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Fine Arts

In this requirement, students explore the creative process of a specific art form such as theatre, music, art, or dance; or engage in the study, analysis, or appreciation of art. The ultimate goal of this requirement is to give students a distinct impression of art's cultural and personal value that could nurture a life-long interest in the arts.

At least 2 units of Fine Arts are required to fulfill this requirement.

Courses fulfilling the Fine Arts requirement:

Art

ART 101 Art Fundamentals (4 units)

Introduces the interrelatedness of line, shape, value, texture, and color as used in two and three-dimensional art. Art studio fee will be assessed.

ART 103 Observational Drawing (4 units)

Introduces responsive, observational drawing from still lives and live models while working with a variety of drawing tools. Art studio fee will be assessed.

ART 210 Foundations in Painting (4 units)

Introduces beginning concepts, materials, and techniques involved in painting. Prerequisites: ART 101 and ART 103 or consent of instructor. Art studio fee will be assessed.

ART 230 Foundations in Digital Arts (4 units)

Introduces beginning concepts, materials, and techniques involved in creating digital art. Prerequisite: ART 101 and ART 103 or consent of instructor. Art studio fee will be assessed.

ART 250 Foundations in Sculpture (4 units)

Introduces beginning concepts, materials, and techniques involved in creating sculpture. The course will emphasize formal aspects of sculpture and introduce art as a venue for the expression of ideas and concepts. Prerequisites: ART 101 and ART 103 or consent of instructor. Art studio fee will be assessed.

ART 315 Film as Art (4 units)

An exploration of film as a visual art. Parallels drawn between film, painting, sculpture, and the use of space, color, and content. Avant-garde, American, foreign, and documentary films will be screened with discussions, selected readings, and field trips to augment the student's concept of film as an art form.

ART 368 Explorations in Water-Based Media (4 units)

Explores intermediate concepts, materials, and techniques involved in creating water-based, two-dimensional artwork. Students explore and gain in understanding of surface preparation, color mixing, color interactions, value patterns, and composition, with an emphasis on contemporary approaches to these media. Art studio fee will be assessed.

ART 372 Explorations in Printmaking (4 units)

Explores intermediate concepts, materials, and techniques involved in creating two-dimensional prints. Research into contemporary printmaking is emphasized and further consideration of how to use surface and image to express ideas is fostered. Art studio fee will be assessed.

ART 374 Explorations in Ceramics (4 units)

Explores intermediate concepts, materials, and techniques involved in creating three-dimensional, ceramic art. Research into contemporary ceramics is emphasized and further consideration of how to use form and material to express ideas is fostered. Art studio fee will be assessed.

Art History

ARTH 200 Western Art (3 units)

A survey of the art and architecture of the Western world from ancient through contemporary times.

ARTH 300 Non-Western Art (4 units)

A survey of the art and architecture of China, Japan, India, Africa, the Islamic world, and pre-Columbian Americas. Satisfies the Fine Arts GE requirement or the World Civilizations GE requirement, but not both.

ARTH 422 Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Art (4 units)

The art and architecture of the ancient Near East and Egypt. Prerequisite: ARTH 200 or HUM 111.

ARTH 424 Greek Art (4 units)

The art and architecture of ancient Greece from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic period. Prerequisite: ARTH 200 or HUM 111.

ARTH 425 Roman Art (4 units)

The art and architecture of ancient Rome and its forebears, the Villanovans and Etruscans. Prerequisite: ARTH 200 or HUM 111.

ARTH 426 Early Christian and Medieval Art (4 units)

The art and architecture of the early Christian, Byzantine, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic periods. Prerequisite: ARTH 200 or HUM 111.

ARTH 428 Renaissance Art (4 units)

The art and architecture of Italy and Europe from 1300 to 1600. Prerequisite: ARTH 200 or HUM 212.

ARTH 430 Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Art (4 units)

The art and architecture of the Baroque and Rococo periods, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Revolutions. Prerequisite: ARTH 200 or HUM 212.

ARTH 432 American Art (4 units)

Art and architecture of America from the colonial period to the mid-twentieth century. Prerequisite: ARTH 200 or HUM 313.

ARTH 434 Nineteenth-Century Art (4 units)

Nineteenth-Century art and architecture, including Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Symbolism. Prerequisite: ARTH 200 or HUM 313.

ARTH 436 Modern Art (4 units)

The major movements in modern art in the context of the political and social events of the period 1900 to 1960. Prerequisite: ARTH 200 or HUM 313.

ARTH 438 Contemporary Art (4 units)

Contemporary art from 1945 to the present. Prerequisites: ARTH 200 or HUM 313.

ARTH 440 Multicultural Arts in America (4 units)

A survey of multicultural arts in America, including the art and architecture of Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans. Prerequisite: HUM 313.

ARTH 442 Islamic Art (4 units)

The art, architecture, and visual culture of the Middle East and the Islamic world from the pre-modern period to the early modern period. Fulfills the Fine Arts GE requirement or the World Civilizations GE requirement, but not both.

