Art History

Art History

Courses & Curriculum

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Art History Program

Mission
The mission of the art history program is twofold: to instill a love of art and its history in our students in the hope that this understanding will be an on-going and sustaining part of their lives; and to create a rigorous, stimulating learning environment in which knowledge about works of art and the cultures in which they were produced, as well as the institutions that display and conserve them, is transmitted to the next generation of students. As a discipline, art history seeks to answer the big questions about how humanity has understood itself, using the record of vital aesthetic objects. Majors, minors and non-majors alike will acquire an understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of their own and other civilizations both past and present. In a world where ethnic and cultural clashes are commonplace, respect for the artistic heritage of all civilizations is essential. To borrow from distinguished critic Wayne C. Booth’s phrase, the cross-disciplinary nature of art historical study provides students with “the knowledge worth having.”

Majors in art history study a wide range of works of art and cultural objects: paintings, drawings and prints of all kinds, including photographs; film and video; sculpture; architecture and monuments; parks, gardens, and land art; rare books and manuscripts; and installation and performance art. The art history program seeks to represent this richness of subject matter through an array of art history coursework and related activities. 

The program faculty consider it essential that students encounter art in person to engage in the pleasure and challenge posed by aesthetic works. To encourage this, writing assignments are often based upon objects held in local collections, such as the Buffalo Science Museum and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Art history majors learn how to explain their insights, observations and findings on these non-verbal objects in words. In addition, many students have the opportunity to gain practical experience in an art institution through the Museum Internship course. Art history majors and minors have interned at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Darwin Martin House, the Roycroft Campus, the Buffalo Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, Hallwalls, the Castellani Art Museum, CEPA and Big Orbit Gallery.  

A number of professional options are open to the art history student, especially when coupled with graduate training. Students interested in specific careers as art historians may go on to become academic faculty, museum curators, archaeologists, or art conservators, or they may pursue careers in historical preservation, library science, interior design, art journalism, arts management and many other fields. Because the study of art often leads to an increased ability to observe and analyze, a number of students choose to co-major in art history while completing the requirements for the Pre-Medical Program. Similarly, Pre-Law students often opt to co-major in art history because they learn to analyze and critique methodological approaches from various historical perspectives. 

Majors in art history graduate with a truly liberal, humanistic education that prepares them for work in any profession where critical thinking, analysis, research and writing skills are essential, and where cultural understanding and sensitivity are required. Art history courses also benefit students who plan to work in any field that deals with foreign cultures.

All art history students are encouraged to take courses in a foreign language, since jobs and graduate programs in the field often require some familiarity with languages. Students interested in studying abroad are strongly encouraged to pursue two years of foreign language study in advance of their time abroad. 

Student Learning Goals:
The Art History major will:

Qualifications for the major
There is no minimum grade requirement in the major but students must have a cumulative 2.0 in order to graduate.

Art History Curriculum


Core Curriculum Requirements: 
View the Core Curriculum requirements.  All students complete these requirements as part of their overall Canisius education.

Major Course Requirements: 

Required Courses are:

Course  Credits
FAH 101 Cave Paintings, the Colosseum & Cathedrals 3
FAH 102 Altarpieces, Academies & the Avant-Garde 3
            Ancient and/or medieval art: one course 3
            Renaissance and/or Baroque art: one course 3
            Art since 1800: one course 3
            Non-Western or non period-based topic: one course 3
            One 300 level Art History course 3
FAH 450 Senior Seminar 3


Major electives:
In addition to the above, majors complete four art history courses, 12 credits. Dual majors complete two art history electives courses, 6 credits. In addition to the FAH courses, the following courses may be used as electives towards the art history major: COM 374, COM 375, FAS 110, FAS 120, FAS 130, FAS 150, PHI 397, RST 314. Other studio courses will be considered, upon approval of the Art History Program Director and the course instructor. Students may apply a maximum of two of these extra-departmental courses, as electives, to the art history major; one course if the student is double-majoring.  

Dual Majors:
Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a dual major. The decision may be based on career goals or planned graduate studies. Before a student declares a dual major it is important to meet with the appropriate academic departments for advisement. Dual majors are required to complete two art history electives rather than four, for a total of ten rather than twelve courses to complete the Art History major. Most dual major combinations with art history can be completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement. In order to declare a dual major, the student must complete the appropriate dual major request form and get the signature of each department chairperson and the appropriate associate dean.

Minors:
Students who wish to expand their educational opportunities may decide to declare a minor in addition to their major. The decision may be based on career goals or planned graduate studies. The minor in art history requires six courses, some of which may also fulfill requirements in the core curriculum or the student’s major. Most art history minors can be easily completed within the minimum 120 credit hour degree requirement. Students must complete the appropriate minor request form.

Requirements for the Art History Minor

Course Credits
FAH 101 Introduction to Art History I 3
FAH 102 Introduction to Art History II 3
            Ancient and/or medieval art: one course 3
            Renaissance and/or Baroque art: one course  3
            Art since 1800: one course 3
FAH 450: Senior Seminar 3

 

Art History Courses: 2011-2013

Courses offered on a 4-year rotation. Please see Art History Program Director for course rotation schedule.

