Courses

Fall 2017 Courses

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Creative Writing

Graphic Design

VIS 214 / ARC 214 / CWR 214 · Fall 2017

U01 - Francesca Grassi · Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 pm and 7:30- 9:40 pm

Instructors: Francesca Grassi

This studio course will introduce students to the essential aspects and skills of graphic design, and will analyze and discuss the increasingly vital role that non-verbal, graphic information plays in all areas of professional life, from fine art and book design to social networking and the Internet.

Graphic Design: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Fall 2017

U01 - David Reinfurt · Mondays 1:30 - 4:20 pm and 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course introduces students to graphic design with a particular emphasis on typography. Students learn typographic history through lectures that highlight major shifts in print technologies and through their engagement in studio design projects.

Creative Non-Fiction

JRN 240 / CWR 240 · Fall 2017

S01 · Mondays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Suki Kim

This seminar will focus on journalism as an art form, especially as it regards social issues. We will explore the tradition of literary, narrative non-fiction with essays by Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Katherine Boo, and others.

Advanced Poetry

CWR 301 · Fall 2017

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Paul Muldoon · Monica Youn

Advanced practice in the original composition of poetry for discussion in regularly scheduled workshop meetings.

Translation Workshop: To and From Italian

CWR 307 / ITA 301 / TRA 308 · Fall 2017

C01 - Jhumpa Lahiri / Sara Teardo · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jhumpa Lahiri · Sara Teardo

In this workshop we will divide our time between translating excerpts of Italian fiction to English and vice-versa in order to better understand the beauty, breadth, points of connection and challenges of both languages.

Autobiographical Storytelling

THR 340 / CWR 340 / AAS 343 / HUM 340 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm Fridays, 11:00 am - 12:50 pm

Instructors: Brian Herrera

This workshop course rehearses the writing and performance skills necessary to remake the raw material drawn from lived experience into compelling autobiographical storytelling.

Special Topics in Creative Writing: Writing Autobiography

CWR 345 · Fall 2017

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

Instructors: Meghan O'Rourke

Students will explore their own lives through various devices and discover that the truth is never elemental but can be released through literary strategies. During the semester each student will write either one long autobiographical piece or three shorter ones.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Fall 2017

C01 - A.M. Homes · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m.

Instructors: A.M. Homes

Students in this advanced screenwriting course will work both independently and in small groups to learn how to develop, pitch, outline, and draft an original television show.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

CWR 448 / VIS 448 · Fall 2017

C01 - Christina Lazaridi · Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m.

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

This course will introduce students to screenwriting adaptation techniques, focusing primarily on the challenges of adapting “true stories” pulled from various non-fiction sources.

Dance

Introduction to Ballet

DAN 207 · Fall 2017

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Tina Fehlandt

From grand plié to grand jeté, Introduction to Ballet is for students with a curiosity for the study of classical ballet.

Power, Structure, and the Human Body

DAN 210 · Fall 2017

U01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to anyone with a body, we will explore power, structure, and human bodies through personal, political, anatomical, kinesthetic, and aesthetic lenses. We will delve into these issues as artists do: by reading, thinking, talking, moving, and making performances, actions, sense, and change.

Introduction to Contemporary Dance

DAN 213 · Fall 2017

U01 · Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Alexandra Beller

Designed for students with minimal dance experience who are curious about contemporary dance techniques and choreography.

Introduction to Dance Across Cultures

DAN 215 / ANT 355 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Judith Hamera

Bharatanatyam, butoh, hip hop, and salsa are some of the dances that will have us travel from temples and courtyards to clubs, streets, and stages around the world.

Uncertainty

DAN 216 · Fall 2017

U01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30 - 2:20 pm

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to all, we’ll ramble in the unknown searching for embodied philosophy, thinking art-making, and clarity that’s open for revision.

An Introduction to the Radical Imagination

DAN 223 / AAS 223 / VIS 224 · Fall 2017

S01 - Jaamil Olawale Kosoko · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Using an interdisciplinary visual and performance studies approach to explore various sites of contemporary art practices, this course will provide an introduction to radical performance practices through which artists consider the gendered and racialized body that circulates in the public domain, both onstage and off.

FAT: The F-Word and the Public Body

DAN 312 / AMS 398 / GSS 346 · Fall 2017

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Judith Hamera

This seminar investigates discourses and politics around the fat body from a performance studies perspective. How does this “f-word” discipline and regulate bodies in /as public?