ARTH 446 Chinese Art (4 units)

The art, architecture, and visual culture of China from the pre-modern period to the present. Fulfills the World Civilizations GE requirement. Students may elect to have this course fulfill the Fine Arts GE requirement instead if requested through One Stop.

Fine Arts

FA 240 Introduction to Art and Architecture (3 units)

Introduces students to the various media and values of the visual and plastic arts within the context of a given international setting. Through this course students will gain a deeper understanding of the art that they are exposed to while studying and living in an international location. Students will learn and employ a critical vocabulary for analyzing and responding aesthetically to the paintings, drawings, sculpture, and architecture that they encounter in visits to museums, art galleries, and walking tours. Offered only in international programs. Does not qualify as a course for the major in art history.

FA 241 Introduction to Music (3 units)

Introduces students to the basic forms and styles of Western music from a chronological perspective. Through this course students will gain a deeper understanding of the music that they are exposed to while studying and living in an international location. Through guided listening, students will learn and employ a critical vocabulary for analyzing and responding aesthetically to the music they encounter as members of the audience for the concerts and operas they attend in the class. Offered only in international programs. Does not qualify as a course for the major in music.

FA 313 Materials, Techniques, and Skills in Music (2 units)

A workshop designed for the Teacher Education Program students and Music Education majors wherein students will learn basic histories, philosophies, and methodologies of music education and how these apply to children grades K-5. Students will also learn techniques for implementing music learning and activities in the elementary classroom. A $70 class fee will be assessed (GE for liberal arts majors only).

FA 314 Materials, Techniques, and Skills in Art (2 units)

A workshop in which the student has first-hand experience with a wide range of activities which contribute to an overall understanding of the world of art. A $70 class fee will be assessed (GE for liberal arts majors only).

Film

FILM 111 Film and Culture (2 units)

An examination of cinema as language, as art, and as an institution shaped by and shaping the socio-cultural and ideological constructs/concerns of national culture.

FILM 311 Film and Culture (2 units)

A large group chosen by audition at the beginning of the school year to perform traditional and contemporary choral literature. The group represents the University at many civic and local college functions. A class fee will be assessed for students taking 0 units in a music ensemble.

Music

MUS 105 Pepperdine University Concert Choir (0-1)

A large group chosen by audition at the beginning of the school year to perform traditional and contemporary choral literature. The group represents the University at many civic and local college functions. A class fee will be assessed for students taking 0 units in a music ensemble.

MUS 106 Guitar Class I (2 units)

This course is a general survey of guitar styles such as jazz, blues, and folk. The class is open to all students regardless of guitar experience. A guitar is required and must be supplied by the student.

MUS 110 Piano Class I (2 units)

Instruction for the beginner or a first course to review technique and keyboard skill for the near-beginner or beginner who has had less than six months of study in piano. Reading skills, playing simple chord patterns, improvisation, harmonization of melodies, and establishing a basic technique will be the principle objectives of the course.

MUS 114 Piano Class II (2 units)

A continuation of the technique and keyboard skills covered in MUS 110 or for a beginner with less than one year of piano study. Prerequisite: MUS 110 or consent of instructor.

MUS 118 Voice Class I (2 units)

Designed for beginning singers, but primarily those who have had some previous musical background. Application of vocal principles for developing singing facility required in public schools. Not required of students who satisfy the requirement through individual instruction.

MUS 135 Pepperdine University Symphony (0-1)

The symphony provides selected students the opportunity to perform works from the standard and twentieth-century orchestral repertoire. While solo appearances are made at concerts by faculty and professional artists, students who have demonstrated outstanding performance ability may also be invited to perform as soloists. Auditions are given at the beginning of each semester. A class fee will be assessed for students taking 0 units in a music ensemble.

MUS 136 String Ensemble (0-1)

Provides opportunities for string players to study and perform chamber music (trios, quartets, and quintets) for standard string groupings as well as in combination with other instruments, such as piano and winds. Open to all qualified students and staff by audition.

MUS 137 Brass Ensemble (0-1)

Explores the music written for brass instruments from the seventeenth century to the present. From the larger ensemble, the Seaver Brass Quintet is selected. Open to all qualified students and staff by audition.

MUS 138 Jazz Ensemble (0-1)

A select instrumental ensemble which emphasizes the performance literature in a wide diversity of styles, as well as the study of improvisation. A variety of performance experiences is provided. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.

MUS 139 Woodwind Ensemble (0-1)

Organized to read and prepare for concert music for woodwind instruments in a variety of musical styles and combinations of instruments. Open to all qualified students and staff by audition.

MUS 140 Percussion Ensemble (0-1)

Enables students with some percussion experience to rehearse and perform repertoire for two or more players on a variety of percussion instruments owned by the college. Open to all qualified students and staff by audition.