FAH 101 Cave Paintings, the Colosseum & Cathedrals   3 credits
Introduction to visual and cultural analysis of major works of art from prehistory through the Middle Ages. Covers prehistoric through Gothic art. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Fall, Spring, Summer

FAH 102 Altarpieces, Academies & the Avant-Garde     3 credits
Introduction to visual and cultural analysis of major works of Western art from the Renaissance through the contemporary moment. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Fall, Spring, Summer

FAH 103 Survey of Pre-Columbian and Native American Art     3 credits
The artistic achievements of native peoples from the Americas. Toltec, Maya, and Aztec civilizations of Central America, and culture groups from the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, and Northwest in North America prior to and after contact with Europe. (Field 3, Diversity) Fall 

FAH 107 Introduction to African and Asian Art      3 credits
Introduction to the art of Africa, India, Japan and China. Examines works from various time periods, geographic areas, religious orientations and historical circumstances. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Fall 

FAH 109 History of Architecture              3 credits
Visual and cultural analysis of major monuments of global architecture from antiquity to the present. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Fall 

FAH 110 History of Photography             3 credits
Introduction to artistic and technical origins and subsequent developments of photographic processes from their invention in 1839 to global contemporary practices. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Fall

FAH 159 Gender and Art        3 credits
Introduction to selected artists in western culture and analysis of issues involving the relationships among gender, representations of gender, and art in western culture. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Fall

FAH 210 Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Art      3 credits
(Accepted for Classics major & minor credit) Introduction to visual and cultural analysis and interpretation of the painting, sculpture and architecture of ancient Egypt and the ancient Near East. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Spring 

FAH 213 Greek and Roman Art               3 credits
(Accepted for Classics major & minor credit) Visual and cultural analysis of the painting, sculpture and architecture of Greece and Rome. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Spring  

FAH 224 Medieval Art           3 credits
Visual analysis, cultural analysis, and interpretation of major works of Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque and Gothic periods. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Spring

FAH 245 Renaissance Art          3 credits
Visual, cultural, and iconographic analysis of painting, sculpture, architecture and art theory in Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Fall 

FAH 248 Baroque Art           3 credits
Visual, cultural and iconographic analysis of painting, sculpture and architecture during the 17th and 18th centuries in France, Italy, England, Spain and the Netherlands. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Fall

FAH 261 Monet and the Age of Impressionism      3 credits
Visual and cultural analysis of major works from Western Europe and the United States, from the early 19th century through Post-Impressionism. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Spring 

FAH 262 Modern Art             3 credits
Visual and cultural analysis of major works from Western Europe and the United States, from the late 19th century through 1945. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Spring 

FAH 265 Contemporary Art           3 credits
Visual and cultural analysis of major works from the United States and Western Europe, from 1945 to the present. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Spring  

FAH 266 Modern Architecture         3 credits
Introduction to the architectural history of the modern world, focusing on major works in western architecture from the Industrial Revolution through Post Modernism. (Field 3, Global Awareness) Spring 

FAH 267 Frank Lloyd Wright            3 credits
Introduction to the influential, iconic work of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Presents his major works and considers American and Modern architecture as a whole. Visits to major Wright buildings in Western New York. (Field 3) Summer

FAH 271 Art in Buffalo                  3 credits
Examination of the artistic and historical resources in the Greater Buffalo region, including prominent examples of architecture, museum collections and artists in Western New York. Lecture and field trip format. (Field 3) Summer 

FAH 350 Topics in Art History           3 credits
Varying topics in art. Course will run as a seminar. Major or minor status or permission of the instructor. (Intensive Writing) Fall

FAH 352 Museum Studies           3 credits
Research, curatorial and administrative aspects of museum management. Includes researching works of art, cataloging a collection, exhibits, budgets, long-range planning. Major or minor status or permission of the instructor. (Intensive Writing) Fall

FAH 450 Senior Seminar             3 credits
For advanced art history students, to tie together experiences in the field and formalize their understanding of the discipline. Explores the history of art history and the status of institutions and professions within the art world. Junior and senior majors and minors. (Oral Communication) Spring

FAH 460 Museum Internship         3 credits
Research, curatorial and administrative internship at selected Buffalo area art galleries. Junior and senior majors and minors or permission of internship director. Fall, Spring, Summer 

FAH 480 Art, Beauty, and Terror in the 20th Century          3 credits
Core Capstone. Spring 

FAH 499 Independent Study in Art History        3 credits
Independent studies allow in-depth study of a specific topic and are most often reserved for seniors who cannot otherwise fulfill a graduation requirement. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor, department chair and associate dean.


