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Fine Arts (Woods College) Courses (ADFA) Woods College of Advancing Studies


Subject Area Course # Course Title Semester Credit Hours Expand
ADFA 1265 History of American Architecture Fall 4
Course Description

Introductory course investigates American Architecture from the first European settlement to the present. Within the context of cultural, political and technological change, students investigate the process whereby society leaves its legacy to posterity through its buildings. Attention focuses on the influence of such factors as tradition, environment, stylistic change, the inventiveness of individual architects, and the impact of technology.


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ADFA 1800 Introduction to Theater Fall 4
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This course examines the form and meaning of theatre in civilizations from the ancient Greeks to modern times and is designed to expose the student to the live performance experience through the study of various elements of theatre and performance, the history of theatre, and dramatic literature. Attention is paid to the relationship between live performance and other mediatized forms, like film and television, with which the student likely will already be familiar. Students will be required to read and analyze various plays and films of plays, to view two live productions, take walking tour of Boston College theatre spaces, and to explore the process of theatrical production.


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ADFA 3001 Illuminated Manuscripts: The Beauty and Secrets of the Book Fall 4
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As an examination of the art and technique of the illuminated manuscript, this course will draw upon Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections, a unique exhibition of over 200 manuscripts in Boston area museums during the Fall 2016 semester. Through a study of manuscripts and the people, cultures, and ideologies that produced them, the course will evaluate the roll of these cultural artifacts in the medieval world as well as in the present day. We will explore monastic scriptoria, booksellers’ shops in medieval Paris, and the twenty-first century conservation labs where manuscripts are preserved. Students will examine manuscripts in detail, read historical accounts of the era, and consider modern literary representations of the scribal craft. Students will also be required to attend museum exhibitions and will be responsible for curating their own digital scholarly projects.


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ADFA 3002 Painting & Shaping Latin America: A History from 1492-2015 Spring 4
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From the precolonial Olmec, Aztec, and Maya, to Diego Rivera, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and Rafael Soriano, Latin America has produced some of the world’s most influential art and literature. This course examines the art and literature of Latin America from pre-Columbian to modern eras to uncover the vibrant history of the region. 50-ton basalt sculptures of Olmec heads, vast murals painted in public spaces, poetry penned in the confines of a convent, and novels challenging sociopolitical structures all speak of their history while providing a visual and intellectual tour of the various countries that make up Latin America. Moreover, students will have the rare opportunity to make use of the McMullen Museum of Art and its exhibit of the paintings of the Cuban-Miami painter Rafael Soriano. In the end, the course provides students the ability to see and, in many ways, feel the history of Latin America through its visual and literary artists.


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ADFA 3003 Ways of Seeing Iran and the Arab World Fall 4
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This course will familiarize the student with various Ways of Seeing Iran and the Arab World. Highly interactive, the class is purposely expansive in its approach and based on Iranian contemporary art, contemporary art from the Arab world, and contemporary Western/Eastern views about Iran and the Arab world. A primary focus of this class concerns the roles of seeing and perception and, as we explore each one of the class topics, we will pay attention to our assumptions, what surprised us, the feelings generated and, if there is any need to contribute to the topic.


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