MUS 141 Chamber Singers (0-1)

A small group selected by audition to perform vocal music ranging from that of the early Renaissance to music in a contemporary style. A class fee will be assessed for students taking 0 units in a music ensemble.

MUS 143 Collegium Musicum (0-1)

Open to all students by audition. Study and performance of music from the various historical periods. May include use of older instruments such as harpsichord and recorder. A class fee will be assessed for students taking 0 units in a music ensemble.

MUS 145 Performance Skills for Classical Guitar (1)

This course is a performance-based study of guitar transcription, sightreading, and other necessary skills for classical guitarists. The class is open to students with intermediate or advanced classical guitar experience.

MUS 184 Opera Workshop (0-1)

Open to all students by audition. Provides an opportunity for the student to participate in the production and performance of ensembles and scenes from operas and musical theatre, as well as the presentation of complete works.

MUS 200 Music Appreciation (3 units)

An introductory survey that examines the history and theory of music in which students attend lectures, read texts, listen to music, and experience live performances.

MUS 280 Introduction to Music (4 units)

A study of the fundamentals of music coupled with a survey tracing the historical development of music from the Greeks to the twenty-first century. Examples of music from each period will be studied through listening and scores. An introductory course for non-music majors only.

MUS 305 Pepperdine University Concert Choir (0-1)

A large group chosen by audition at the beginning of the school year to perform traditional and contemporary choral literature. The group represents the University at many civic and local college functions. A class fee will be assessed for students taking 0 units in a music ensemble.

MUS 335 Pepperdine University Symphony (0-1)

The symphony provides selected students the opportunity to perform works from the standard and twentieth-century orchestral repertoire. While solo appearances are made at concerts by faculty and professional artists, students who have demonstrated outstanding performance ability may also be invited to perform as soloists. Auditions are given at the beginning of each semester. A class fee will be assessed for students taking 0 units in a music ensemble.

MUS 336 String Ensemble (0-1)

Provides opportunities for string players to study and perform chamber music (trios, quartets, and quintets) for standard string groupings as well as in combination with other instruments, such as piano and winds. Open to all qualified students and staff by audition.

MUS 337 Brass Ensemble (0-1)

Explores the music written for brass instruments from the seventeenth century to the present. From the larger ensemble, the Seaver Brass Quintet is selected. Open to all qualified students and staff by audition.

MUS 338 Jazz Ensemble (0-1)

A select instrumental ensemble which emphasizes the performance literature in a wide diversity of styles, as well as the study of improvisation. A variety of performance experiences is provided. Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.

MUS 339 Woodwind Ensemble (0-1)

Organized to read and prepare for concert music for woodwind instruments in a variety of musical styles and combinations of instruments. Open to all qualified students and staff by audition.

MUS 340 Percussion Ensemble (0-1)

Enables students with some percussion experience to rehearse and perform repertoire for two or more players on a variety of percussion instruments owned by the college. Open to all qualified students and staff by audition.

MUS 341 Chamber Singers (0-1)

A small group selected by audition to perform vocal music ranging from that of the early Renaissance to music in a contemporary style. A class fee will be assessed for students taking 0 units in a music ensemble.

MUS 343 Collegium Musicum (0-1)

Open to all students by audition. Study and performance of music from the various historical periods. May include use of older instruments such as harpsichord and recorder. A class fee will be assessed for students taking 0 units in a music ensemble.

MUS 384 Opera Workshop (0-1)

Open to all students by audition. Provides an opportunity for the student to participate in the production and performance of ensembles and scenes from operas and musical theatre, as well as the presentation of complete works.

MUS 467 History of Sacred Music (4 units)

A study of the history of music during ancient Biblical times to the present and of how history has shaped music in modern-day worship. The course will deal with the significance of music in the church and its influence upon the worship service.

MUS 468 Multicultural Music in America: Eye on Los Angeles (3 units)

A survey of multicultural music in America with a particular emphasis on Los Angeles and the contributions of various ethnic groups to its artistic milieu.

Theater

THEA 200 Theatre Appreciation (3 units)

An introductory survey that examines the history and theory of theatre in which students attend lectures, read texts, and experience live performances.

THEA 210 Acting I: Introduction to Acting (4 units)

A practical introduction to basic acting skills.

THEA 226 Dance for Music Theatre (2 units)

A practical class studying a particular style of dance for music theatre.

THEA 227 Stage Dance I (4 units)

A practical class for developing the performer's technique in dance for the stage, learning combinations involved in production, and developing style.

THEA 243 Stage Makeup (4 units)

Instruction and practice in design and application of stage makeup. Studies in age, character, and animal makeups, prosthetic and hairpiece construction and application.

THEA 342 Stage Costume (4 units)

A study of historical dress and the relationship of period style with theatrical presentation. Emphasis is on script and character analysis as it relates to design. Work in rendering style, construction techniques, and methods of presentation.

Physical Education

PE 180 Beginning Tango (0-1)

Buenos Aires Program only.

PE 185 Beginning Modern Dance (1)

Florence Program only. Extra fee required.