Arts in Context (CA 270)

Arts in Context explores the mutual illumination of literature and the arts as expressive languages, reflecting cultural and intellectual concepts in the air at the time they were made. The course addresses aesthetic issues as well as modern and postmodern arts and ideas.

Arts in Context is an interdisciplinary comparative arts course focusing on the interrelations of the arts. The objectives of Comparative Arts courses are:
  1. To introduce art students to the fundamental properties of different art forms through a consideration of the commonalities and differences that exist between them.
  2. To encourage art students to widen their frame of reference by considering themes of human experience garnered from the multiple perspectives of several art forms or from the examination of other cultures and historical periods.
  3. To stimulate art students to think of the separate arts as expressive languages, each with its own creative potential and limitations.
  4. To afford art students the opportunity to expand their artistic vocabulary and their vision by exploring the other arts for ideas in the making of innovative visual images and designs.
  5. To expose art students to the other arts either through attendance at cultural events presented in Sarasota or through audiovisual means in the classroom.

The course addresses the following RCAD and NASAD learning outcomes:

RCAD Competencies
  1. Effective skills in oral communication
  2. Ability to discern artistic merit in diverse forms of art/design in their contexts
  3. Understanding of differences in cultures and societies
  4. Practice in collaboration
  5. Self directed learning
NASAD competencies
  1. Understanding of and experience in art forms other than the visual arts and design
  2. Ability to address culture and history from a variety of perspectives
  3. Ability to respect, understand and evaluate work in a variety of disciplines
  4. Increasiing understanding across a broad range of culture and history
  5. Awareness of differneces and commonalities regarding work in artistic and humanistic realms
  6. Understand and evaluate contemporary thinking about art and design
  7. Ability to think, speak and write clearly and effectively

By the end of this course you should have a better understanding of how the separate disciplines of the arts resonate with each other, reflecting cultural and intellectual ideas in the air at the time they were made. You should also have a better grasp of the history of aesthetics, including the modern and postmodern eras.

Mann, Death in Venice
Ward, Postmodernism

Fitts and Fitzgerald, The Oedipus Cycle

Each week you will be given an instruction sheet listing assignments for the following week. It is important that these assignments be completed on time. Late assignments will not be accepted unless accompanied by a written medical excuse signed by a doctor or a letter from the Academic Advisor explaining the delay. Written assignments should be typed on standard typing paper. Your final grade will be based upon several quizes and a paper (50%) plus a joint oral presentation with accompanying sentence outline (50%). You will be given more details about the oral presentation and sentence outline as well as the standards by which they will be assessed as the semester progresses.

The following grading scale will be used in assessing the quality of your work.

Under no circumstances will you be permitted to make up a quiz unless you have a very serious reason for missing it. Medical reasons require a written excuse from a doctor or a hospital stating that you were unable to take a test on the day it was given. If you miss a test for another legitimate reason, you will be required to provide supporting evidence explaining your absence. In either case, you must call me at 351-3808 on the day of the test to let me know that you will be unable to take it. By remaining in this course, you are agreeing to this policy.

If you miss an exam for an unacceptable reason, you will receive zero credit for the exam.

Upon arrival, you should immediately pull your attendance card from the alphabetized box at the entrance to the classroom. It is your responsibility to see that the card is handed to me at the end of class. Failure to turn in your card will result in a recorded absence; loss of your card will result in a two cut penalty.

Because late arrivals are disruptive, your are expected to be in class on time. If you arrive after the attendance box has been put away, you will be marked absent for the day.

Since this class meets just once a week for a period of three hours, it is expecially important that you try to attend each and every session. Nevertheless, you are entitled to two absences without penalty during the semester. A total of three absences, however, will result in an automatic drop in your final grade by one letter and four absences by two letters. If you miss five or more classes for any reason, you will not receive a passing grade in this course. Absences due to sickness are excused but must be accompanied by a written statement from your doctor.

It is a form of academic thievery to steal another persons writing or visual work and claim it as your own. The penalty for plagiarism is automatic failure.

Ringling College of Art and Design makes reasonable accommodations for qualified students with documented disabilities. If you have a learning disability, a chronic illness, or a physical or psychiatric disability that may have some impact on your work for this class and for which you may need accommodations, you should notify the Director of the Academic Resource Center (Student Center, 2nd floor at 359-7627) before the end of the drop/add period so that appropriate adjustments can be made.

Ringling College of Art and Design is committed to providing students, faculty and staff with a safe and healthful learning and work environment and to comply with all applicable safety laws and regulations and safe work practices.

Computer notebooks and cell phone ring tones are to be turned off while class is in session. Text messaging is not permitted for any reason.

Ringling College of Art and Design recognizes that artists and designers play a significant role in society. The college's primary mission is to provide programs leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that prepares students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practioners in their chosen area of art and design.