Explore and Understand the Fine and Performing Arts (ARTS)

The fine and performing arts rely on both cognitive and intuitive thinking, a balance of knowledge and creativity, technical skills and insight, all employed in an effort to express that which cannot be conveyed through words alone. The fine and performing arts entertain, move, and stimulate, and to comprehend their power and complexity one must understand the particular skills and materials employed, as well as the cultural, historical, and intellectual context of that employment. Consideration of the arts also enables us to explore the nature of creativity. Experiencing, studying, and practicing the arts sensitize us to the ideas, emotions and values of different individuals, peoples, and times. Art is thus a powerful vehicle through which societies examine, challenge, express, and shape themselves.

Learning Outcomes for ”Explore and Understand the Fine and Performing Arts”
1. Develop an understanding of works of art and their practitioners through an examination of the works in the historical and cultural context in which the art was or is created.
2. Understand the materials, forms, and/or styles of art through study of arts theories and the works themselves.
3. Understand ideas, materials, technical skills, and forms of art in order to express oneself creatively through an artistic medium.
4. Develop tools of aesthetic discourse through contact with works of art – as well as through writings on art – related to its critical understanding, cultural placement, and appreciation.

Standards for ”Explore and Understand the Fine and Performing Arts”
1. Certified courses in the arts shall fulfill at least one of the four learning outcomes. Certified courses will devote significant time to the consideration of art and its principles, through historical, theoretical, technical and/or critical writings about art, through the examination of works of art, through the creation of art, or combinations thereof.

As of December 2013, the courses below have been certified as meeting the learning objectives and standards for the ARTS category.

  • AAS 110 Appreciating Indian Music
  • AAS 209 Indian Classical Dance: Bharatanatyam
  • AAS 215 Classical Performing Arts of India
  • AAS 222 Indian Cinemas and Cultures (also certified as GLO)
  • ARH 101 Art in Culture from Prehistoric Times to the Age of the Cathedrals, ca. 1400 A.D.
  • ARH 102 Art in Culture from the Early Renaissance, ca.1400, to Postmodernism
  • ARH 201 Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
  • ARH 205 Introduction to Architecture
  • ARS 154 Foundations of Drawing
  • ARS 201 Photography for Non-Majors
  • ARS 205 Foundations: Idea and Form
  • CCS 202 Film Genres
  • CCS 204 The Stony Brook Film Festival: Films and Contexts
  • CCS 205 Cinema History: Late 19th Century to WWII
  • CCS 206 Cinema History: Post-War-Present
  • CWL 202 Introduction to Creative Writing: Writing Everything
  • DAN 101 Movement & Somatic Learning
  • DAN 102 Intro to World Dance Cultures (also certified as GLO)
  • DAN 164 Tap Technique and History
  • DAN 165 Contemporary Dance I
  • DAN 166 Ballet Technique I
  • DAN 167 Jazz Dance Technique I
  • DAN 168 World Dance I (also certified as GLO)
  • DAN 264 Movement Awareness and Analysis
  • EHM 201 Eco-Aesthetics in Art
  • HON 201 The Arts and Society
  • HUF 211 French Cinema
  • HUG 221 German Cinema Since 1945
  • HUI 231 Sex and Politics in Italian Cinema
  • HUR 241 Russian Cinema
  • LIA 101 Introduction to the Interdisciplinary Arts
  • MUS 101 Introduction to Music
  • MUS 109 Rock Music
  • MUS 119 The Elements of Music
  • MUS 130 Sound Structures
  • PHI 264 Philosophy and the Arts (III) (also certified as HUM)
  • THR 100 Performing and Performance
  • THR 101 Introduction to Theatre Arts
  • THR 103 Theatre and Technology
  • THR 105 Acting I
  • THR 216 Introduction to Visual Interpretation








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