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Summer Session Courses

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Plan for summer!

Make A&A a part of your summer plans! Where do you plan to be this summer? At home with family? On campus with friends? Somewhere with palm trees and crystal blue water? Wherever you plan to be, Penn State will meet you there.

The College of Arts and Architecture offers a great selection of courses in a variety of delivery modes, so you can get back to the classroom or learn remotely. We have Integrative Studies offerings available. You can catch up on a standard University Park campus course over the summer, or you could explore numerous online options. This provides flexibility to learn where you are and find the right courses to fit your academic interests.


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General Education Courses

All A&A summer session courses qualify as General Education (Gen Ed) classes. Specific Gen Ed designations, as detailed below, are indicated in the description for each course.


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Integrative Studies Courses

The following courses have a distinctive intellectual dimension, and can fulfill Integrative Studies requirements. These courses ask you to consider a topic from the perspective of multiple knowledge domains; they aim to advance your ability to comprehend things from multiple perspectives, to see connections, and to grasp the concept that one must employ different modes of thinking, different epistemologies, to understand more adequately the nature of things.


AA 120N: Intro to Art Therapy

AA 120N: Introduction to Art Therapy

Introduction to Art Therapy is designed to introduce undergraduates to the philosophical, pragmatic and historical bases of the human service field of art therapy, with emphasis on current applications in the field of art therapy. This course provides a brief introduction to art therapy globally, with emphasis on art therapy within the United States, and other expressive therapies and their application to the overall mental health and human service professions. Art experiences, class discussions, case studies and study of artistic productions will be utilized to explore the relationship between art and healing. Students will relate material learned in class to their community by producing a community art project that will address their local community social or cultural needs.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Erin Carter
Gen Ed: GA/GHW/Integrative

AA 130N: Creative Arts Therapy Applications

AA 130N: Creative Arts Therapy Applications

Creative Arts Therapies are intermodal professions that combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development. While AA 120N provides cursory knowledge with a brief introduction to expressive arts therapies, Creative Arts Therapy Applications is designed to introduce undergraduates to the depth and practical application of the creative arts therapies, using a variety of approaches to wellness and healing with diverse populations.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Erin Carter
Gen Ed: GA/GHW/Integrative

ARCH 170N: Intro to Sustainable Architecture

ARCH 170N: Introduction to Sustainable Architecture

US buildings account for almost 40% of national CO2 emissions, 39% of the US total energy consumption, and 60% of US electricity alone. Worldwide, buildings consume nearly 40% of the world’s energy, 25% of its wood, and 15% of its water. Building construction and use contribute significantly to global climate change. The way we design our built environment has a significant impact on consumption statistics, which is why we must consider the global environmental and health effects of buildings during the planning, design, and construction process. This course provides a broad exploration of the art and science of sustainable architecture.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Rebecca Henn
Gen Ed: GA/GN/Integrative

GD 115N: Visualizing Information

GD 115N: Visualizing Information

The world is awash with complex, dynamic information. With the development of powerful technologies capturing vast amounts of data, the art of visually representing information in ways that increase understanding of complex data and models will become a critical skill. Effective representations can communicate information in ways that maximize comprehension, analysis, exploration, and understanding of the underlying data. Knowing how to read and interpret visual data is essential to navigating this ocean of information. Those who know how to present data visually employ a powerful communication tool. In this class, you will become an effective reader and creator of visual representations of data.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Huiwon Lim
Gen Ed: GA/GH/Integrative

MUSIC 207N: Jazz + African American Experience

MUSIC 207N: Jazz and the African American Experience

The history and evolution of jazz is a significant cultural manifestation of the African American experience. The music and its artists provide a lens through which to examine questions surrounding the African American experience and what it means to be Black in America, engaging with questions about identity, authenticity, freedom, activism, gender, and sexuality, as well as the role of music in African American life.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Stephen Hopkins, Eric Mckee
Gen Ed: GA/GS/Integrative

MUSIC 209N: The Beatles + American Pop Culture

MUSIC 209N: The Music of the Beatles and American Popular Culture

The Beatles are the most significant musical group in the history of popular music. Their songs are derived from diverse sources, such as rhythm ‘n’ blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country ‘n’ western, Motown, soul, folk music, folk rock, the British Music Hall, and European and Indian classical music traditions. Two ideas define their work: an emphasis on freedom, and how song texts can be interpreted in different ways.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Vincent Benitez
Gen Ed: GA/GH/Integrative


University Park Courses

This group of courses are part of the general University Park campus offerings.