Music Program

Canisius College offers a major and a minor in music. Music courses introduce students to the literature and performance of music, as well as its theory and technology. Music appreciation courses cover a wide range of musical styles within a cultural and historical context. Through lectures, videos, listening to music examples in class and attendance at concerts, majors, minors and non-majors are provided with the basic musical vocabulary and listening skills needed to analyze and intellectually critique music and to develop a clear understanding and appreciation of the music of different cultures and periods.

Music theory courses stress creative and analytical skills, and music technology courses take an in-depth look at current digital music technologies used by musicians and sound designers. In keeping with the most recent technology in music, current software programs are used in theory classes and music technology courses, which are taught in a state-of-the-art MIDI lab equipped with Macintosh computers and Roland keyboards.

For students interested in the performance of music, the department offers music ensembles for academic credit. Private instruction can also be taken for credit in voice, piano, guitar, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. 

Courses are designed for students of all levels, including majors, minors and non-majors. Classes give students opportunities to think clearly, speak articulately and perform confidently. By careful choice of electives, the major can be integrated with other areas of study, with the option of taking a second major or a minor in another department. 

For majors, courses provide them with the skills necessary to pursue music related careers and/or graduate studies in professions including music history, music theory and composition, music performance, musical theater, arts management, music merchandizing, music production, church music and many other fields.

For education majors, a music concentration is offered through the School of Education and Human Services in the following teacher certification programs: Early Childhood; Childhood; Dual Early Childhood / Childhood; Dual Students with Disabilities / Early Childhood; Dual Students with Disabilities / Childhood.

To accommodate individual goals and career objectives, students must choose electives carefully in consultation with the Music Program Director. 

Student Learning Goals


Goal 1:  Music majors will be able to analyze the musical elements of a piece of music.  

Students will:

A: Identify the elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, organizational patterns and form in Western art or world music through aural analysis of recordings;

B: Identify the elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, organizational patterns and form in Western art or world music through visual analysis of musical scores;

C: Analyze a musical performance and accurately describe it using appropriate musical terminology.

Goal 2:  Music majors will be able to demonstrate proficiency in vocal or instrumental performance. 

Students will:

A: Demonstrate the technical and interpretive skills necessary for artistic self-expression in a variety of repertory through solo performance in the student’s primary area of vocal or instrumental performance;

B: Demonstrate the technical and interpretive  skills necessary for artistic self-expression in a variety of  repertory through ensemble performance in the student’s  primary area of vocal or instrumental performance.

Goal 3: Music majors will be able to analyze the musical style of a piece of music.

Students will:

A: Describe the compositional and stylistic aspects of musical works with regard to specific musical periods or cultures;

B: Identify aurally the musical period or culture of a piece of music;

C: Identify the musical period or culture of a piece of music through score reading.

Goal 4: Music majors will be able to integrate knowledge in music theory, music history, and performance appropriate to the individual’s sequence of study. 

Students will:

A: Exhibit the integration of musical knowledge through the presentation of a written paper or a musical performance.

Qualifications for the major
A vocal or instrumental performance audition should be completed during the freshman year to be a music major. Music majors must have a cumulative G.P.A of at least 2.0 and a grade of C- or better in all major courses.
 
Special Note on Free Elective Credit for Non Majors
A non-major has the option of taking performance courses as free electives. A student may take a maximum of 8 credits of lessons and/or ensembles with no more than 6 of these credits in lessons.

Music Curriculum


1. Core Curriculum Requirements: 
View the Core Curriculum requirements. All students complete these requirements as part of their overall Canisius education.

2. Major course requirements: (10 courses)








FAM 230
FAM 240 
FAM 330 
FAM 340 
FAM 210 
FAM 119 
FAM 450
FAM 225
Music Theory I + Lab
Music Theory II + Lab
Music Theory III + Lab
Music Theory IV + Lab
Keyboard Musicianship
Masterpieces of Music
Senior Seminar
Music Performance (4 semesters x  2 credits)
      4 credits
4 credits
4 credits
4 credits
3 credits
3 credits
3 credits
8 credits
Choose one of the following: FAM 216, FAM 217, 
FAM 218, FAM 219, FAM 220
      3 credits
B.  Music Electives (3 courses)
Choose from one of the following sequences:
      9-11 credits
• History and Literature Sequence (3 music literature electives)
• Performance Sequence (4 additional semesters FAM 225 taken in the junior and senior years, plus 1 music elective)
• Music Technology Sequence (DMA 309, DMA 310, plus 1 music elective)
• Music Education Sequence (FAM 250, FAM 350, plus 1 music elective)
Music majors may take DMA 309, DMA 310, HON 323 or HON 324 as FAM (Music) electives.
       
C.  Music Ensembles  8 semesters
Choose from FAM 171, 172, 174, 175, 181, 182, 184, 185. 
Majors must take the same ensemble for all 8 semesters.  A student can opt to take music ensemble for zero (0) or one (1) credit. If total credit hours for a semester exceed 18 credits, overload tuition will apply.
      0-8 credits

3.  Free electives:
Free electives are courses in addition to the Core Curriculum and major requirements sufficient to reach a minimum of 120 credit hours for graduation. Students may graduate with more but not less than 120 credit hours. Note on free electives:  With the permission of the chair, music majors may take an additional 8 credits of lessons and/or ensembles for free elective credit. 

