Fine Arts Course Descriptions

The Definition of IAI GECC Humanities and Fine Arts
Specific course descriptions: IAI GECC Humanities

Courses can be taken from the same identifier as long as the course outcomes are different.
Shortcuts to course description subsections:
Performing ArtsVisual ArtsInterdisciplinary Arts
D - Courses designed specifically to examine aspects of human diversity within the United States.
N - Courses designed specifically to examine aspects of human diversity from a non-U.S./non-European perspective.


Performing Arts

F1900 : Music Appreciation(3 semester credits)

Introduction to representative music masterpieces through perceptive listening. Emphasis on the elements of music, various musical forms and periods, and great composers and performers.

F1901 : Music History and Literature I(3 semester credits)

The historical development of Western music, including various musical styles and periods, and the contributions of key composers, conductors and performers in shaping the Western musical tradition. Emphasizes concepts, structure, musical idioms and aesthetics.

F1902 : Music History and Literature II(3 semester credits)

This is a continuation of Music History and Literature I. See the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum (iTransfer Gen. Ed.) number F1 901.

F1903N : Non-Western Music(3 semester credits)

A study of representative music of the non-Western world, with an emphasis on its function within the culture of which it is a part.

F1904 : Introduction to American Music(3 semester credits)

Historical survey of the development and major cultural contributions of American music and composers, including classical, jazz and popular forms, within the context of the American culture of the time.

F1905D : Ethnic Traditions in American Music(3 semester credits)

A survey of various ethnic musical traditions as threads of influence on contemporary American musical culture. Selected African, Asian and European music is traced from its origins through its continuing role in shaping a pluralistic American culture.

F1906 : Appreciation of Dance as an Art Form(3 semester credits)

Study of dance forms from primitive times to the present. Compares ancient and modern dance forms and examines the contributions of individual dancers, dance companies and choreographers to cultural heritage.

F1907 : Theatre Appreciation(3 semester credits)

An introductory survey of theatre/drama as a performing art form. Includes study and analysis of historical, social, aesthetic and technical aspects of traditional and contemporary theatrical/dramatic expression.

F1908 : History of Theatre(3 semester credits)

The historical development of theatre and drama from its earliest ritual beginnings to contemporary dramatic literature. Includes: representative periods and styles, genres, key playwrights, aspects of technical production, social role and critical interpretation of major works.

F1909D : Ethnic Traditions in American Theatre(3 semester credits)

Examination of various dramatic expressions that reflect the experience and construction of racial or cultural minority identity in the United States.

F1910 : Opera Appreciation(3 semester credits)

Introduction to opera and its place in the history of music. Treats both textual and musical dimensions of the works analyzed. Examines as well the various forms, periods, composers and performers.

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Visual Arts

F2900 : Art Appreciation(3 semester credits)

A survey of the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and architecture) as they transmit cultural traditions and humanistic and aesthetic values. Examines historical, social and technological factors that contribute to understanding the function and meaning of works of art.

F2901 : History of Western Art I(3 semester credits)

The historical development of the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and architecture) in Western society, focusing on major artistic styles and movements. Examines works of art as expressions of the ideas and beliefs of artists within their cultural and social contexts. Policies on the acceptance of AP credit vary among academic programs and from institution to institution, so AP credit toward the GECC or major requirements is not guaranteed.  A score of 3 or higher on the AP Art History exam may be considered as equivalent to successful completion of postsecondary courses approved for IAI GECC F2 901. Feb 2016

F2902 : History of Western Art II(3 semester credits)

This is a continuation of History of Western Art I. See the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum (iTransfer Gen. Ed.) number F2 901. Policies on the acceptance of AP credit vary among academic programs and from institution to institution, so AP credit toward the GECC or major requirements is not guaranteed.  A score of 3 or higher on the AP Art History exam may be considered as equivalent to successful completion of postsecondary courses approved for IAI GECC F2 902. Feb 2016

F2903N : Non-Western Art(3 semester credits)

A survey of the visual arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and architecture) in selected non-Western societies. Examines works of art as expressions of the ideas and beliefs of artists within their cultural and social contexts.

