The Program


Arts Appreciation and Invention

A0544 Basic Elements in Music (2/2) Music plays an important role in our life. It enhances our perspectives in aesthetics and spirituality. In order to appreciate music, we need to understand its core elements. This course aims at introducing basic elements that appear in all kinds of music. Students will be able to analyze music and develop a more critical ear while listening to music.
A1788 Tradition and Appreciation of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting (2/2) Calligraphy, originated in China, is a one of the major forms of Chinese art. Having the ability to appreciate it, we can get access to the spiritual ideas and aesthetics of Chinese painting. The close relationship between calligraphy and Chinese painting influences the historical development and aesthetics of both. In this course, we will identify different styles of Chinese calligraphy and painting in history. We will also discuss the metaphysical aspects in the tradition of Chinese calligraphy and painting.
F0106 Art Creation and Expression (2/2) This course will be presented in four steps: first, presentation of masterpieces; second, examination of the process to create an art work; third, creation of personal works; fourth, discussion of students’ art projects.
T0334 Digital Content Development(2/2) Digital content involves the Web content, digital publication, multimedia, blog, portal sites, and Web design and aesthetics. Thiscoursewill combine theory and practice in these fields.
T0335 Introduction to Visual Arts (2/2) The course offers a basic introduction to the history and development of visual arts in Chinese and Western civilization. It presents a general concept of "image" in these two different cultural types. The social and comparative history of artswill be introduced in this course. The course objectives are:
1. Developing basic knowledge of the development of visual arts in history;
2. Understanding the connection among art, culture and society;
3. Comparing different concepts of "image" in different cultures;
4. Acquiringbasic competence to appreciate visual arts.
T0336 Introduction to Digital Arts (2/2) Digital arts cover visuals, video, animation, music, texts and archive. Thiscoursewill combine theory and practice in these fields.
T1287 Appreciation and Interpretation of Music Masterpieces (2/2) This course introduces masterpieces of Western music, with a focus on world-class composers and analyses of their musical theories. In this class, students will learn to interpret and appreciate the art and logic of Western music.
T2006 Exploring the Art of Singing (2/2) This course aims to teach students proper ways of singing, and to introduce to themdifferent types of vocal music, such as jazz, musical, lieder, folk song, Chinese art song and opera.
T2009 Techniques and Appreciation of Sculptural Art (2/2) This course introduces sculptural art as a three-dimensional object in representational or abstract form.
T2011 Appreciation Chinese Jade Artistry(2/0)(0/2)Through studying the culture connotation of the Chinese Jades, students are training to be capable of thinking about causes to the historic key points in the artifacts, so that they could realize the heritage significance and culture value of Chinese Jades , and enhance themselves the capability of appreciating and enjoying the cultural splendor of Chinese Jades.
T2013 Appreciation of Western Opera (2/2) This course introduces the origin and development of Western opera and its stories and authors. Students will also learn to analyze and interpret different operatic styles.
T2014 The Art of calligraphy (2/2) This course introduces different applications of traditional calligraphy to arts.

T2021 Development of Western Art (2/2) This course offersan introduction to certain periods of Western art, including Classic, Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classic and Romantic, in painting, sculpture, architecture, craft, etc.
T2104 The Art of the Piano (2/2) The piano, unique musical instrument, has played an important role in our life and in every corner of our society. Since the Baroque time, the piano has emerged as a musical instrument that played in almost every musician’s performance for three hundred years. Among the greatest musicians, Chopin is the most unique one who composed mostly for piano performance; and indeed, his music has attracted many people. This course intends to lead students into the essence, spirit, and beauty of the piano music, including classical, popular, new age and jazz styles. We will discuss how a pianist becomes a real artist. Topics include personality traits, career choices, and life conflict inside the mind. Class demonstration and live concert will be the modes of this course.
T2105 The Dialogue Between Music and Art (2/2) This course provides ways to explore music, painting, literature and drama through an analysis of their common elements.

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