AED 225: Diversity, Pedagogy + Visual Culture

AED 225: Diversity, Pedagogy, and Visual Culture

This interdisciplinary course will serve to introduce students to critical understandings of issues of diversity, as they arise in contexts such as the art world, cultural institutions (such as museums and community arts organizations), schools, visual culture, and the culture, educational texts (such as curricula), and history, while developing a theoretical base from educational and cultural theory.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Aaron Knochel
Gen Ed: GA, US

ART 40: Intro to Printmaking

ART 40: Introduction to Printmaking

ART 40 is intended as a general survey of the art of printmaking for non-majors. As a studio offering, emphasis is placed on hands-on studio activities, which promote visual literacy and sensitivity to the various printmaking conventions. Students are given the opportunity to briefly explore the various approaches to printmaking, which may utilize some or all of the following: screenprinting, relief, intaglio, lithography, and others.

Delivery: Zoom
Instructor: Jean Sanders
Gen Ed: GA

ART 50: Introduction to Painting

ART 50: Introduction to Painting

ART 50 is intended as a general survey of the art of painting for non-majors. As a studio offering, emphasis is placed on hands-on studio activities, which promote visual literacy and sensitivity to the various conventions used in the discipline of painting. Students are given the opportunity to briefly explore the various approaches to creating visual images by applying various painting materials, techniques, and concepts.

Delivery: Zoom
Instructor: Melissa Lesher
Gen Ed: GA

ART 80: Intro to Ceramics

ART 80: Introduction to Ceramics

Delivery: In Person
Instructor: TBD
Gen Ed: GA

ART 100: Concepts + Creation in the Visual Arts

ART 100: Concepts and Creation in the Visual Arts

ART 100 is intended as an introduction to the concepts underpinning artistic creation. Through lectures and studio work, students will explore relationships between artistic processes and in daily life. The objective of the course is to develop in the student both an appreciation and understanding of contemporary art through an examination of art and contemporary social, cultural, and political issues surrounding artistic practice.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: William Wellman
Gen Ed: GA

MUSIC 8: Rudiments of Music

MUSIC 8: Rudiments of Music

Learning the rudiments of music can be compared to the learning of a language. Students must learn to hear melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic patterns (audiation) before they sing, play or write in notation. In this introductory class, students are introduced to melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns by imitating the instructor who establishes these patterns at the piano, or by singing or as in the case of rhythm by striking a drum head.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Stephen Hopkins, Eric Mckee
Gen Ed: GA

MUSIC 207N: Jazz + African American Experience

MUSIC 207N: Jazz and the African American Experience

The history and evolution of jazz is a significant cultural manifestation of the African American experience. The music and its artists provide a lens through which to examine questions surrounding the African American experience and what it means to be Black in America, engaging with questions about identity, authenticity, freedom, activism, gender, and sexuality, as well as the role of music in African American life.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Stephen Hopkins, Eric Mckee
Gen Ed: GA/GS/Integrative

MUSIC 209N: The Beatles + American Pop Culture

MUSIC 209N: The Music of the Beatles and American Popular Culture

The Beatles are the most significant musical group in the history of popular music. Their songs are derived from diverse sources, such as rhythm ‘n’ blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country ‘n’ western, Motown, soul, folk music, folk rock, the British Music Hall, and European and Indian classical music traditions. Two ideas define their work: an emphasis on freedom, and how song texts can be interpreted in different ways.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Vincent Benitez
Gen Ed: GA/GH/Integrative

THEA 102: Fundamentals of Acting

THEA 102: Fundamentals of Acting

Delivery: In Person
Instructor: Maria Ramirez
Gen Ed: GA

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Complete Course List

Grouped by subject area, this is the complete list of A&A courses available for Summer 2021.


AA (Arts and Architecture)

AA 100: Introduction to International Arts

The arts of the world can be simultaneously universal and unique. By conveying qualities of the human condition (mortality, love, lust, virtues, vices, etc.) the arts can be universal. However, the arts communicating these qualities can be as unique as the cultures that produced them. Consequently, the arts are representative of the commonality and diversity of the peoples of the world. AA 100 will use the arts to consider similarities and differences among cultures. The primary objective of this course is to develop an appreciation of the arts from a variety of cultures. The scope of this course will be open to all arts from all cultures excluding the United States of America. Given how large a field of study this represents, the course will concentrate on but will not be limited to visual arts, architecture, designed environments, theatre, and music.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Valerie Flamini
Gen Ed: GA/IL