Choreography Workshop I

DAN 319A · Fall 2017

U01 · Fridays, 11:00 am - 12:50 pm

Instructors: Rebecca Lazier

Choreography Workshop I exposes students to diverse methods of dance-making by tracing the evolution of choreographic thought.

Dance Performance Workshop: Repertory I

DAN 319B · Fall 2017

U01 · Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:20 pm

Instructors: Alexandra Beller

Technique and repertory course that focuses on developing technical expertise, expressive range, and stylistic clarity. In technique, students will examine concepts such as skeletal support, sequential movement, rhythm, and momentum to emphasize efficiency in motion.

Choreography Workshop II

DAN 320A · Fall 2017

U01 · Fridays, 11 am - 12:50 pm

Instructors: Susan Marshall

Dance choreography, with a focus on contemporary practices and performance. Classes will workshop compositional tasks that set limitations to spark creativity.

Dance Performance Workshop: Repertory II

DAN 320B · Fall 2017

U01 · Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30 - 2:20 pm

Instructors: Rebecca Lazier

Technique and repertory course that focuses on developing technical expertise, expressive range, and stylistic clarity. In technique, students will examine concepts such as skeletal support, sequential movement, rhythm, and momentum to emphasize efficiency in motion.

Choreography Workshop III

DAN 419A · Fall 2017

U01 · Fridays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

Instructors: Rebecca Stenn

Choreography Workshop III extends students’ approaches to choreographic research by asking them to create complete works on dancers other than themselves.

Dance Performance Workshop: Repertory III

DAN 419B · Fall 2017

U01 · Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:20 pm

Instructors: Stuart Singer

Technique and repertory course that focuses on developing technical expertise, expressive range, and stylistic clarity. In technique, students will examine concepts such as skeletal support, sequential movement, rhythm, and momentum to emphasize efficiency in motion.

Choreography Workshop IV

DAN 420A · Fall 2017

U01 · Fridays, 11:00 am - 12:50 pm

Instructors: Omri Drumlevich

Students workshop their senior thesis projects either creating a choreographic production or enhancing their artistry as a performer. Classes workshop varying approaches to dance making, including examining practices from modern and post-modern dance, as well as diverse genres and cultural forms.

Dance Performance Workshop: Repertory IV

DAN 420B · Fall 2017

U01 · Mondays & Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:20 pm

Instructors: Omri Drumlevich

Technique and repertory course that focuses on developing technical expertise, expressive range, and stylistic clarity. In technique, students will examine concepts such as skeletal support, sequential movement, rhythm, and momentum to emphasize efficiency in motion.

Lewis Center

The Lucid Black and Proud Musicology of Leroi Jones / Amiri Baraka

LCA 213 / AAS 213 / ENG 213 / HUM 213 · Fall 2017

S01 - Greg Tate · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Gregory S. Tate

This class will focus on the career-long writing about jazz, blues, rock and R&B of Amiri Baraka (nee LeRoi Jones) and the significant impact it has had on cultural politics, scholarship and esthetics from the early 1960s to the present.

Music Theater

Opera Performance

MUS 219 / MTD 219 · Fall 2017

C01 · Tuesdays and Fridays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Gabriel Crouch

Vocal and instrumental students will rehearse and perform complete operas or evenings of select opera scenes in Richardson Auditorium with full orchestra.

Development of the Multi-Skilled Performer

MTD 335 / THR 335 / MUS 303 · Fall 2017

S01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: John Doyle

This is a workshop based class for those interested in multi-skilled performance and in how performance skills can illuminate new forms of theatre making.

Theater

Introduction to Theater Making

THR 101 · Fall 2017

C01 · Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Aaron Landsman · Elena Araoz

Introduction to Theater Making is a working laboratory, which gives students hands-on experience with theatre's fundamental building blocks — writing, design, acting, directing, and producing.

Beginning Studies in Acting

THR 201 · Fall 2017

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Nehassaiu deGannes

An introduction to the craft of acting through scene study, monologues and, finally, a longer scene drawn from a play, to develop a method of working on a script. Emphasis will be placed on honesty, spontaneity, and establishing a personal connection with the scene's substance.

Introductory Playwriting

THR 205 · Fall 2017

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 p.m. Thursdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Nathan Davis

This is a workshop in the fundamentals of writing plays. Through writing prompts, exercises, study and reflection, students will be guided in the creation of original dramatic material.

French Theater Workshop

FRE 211 / THR 211 · Fall 2017

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Florent Masse

L'Avant-Scène will offer students the opportunity to put their language skills in motion by discovering French theater in general and by acting in French, in particular.

