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Humanities Department Visual and Performing Arts Courses
VPA 111 Arts & Civilization I (Formerly VPA 3502) 3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
An arts forum in which the student will analyze examples of the visual and performing arts of several outstanding civilizations and will discuss the role of the artists in various societies, the relationship of the arts to historical events, and the development of culture beginning with pre-historic times up to the fifteenth century. Offered in English and Spanish.
VPA 112 Arts & Civilization II (Formerly VPA 3504) 3 credits, 3 hours

Pre-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
An arts forum in which the student will analyze and discuss appropriate material (as in Arts and Civilization I) from the 15th century to the present. Offered in English and Spanish.
VPA 113 Introduction to Art (Formerly VPA 3552) 3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
The student will analyze, discuss, and define: nature of art, meaning of art, major forms of art, and components of art; art periods, narration, description, illusion and reality, criteria for criticism, and art in New York. The student will engage in field trips and special projects.
VPA 114 Modern Art in the City 3 credits, 3 hours

Pre/Co-requisite:ENG 091 or ESL 091 or above
This course will explore the city as it has been seen through the eyes of painters, photographers, sculptors and architects on the 20th and 21st century. Using the resources of the web, students in this online course will examine the ways in which artists have responded to the city: sections of the course include 1) documenting urban society and culture; 2) cityscape and landscape; 3) the individual in the city; 4) war and the city; 5) living and working spaces in the city; 6) the family in the city.
VPA 115 Twentieth Century Art 3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
This course surveys the principal developments in art from the end of the nineteenth century through the twentieth century: School of Paris (1865-1909), Impressionism and Post- Impressionism; School of New York (1910-present), Cubism,Futurism, Dadaism, Surrealism, Social Realism, Contemporary Black and Hispanic art.
VPA 121 Painting & Drawing I (Formerly VPA 3528) 3 credits, 3 hours
The beginning art student will master the basic principles of composition, design, and color through the use of collage, paint, and photographic montage; s/he will develop basic skills in the use of paint and collage materials. S/he will be required to complete at least two pictures to the satisfaction of the instructor.
VPA 122 Painting & Drawing II (Formerly VPA 3530) 3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: VPA 121 or approval of the instructor
The student will analyze, discuss, and define: nature of art, meaning of art, major forms of art, and components of art; art periods, narration, description, illusion and reality, criteria for criticism, and art in New York. The student will engage in field trips and special projects.
VPA 131 Photography I (Formerly VPA 3540) 3 credits, 3 hours
The student will operate a 35-mm camera and light meter; expose, process, and make contact prints from film which has been shot on class assignments; use negatives which s/he has already generated in performing contact printing, editing, enlarging, and photo finishing. Offered in English and Spanish.
VPA 132 Photography II (Formerly VPA 3542) 3 credits, 3 hours

Pre-requisite: VPA 131 or approval of instructor
The student, with previous photographic experience, will be able to plan and execute a picture story and identify the method of other photojournalists by viewing published picture stories and books. S/he will edit and enlarge prints that s/he will present to the instructor and class. Offered in English and Spanish.
VPA 133 Digital Photography 1 3 credits, 3 hours

Pre-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
This course introduces the student to fundamentals of twodimensional digital art forms created from original images shot with a digital camera. This course covers technical aspects of the digital image using image enhancement through photo-editing software. Imagination and originality of images and their manipulations will be emphasized.
VPA 134 Digital Photography 2 3 credits, 3 hours

Pre-requisite: VPA 133
This course covers in-depth exploration of digital photography using advanced editing software for students who already have a working knowledge of the medium. The connection between original digital images, composition, ideas and attitudes will be investigated.
*VPA 135 Commercial Arts I (Formerly VPA 3544) 3 credits, 3 hours
The student will master specific techniques and skills used in the commercial and advertising art field. S/he will prepare paste-ups and mechanicals used in printing reproduction. S/he will assemble a portfolio of paste-up specimens of letterheads, book jackets, graphs and charts, advertisements, and brochures. The student will master entry-level skills and will produce a portfolio of artwork, which is essential to entering this field.
VPA 136 Commercial Arts II (Formerly VPA 3546) 3 credits, 3 hours