AA 103: Introduction to Interior Design

We spend most of our time in interior space where we live, work, learn, and play, and the interior design of these spaces impacts human health and wellbeing. Individual interior spaces and the sequences of interior spaces enable us to make sense of the physical surroundings, enrich our experiences, and express particular personalities and identities. This course introduces the spectrum of interior design necessary to meet physical, psychological, and social human needs for the quality of life. The elements and principles of design in interior space and Gestalt psychology will be explored, while space planning and environmental human behavior theory will be discussed.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Miyhun Kang
Gen Ed: GA


AA 120N: Introduction to Art Therapy

Introduction to Art Therapy is designed to introduce undergraduates to the philosophical, pragmatic and historical bases of the human service field of art therapy, with emphasis on current applications in the field of art therapy. This course provides a brief introduction to art therapy globally, with emphasis on art therapy within the United States, and other expressive therapies and their application to the overall mental health and human service professions. Art experiences, class discussions, case studies and study of artistic productions will be utilized to explore the relationship between art and healing. Students will relate material learned in class to their community by producing a community art project that will address their local community social or cultural needs.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Erin Carter
Gen Ed: GA/GHW/Integrative


AA 121: Design Thinking and Creativity

This course is an introductory, general education level course based on the premise that design is a fundamental human activity that everyone engages in one way or another. Design encompasses both the ability to imagine that which does not yet exist and to make it appear in concrete form. Design is a form of deliberate, considered action that seeks solutions to problems and creates useful and purposeful artifacts. Design is simultaneously used as a noun and a verb, and to describe a discipline and many fields of practice. Yet design remains essentially a black box to most people – its methods, processes, and components are mysterious, magical, and opaque. This course will turn the “black box” of design into a glass box. The course focuses on the relationship between ideas, tools, and artifacts in order to connect theory, practice, and outcomes.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Peter Aeschbacher
Gen Ed: GA


AA 130N: Creative Arts Therapy Applications

Creative Arts Therapies are intermodal professions that combine the visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative processes to foster deep personal growth and community development. While AA 120N provides cursory knowledge with a brief introduction to expressive arts therapies, Creative Arts Therapy Applications is designed to introduce undergraduates to the depth and practical application of the creative arts therapies, using a variety of approaches to wellness and healing with diverse populations.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Erin Carter
Gen Ed: GA/GHW/Integrative

Architecture

ARCH 100: Architecture and Ideas

This course introduces architecture and urbanism for a general audience. It presents key concepts that have shaped the built environment, and provides an ongoing framework for evaluations of what makes a good building or city. The material discussed is taken from prehistory to the present, and encompasses both major works of architecture and consideration of common building types and contexts.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: TBD
Gen Ed: GA


ARCH 170N: Introduction to Sustainable Architecture

US buildings account for almost 40% of national CO2 emissions, 39% of the US total energy consumption, and 60% of US electricity alone. Worldwide, buildings consume nearly 40% of the world’s energy, 25% of its wood, and 15% of its water. Building construction and use contribute significantly to global climate change. The way we design our built environment has a significant impact on consumption statistics, which is why we must consider the global environmental and health effects of buildings during the planning, design, and construction process. This course provides a broad exploration of the art and science of sustainable architecture.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Rebecca Henn
Gen Ed: GA/GN/Integrative

Art

ART 1: Introduction to the Visual Arts

Art 1 is a course on understanding and interpreting art and serves as an introduction to the visual arts. The material follows an interdisciplinary approach to the practice of the visual arts, examining the social, cultural, historical, and aesthetic implications of studio activity.This course is organized around six central topics: Art as Expression, Art as Cultural Narratives, Form and Content, Two-Dimensional Art, Three-Dimensional Art, and Writing About Art.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Lori Levan
Gen Ed: GA


ART 10: Introduction to Visual Studies

ART 10 is an introductory art appreciation course created for students without any artistic background. This course introduces students to various art movements, cultural influences, artistic genres, artists, and their artwork. The main emphasis of the course is to teach students hands-on studio arts techniques as they conduct personal research and explore their own creativity.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Anna Divisnky
Gen Ed: GA


ART 20: Introduction to Drawing

ART 20 is intended as a general survey of the art of drawing for non-majors. As a studio offering, emphasis is placed on hands-on studio activities, which promote visual literacy and on the various conventions used in drawing. Students will be given the opportunity to briefly explore many of the traditional materials of drawing, including pencil, charcoal, conte, ink and ink wash, pastel, as well as experimental tools.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Lori Levan
Gen Ed: GA


ART 40: Introduction to Printmaking

ART 40 is intended as a general survey of the art of printmaking for non-majors. As a studio offering, emphasis is placed on hands-on studio activities, which promote visual literacy and sensitivity to the various printmaking conventions. Students are given the opportunity to briefly explore the various approaches to printmaking, which may utilize some or all of the following: screenprinting, relief, intaglio, lithography, and others.

