Alright gang, let’s talk classes. (I know, I know. Boooooring. But important.) As many of you probably know, the UNH Discovery Program requires you to take classes in many different disciplines, guaranteeing that your course of study here is interesting, dynamic and well-rounded. One of these required classes is a course in Fine and Performing Arts. For a lot of people, this might sound scary, but these courses span across several departments and, if you look hard enough, there’s a Fine and Performing Arts credit for everyone. Check out some of your options below, excerpted from the UNH course search, or check out the full list online.
ARTS 532 – Introductory Drawing
“This course is an introduction to the basic principles of studio drawing. Students work towards mastering the technical skills to produce drawings from observation, a working knowledge of the historical time line in drawing, and insight into the complexities of the creative process. A variety of materials are explored, pencil, charcoal, ink and collage. Art historical and contemporary drawing practices are shown in lectures and books to amplify the concepts introduced in the daily studio work.”
PHIL 421 – Philosophy and the Arts
“Contemporary philosophic concerns and perspectives as reflected in one or more of the arts (literature, theatre, film, music, plastic art). Writing intensive.”
THDA 442 – Introduction to the Art of Acting
“Designed for non-THDA major students interested in the art of acting. Students broaden and deepen their own creativity, gain a deeper understanding of human behavior and interaction, and strengthen analytical skills through class work and projects. Focuses on the basic skills of acting: the ability to effectively communicate, to gain access to the full spectrum of human emotions, and increase spontaneity. Important innovators and theorists in the field of theatre and acting are covered. Additional topics include contemporary plays and playwrights, an historical perspective of the art of acting, and the current state of live theatrical performance. Theatre majors not allowed.”
THDA 459 – Stagecraft
“Elements of play production: basic building components, tools, and materials for producing the scenery; equipment and shop layouts supporting all of the areas of the set, lighting, and costume designs; and consideration of various stage spaces and theatrical venues. Practical application on University theatre productions.”
THDA 583 – Introduction to Puppetry
“Introduces the art of puppetry for general appreciation, entertainment, application in the classroom, and as a therapeutic tool. Emphasis on constructing a variety of puppets (e.g., hand, rod, shadow, and scarf) and adapting literary sources for scripts and performance. ”
ITAL 525 – Italian Cinema
“Acquaints students with major Italian film texts. Through cinema the course explores the culture, society, history, and politics of Italy. Students examine filmmakers, genres, periods, and movements. The course is conducted in English.”
Whatever Fine and Performing Arts course you choose, go for gold and have fun. Not everyone is a musician or an artist or an actor, but the UNH Discovery Program allows students to branch out and take risks, by exploring new interests and taking a break from course work explicitly tied to their majors. Your required Fine and Performing Arts course is the perfect place to learn more about a new subject, practice a new skill, or, at the very least, make some cool puppets to bug your roommates with. Cheers!