F2904 : History of Photography(3 semester credits)

The historical development of photography as an art form from 1839 to the present, including critical analysis of types of photographs and aesthetic movements in photography. Examines photographs for their aesthetic and humanistic values, emphasizing photographs as expressions of the ideas and beliefs of photographers within their cultural and social contexts.

F2905 : Film History and Appreciation(3 semester credits)

RETIRED 12/30/03

NOTICE: The panel has decided to retire IAI Code F2905. The F2905 course description will remain on the system; however as of 12/30/03 it will no longer be an active IAI Category. The Panel has decided to add three new categories: F2908 Film Appreciation, F2909 Film History, and HF908 Film and Literature. Those courses that are currently assigned to F2905 Film History and Appreciation will remain active until the course has been officially reassigned to one of the three new IAI codes.


F2 905: Film History and Appreciation (3 semester credits)
A survey of film as an art form, emphasizing elements of visual story telling, aesthetics, differences among genres and criticism. Examines such techniques as pictorial composition, movement, sound, lighting and editing.

F2906D : Ethnic Traditions in American Art(3 semester credits)

Examination of selected visual art works (e.g., paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures) that express the experience and construction of racial and cultural minority identity.

F2907D : Art and Gender(3 semester credits)

Examination of selected visual art works (e.g., paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures) that express the experience and construction of gender identity. May emphasize a single art form.

F2908 : Film Appreciation(3 semester credits)

An introduction to film as an art form, emphasizing a study of the aesthetic and production elements of the medium, including narrative genres, directorial style, cinematography, acting, and editing.

F2909 : Film History(3 semester credits)

An international survey of the historical development of film, emphasizing a study of films and innovations in film production that have had significant influence on film as an art form.

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Interdisciplinary Arts

F9900 : Introduction to the Visual and Performing Arts(3 semester credits)

Interdisciplinary study of aesthetic expression in both the visual and the performing arts, emphasizing their inter-relationships and commonalities.

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Interdisciplinary Humanities and Fine Arts

Interdisciplinary humanities courses that encompass both the humanities and the fine arts may be used for either humanities or fine arts credit.

HF900 : Humanities Survey I(3 semester credits)

Thematic- or genre-based interdisciplinary study of selected works of art, music, literature and philosophy.

HF901 : Humanities Survey II(3 semester credits)

This is a continuation of Humanities Survey I. See the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum (iTransfer Gen. Ed.) number HF 900.

HF902 : Western Humanities I(3 semester credits)

Chronologically organized interdisciplinary survey of the significant intellectual, literary, philosophical, visual art, music and other performing art expressions from the major epochs of Western culture.

HF903 : Western Humanities II(3 semester credits)

This is a continuation of Western Humanities I. See the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum (iTransfer Gen. Ed.) number HF 902.

HF904N : Non-Western Humanities(3 semester credits)

Interdisciplinary survey of the significant intellectual and artistic achievements of several non-Western cultures through selected works of literature, philosophy, visual art, music and other performing arts, as well as a comparative examination of their values, motifs and aesthetics with those of Western cultural expression.

HF906D : American Ethnic Cultural Expression(3 semester credits)

Interdisciplinary study of art, architecture, music, literature, history and philosophy reflecting the cultural identity of American racial and ethnic minorities.

HF907D : Cultural Expression of Gender(3 semester credits)

Interdisciplinary study of art, architecture, music, literature, history and philosophy reflecting the cultural identity of gender.

HF908 : Film and Literature(3 semester credits)

A study of formal, thematic, and/or historical relationships between literary and cinematic forms, including examination of adaptations and influences that demonstrate the strengths of each artistic medium.

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Interdisciplinary Humanities/Fine Arts and Social/Behavioral Sciences

HS900 : Interdisciplinary Humanities/Fine Arts & Social/Behavioral Sciences I(3 semester credits)

RETIRED: 08/15/2020 - Courses that combine thematic-or genre-based study in both humanities and fine arts with study in one or more social or behavioral sciences. Completion of both HS 900 and HS 901 (6 credits) are necessary to receive credit toward the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC).