Delivery: Zoom
Instructor: Jean Sanders
Gen Ed: GA


ART 50: Introduction to Painting

ART 50 is intended as a general survey of the art of painting for non-majors. As a studio offering, emphasis is placed on hands-on studio activities, which promote visual literacy and sensitivity to the various conventions used in the discipline of painting. Students are given the opportunity to briefly explore the various approaches to creating visual images by applying various painting materials, techniques, and concepts.

Delivery: Zoom
Instructor: Melissa Lesher
Gen Ed: GA


ART 80: Introduction to Ceramics

Delivery: In Person
Instructor: TBD


ART 100: Concepts and Creation in the Visual Arts

ART 100 is intended as an introduction to the concepts underpinning artistic creation. Through lectures and studio work, students will explore relationships between artistic processes and in daily life. The objective of the course is to develop in the student both an appreciation and understanding of contemporary art through an examination of art and contemporary social, cultural, and political issues surrounding artistic practice.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: William Wellman
Gen Ed: GA

Art Education

AED 225: Diversity, Pedagogy, and Visual Culture

This interdisciplinary course will serve to introduce students to critical understandings of issues of diversity, as they arise in contexts such as the art world, cultural institutions (such as museums and community arts organizations), schools, visual culture, and the culture, educational texts (such as curricula), and history, while developing a theoretical base from educational and cultural theory.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Aaron Knochel
Gen Ed: GA, US

Art History

ARTH 111: Ancient to Medieval Art

This course is an introduction to Western art before the Renaissance, to CE 1423. The topics covered in this course include prehistoric art in Europe; art of the Near East and Egypt; Aegean art; Greek and Roman art; Early Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Byzantine art; and Medieval art including Romanesque and Gothic developments. The course is designed to meet two principal goals. The first is to increase students’ powers of visual analysis and to help them build a critical vocabulary for discussing an art object’s medium, composition, style, and iconography. The second is to foster an understanding of the deep implication of the visual arts in their social and cultural contexts.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Heather McCune Brune
Gen Ed: GA, IL


ARTH 112: Renaissance to Modern Art

This course is a broad survey of the most important artists and developments in Western art from the early 14th century to the present, including architecture, sculpture and painting. In addition to being a survey of major monuments in art, the course is also intended as an introduction to the field of art history: to its studies of artistic style, iconography (the study of subject matter and its meaning), patronage and contextual history.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Heather McCune Brune
Gen Ed: GA, IL

Graphic Design

GD 100: Introduction to Graphic Design

A beginning level graphic design course. Instruction touches on the practice, theories, history and processes of the graphic design industry. This course places emphasis on problem solving and observing design, while developing intuition and creativity.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Julie Ann Romualdez
Gen Ed: GA


GD 115N: Visualizing Information

The world is awash with complex, dynamic information. With the development of powerful technologies capturing vast amounts of data, the art of visually representing information in ways that increase understanding of complex data and models will become a critical skill. Effective representations can communicate information in ways that maximize comprehension, analysis, exploration, and understanding of the underlying data. Knowing how to read and interpret visual data is essential to navigating this ocean of information. Those who know how to present data visually employ a powerful communication tool. In this class, you will become an effective reader and creator of visual representations of data.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Huiwon Lim
Gen Ed: GA/GH/Integrative

Landscape Architecture

LARCH 60: Cultural History of Designed Places

LARCH 60 is an introduction to the development of designed outdoor places from the ancient past to present day. Designed landscapes and urban spaces are expressions of cultural values and environmental influences. Underlying all of the designs is the fundamental human connection to, and manipulation of nature as people create spaces that reflect political views, religion, are entertaining or provide personal inspiration and, most recently, show concerns for the health of the earth.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Joshua Beblo
Gen Ed: GA, IL, US

Music

MUSIC 4: Film Music

An introductory examination of music’s role in Hollywood narrative film from the classic era (1930s and 1940s) to the present. MUSIC 4 Film Music (3) (GA)The course examines the role of music in narrative film, the premier art form of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The popularity, significance, and value of film art would not be what it is today if music had not become an integral–indeed, indispensable–part of motion pictures from the outset.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Emily Mckee
Gen Ed: GA


MUSIC 7: Evolution of Jazz

Evolution of Jazz is a course designed to examine the historical and sociological aspects of the American art form¿jazz. This general education course is for non-music majors. The material covered in this course begins with the precursors of jazz and then emphasizes the African American musical traditions and white American (initially European) influences that have shaped jazz as an American art form.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Mackinlay Himes
Gen Ed: GA


