Creative Arts & Design - Spring Curriculum Guide


video camera, film, and art palette

Pathway selected because you are interested in experiencing new identities and ways of thinking and using media, sound, language, or objects to express your understanding of the world. You enjoy exhaustive brainstorming and experimentation. You can be in the moment to produce works of art, video, or music. You enjoy performance, and/or are interested in design in its various forms.

Courses and timing are subject to change depending on student interests. Based on initial placement in pre-requisite and general education courses, some majors may take more than years to complete. Please contact your academic advisor for more information.

For students exploring majors within the School of Architecture & Design or the School of Music, an extended graduation timeline will likely be required. Please contact an academic advisor for more information about admission requirements and sequencing.

Curriculum Suggestions

First & Second Semesters

First Semester (15-17 credits)Second Semester (15-17 credits)
GE 2.1.1–ENGL 101 – 3 creditsGE 2.1.2– Written Communication – 3 credits
GE 1.2—based on math placement – 3 creditsExploratory Course – 3 credits
GE 3H Arts & Humanities – 3 creditsGE 3S Social Science – 3 credits
First Year course – 2-3 creditsGE 3N Natural Science – 3-5 credits
Exploratory Course – 3-4 creditsAdditional Math (if needed) – 3 credits
Third & Fourth Semesters
Third Semester (17 credits)Fourth Semester (17 credits)
AE 4.1 Human Diversity – 3 creditsAE 4.2 Global/Cultural Awareness – 3 credits
Exploratory Course – 3 creditsSecond Level Language Course – 5 credits
GE 2.2 - COMS 130– 3 creditsMajor Specific Course – 3 credits
First Level Language Course – 5 creditsMajor Specific Course – 3 credits
Additional Math or English (if needed) – 3 creditsMajor Specific Course – 3 credits

Exploratory Courses: Spring

ADS 320 - Hallmark Symposium 1 cr.
AMS 100 - Introduction to American Studies [GE 3H, AE 4.1] 3 cr.
ARCH 103 - Introduction to Architecture 3 cr.
ART 101 - Drawing [GE 3H] 3 cr.
ART 105 - Visual Art Seminar 1 cr.
ART 120 - Fundamentals of Painting 3 cr. 
ART 122 - Fundamentals of Sculpture 3 cr.
ART 123 - Fundamentals of Expanded Media [GE 3H] 3 cr.
ART 131 - Fundamentals of Ceramics 3 cr.
ART 132 - Fundamentals of Metalsmithing & Jewelry Making [GE 3H]
ART 133 - Fundamentals of Fibers [GE 3H] 
EPSY 310 - Career & Life Planning 3 cr.
FMS 100 - Introduction to Film and Media [GE 1.1] 3 cr.
FMS 200 - Film and Media Aesthetics [GE 3H] 3 cr.
FMS 380 - American Popular Culture [GE 3H] 3 cr.
HA 100 - Introduction to Western Art History [GE 3H or AE 4.2] 3 cr.
HA 151 - History of Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary [GE 3H] 3 cr.
HA 166 - Visual Arts of East Asia [3H or AE 4.2] 3 cr.
HA 261 - Introduction to Modern Art [GE 3H] 3 cr.
MUSC 136 - Masterworks of Music [GE 3H] 3 cr.
MUSC 298—Introduction to Jazz [AE 4.1] 3 cr.
MUSC 305—Music of Latin America [AE 4.2] 3 cr.
MUSC 315—History of Country Music [GE 3H] 3 cr.
PHTO 101—Fundamentals of Photography [GE 3H] 3 cr.
PHTO 200- Foundations in Photography 3 cr. 
PHTO 210 - Understanding Photographs 3 cr. 
PIAN 111 - El. Keyboard Musicianship 2 cr.
SLAV 230 - Vampires in Literature, Film, and Television [ AE 5] 3 cr.
THR 100—Introduction to the Theatre [GE 3H] 3 cr.
THR 106—Acting I [GE 3H] 3 cr.
THR 120 - Public Speaking as Performance [GE 2.2] 3 cr.
THR 212—Beginning Voice & Speech for Actors 3 cr.
THR 215 - Approaching Design [GE3H] 3 cr.
THR 216 - Scenic Production 2 cr. THR 220 - Costume Production 2 cr. 
THR 224 - Lighting Production 2 cr.
Various instrumental and vocal opportunities available by audition.