Fall 2019 Courses at the Rubenstein Arts Center
Browse the Fall 2019 course offerings and consider joining a class in the arts center while you are at Duke!
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 2019 course offerings, and consider joining a class in the arts center while you are at Duke!
Explore the Courses
- Art, Art History & Visual Studies
- Arts of the Moving Image
- Asian & Middle East Studies
- Documentary Studies
- Global Health
- Information Science + Studies
- International Comparative Studies
- MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts
- Theater Studies
Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Exploring Art and Architecture
ARTHIST 104 (full listing)
Edward Triplett 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
- History of Documentary Film (VMS 265)
- Silent Film (ARTSVIS 208S / VMS 208S)
- Film Genres (VMS 220)
- Moving Image Practice (VMS 261S)
- Sound for Film and Video (ARTSVIS 350S / VMS 339S)
Arts of the Moving Image
History of Documentary Film
AMI 202.01 (full listing)
Introduction to the history, theory, and styles of nonfiction film and video. Transformation in technologies and their influence on form, from actuality films to contemporary digital documentaries. Documentary’s marginal status and surprising commercial appeal; the mixing of fiction and nonfiction strategies in cultural construction. Use of documentary as a tool for exploring individual identity, filmmaker/subject relationships, and fomenting political change.
AMI 208S.01 (full listing)
Thomas B. Whiteside
The first thirty-five years of cinema as an emerging art form and mode of communication. Aesthetic, technical, and cultural aspects of the medium will be considered in historical context, from nineteenth-century experiments to nascent narrative conventions and the first disruptive avant-garde movements. Focus is on close reading of relevant films.
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.
Writing the Movie
AMI 306S.01 (full listing)
Cole L. Russing
Theory and practice of the process of writing for the screen. Exploration of visual storytelling; analysis of screenplays and movies; developing original stories into screenplay format. Projects: writing and presenting treatments, outlines and scenes.
Sound for Film and Video
AMI 350S.02 (full listing)
Theory and practice of sound recording techniques and strategies for film and video. Focus on sound/image relationship, sound design and sound acquisition. Screenings and readings will reinforce practice exercises.
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.
Capstone: Arts of the 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.
Asian & Middle East Studies
- Dance and Dance Theater of Asia (AMES 246)
Introduction to Dance
DANCE 101.01 (full listing)
Dance as a reflection of historical and current cultural values. Introduction to some of the major forms of world dance (for example, classical dances of Europe, Asia and Africa, and American modern dance); how dance forms illuminate and define gender, personal and group identity, political and religious status, aesthetic values, and the intentions of the dance-makers; dance as an educative force, a facilitator of cultural acquisition, and a reflection of cultural change; the function of dance in various cultural settings; how to look at dance, to analyze movement, and to read the text of dance structure.
DANCE 151 (full listing)
Practice course to experience the components of Kundalini Yoga – breath work (pranayam), movement, postures (asanas, mudras), focus techniques (meditation, drishti), use of sound current (mantra), and relaxation techniques. For a more intensive study of Kundalini Yoga that includes practice, lecture, writing and discussion, see full credit course Dance 357L.
Performing Sexual Health
DANCE 215S.01 (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.
Dance and Dance Theater of Asia
DANCE 356.01 (full listing)
Asian dance and dance theater performance genres and the cultural aesthetics that inform them. Cultural traditions of China, Korean, Japan, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Cambodia. Religious, ritual, folk and royal court forms of artistic performance. The mythology, legends and symbolic interpretations that underlie the thematic core of these performance traditions; spiritual importance of disciplined training; the intercultural translation and adaptation of Asian performance disciplines to the West.
Capstone Seminar: Distinction Project
DANCE 499S.01 (full listing)
A substantial historical, analytical, empirical or theoretical paper of 30-50 pages in length, or a major choreographic or performance project with a written component of 15-25 pages in length that analyzes and elucidates the project’s conceptual, thematic and technical aspects.
Theories Of Corporeality
DANCE 771S.01 (full listing)
This graduate reading seminar explores theoretical frames for articulating the social, political, cultural, phenomenological and economic significance of the body. Course literature draws significantly although not exclusively from dance and performance research to consider a wide range of approaches to corporeality studies. Required reading, viewing of performance texts, and guest presentations, and workshops draw surgical attention to the body as a discursive site and to performance as a site of embodied power and potential resistance. Students contribute knowledge across a range of graduate writing genres. Course culminates in the creation of an original research project.
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.
Capoeira: Dance and Martial Art
DANCE 131 (full listing)
Introduction to Capoeira, the dynamic art form that emerged in Brazil during the era of the Atlantic Slave Trade and blends music, ritual, acrobatic movement, and combat.
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.
Intermediate Modern Dance
DANCE 210 (full listing)
Andrea Woods Valdéz
Increased complexity of movement sequences and greater emphasis on clarity of expression and quality of performance.
Advanced 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.
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)
Andrea Woods Valdéz
The study of choreography and performance through participation in the mounting of a dance work from inception through rehearsal to performance.
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.
DANCE 442 (full listing)
Study of choreography and performance through participation in the mounting of a dance work in the jazz idiom from inception through rehearsal to performance. Separate enrollment in dance technique is required.
- History of Documentary Film (DOCST 107)
- Silent Film (DOCST 208S)
- Sound for Film and Video (DOCST 353S)
- Editing for Film & Video (DOCST 288S)
- Writing the Movie (ENGLISH 225S)
- Performing Sexual Health (GLHLTH 216S)
Information Science + Studies
- Editing for Film & Video (ISS 248S)
International Comparative Studies
- Film Genres (LIT 220)
MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts
MFAEDA Critique III
MFAEDA 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.
- Theories Of Corporeality (MUSIC 771S)
- Dance and Dance Theater of Asia (RELIGION 241)