Interdisciplinary courses are those that integrate two or more disciplines. Courses will be survey in nature, broad in scope, and foundational in the sense that they provide students with a basis for intellectual development and further study in the various disciplines. The relationship between the disciplines will be made explicit in the course. Textbooks and reading from those disciplines will be a significant part of the course, and methods of instruction may include instructors from more than one of the disciplines teaching jointly. On satisfactory completion of an interdisciplinary course, students will:

- derive a balance of the concepts, theories, methods, and conclusions of each discipline, and,

- gain an understanding of two or more of the disciplines covered.

Reviewed Fall 2017 - Panel Retired Descriptor - 3 Courses Retired and Institutions Notified

HS901 : Interdisciplinary Humanities/Fine Arts & Social/Behavioral Sciences II(3 semester credits)

RETIRED 08/15/2020:  Courses that combine thematic-or genre-based study in both humanities and fine arts with study in one or more social or behavioral sciences. Completion of both HS 900 and HS 901 (6 credits) are necessary to receive credit toward the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC).

Interdisciplinary courses are those that integrate two or more disciplines. Courses will be survey in nature, broad in scope, and foundational in the sense that they provide students with a basis for intellectual development and further study in the various disciplines. The relationship between the disciplines will be made explicit in the course. Textbooks and reading from those disciplines will be a significant part of the course, and methods of instruction may include instructors from more than one of the disciplines teaching jointly. On satisfactory completion of an interdisciplinary course, students will:

- derive a balance of the concepts, theories, methods, and conclusions of each discipline, and,

- gain an understanding of two or more of the disciplines covered.

Reviewed Fall 2017 - Panel Retired Descriptor - 1 Course Retired and Institution Notified 

HS902 : Interdisciplinary Humanities/Fine Arts & Social/Behavioral Sciences III(3 semester credits)

RETIRED 08/15/2020:  Courses that combine thematic-or genre-based study in both humanities and fine arts with study in one or more social or behavioral sciences. Completion of both HS 902 and HS 903 (6 credits) are necessary to receive credit toward the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC).

Interdisciplinary courses are those that integrate two or more disciplines. Courses will be survey in nature, broad in scope, and foundational in the sense that they provide students with a basis for intellectual development and further study in the various disciplines. The relationship between the disciplines will be made explicit in the course. Textbooks and reading from those disciplines will be a significant part of the course, and methods of instruction may include instructors from more than one of the disciplines teaching jointly. On satisfactory completion of an interdisciplinary course, students will:

- derive a balance of the concepts, theories, methods, and conclusions of each discipline, and,

- gain an understanding of two or more of the disciplines covered.

Reviewed Fall 2017 - Panel Retired Descriptor - 1 Course Retired and Institution Notified

HS903 : Interdisciplinary Humanities/Fine Arts & Social/Behavioral Sciences IV(3 semester credits)

RETIRED 08/15/2020:  Courses that combine thematic-or genre-based study in both humanities and fine arts with study in one or more social or behavioral sciences. Completion of both HS 902 and HS 903 (6 credits) are necessary to receive credit toward the IAI General Education Core Curriculum (GECC).

Interdisciplinary courses are those that integrate two or more disciplines. Courses will be survey in nature, broad in scope, and foundational in the sense that they provide students with a basis for intellectual development and further study in the various disciplines. The relationship between the disciplines will be made explicit in the course. Textbooks and reading from those disciplines will be a significant part of the course, and methods of instruction may include instructors from more than one of the disciplines teaching jointly. On satisfactory completion of an interdisciplinary course, students will:

- derive a balance of the concepts, theories, methods, and conclusions of each discipline, and,

- gain an understanding of two or more of the disciplines covered.

Reviewed Fall 2017 - Panel Retired Descriptor - 1 Course Retired and Institution Notified

 

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