Subject Spotlight: The Arts

The Arts are how we as individuals and as a society express ourselves. From the dawn of cave paintings to the digital media art of today, from silent films to blockbuster hits, from classical music to top 40, humans have communicated their stories, emotions, and conditions through a multitude of art forms. Whatever your talent or passion, NYU Precollege offers a wide range of choices for you to express your creative side, learn a new skill, or be boldly exposed to territory you’ve never ventured art

Here is just a sample of some of the art courses being offered at NYU Precollege:

Art History: ARTH-UA.6: Modern Art

Art in the Western world from the late 18th century to the present. The Neoclassicism and Romanticism of David, Goya, Ingres, Turner, Delacroix; the Realism of Courbet; the Impressionists; parallel developments in architecture; and the new sculptural tradition of Rodin. From postimpressionism to Fauvism, Expressionism, Futurism, Cubism, geometric abstraction in sculpture and painting, and modernism in architecture in the 20th century. After World War I, Dadaism and Surrealism. Developments since 1945, such as Action painting, Pop art, Minimal art, and numerous strands of Postmodernism.

Music: MUSIC-UA.100: Music of New York

This course is designed to take advantage of New York’s dynamic music community. There are in-class presentations by local musicians and scholars, and students regularly attend performances throughout the city. The focus is on the everyday practices of musical life in New York City by both performers and listeners in a number of the City’s musical constituencies: immigrant communities; amateur and professional music-makers; and popular, classical, and avant-garde scenes. Examination of these processes of music-making will be enhanced by a look at the histories of these different kinds of music-making. There will also be a historical discussion of the vibrant musical life of New York in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which will contribute to an understanding of why New York is seen, and sees itself, as a musical city.


Drama: THEA-UT 705 :Realism & Naturalism, European Origins

This course will examine the primarily 19th century European movement toward Realism and Naturalism that remains a major influence in today’s theater, shaping both dramatic practice and audience expectation. It will look at the relationship of Realism and Naturalism to the philosophical climate of the 1800s (Hegel, Darwin, Marx, Freud), to other theatrical movements (Romanticism, Symbolism, Expressionism and Aestheticism), to contemporaneous dramatic and literary forms (melodrama, the well-made play, the novel, photography), and to concrete historical trends (the rise of nation states, changing sex roles and family structures). The course focuses on the plays of the major European dramatists who defined the movement (Zola, Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw), and tentatively traces its transformation in early to middle 20th century American drama.


Cinema: CINE-UT.393: NYC on Film

Summer in the City: This course examines New York City’s role as America’s second “movie capital” from the time of the invention of motion pictures right up through the mid-1980s. Topics covered include: New York’s centrality to the creation of the American film industry in the early silent period; the City’s role as an icon of modernity in Hollywood movies of the 1930s and ‘40s; and Manhattan’s emergence in the Postwar period as a center for alternate filmmaking practices, especially independent and exploitation features, “underground” experimental films, and early televisual forms such as “direct cinema” and live “anthology” dramas. In sum, the course analyzes a set of generic and formal practices intimately associated with Greater New York as well as offering an introduction to the City’s rich cultural history. Screenings include Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Escape from New York (1981), King Kong (1933), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Twelve Angry Men (1954).


Film: FMTV-UT 1083: Intro to Special Effects Make-Up

 This is an introductory level hands-on workshop designed for students wishing to develop their artistry, experienced make-up artists seeking advanced techniques, non-make-up artists just starting out, and anyone who has always wondered “how’d they do that?” This course explores the art of special effects make-up. Topics include skin safe molding procedures; casting and painting silicone replica props; applying “out-of-kit” make-up effects including cuts, bruises, black eyes, scabs, scars, wounds, burns, and decayed flesh; designing an executing a zombie make up, designing and executing a frozen death make-up; sculpting a 1;1 scale Replica Character Maquette; using anatomical reference to enhance a character sculpt and safely using all tools and materials. Students receive a make-up kit specially designed with all materials necessary to complete in-class projects.


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Of course, there are more courses being offered– this is just a select sampling! Check out the full Precollege 2016 course listing can be found here.


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