  • Students following the History and Literature, Music Technology or Music Education sequences may continue to take FAM 125 or FAM 225 in addition to the required four semesters of FAM 225. These additional credits are applied as free electives in the music major. 
  • Students following the History and Literature sequence are strongly urged to take at least two semesters of French, German or Italian.

Recommended Schedule

In selecting courses for the major, students should consult carefully with their advisors each semester about the best selection of courses for the coming semesters. In addition, students will want to consult the on-line advisement guide, which is published each semester and contains valuable information about course offerings for the coming semester.

Dual Majors

Common dual majors involving Music are Digital Media Arts, English, History, Psychology and Education. 

Music Concentration in the School of Education 

Students can take music as a concentration in the School of Education early childhood, childhood or students with disabilities programs. (See School of Education requirements.) A music concentration enhances the skills of a classroom teacher but does not count as formal certification in music.  

Music Concentration in the School of Education
Course  Requirements: (10 courses with associated labs)

FAM 230 Music Theory I  + lab 4 credits
FAM 240 Music Theory II + lab 4 credits
FAM 330  Music Theory III + lab 4 credits
FAM 340 Music Theory IV + lab 4 credits
FAM 210 Keyboard Musicianship   3 credits
FAM 119 Masterpieces of Music   3 credits
Choose two of the following: 
FAM 216, FAM 217, FAM 218, FAM 219, FAM 220
  6 credits
Choose one of the following: 
FAM 123, FAM 124, FAM 224 
3 credits
Music Electives (1 course) FAM 250 recommended 3 credits


Music Minor (18 credits)
The Music minor enables students majoring in other academic departments to complement their studies with the study of music. The six-course sequence includes courses in theory, literature and the option of performance.

Music Minor:

FAM 115 Fundamentals of Music
If the student has sufficient theory background (as demonstrated by a placement test), 
a music elective may be substituted for FAM 115.
3 credits
FAM 119 Masterpieces of Music 3 credits
Music Literature Courses: Choose two of the following FAM 
courses; 123, 124, 212, 213, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 224
6 credits
Music electives:  Total of six credits of FAM courses, ensemble 
and/or lessons.  Music minors may take DMA 309, DMA 310, 
HON 323 or HON 324 as FAM (Music) electives
6 credits

FAM 112 The World of Opera   3 credits
This introductory course covers the many aspects, characteristics and forms of expression found in this dramatic art form. Classes include scene selections through lectures, CDs and DVDs. (Field 3)

FAM 115 Fundamentals of Music   3 credits
Basic elements of music as perceived and notated, and the styles and forms of music derived from them. Practical theory applications include ear training, keyboard playing and composition.  (Field 3) Fall and Spring

FAM 119 Masterpieces of Music    3 credits
A survey of Western art music from medieval Gregorian chant to the present, including the study of musical elements, historical background, musical style and masterworks of various periods. (Field 3)  Fall, Spring, Summer

FAM 123 World Musics   3 credits
Survey course, including folk, traditional and art musics of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America. Classes include listening and videos, with the study of instruments, dances, songs and rhythms of these cultures. (Field 3) Spring

FAM 124 America’s Music   3 credits
Music made or continuously used by Americans from beginnings to present. Sacred congregational music, vernacular music, African-American music and cultivated traditions. Historical and sociological development of folk, jazz and popular music as uniquely American. (Field 3)  Fall and Spring

FAM 125 Music Performance  1 credit
Half-hour private lessons, designed for all levels of experience, are offered in piano, voice, classical guitar, woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion.

FAM 171 Chorale          0 credits
A mixed-voice singing group that performs repertoire in both the classical and popular styles. (Same as FAM 181 except for "0" credit.)

FAM 172 Jazz Ensemble   0 credits
Jazz ensemble that plays a wide range of music from Count Basie to Maynard Ferguson and everything in between. (Same as FAM 182 except for “0” credit)

FAM 174 Chamber Orchestra   0 credits
String orchestra that performs a wide range of orchestral literature from the Baroque period through the 20th century. Concert programs provide students with wide experiences in the orchestral arts. (Same as FAM 184 except for “0” credit)

FAM 175 Concert Band   0 credits
Campus-wide instrumental ensemble performing a wide variety of standard concert band literature. Performances include a formal concert each semester. (Same as FAM 185 except for “0” credit.) 

FAM 181 Chorale   1 credit
A mixed-voice singing group that performs repertoire in both the classical and popular styles. (Same as FAM 171 except for “1” credit) 

FAM 182 Jazz Ensemble   1 credit
Jazz ensemble that plays a wide range of music from Count Basie to Maynard Ferguson and everything in between. (Same as FAM 172 except for “1” credit)

FAM 184 Chamber Orchestra  1 credit
String orchestra that performs a wide range of orchestral literature from the Baroque period through the 20th century. Concert programs provide students with wide experiences in the orchestral arts. (Same as FAM 174 except for “1” credit)

FAM 185 Concert Band   1 credit
Campus-wide instrumental ensemble performing a wide variety of standard concert band literature. Performances include a formal concert each semester. (Same as FAM 175 except for “1” credit.)