MUSIC 8: Rudiments of Music

Learning the rudiments of music can be compared to the learning of a language. Students must learn to hear melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic patterns (audiation) before they sing, play or write in notation. In this introductory class, students are introduced to melodic, harmonic and rhythmic patterns by imitating the instructor who establishes these patterns at the piano, or by singing or as in the case of rhythm by striking a drum head.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Stephen Hopkins, Eric Mckee
Gen Ed: GA


MUSIC 9: Introduction to World Musics

This course introduces students to the study of world music as a cultural phenomenon through an examination of the music of Asia, Africa, West Asia, the Americas, and European folk. The course begins with an introduction to methods of examining world music and reframes the study of music as a cultural phenomenon, comprised not only of the music itself but also behavior and conception. This approach helps students move beyond their preconceived understanding of music in order to open their ears and minds to a wide variety of music and cultural concepts, forming the basis for the case studies that follow. The remainder of the course focuses on cultural conceptions of music, examined through the lens of a selection of case studies, including, but not limited to, the music of the Celtic nations, the African continent, Central and West Asia, India, Indonesia, Japan, and the Native American culture groups.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Lisa Jenkins
Gen Ed: GA, IL


MUSIC 109: The Music of the Beatles

The Beatles are the most significant musical group in the history of popular music. Their songs are derived from diverse sources, such as rhythm and blues, country and western, rockabilly, rock and roll, Motown, soul, folk rock, the British music hall, and the classical music traditions of Europe and India.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Esther Benitez
Gen Ed: GA


MUSIC 207N: Jazz and the African American Experience

The history and evolution of jazz is a significant cultural manifestation of the African American experience. The music and its artists provide a lens through which to examine questions surrounding the African American experience and what it means to be Black in America, engaging with questions about identity, authenticity, freedom, activism, gender, and sexuality, as well as the role of music in African American life.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Stephen Hopkins, Eric Mckee
Gen Ed: GA/GS/Integrative


MUSIC 209N: The Music of the Beatles and American Popular Culture

The Beatles are the most significant musical group in the history of popular music. Their songs are derived from diverse sources, such as rhythm ‘n’ blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country ‘n’ western, Motown, soul, folk music, folk rock, the British Music Hall, and European and Indian classical music traditions. Two ideas define their work: an emphasis on freedom, and how song texts can be interpreted in different ways.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Vincent Benitez
Gen Ed: GA/GH/Integrative

Photography

FRNAR 100: Introduction to Forensic Photography

This course will explore the principles of forensic photography and photographic methods, and discuss the procedures and standards that differentiate forensic photography from “artistic” photography and other methods of documentary photography. Through readings, analysis and photographic practice, this course will explore the fundamentals of photography, including lighting, image quality, composition, and more. Students will then apply and implement these fundamentals in forensic settings, for evidence documentation such as accidents, injuries, fingerprints, footprints, and bloodstains.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Jennifer Kenyon
Gen Ed: GA


PHOTO 101: Culture of Photography

This is a non-technical introductory photography course where students photographically and intellectually examine the role of photography in modern culture. PHOTO 101 expands students’ depth of appreciation, knowledge, and understanding of the medium by providing them with a creative and intellectual background to realize its broad cultural scope. The course accomplishes this through photographic and written explorations of social, political and ethical issues relevant to photography.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Keith Shapiro
Gen Ed: GA

Theatre

THEA 102: Fundamentals of Acting

Delivery: In Person
Instructor: Maria Ramirez
Gen Ed: GA


THEA 105: Introduction to Theatre

Introduction to Theatre is a fully online general education course intended to introduce the performing arts in all their global complexity. The course will contain elements of world theatre history; however, the focus of the course will be on the functions and practices of the art. Beginning with the shared basics of any theatrical event, the course will explore both the exotic and the familiar.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Rob Schnieder
Gen Ed: GA


THEA 111: The Fundamentals of Singing and Vocal Production

The origin of singing predates the development of spoken language. Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the human voice and provides a medium for communication universally across cultures. This course explores the fundamentals of voice production and offers tools to help singers at any level develop their singing voices. Preliminary objectives will include a basic understanding of musical information associated with singing.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Raymond Sage, Joseph Harrell
Gen Ed: GA


THEA 112: Introduction to Musical Theatre

Beginning with developing an understanding of basic musical theatre terminology, Introduction to Musical Theatre will proceed to examine musical theatre development as it parallels the quixotic historical landscape. The course is designed to allow the general student to experience and understand the art of the musical theatre.

Delivery: Web
Instructor: Rob Schnieder
Gen Ed: GA


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