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Aesthetic Understanding (A) (4 sem. hrs.)

Courses bearing the Aesthetic Understanding (A) designation explore visual art,
music, theatre, film, and/or creative writing. These courses offer students the opportunity to understand our cultural heritage as expressed in works of artistic expression created by others and/or to create these kinds of works themselves. Students study the creative process itself to understand and evaluate works intended to provoke an aesthetic response.

Goals:

  • To become acquainted with major achievements in the arts.
  • To explore the cultural and historical context of artistic achievements.
  • To learn techniques for critical analysis and appreciation of works of art.
  • To acquire an appropriate vocabulary with which to articulate this knowledge.
  • In classes focusing on creative expression, to learn the techniques, discipline, and value of creating works intended to evoke an aesthetic response.

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