FAM 210  Keyboard Musicianship 3 credits
Class instruction in practical keyboard applications including basic keyboard proficiency, harmonization of folk melodies and songs and sight-reading.  Fall 2010

FAM 212 Canisius and the BPO Experience      3 credits
Classes meet at both Canisius College and Kleinhans Music Hall as students study music on stage, behind the scenes and in literature with Canisius College faculty, BPO conductors, soloists and managers. (Field 3) Fall and Spring

FAM 213 Women in Music         3 credits
Roles of women composers and performers in “art music” from the time of ancient Greece through the present as they struggle to break the confines of traditional gender roles to gain equal representation and recognition. (Field 3)

FAM 214 Music in Film       3 credits
Functions of music in silent film, animation and the golden age of American cinema as an extension of European musical practices through the rise of the Hollywood studio system. (Field 3)

FAM 216 Medieval and Renaissance Music       3 credits
Traces Western art music from its origins in Gregorian chant through the development and refinement of more complex compositions such as the mass setting and motet. (Field 3) 

FAM 217 Music of the Baroque Period   3 credits
A study of Western art music of the Baroque period (1600-1750) beginning with the early operatic works of Monteverdi and concluding with the mature masterpieces of Bach and Handel. Many different instrumental and vocal genres are covered in this course, including concerto, sonata, suite, opera, cantata and oratorio. (Field 3) Spring

FAM 218 Music of the Classical Period    3 credits
A study of European art music c.1750- 1809 and the historical and cultural forces that helped to shape it. Focus on the lives and works of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, their contemporaries and immediate predecessors. (Field 3) Fall and Spring

FAM 219 19th Century Music         3 credits
Great composers of the Romantic period, including their life, selected works, musical style and influence. (Field 3) Fall, Spring and Summer

FAM 220 Art Music from 1900 to the Present       3 credits
Impressionism in music which ushers in the twentieth century. European music 1910-1945. American music. New music since 1945. (Field 3) Fall and Spring

FAM 221 Opera Workshop         3 credits
The study and performance of scenes from operatic literature, including stage movement, acting and historical background of operas. Perfect for students who enjoy singing and acting. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  (Field 3)Spring 2011

FAM 222 Opera Workshop II         3 credits
The study and performance of scenes from operatic literature, including stage movement, acting and historical background of operas. Perfect for students who enjoy singing and acting. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  (Field  3)

FAM 224 Afro-Centric Music        3 credits
Music of West Africa and how, due to the African Diaspora, this music has come to influence both “Art” and “Pop” music on a worldwide basis. (Field 3)  Fall, Summer

FAM 225 Music Performance      2 credits
Hour-length private lessons, designed for the experienced musician, are offered in piano, voice, classical guitar, woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion.

FAM 230  Theory I    3 credits
A study of diatonic harmonic progressions typical of 18th and 19th century music. The course includes the analysis of melodic, harmonic, rhythmic and formal aspects of music by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Prerequisite: FAM 115 or permission of instructor. Theory I Lab required.  (Field 3) Fall

FAM 230L Theory I Lab         1 credit
Weekly lab instruction in sight-singing and ear-training. Development of aural skills in melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Includes computer-assisted instruction. Course to be taken concurrently with FAM 230 Theory I. Fall

FAM 240 Theory II: Fundamentals of Four-Part Writing   3 credits
A study of four-part composing as developed in Europe, particularly tonal music associated with Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, which also forms the basis of modern popular music. Prerequisite: FAM 230 or permission of instructor. Theory II Lab required.  (Field 3) Spring

FAM 240L Theory II Lab          1 credit
Weekly lab instruction in sight-singing and ear-training. Development of aural skills in melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Includes computer-assisted instruction. Course to be taken concurrently with FAM 240 Theory II. Spring

FAM 250 Music for Children      3 credits
Course provides the backgrounds, models and skills necessary to create musical experiences for the elementary-age child. 

FAM 330 Theory III               3 credits
19th century styles and analysis of chromatic harmony with the study of works by Beethoven, Schubert, Franck, Wagner and Mahler. Focus on counterpoint skills. Continuation of notation and sequencing software applications. Prerequisite: FAM 240. Theory III Lab required. Fall

FAM 330L Theory III Lab          1 credits
Weekly lab instruction in sight-singing and ear-training. Development of aural skills in melodic, harmonic and rhythmic dictation. Includes computer-assisted instruction. Course to be taken concurrently with FAM 330 Theory III. Fall 

FAM 340 Theory IV             3 credits
Musical styles, forms and techniques of the 20th century, including impressionism, atonality, serialism, minimalism and electronic applications. Study of selected works by Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Boulez, Glass and Varese. Prerequisite: FAM 330. Theory IV Lab required. Spring

FAM 340L Theory IV Lab            1 credit
Advanced lab instruction in sight-singing and ear-training. Includes computer-assisted instruction. Course to be taken concurrently with FAM 340 Theory IV.Spring

FAM 350 Basic Conducting         3 credits
Development of students’ basic conducting skills of beat, pattern and gesture, leadership of musical activities and musicianship including applied ear training and score analysis. 

