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For Faculty Advisors

The information below is intended to help faculty members learn more about the Fine Arts Foundation.

Requirement Objectives

The following is a list of objectives that you may find helpful when you’re preparing to submit a course to the CCC for approval.

Each Fine Arts Course must satisfy at least two out of the following required objectives:

  • Teach students specific skills necessary to engage in an art form, encouraging development through practical application.
  • Teach students ways of analyzing and interpreting works of art.
  • Examine historical developments in aesthetics and artistic creation, including how the arts and notions of the aesthetic are shaped by social, political, cultural, and technological change.
  • Analyze the creative processes through which works of art are produced.
  • Encourage students to examine the place of the arts and aesthetics in their own lives and communities, for instance, through reflection on their own cultural environment​​​

The Fine Arts Foundation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​To fulfill the Fine Arts Requirement, students must take one three-credit course chosen from core-designated courses, ordinarily in the fine arts.

​Why the Fine Arts?

The fine arts requirement reflects the importance of creative and artistic expression within the Dominican tradition and the Catholic faith. The Mission of Providence College requires that students are educated as moral, spiritual, and intellectual beings. To accomplish this goal, students must be provided with opportunities to engage directly with artistic activities as well as develop the aesthetic dimension of their minds and spirits. The fine arts core seeks to foster students’ understanding and appreciation of the arts and of the aesthetic in the human and natural world. It encourages students to reflect on aesthetics as a way of integrating the multifaceted dimensions of human experience. Through such reflection, students can develop a richer understanding of the meaning of life and of the moral and spiritual values that sustain it. It is also hoped that students are encouraged to develop life-long practices of arts appreciation and of considering the role of the aesthetic in broader human and social questions.

The fine arts requirement can be fulfilled through courses that emphasize the historical development of different forms of art, as well as those that emphasize hands-on student involvement in the creation of works of art, music, theatre, dance, or film. Regardless of emphasis, fine arts core courses should encourage the development of students’ critical appreciation of the arts, including an understanding of how historical changes have shaped the creative process and notions of the aesthetic. Where possible and relevant, core courses in the fine arts should seek to enrich students’ aesthetic experience by exposing them to the resources of the Rhode Island cultural community.

  
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AMS 120 (Early Hollywood) [Effective Fall 2013]Fine Arts Core RequirementAmerican Studies
AMS 121 (History of Film: Classic Hollywood & Beyond) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementAmerican Studies
AMS 206 (American Musical Theatre) [Effective Fall 2014]Fine Arts Core RequirementAmerican Studies
AMS 220 (Catholic Imagination & Hollywood Filmmakers) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementAmerican Studies
AMS 227 (History of Jazz) [Effective Fall 2013]Fine Arts Core RequirementAmerican Studies
AMS 301 (Development of North American Architecture) [Effective Fall 2013 for Fine Arts, Effective Spring 2016 for Civic Engagement]Fine Arts Core Requirement, Civic Engagement ProficiencyAmerican Studies
ARH 103 (Tribal and Village Art) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH 104 (Asian Art) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH 106 (Art History Survey) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt HistoryArt History, Studio Art
ARH 170 (Special Topics: Ceramics and Sculpture) [Effective Spring 2016]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH 200 (Art of the Ancient Classical World) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH 204 (Medieval Art and Architecture) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH 205 (Italian Renaissance Art) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH 209 (Modern Art) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH 301 (Development of North American Architecture) [Effective Fall 2012 for Fine Arts, Effective Spring 2016 for Civic Engagement]Fine Arts Core Requirement, Civic Engagement ProficiencyArt History
ARH 302 (19th century Art) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH 306: Baroque Art (effective Summer 2017)Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH 320 (Women in the Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts since 1960) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core Requirement, Diversity ProficiencyArt History
ARH 444 (Sacred Space in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) [Effective Fall 2013]Fine Arts Core Requirement, Diversity ProficiencyArt History
ARH 470 (Special Topics: Women and Mass Media) [Effective Spring 2015 semester]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH 470 (The Medici as Patrons of Art in Renaissance Italy) [Effective Fall 2016]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH 470 (The Rise of Greek Civilization) [Effective Fall 2013]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ARH470 (Special Topics: Silk Road Studies) [Effective Spring 2016]Fine Arts Core RequirementArt History
ART 101 (Visual Design I) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementStudio ArtStudio Art
ART 102 (Visual Design II) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementStudio Art
ART 108 (Digital Imaging: Desktop Publishing) [Effective Fall 2014]Fine Arts Core RequirementStudio Art
ART 111 (Drawing I) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementStudio Art
ART 121 (Sculpture I) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementStudio Art
ART 131 (Painting I) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementStudio Art
ART 141 (Monotype) [Effective Fall 2012]Fine Arts Core RequirementStudio Art
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