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 certian 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 & Fall 2020 Topics/Series Courses

SUMMER 2020

Summer Session I

Introduction to Ceramic Art

ART 2850 OLB
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.

 

Low-Tech Printmaking

ART 2850 OLC
3.0 Credit Hours

Low-Tech Printmaking is intended as an introduction to printmaking using safe and accessible materials at home or in a small studio environment. Students will learn traditional and non-traditional techniques including pochoir (stencil), frottage (rubbing), stamping, collagraph and relief printing. These are techniques that do not require access to a press or the use of power tools.  Readings, lectures, video demonstrations and assigned projects will all be delivered online.

 

Art and Architecture in Calgary

ARHI 3255 YOL (Calgary Campus)
3.0 Credit Hours

This course will provide an introduction to the rapidly evolving landscape of contemporary art and architecture in Calgary. Topics will include the success and controversy of Calgary's Public Art Program, the role of public art in the East Village renewal project, and investigation of recent high-profile projects such as Santiago Calatrava's Peace Bridge, Norman Foster's The Bow and Jaume Plensa's Wonderland, which have raised Calgary's profile as a contemporary design destination. The course will consist of lectures, walking tours and visits to current art, architecture and design exhibitions, augmented by guest speakers on selected topics.

NOTE:  Not counted in the 15-course Arts & Science Art major or the 27 core courses in the BFA
NOTE:  Prerequisites: Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours) or in the Post  Diploma program.
 

FALL 2020

Advanced Studio

ART 3040
6.0 Credit Hours
 

The following instructors will be available as supervising faculty members for the above mentioned classes in Spring 2020:

  • Dagmar Dahle
  • Don Gill

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.

 

Senior Studio

Art 4048 & 4049
6.0 Credit Hours
 

The following instructors will be available as supervising faculty members for the above mentioned classes in Spring 2020:

  • Dagmar Dahle
  • Don Gill

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.

SUMMER 2020

Summer Session I

Shakespeare for the Intimidated

DRAM 3850 YOL
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 2020

Stage Makeup

DRAM 3821 A
3.0 Credit Hours

An introduction to the history, practice and design aesthetic of stage makeup while learning about products, tools and application techniques, as well as exploring the process of character development through makeup design.

NOTE: Students who have taken DRAM 2830 - Stage Makeup cannot take DRAM 3821 - Stage Makeup for credit.
 

FALL 2020

Seminar in Jazz History

Music 3000 A
3.0 Credit Hours

This course provides a comprehensive overview of jazz history, covering the major jazz styles and important musicians that have pioneered this music. We will trace jazz from its infancy, beginning in New Orleans and will highlight how this music has developed through the years and has grown into various sub-genres. Some of the styles that will be covered include: Early Jazz, Swing Era, Bebop, Cool and Fusion.

Other topics will include learning important jazz terminology, becoming acquainted with the preeminent jazz artists within each style, and most importantly analyzing how jazz has evolved and inspired other music genres since early in the twentieth-century. We will connect the important stylistic periods of the past and trace the various directions these trends have gone since. This course will provide students the opportunity to broaden their understanding and appreciation of this diverse music form. This course provides a broad overview of jazz history, covering the major jazz styles and important musicians that have pioneered this music. We will trace jazz from its infancy, beginning in New Orleans and will highlight how this music has developed through the years and has grown into various sub-genres.

Prerequisites: Music 3460 – Theory IV 
 

History of Rock & Roll to1970

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)
Equivalent: Music 3200 – History of Rock and Roll: 1948-1970
NOTE: Not counted toward required Music 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.
 
 

Gender in Music Production

Music 3850 
3.0 Credit Hours
 
This course focuses on alternative processes of music and sound creation that tackle the patriarchal structure of the Western classical and popular music industries. These processes will empower students to incorporate collaborative principles, improvisation techniques, and feminist approaches into their own artistic practices. Students can enroll in this course as audio engineers or composers or music performers. The teaching methods alternate lectures followed by class discussions, and students’ presentations based on reading and experiential learning.
 

SUMMER 2020

Summer Session I

Design Thinking and Creativity

NMED 3850 OLA
3.0 Credit Hours

This course investigates the application of design thinking in the pursuit of creative, innovative, efficient and responsible solutions to contemporary problems in various contexts. Topics include industrial and product design, architecture and urban planning, system and interface design, and design related topics in classical philosophy, contemporary politics, behaviour economics, and social psychology

Prerequisites: New Media 2040 OR a minimum of 45.0 credit hours

 

PROMOTE YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE

Using Mobile Video 

FA 1850 A
1.0 Credit Hours
5 Weeks (May 6 - June 3)
 
Learn the foundations and techniques of digital video creation as you make compelling videos using only your smartphone!
 

By 2022, online video will make up ​82% of all consumer internet traffic — 15 times higher than it was in 2017​. This course grapples with a growing industry that is being disrupted by mobile technology that is empowering creators to record, edit and distribute high-quality video without the need for a professional camera or powerful computer.

This online series of interactive studio sessions will help you develop the technical and practical skills in mobile videography and editing which can enable you to join a new generation of content creators.

 

Using Graphic Design

FA 1850 B
1.0 Credit Hours
5 Weeks (July 7 - Aug 4)
 

Learn the foundations and techniques of graphic design as you create images that help improve your online presence.

Social media is enabling compelling new possibilities for individuals and businesses to express themselves online. This course approaches graphic design as a practice being disrupted by the rapid growth of online image sharing platforms like Instagram, which is projected to have 125 million active users by 2023.

This online series of interactive studio sessions will help you develop the theoretical and technical skills which can enable you to join a new generation of content creators.

 

Creating a Landing Page 

FA 1850 C
1.0 Credit Hours
5 Weeks (July 9 - Aug 6)
 

Understand the role of content management systems (CMS) as you create a beginner website with the aim of improving online presence.

The web-development industry has been disrupted by platforms like Wordpress and Squarespace, which allow anyone to build professional-looking websites without an advanced understanding of web programming. This beginner course is a survey of open vs. closed source CMS platforms, website hosting, themes, content strategies and plugins. Students will apply their knowledge in the creation of a simple page with the goal of improving their online presence.