FAM 450 Senior Seminar           3 credits
An integration of the diverse areas of music into a coherent whole. Course includes supervised reading and research culminating in a writing and/or performance project. Prerequisite: Music majors or permission of program director. Spring

FAM 498 Internship           3 credits
Students taking music as a major or minor are matched in local professional settings including performing organizations and theaters.  Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and permission of the chair.
 
FAM 499 Independent Study in Music      3 credits
Independent studies allow in-depth study of a specific topic and are most often reserved for seniors who cannot otherwise fulfill a graduation requirement. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor, department chair and associate dean.


Studio Art

Canisius College offers a minor in studio art that prepares serious art students for further undergraduate study at an art school. The minor is also an option for students who would like to experiment in visual media for their own personal enrichment. All course offerings will improve students’ conceptual, perceptual and technical art making skills.  Studio art minor students will develop a body of work and portfolio alongside a faculty comprised of professional artists.  Students’ art works are displayed throughout the academic year in the Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Art Gallery on Lyons Hall’s fourth floor. Students who complete the studio art minor will have the knowledge, experience and portfolio necessary for further studies in the visual arts. They will also have a deeper understanding of themselves as human beings.

Departmental Learning Goals

Goal 1: Studio Art students use visual design terminology. 

Students will:

Objective A:  Define the elements and principles of design in visual art through discussion and critique.

Objective B: Write an artist’s statement using terms describing the elements and principles of design.

Goal 2: Studio Art students develop technical skills. 

Students will:

Objective A: Utilize hand/eye coordination when rendering from life, still life, or nature.

Objective B: Utilize skills specific to different studio disciplines such as woodworking, printmaking, carving, sculpting or photography.

Goal 3: Studio Art students articulate, verbally and in writing, conceptual approaches used in studio art while making, discussing, and observing art. 

Students will:

Objective A: Explicate the rationale behind the art they make, materially, conceptually and formally.

Objective B: Engage in critical discourse on their own and others’ art work.

Goal 4:  Studio Art students describe broad developments and trends in art history and contemporary art. 

Students will:

Objective A: Position their work within a contemporary art framework and compare their work within larger art historical themes.

Objective B: Evaluate any given piece of art within a contemporary framework and find its fundamental art historical significance.

Goal 5:  Studio Art students experience placing work on public display.

Students will:

Objective A: Locate galleries or venues appropriate for the display of their work.
Objective B: Curate and hang their work for exhibition.

Studio Art Minor (6 courses)

The heart of the studio art minor consists of four required courses:

FAS 110 Two-Dimensional Design 3 credits
FAS 130 Three-Dimensional Design 3 credits
FAS 120 Drawing I  3 credits
FAS 250 Studio Art Capstone 3 credits
Studio Art Electives:  2 courses 6 credits


Students further explore and deepen their art making skills through a combination of two elective courses in computer design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and/or sculpture.  

Prospective minors should consult the Studio Art program director..

Freshman Seminar: 

FYS 101 Special Topics Writing Intensive        3 credits
This writing-intensive studio art class requires students to look at, write about and create art works based on contemporary issues in art. Students will be exposed to local gallery exhibitions and will engage in the production and revision of 15 pages of polished prose that will be followed by the creation of art in a hands-on studio environment.
 
FAS 110 Two-Dimensional Design         3 credits
Investigation of the formal elements and principles of design in two dimensions. Hands-on studio environment with computer-based assignments will involve students in practical and creative solutions to design problems. (Field 3)  Fall, Spring 

FAS 120 Drawing I      3 credits
Investigation of the formal, material and historical fundamentals of drawing. Exercises with dry and wet media progress through perceptual rendering, collage, narrative and imaginative drawing. (Field 3)  Fall, Spring, Summer

FAS 130 Three-Dimensional Design   3 credits
Investigation of the formal elements and principles of design in three dimensions and their relationship with the space they occupy. Particular emphasis is placed on material and presentation. (Field 3) Fall, Spring, Summer

FAS 131 Sculpture I   3 credits
Emphasis on traditional techniques. Assignments cover specific materials (plaster, wood, styrofoam, metal, paper) and particular techniques (armature construction, wood working, riveting, mold making, papier mache). (Field 3)Prerequisite: 3D Design or portfolio review by instructor. Fall, Spring, Summer

FAS 140 Introduction to Still Photography     3 credits
Basic techniques of photography explored through the use of 35mm cameras and film. Emphasis on the development of black and white film and the visualization process of taking pictures. Prerequisite: 35mm camera with manual controls. (Field 3) Fall & Spring 

