Fall 2018 Courses in the Rubenstein Arts Center
Over two dozen classes in art and architecture, film, video, dance, and more are offered in the Ruby classrooms and studios.
The Rubenstein Arts Center was designed with the arts in mind. This beautiful facility features an abundance of natural light, performance lighting systems in several studios, sound-proofing, dance-ready sprung floors, a student lounge—just to name a few of the tools in the Ruby that support the creative process. Scroll on to browse the Fall 2018 course offerings, and consider joining a class in the arts center while you are at Duke!
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- Art, Art History & Visual Studies
- Arts of the Moving Image
- Cultural Anthropology
- Documentary Studies
- Information Science + Studies
- MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts
- Theater Studies
Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Exploring Art and Architecture
ARTHIST 104 (full listing)
Neil McWilliam and Susanna Caviglia
Provides knowledge for developing skills in visual analysis and historical interpretation of art from antiquity to present; examines major theoretical frameworks, key movements and concepts; explores how we look at and talk about works of art, investigating a variety of approaches to their study, including artists and their material practices; biography, patrons and the public; built environment and cultural institutions; how the social and political roles of art change through time. Classrooom discussions complemented by visits to Nasher galleries and direct practice of visual analysis, critical theory, and role of changing histories in comprehension of art.
Crosslisted in Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Arts of the Moving Image
AMI 210.01 (full listing)
A historical survey of motion picture genre as a stylistic and narrative device, including comedy, horror, the musical, the western, and science fiction.
Moving Image Practice
AMI 301S.02 (full listing)
Film and digital video production in conjunction with the history and theory of these technologies. Students may produce work in 8mm, 16mm film and digital video and learn the basics of non-linear digital editing on Final Cut Pro.
Editing for Film & Video
AMI 357S.01 (full listing)
Theory and practice of film and video editing techniques. Exploration of traditional film cutting as well as digital non-linear editing. Exercises in narrative, documentary and experimental approaches to structuring moving image materials.
Graphic Design in Motion
AMI 381S.01 (full listing)
Raquel Salvatella De Prada
Motion design is the creation of animated graphics using graphic design, typography, advertising, photography, animation, sound and filmmaking. Emphasis will be on design, conceptualization and ability to communicate ideas and work collaboratively. Learn language and principles of graphic design by developing a method for solving design problems, communicating ideas effectively, and creating professional motion design such as title credits, logo animation, and newsreel that can be integrated into film, life performance or web. Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and video editing software will be used.
Capstone: Arts of Moving Image
AMI 499S.01 (full listing)
Culminating seminar for Arts of the Moving Image Program certificate students. Designed to allow students to complete their certificate with a finished project or advanced research in the field.
- Dancing States Of Mind (CULANTH 311S)
DANCE 105S (full listing)
Andrea Woods Valdéz
The basic elements of movement (time, space, weight, flow) and their choreographic applications explored through structured improvisation, short movement studies, viewing of videotaped dances, and selected readings. Experimentation with devices for movement manipulation and choreographic forms through longer movement studies. Prerequisite: a beginning level dance technique course (modern, ballet, jazz, or African) or consent of instructor.
Intelligence in Motion
DANCE 160 (full listing)
Focus on practice and performance of contemporary dance movement and classical/contemporary ballet utilizing somatic principals. Conducted in a workshop environment. Sessions will investigate deeper conceptual structures embedded in various somatic methods in relation to processing movement. Course is designed to increase proprioception and kinesthetic awareness and includes basic and complex injury prevention techniques.
Performing Sexual Health
DANCE 215 (full listing)
Service-Learning course exploring the history, theories, and strategies behind activist sexual health education theatre as it has been used locally and globally. Intensive training on sex, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and history of artists interventions to open urgent dialogues. Examination of humor, personal narrative, and non-judgmental, sex-positive approaches to open dialogue about sexual health by and for diverse communities. Students create and tour a live performance and workshop for high school students and also create short videos segments to be used by high school teachers in health classrooms.