Intermediate Studies in Acting

THR 301 · Fall 2017

C01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

Instructors: Mark Nelson

A continuation of THR 201: Guide students in ways to develop a role and to explore important texts and characters in an imaginative and honest manner.

Directing and Acting for the Screen

VIS 324 / THR 345 · Fall 2017

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Afia Serena Nathaniel

This introductory course will provide a critical opportunity to explore the mutual craft of directing actors and acting for directors, with the goal of creating credible performances on screen.

Development of the Multi-Skilled Performer

MTD 335 / THR 335 / MUS 303 · Fall 2017

S01 · Mondays, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: John Doyle

This is a workshop based class for those interested in multi-skilled performance and in how performance skills can illuminate new forms of theatre making.

Autobiographical Storytelling

THR 340 / CWR 340 / AAS 343 / HUM 340 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm Fridays, 11:00 am - 12:50 pm

Instructors: Brian Herrera

This workshop course rehearses the writing and performance skills necessary to remake the raw material drawn from lived experience into compelling autobiographical storytelling.

Modern Drama I

ENG 364 / THR 364 / COM 321 · Fall 2017

S01 · Mondays & Wednesdays 11:00 am - 12:20 pm

Instructors: Robert N. Sandberg

A study of major plays by Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekov, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett and others. Artists who revolutionized the stage by transforming it into a venue for avant-garde social, political, psychological, artistic and metaphysical thought, creating the theatre we know today.

Producing Theater: French Festivals Today

FRE 389 / THR 389 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Florent Masse

The course will explore the creation, production, and management of pioneering international festivals from France's main historic festivals, such as Festival d'Avignon and Festival d'Automne, to more recent and emerging ones worldwide. It will use Le Festival de Princeton, Princeton French Theater Festival's sixth annual edition, as a case study, and closely follow its offerings at the onset of the fall semester.

Theatrical Design Studio

THR 400 / VIS 400 · Fall 2017

C01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Jane Cox

This course is designed to endow students with the conceptual and practical skills that will enable them to design for productions in the theater program.

Directing Workshop

THR 411 · Fall 2017

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm

Instructors: Elena Araoz

Special directing assignments will be made for each student, whose work will be analyzed by the instructor and other members of the workshop.

Visual Arts

Drawing I

VIS 201 / ARC 201 · Fall 2017

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim · Nathan Carter

This course approaches drawing as a way of thinking and seeing.

Documentary Film and the City

URB 202 / VIS 200 / HIS 202 / HUM 202 · Fall 2017

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 pm

Instructors: Purcell Carson · Alison Isenberg

This urban studies seminar in history and documentary filmmaking focuses on Trenton's unrest of April 1968, when a black college student, Harlan Joseph, was shot and killed by a white police officer. The course works outward from these events to examine the 1960s, race, region, economy, memory, and media representation.

Painting I

VIS 203 / ARC 327 · Fall 2017

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Eve Aschheim · Pam Lins

An introduction to the materials and methods of painting.

Analog Photography

VIS 211 · Fall 2017

C01 (James Welling) · Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: James Welling

An introduction to the processes of analog photography through a series of problems directed toward the handling of film-based cameras, light-sensitive paper, darkroom chemistry, and printing.

Graphic Design

VIS 214 / ARC 214 / CWR 214 · Fall 2017

U01 - Francesca Grassi · Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 pm and 7:30- 9:40 pm

Instructors: Francesca Grassi

This studio course will introduce students to the essential aspects and skills of graphic design, and will analyze and discuss the increasingly vital role that non-verbal, graphic information plays in all areas of professional life, from fine art and book design to social networking and the Internet.

Graphic Design: Typography

VIS 215 / CWR 215 · Fall 2017

U01 - David Reinfurt · Mondays 1:30 - 4:20 pm and 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This studio course introduces students to graphic design with a particular emphasis on typography. Students learn typographic history through lectures that highlight major shifts in print technologies and through their engagement in studio design projects.

Graphic Design: Visual Form

VIS 216 · Fall 2017

U01 · Tuesday, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. and 7:30 - 9:40 p.m.

Instructors: David Reinfurt

This course introduces students to techniques for decoding and creating graphic messages in a variety of media, and delves into issues related to visual literacy through the hands-on making and analysis of graphic form.

Digital Animation

VIS 220 · Fall 2017

S01 & U01 · Fridays, 11:00 am - 12:20 pm & 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Tim Szetela

This studio production class will engage in a variety of timed-based collage, composition, visualization, and storytelling techniques. Students will be taught the fundamental techniques of 2D animation production.

