Topics/Series Courses

A topics course is one that is not regularly offered at the University of Lethbridge. Departments may use topics courses to try out a new course that they are considering regularizing, or for faculty to offer courses related to their research. Series courses are a group of courses within a certain genre and the offering changes every semester.  You may take multiple topics and series courses for credit as long as each offering is distinct (i.e. having significantly different titles).

If you have any questions about topics courses, please contact the Fine Arts Advising Office (W660).

Summer and Fall 2022 - Topics/Series Courses

Summer 2022

Introduction to Ceramic Art

ART 2850 A
3.0 Credit Hours
This course will explore approaches to working with ceramic materials in a fine arts context. Basic construction methods and surface design techniques will be taught alongside discussions of contemporary theoretical approaches to working with ceramics. Special attention will be given to assisting students with strategies for incorporating ceramics into their individual art practices.

Drawing: Exploring Traditional Techniques and Methods

ART 2850 B
3.0 Credit Hours
This course explores traditional techniques and methods in drawing, with an emphasis on observational study and representation. Utilizing the elements of design, subjects include still life study encompassing geometric and organic forms, environmental and interior space, landscape, and the human figure. This course is suitable for students of all levels, from those who want an introduction to basic materials and techniques, to those who would benefit from a chance to further develop their drawing skills in a relaxed, supportive environment.

Fall 2022

Textile Art Studio (Embodied Textiles)

ART 3015 B
3.0 Credit Hours

Textile Art Studio (Embodied Textiles) will provide experience in a wide range of fibre material practices through hands-on workshops. Students will engage in a series of thematic projects in textile art with a focus on the embodied, performative and communicative aspects of textiles.


Prerequisite(s):  Four of: [Art 2005 or Art 2006], Art 2010, Art 2015, Art 2023, Art 2027, Art 2033, [Art 2060 or Art 2061], or Art 2350/Indigenous Studies 2350 AND 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours)

Senior Studio I & II

ART 4048 & 4049
6.0 Credit Hours
The following instructors will be available as supervising faculty members for the above mentioned classes in Fall 2022:
  • Jackson 2Bears
Students who register for these courses will interview with each of the supervising faculty members to determine which faculty member will be their instructor of record.  Students must ensure they are registered in the correct section of the course with their assigned instructor by the end of the add/drop period.

Experimental Cinema and Artist's Videos

ARHI 3151
3.0 Credit Hours

This course surveys the history of artist-produced experimental cinema and video art. Students will be exposed to examples of film as art from its origins in the Dada, Surrealist, Expressionist, and Constructivist movements of the 1920s through to later developments of the 1960s and 70s. Artist videos will be considered from their beginnings in the late 1960s through to the present day. 

Prerequisite(s): Art History 1002 or Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Critical Issues in Contemporary Indigenous Art

ARHI 3152 A
3.0 Credit Hours

This course examines current critical issues in contemporary Indigenous art and visual culture from across the settler-colonial areas of North American, as well as Australia and New Zealand. We will explore how Indigenous arts are understood in the communities in which they are made, how indigenous artworks have been understood in Western art historical discourse and museum exhibitions, as well as the relationship between “historic” and “contemporary” indigenous arts. This course will investigate the recent role of indigenous art in the questioning of identity and self-representation, decolonization, sovereignty, self-determination, and anti-colonial resistance. The course will rely heavily on course readings and class participation, structured like a seminar it is organized both thematically and geographically in order to address the specific concerns of the land, visual culture, survivance, and Indigeneity

Prerequisite(s): One of Art History 1001, Art History 1002, or Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)


Summer 2022

Shakespeare for the Intimidated

DRAM 3850 Y (Calgary Campus)
3.0 Credit Hours

A performance-based approach to the study of Shakespeare. We will engage in a variety of activities and presentations to make the text relevant and bring it to life. We will view and analyze stage and film productions of the plays as well as study their historical context.

Prerequisites: Completion of 15 University courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours) or admission to the Post Diploma program.



Fall 2022

Puppet Design and Creation

DRAM 3821 A
3.0 Credit Hours

Scenic Painting

DRAM 3821 B
3.0 Credit Hours
An introduction to the techniques, materials and methods used in theatrical scene painting.
Prerequisites: Drama 1000 and Drama 2810, OR Art 2023
Recommended background: Drama 2825


Technical Theatre for Teachers

DRAM 3850 A
3.0 Credit Hours
Creating a strong foundation for technical theatre in school settings, course focuses on technical theatre in education both in the classroom and also on the school stage. Course reviews and practically works with common theatre systems, technologies, and equipment used by the instructor who needs to know and do it all including scenery, costumes, lighting, and sound. Learn to build a flat, sew a seam, connect a microphone, hang a stage light, and more from the perspective of a drama educator or any "non-technician" while exploring techniques to guide students working behind the scenes.
Prerequisites: Drama 2810

Fall 2022

Technical Ear Training

MUSI 2850 A
3.0 Credit Hours
The aim of this course is to thoroughly understand the relationship between technical parameters and the perceived qualities of sound. Audio engineers must develop the skill to diagnose problematic sonic artifacts in recordings. They also need to identify potential causes and find solutions to overcome them. Therefore, students will learn to translate between control parameters, for example frequency in Hertz, or sound level in decibels, and their perceptions of timbre and loudness in audio signals. The goals are to develop a heightened awareness of subtle features and attributes of sound, as well as a greater ability to make judgements about changes in sound quality that are based on small changes in signal processing. Topics of this course include tonal balance and equalization, reverberation, dynamic range control, distortion and noise, and sound analysis.

History of Rock and Roll to 1970

MUSI 3200 A
3.0 Credit Hours
This course is designed to give the student a historical overview of the development of rock ‘n roll from its roots up until the end of the 60’s. This will be presented in a chronological manner, beginning with a brief overview of rock ‘n roll’s ancestors and influences. It will go on to study the musical and cultural melting pot of the 1950’s, followed by the effects of the British Invasion of the 60’s. A discussion of developments occurring in North America following the British Invasion will be the culminating point of this class.
Prerequisite: 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours) - as per calendar
Equivalent: Music 3200 – History of Rock and Roll: 1948-1970
NOTE: Not counted in the 16-course Arts & Science major or the core courses in the B.Mus. degree.
NOTE: Students with credit in Music 2850 (History of Rock ‘n Roll), 2850 (3850) (Popular Music in the 20th Century) or 3010 cannot receive credit for the same offering in the Music 3200 series.
NOTE: Credit is not allowed for MUSI 3200 - History of Rock & Roll to 1970 and MUSI 3200 History of Rock and Roll: 1948-1970 or MUSI 3200 – History of Rock and Roll

Indigenous Music as Political Thought

MUSI 3850 A
3.0 Credit Hours

This course will draw on critical Indigenous theory to examine ways in which contemporary Indigenous musics intersect with the political sphere. Themes addressed will include music as a commentary on relations of power; music as an agent of change; music as a space for protest and resistance; and music as an articulation of resurgence.  

Summer 2022

Developing Media for Children

NMED 4850 A
3.0 Credit Hours

Through brainstorming activities, prototyping, and field-testing with representatives of the target audience, students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to design and develop educational apps for mobile devices to be used in a K-12 classroom.

Prerequisites: New Media 3380 and New Media 3520 OR Computer Science 3770