Dancing States Of Mind
DANCE 309S.01 (full listing)
Practice-based studio work, discussion, and readings in current political discourse, System Theory, contemporary philosophy and cultural theory. Reveals the culturally constructed nature of dance in Western society—its manner of production, dissemination and aesthetics—and examines the consequences of the cultured flesh as a mode of propaganda. The cultivation of students’ radically subjective creativity, artistic experimentation, awareness, perception and expression, in order to understand and challenge the status quo; and to integrate abstract concepts into one’s own physical existence and redefine assumptions by moving right through them.
The Choreographic Mind
DANCE 370 (full listing)
Practice-based studio work, discussions, and readings in current cultural theory, contemporary philosophy, and political discourse. Introduces choreography as a creative act of structuring movement; interrogates culturally dominant as well as subversive modes of ordering; examines the wider social and political context and consequences of various forms of artificially created structures. The students’ radically subjective creativity, artistic experimentation, awareness, perception and expression is cultivated in order to understand and challenge the status quo and to create ‘relational artefacts’ through choreographic craft.
Dance Technique and Repertory
Elementary Modern Dance
DANCE 110 (full listing)
Technical and artistic training in the modern dance idiom through technique, improvisation and composition. First steps in developing skill, clarity and motivational intent as well as strength and flexibility. No previous dance experience necessary.
DANCE 120 (full listing)
Basic classical ballet technique, body alignment, vocabulary, and musicality for the absolute beginner. Barre and center exercises included.
DANCE 122 (full listing)
Barre work concentrating on body alignment and correct placement within the ballet vocabulary followed by center adagio and allegro sequences.
African Dance Tech I
DANCE 130 (full listing)
Introduction to African dance styles and related rhythmic structures from selected countries such as Guinea, Senegal, Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire. Taught in the context of their social, occupational, and religious functions.
Jazz Dance I
DANCE 140 (full listing)
No previous dance experience required.
Hip Hop I
DANCE 142 (full listing)
Hip-Hop, an inner-city culture that has created its own art, language, fashion, music and dance styles. This is a beginning level of Hip Hop dance. Using dance as a time-line the course explores the history, development and core elements of hip-hop dance culture.
DANCE 210 (full listing)
Increased complexity of movement sequences and greater emphasis on clarity of expression and quality of performance.
Adv. Intermediate ballet
DANCE 220 (full listing)
Greater complexity of barre and center sequences with increased emphasis on correctness of style and quality of performance.
African Dance Tech II
DANCE 230 (full listing)
Continuation of Dance 130. Dances from selected African ethnic groups providing increasingly complex movement sequences and rhythmic structures. Emphasis on greater technical proficiency, clarity of expression and quality of performance. Taught in the context of their social, occupational and religious functions.
DANCE 240 (full listing)
Advanced Modern Dance
DANCE 310 (full listing)
Andrea Woods Valdéz
Technical and artistic training in the modern dance idiom at an advanced level. Increased complexity of movement sequences and emphasis on clarity of expression, musicality, and quality of performance.
DANCE 320 (full listing)
Progression of Dance 220 with increased emphasis on line, style, and performance-level quality and technique. Diverse batterie, pirouettes, and tours included in allegro combinations.
Intensive Modern Dance
DANCE 410 (full listing)
Andrea Woods Valdéz
Intensive modern dance training at the Intermediate and advanced levels.
DANCE 412 (full listing)
The study of choreography and performance through participation in the mounting of a dance work from inception through rehearsal to performance. Consent of instructor required.
DANCE 420 (full listing)
Continuation of Dance 320. Daily training for the performing student at the advanced/professional level.
DANCE 422 (full listing)
The study of choreography and performance through participation in the mounting of a dance work from inception through rehearsal to performance. Separate enrollment in dance technique is required. Consent of instructor required.
- Editing for Film & Video (AMI 357S)
Information Science + Studies
- Editing for Film & Video (AMI 357S)
International Comparative Studies
- Dancing States Of Mind (ICS 309S)
MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts
MFAEDA Workshop and Critique
MFAEDA 720/722 (full listing)
A class that meets weekly for 3 hours to review, discuss and reflect on student work in-depth. Works critiqued will be both works-in-progress as well as finished projects. Guest scholars and visiting artists will join the class at times, bringing an ‘outside’ perspective to discussions. Students will also be assigned formal roles to lead weekly critiques.
- Dancing States Of Mind (THEATRST 309S)