FAS 141 Digital Photography   3 credits
Review basic photo skills as they relate to the operation of  digital cameras. Students are introduced to the digital workflow using Photoshop to develop a personal style that is reflected in a printed and digital portfolio. Prerequisites: No prior photo experience, students must have a D-SLR camera (digital single lens reflex camera) (Field 3)  Fall, Spring, Summer

FAS 142 Travel Photography  3 credits
Learn how to navigate location shoots and capture the spirit of the specific culture in front of you. Find the right location shots, maximize the light situations regardless of climate or time of day and learn proper ethical behavior for photojournalists. Review basic camera operations for both film and digital picture taking. (Field 3)  Summer 

FAS 150 Color   3 credits
Combines in-depth color theory with actual design and composition making learned through traditional studio set-ups and contemporary computer applications. (Field 3)  Fall

FAS 151 Personal and Political Art   3 credits
Course engages students in the interplay between personal modes of artistic expression and political concerns in art. Contemporary mixed media and installation art will be primary considerations. Drawing, painting and collage will be the principal media.  (Field 3)

FAS 160 Printmaking I   3 credits
Introduction to the history and processes of basic printmaking including relief printing, monoprints, pronto plate lithography, ‘image-on’ intaglio and other photo-sensitive and non-toxic processes. Prerequisite: Drawing I or permission of instructor. (Field 3) Fall

FAS 161 Experimental Printmaking Techniques        3 credits
Introduces students to the history of printmaking as an art form. Students will explore alternative methods of mark-making and hand-printing without the use of toxic chemicals, acids or presses. This process incorporates drawing and design skills while exploring color relationships via the intrinsic nature of printmaking. (Field 3) Summer

FAS 162 Monotype Techniques     3 credits
Introduction to and concentration on monotype, a combination of printmaking and painting. This process utilizes drawing, painting and design skills.Prerequisite: Drawing I or permission of instructor. (Field 3)  Spring

FAS 170 Painting I   3 credits
Investigation of the formal, material and historical fundamentals of painting. Exercises in watercolor and acrylic paint progress through grisaille, monochromatic, limited palette and full palette treatments of subject matters. (Field 3) Spring, Summer

FAS 220 Drawing II   3 credits
Deals with conceptual and perceptual issues of representation. Emphasis is on finding a more personal and creative vision. Artwork, readings, gallery visits, critiques and discussions included. Prerequisites: Drawing I.  (Field 3)  Fall, Spring

FAS 222 Figure Drawing I         3 credits
In-depth work with human figure as primary subject matter.  Students work from model for half the semester.  Emphasis on anatomical structures and expressive use of figure in composition-making. Work in range of media. Students also work on independent, personal projects using figure. (Field 3) Fall

FAS 231 Clay Studio             3 credits
Course emphasizes the basic process of clay modeling and mold making in plaster. Beginning with hand-built sculptural forms, students progress to realistic clay modeling that will be completed by making a mold and casting in plaster. (Field 3)

FAS 240 Color Photography       3 credits
Explores the basic concepts and techniques of color photography using both traditional silver-based media and the digital studio. Prerequisites: Intro Photo or approval of instructor, digital or 35 mm. camera w/ manual controls.(Field 3)

FAS 241 Intermediate Photography         3 credits
In-depth study of advanced digital photographic workflow including color management, visual interpretation of the digital negative and the application of artificial light in the studio and field. Prerequisite: Intro Photo or portfolio review with instructor; 35mm digital single lens reflex camera with manual controls.  (Field 3)

FAS 250 Studio Art Capstone      3 credits
The culmination of a studio art minor, students put together a portfolio and create a body of work or installation for exhibit in the gallery. The portfolio includes work from the other three required minor courses and new work created for the capstone project. Prerequisite: 2D Design, Draw I and 3D Design or permission of instructor. Spring 

FAS 260 Printmaking II              3 credits
A continuation of printmaking processes learned in Printmaking I. Students experience a more self-guided studio environment where they are expected to build upon the techniques and processes learned in Printmaking I and expand on them in the form of practice and experimentation. Personal style and conceptual direction begin to develop alongside process. Prerequisite: Printmaking I  (Field 3)  Spring 

FAS 270 Painting II            3 credits
Students consider further technical and conceptual issues of representation and abstraction. Goal is a more personal and creative vision. Artwork, readings, gallery visits, critiques and discussions included. Prerequisites: 2D Design and Painting I  (Field 3)  As needed.

