections (cultural, political, etc.) between music and the history of civilization, as well as the relationships between music and other disciplines; and
  6. be proficient in reading and comprehending a musical score, conceive it aurally, and apply structural and
    style analysis in making interpretative decisions about
    its realization.

II. Applied Arts - Studio Arts Concentration Requirements

History, Theory and/or Literature of Art9 cr, including 3 upper level
Studio credits21 cr, including 9 upper level
An appropriate related art area3 cr upper level
Capstone3 cr

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Studio Arts will be able to:

  1. demonstrate evidence of a broad knowledge of theory and technique in conjunction with the ability to articulate concepts and ideas in visual form;
  2. demonstrate foundational knowledge of contemporary and historical art and artists;
  3. create a body of work that is provocative and demonstrates higher levels of proficiency in the area of specialization;
  4. articulate the concepts, techniques and influences inherent in this body of work;
  5. engage in objective and prescriptive critical analysis of their own art and of the work created by other visual artists; and
  6. demonstrate a foundational knowledge of contemporary and historical art and artists.

III. Applied Arts - Theatre Arts Concentration Requirements

Theatre History, Acting Theory and Dramatic Literature15 cr, including 6 upper level
Theatre Performance and/or Production9 cr upper level
Theatre Arts9 cr
Capstone3 cr

The GRE Subject Test in Literature may be used toward 15 literature credits in this concentration (12 lower, 3 upper).

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Theatre Arts will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a practical, working knowledge of how to produce a play on stage through the performance of the play;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of script analysis, casting, stage design and all technical/theatrical elements of production;
  3. critically evaluate the production process and the performance; and
  4. demonstrate proficient skills in at least one area of theatre (performance, teaching, technical/costume, technical/scene design, directing, theatre management, or playwriting), with the ability to identify, analyze and resolve specific problems pertaining to that area.

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