Introductory Sculpture

VIS 221 · Fall 2017

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. and 7:30 - 9:40 p.m.

Instructors: Martha Friedman

A studio introduction to sculpture, particularly the study of form, space, and the influence of a wide variety of materials and processes on the visual properties of sculpture.

An Introduction to the Radical Imagination

DAN 223 / AAS 223 / VIS 224 · Fall 2017

S01 - Jaamil Olawale Kosoko · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Using an interdisciplinary visual and performance studies approach to explore various sites of contemporary art practices, this course will provide an introduction to radical performance practices through which artists consider the gendered and racialized body that circulates in the public domain, both onstage and off.

Documentary Filmmaking

VIS 263 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesday, 7:30 - 9:40 p.m Thursday, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Jason Fox

In the real world, what relationships have the necessary friction to generate compelling films? Documentary Filmmaking will introduce you to the craft, history and theory behind attempts to answer this question.

Film Blackness

VIS 307 / AAS 307 · Fall 2017

C01 & F01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm & 7:30 - 9:40 pm

Instructors: Michael Gillespie

This seminar will frame the idea of black film as a visual negotiation between film as art and the discursivity of race, rather than black film as a demographic, or a genre, or a reflection of the black experience, or something bound by a representational politics of positive and negative stereotypes.

Short Comedy Filmmaking

VIS 308 · Fall 2017

U01 · Tuesday, 12:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Yaara Sumeruk

To become a working filmmaker today, one has to master the short film—being a filmmaker no longer means creating feature films exclusively, if at all. This course will focus on the technical challenges of being short as well as the conceptual challenge of being funny.

Art as Research

VIS 322 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Fia Backström

In this class we will work in multiple media, such as photography, video, text, sculpture, and drawing prompted by Princeton University’s vast archives and collections. We will look at and think about art works that tell alternate histories by excavating archives, artists who work through various visual media to probe the politics of flower arrangements, the history of hip hop, to re-arrange museum collections and private photography collections from the middle east, artists who speculate and build possible stories through obscure artifacts such as private letters and merchandize receipts, and much, much more. We will work in multiple media while thinking about archives, artifacts, traces, collective and cultural memory, public monuments, alternate understandings of history and canons. What role does fiction have in a research based practice?

Directing and Acting for the Screen

VIS 324 / THR 345 · Fall 2017

C01 · Mondays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructors: Afia Serena Nathaniel

This introductory course will provide a critical opportunity to explore the mutual craft of directing actors and acting for directors, with the goal of creating credible performances on screen.

Issues in Contemporary Art

VIS 392 / ART 392 · Fall 2017

C01 · Wednesday, 1:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Joe Scanlan

The course addresses current issues in painting, drawing, sculpture, film, video, photography, and performance installation.

Theatrical Design Studio

THR 400 / VIS 400 · Fall 2017

C01 · Fridays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Jane Cox

This course is designed to endow students with the conceptual and practical skills that will enable them to design for productions in the theater program.

Advanced Drawing: The Figure

VIS 401 · Fall 2017

U01 · Monday, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Kurt Kauper

This course is designed to teach students the skills necessary for drawing human figures as volumetric structures in clearly defined, illusionistic space. Exercises will investigate the dynamics of human bodies, light and shadow, tonal drawing, and hatchure.

Advanced Screenwriting: Writing for Television

CWR 405 / VIS 405 · Fall 2017

C01 - A.M. Homes · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m.

Instructors: A.M. Homes

Students in this advanced screenwriting course will work both independently and in small groups to learn how to develop, pitch, outline, and draft an original television show.

Exhibition Issues and Methods

VIS 416 · Fall 2017

S01 · Wednesday, 7:30 - 10:00 p.m.

Instructors: Pam Lins

This seminar provides senior ART Program 2 and VIS certificate students a context for investigating and discussing contemporary art exhibition practices.

Extraordinary Processes

VIS 418 / CEE 418 · Fall 2017

U01 · Tuesdays, 12:30 - 4:20 p.m.

Instructors: Joe Scanlan

This course investigates the processes through which the ordinary can be transformed into the extraordinary. Fall 2017 will focus on the strategic challenge of turning waste material into a viable consumer product.

Introduction to Screenwriting: Adaptation

CWR 448 / VIS 448 · Fall 2017

C01 - Christina Lazaridi · Thursdays, 1:30 - 3:50 p.m.

Instructors: Christina Lazaridi

This course will introduce students to screenwriting adaptation techniques, focusing primarily on the challenges of adapting “true stories” pulled from various non-fiction sources.