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Meadows to Offer Six New Interdisciplinary Minors for Fall Semester

New minors include Fashion in Media, History of the Visual and Performing Arts, Creative Computing, Inter-Media Theory and Practice, and Arts Entrepreneurship and Arts Management.

By Chris Calloway and Ken Turetzky

The Meadows School of the Arts will offer six new minors in fall 2011, giving motivated students the chance to pursue interdisciplinary degrees that exploit special resources available at SMU and in the city of Dallas.

New minors include Fashion in Media, History of the Visual and Performing Arts, Creative Computing, Inter-Media Theory and Practice, and Arts Entrepreneurship and Arts Management.

"We want to give Meadows students all the tools and resources available from Dallas and at SMU,” said Dr. Greg Warden, associate dean for academic affairs. “Right now, we allow any Meadows student to create their own degree program within the disciplines offered in the MSA. The new minors will provide undergraduate Meadows students with the unique opportunity to study something like Fashion in Media or Creative Computing that does not exist at many other universities in the country."

Fashion in Media

Program director: Camille Kraeplin, Associate Professor, Division of Journalism

"This minor will prepare people to work in the fashion media industries," Warden said. Professions include "public relations with fashion labels, fashion journalism for magazines, blogs" and more.

Coursework includes journalism, photography, video, art direction, advertising and public relations as each discipline relates to fashion. Courses will emphasize key concepts, such as aesthetic and editorial decision-making and the role of fashion in society. The program is designed for students who wish to incorporate an interest in fashion into their major coursework, allowing them to pursue internships, further study or careers in the fashion industry.

Meadows faculty will teach some courses. For more specific courses such as fashion photography, instructors will be professionals who can impart their knowledge in a classroom setting.

The program will conclude with a capstone class, where each student puts coursework into action. For example, fashion photography will culminate in a course where students complete photography projects with fashion aesthetics themes.

History of the Visual and Performing Arts

Program director: Gregory Warden, Associate Dean and Professor of Art History

The minor in the History of the Visual and Performing Arts will provide students with a broad multi-disciplinary engagement with the arts in their historical contexts. Students must take six courses (18 hours) in Art, Art History, Dance, Film, Music and Theatre that engage historical approaches to these disciplines.

Courses include The Art of Listening, Survey of Music History, Music in World Cultures, Theatre & Drama History, International Film History, American Broadcast History and more.

Creative Computing

Program Director: Ira Greenberg, Director and Associate Professor, Center for Creative Computation

The minor in Creative Computing will be highly interdisciplinary, championing a "whole brain" approach. Combining study, creative practice and research, students will explore computing as a universal creative medium, integrating aesthetic principles and practices from the arts with analytical theories and processes from computer science and engineering.

Students could explore holistic gaming, Warden said, in which a business uses gaming to foster client relationships. The minor explores computation and coding as a universal medium. "Instead of using clay or paint, students will use coding as their artistic tool," Warden said. He suggested students might "take engineering and computer programming classes and then combine that education with artistic training from the Meadows School."

The minor requires 18 hours of coursework and a one-hour capstone project connected to the student's major.

Some courses include Principles of Computer Science, Video Art, Art and Code, Digital Tools, Computer Graphics, Audio Recording, Mobile Phone Application Programming, Musical Acoustics and Physics of Music.

Inter-Media Theory and Practice

Program Director: Debora Hunter, Associate Professor of Art

The minor in Inter-Media Theory and Practice "validates and celebrates an academic interest in diverse media that is often separated by departmental barriers," said Program Director Debora Hunter, associate professor of art.

The minor is open to all students, who will learn media production techniques combining photography, video, music and creative computation. Emphasis will be on digital media.

Students will customize their courses to develop division-specific production skills across a minimum of three disciplines as they create inter-media artworks. They will conclude their courses by drawing on theoretical and practical knowledge to complete inter-media portfolio projects.

During those portfolio projects, students will work with professors from two different divisions to produce exhibitions, performances or publications that integrate various media.

Students who complete the minor (which comprises one theory class, four production classes and the portfolio project) will be armed with skills to pursue and even generate new opportunities in the current inter-media environment.

Except for the final portfolio project, students may take courses in any order. Some of those courses are Television Ad Production, Documentary and Reality Production, Convergent Media, Video Dance Workshop, Advanced Topics in Music Technology and The Art of Acting.

Arts Entrepreneurship

Program Director: Zannie Voss, Professor and Chair of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

The minor in Arts Entrepreneurship teaches students to develop and launch new arts ventures, either for-profit or nonprofit.

Courses cover Arts Budgeting and Financial Management; Attracting Capital: Donors, Investors, and Public Funds; Interactive Advertising; Social Media Marketing; Marketing the Arts; Introduction to Public Relations and more.

For more details, see Arts Entrepreneurship minor.

Arts Management

Program Director: Zannie Voss, Professor and Chair of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

The minor in Arts Management provides an overview of professional arts organization management, with an emphasis on understanding the practical issues facing today's arts manager.

Some courses include Arts Budgeting and Financial Management, Cultural Policy, Philanthropy and Donor Communication, Consumer Behavior, Interactive Advertising, Intro to Visual Culture, Media Management and Film Exhibition and Distribution.

For more details, see Arts Management minor.

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