FAS 271 Landscape Painting          3 credits
Photo-based and open air painting will be the focus of this course. Students will also consider critical issues and trends in landscape painting and representation. Issues will include urban vs. natural scenes, panoramic and close-up composition making, and imagined, abstracted and perceptually observed subject matter. Prerequisite: 2D Design, Drawing I or Painting I preferred (Field 3)

FAS 322 Figure Drawing II         3 credits
Further work with human figure as primary subject matter. Students work from model for half the semester.  Review anatomical structures and continue with expressive use of figure in composition-making. Work in range of media. Students also work on independent, personal projects using figure.Prerequisite: Figure Drawing I  (Field 3) 

FAS 370 Figure Painting III           3 credits
Students work primarily from models for portrait and full figure painting compositions. Formal, technical issues are stressed. Conceptual and contemporary issues concerning the human figure are also significant considerations. Prerequisite: Figure Drawing II or Painting II preferred. (Field 3)  As needed.

FAS 499 Independent Study in Studio Art          3 credits
Independent studies allow in-depth study of a specific topic and are most often reserved for seniors who cannot otherwise fulfill a graduation requirement. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor, department chair and associate dean.

 

Dance Minor

The dance minor is created in conjunction with the highly acclaimed Neglia Ballet Artists of Buffalo, recognized for its high level of classical training. Open to students of all levels of experience from beginner to advanced, the minor provides a solid foundation in dance through the development of technical and performance skills.  Courses are offered in technique, performance, choreography and dance history.  The main focus of the minor is ballet, with studio classes also offered in modern dance and Pilates. Studio training and performances take place at Neglia Ballet Studio in Buffalo and Canisius College will provide shuttle service to the site as needed.

Dance Minor Curriculum

FAD Required courses*  
FAD 101   Ballet 1
FAD 102   Ballet 2
FAD 110   Modern 1
FAD 120   Dance Appreciation
FAD 201   Ballet 3
     
FAD Electives: Choose 1 of the following courses  
FAD 105   Pilates®
FAD 111   Modern 2
FAD 202   Ballet 4
FAD 210   Choreography 1
FAD 310   Ballet 5
FAD 311   Ballet 6
FAD 320   Ballet Repertory

   
*With permission of instructor, students with previous dance experience can test out of one or more required courses, substituting an equal number of FAD electives.

Dance Courses

FAD 101 Ballet 1  3 credits
This class is a beginning level ballet technique course for students with little or no previous balletic experience. Emphasis will be on correct placement, body alignment and beginning principles of epaulment.  The class will consist of barre work, center floor work and traveling through space; observing dance; and learning terminology.  

FAD 102 Ballet 2  3 credits
This class is a continuation of the beginning level ballet technique course for students with some previous balletic experience.  The class will consist of barre work, center floor work and traveling through space; observing dance; and learning terminology.  Prerequisite: FAD 101 or permission of instructor

FAD 105 Pilates®  3 credits
This class is a beginning level course in the Pilates® method of body conditioning. It is a specialized exercise program that improves muscle control, flexibility, strength and conditioning allowing for the body to move more efficiently.

FAD 110 Modern 1 3 credits 
This class is a beginning level modern dance class. It will consist of warm-up,  center floor work and traveling through space; observing dance; learning  vocabulary and terminology. 

FAD 111 Modern 2  3 credits
This class is a beginning/intermediate level modern dance class. It will consist of warm-up, center floor work and traveling through space; observing dance; learning vocabulary and terminology. Prerequisite: FAD 110 or permission of instructor

FAD 120 Dance Appreciation  3 credits
This course is designed to acquaint the student with basic movement principles and historical aspects in the realm of western concert dance. Students will examine the different eras of ballet throughout history and have the opportunity to physically explore the established ballet vocabulary and other influential movement styles.

FAD 201 Ballet 3  3 credits
This class is an intermediate level ballet course for students with previous training. Continued emphasis will be placed on correct placement, body alignment, epaulment and expanding movement vocabulary. The class will consist of barre work, center floor work and traveling through space; observing dance; and learning terminology.  Prerequisite: FAD 102 or permission of instructor

FAD 202 Ballet 4  3 credits
This class is a continuation of intermediate level ballet course.  The class will consist of warm-up, center floor work and traveling through space; observing dance; and learning terminology. Prerequisite: FAD 201

FAD 210 Choreography 1 3 credits
This class is a beginning level choreography course with an emphasis on combining movements and shaping movement phrases to develop solos and group pieces.  Students will explore rhythm, musical phrasing, dynamics and the use of space. Basic types of theme and variation, repetition and canon will be introduced. Prerequisite: FAD 102 or permission of instructor

FAD 310 Ballet 5 3 credits
This class is a continuation of intermediate/advanced level ballet course.  The class will consist of warm-up, center floor work and traveling through space; observing dance; and learning terminology. Prerequisite: FAD 202

FAD 311 Ballet 6 3 credits
This class is a continuation of intermediate/advanced level ballet course.  The class will consist of warm-up, center floor work and traveling through space; observing dance; and learning terminology.  Prerequisite: FAD 310

FAD 320 Ballet Repertory  3 credits
This course is for students who have an advanced level of ballet technique. It emphasizes strong technique as well as artistry.  Students perform roles in the Neglia Ballet Artists productions with professional dancers. Additional rehearsal hours required. Audition required