FNAT - Fine Arts

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • Art Appreciation will introduce the student to the meaning of what Art is and is about. Special emphasis is placed on open discussion to create an awareness of why men and women have valued the arts which have become a driving force as they developed and became civilized. Students will see how the arts are really part of their daily lives by reading, viewing slides and works of art, and by creating. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • The primary objective of this course is to develop knowledge and appreciation of theatre arts. This will be done through a study of theatrical traditions and dramatic literature from classical theatre to the contemporary. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • Art is the highest expression of a culture. Political, historical and social changes are the “heart of art.” Works of art are a reflection of the ages in which they are produced and are often used as a “tool” to carry messages. This course will consider the development of art through the centuries and how it affected today’s arts, with a focus on the main artistic movements starting with Ancient Greece through the Baroque period in Italy. Guided tours will help students to experience first-hand the main artistic expressions in Campania and Rome.

  • This is a survey course of the origin and development of historically notable architecture throughout the world from the 10th century BCE to 1900. From the settlement of Catal Huyuk in ancient Anatolia (now Turkey) in the Neolithic Era through Eclecticism, the era of stylistic revivals in the late 19th century, the students will be exposed to a wide variety of buildings, as well as be introduced to the corresponding cultures and religions.

  • Art History is a comprehensive survey course which views the visual arts as a humanistic discipline. Students will see the condition of our western tradition as encountered from the magic of caveman to the complexities of the twentieth century. Emphasis will be placed on the variety of purposes for which art has been produced. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.
  • Music History is a survey of musical performance with an emphasis on characteristics of style involving form, melody, and texture. Important composers and their works will be heard in class. Discussion of these works will include socio-cultural influences of music upon society and the functions of music and its effectiveness as an art form. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • In this course, the student examines relationships between form, structure (response to gravity), process, skill, and intention in regard to three-dimensional visual art making. This inter-relationship dictates that every project incorporate some element of each of these concerns. Emphasis is placed on providing a wide range of experiences through projects which gradually increase in complexity as the student gains skills and awareness.

  • This course is designed to expand upon the fundamental skills of the Foundations: Form/Space Relationship course through the use of the human model. Proportion, perspectives, plus structural and locomotion dynamics will be studied. Students will focus on the mechanics of motion.

  • Introduction to Digital Photography gives students fundamental skills for effectively recording travel, home, and work experiences. Using digital photography as a tool, students are encouraged to become more careful observers of the people, the landscape, the art, the architecture, and the culture that they encounter in their daily lives. The course concentrates on technical lectures and lab/studio time regarding the basic operation of a digital camera and the processing of images.

  • The student may contract for one to four hours of independent study through an arrangement with the instructor. The student must submit a plan acceptable to the instructor, and the department chair. To be substituted for the listed humanities requirements, a directed study course must be so designated by the department chair. Writing is continued in assignments related to readings, class discussions, and lectures.

  • This course is designed to introduce and familiarize the student with the ethnic musical traditions and diversity in western cultures. The course will emphasize the Latin American, Caribbean, and Polynesian styles of root (hybrid), folk, and traditional forms and will include fundamental concepts of musical theory and form.

  • This course is an introduction to understanding art. You will become aware of the relationship of media, artistic expression and the context of the cultural period which formed the art object. For most students the art of our own times is difficult to understand; for this reason, the main emphasis of the course will be contemporary culture and its interpretation of traditional imagery. Through written critical analysis of visual art issues students will gain experience discussing how art is created and what it means.

  • This course is designed to introduce and familiarize the student with the ethnic diversity within North American music. The course will explore the folk, traditional, jazz, and popular idioms that are found in the United States and Canada. Students will become aware of the intercultural effects within North American music and the influence of music from other global cultures. Students will also be introduced to the modern twentieth century forms, new age (alternative), and global fusion.

  • A student may contract for an independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chairperson. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.

  • This course addresses the study of the origin and development of modern architecture from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Lecture topics will proceed chronologically from the early roots of Modernism to the Global Dissemination of Styles in recent times, ending with an examination of current trends in urbanism and sustainable design.