Pre-requisite: VPA 135 or consent of instructor
The student will master the fundamentals of graphic design and combine media skills with graphic techniques in the preparation of design projects. Beginning with the basic principles of design and layout, the student enlarges his/her concepts from rough visualizations through comprehensive and finished layouts. The student will rough up, crop, and finish original design projects which include business letterhead, book jacket, record cover, and an industrial, educational, or governmental brochure. S/he will review these pieces with the instructor and select additional works for the portfolio begun in Commercial Arts I.
VPA 137 Color and Design 3 credits, 3 hours
Pre-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
Co-requisite: ENG 110
This course focuses on color and its influence upon society. Students will study color theory, historical and psychological characteristics of color, principle of design, and applications of color in industry. Students will develop color projects with paint and collage, as well as explore computer colors in an electronic environment. Topics will include color theory models and color matching, color perception and design considerations, and choosing color for multiple media.
VPA 141 Music Appreciation (Formerly VPA 3552) 3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
The course explores the basic components of music and how these have manifested themselves in different cultures at different times in history. The students will acquire a musical vocabulary, auditory skills and an understanding of a wide range of musical styles. Offered in English and Spanish.
VPA 151 Fundamentals of Music Theory at the Piano I (Formerly VPA 3560) 3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
Fundamentals of Music Theory at the Piano I is designed to develop a basic knowledge and practice of Music Theory as applied to the keyboard for students with no previous musical training. Topics will include melodic and rhythmic notation, intervals, scales and basic keyboard harmony. Ear training and dictation will be included, as well as simple digital sequencing.
VPA 152 Fundamentals of Music Theory at the Piano II (Formerly VPA 3562) 3 credits, 3 hours

Pre-requisite: VPA 3560
Fundamentals of Music Theory at the Piano II is designed to further develop a basic knowledge and practice of Music Theory as applied to the keyboard for students who completed Fundamentals of Music at the Piano 1. Minor scales, augmented and diminished intervals and chords, musical forms, nonharmonic tones and more advanced keyboard harmony will be covered. Ear training and dictation will be included, as well as more advanced digital sampling.
*VPA 153 Music Theory (Formerly VPA 3558) 3 credits, 3 hours
The student will discuss the physics of sound; read notation; identify pitch, beat, rhythm; write major/minor triads; identify basic chord progressions; sing solfeggio exercises; sight read; identify pitch with a given octave; play scales; and coordinate reading and playing. Offered in English and Spanish.
VPA 161 Chorus (Formerly VPA 3578) 1 credits, 3 hours
Pre-requisite: ability to participate in group singing The student will study and present standard and contemporary choral literature for mixed voices and appear in concert at college ceremonies and functions. Offered in English and Spanish.
VPA 171 Introduction to Theater (Formerly VPA 3582) 3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
The student will analyze, discuss, and define the nature, meaning, and components of theater, as well as the creative collaborations that contribute to its shape and effect. The course will include field trips and special projects..
VPA 181 Acting I (Formerly Theater Production) (Formerly VPA 3598) 3 credits, 3 hours

Co-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
The student will execute physical and vocal exercises; do dramatic improvisations and readings; execute ensemble exercises; act from scripted scenes; and perform in public. Offered in English and Spanish.
VPA 182 Movement for the Actor I: Theory and Practice (Formerly VPA 107) 3 credits, 3 hours
This course introduces the student to a diversity of movement influences such as mime, the Alexander Technique, the Suzuki training, and Anne Bogart's Viewpoints for the stage. Methods will be used to help the student connect physically, emotionally and mentally with the challenges of the dramatic text. The student will become familiar with the different theories as well as with the application of various methods.
VPA 191 Speaking and Listening (Formerly VPA 3610) 3 credits, 3 hours


Pre-requisite: None
Co-requisite: ESL 025

This course is an introduction to phonological and phonemic awareness of American English language designed for Intermediate ESL students. Students will understand sound structure and further develop their listening, speaking, and reading skills by using readings in poetry and drama rhymes, auditory blending, segmentation, alliteration, and drilling exercises. Students will identify and manipulate the sounds of American English and will improve their pronunciation, enunciation, and auditory skills.
VPA 192 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (Formerly VPA 3612 3 credits, 3 hours
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Pre-requisite: ESL 035 or ESL 086
Co-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
The student will present introductions; present impromptu, extemporaneous, and manuscript speeches; perform exercises to improve public speaking technique; limit topics; create outlines; and present informative and persuasive speeches, as well as speeches for special occasions.
VPA 281 Acting II (Formerly VPA 206) 3 credits, 3 hours

Pre-requisite: VPA 3598 - Acting I
This course further develops the basic principles mastered in Acting I. The student will learn a diversity of exercises and improvisational work to expand the imagination and stimulate the instruments-an actor's body and mind-by increasing sensorial awareness, enabling each student to make specific and clear choices in becoming a truthful character on the stage. The emphasis will be on characterization through monologues and scene work.
VPA 282 Movement for the Actor II (Formerly VPA 207) 3 credits, 3 hours

Pre-requisite: VPA 107
Co-requisite: None
This course continues the work introduced in Movement for the Actor I. The student will be further challenged in a diversity of movement influences; methods and trainings will be used to help the student connect physically, emotionally, and mentally with the challenges of the dramatic text and the development of a character. The student will become familiar with different theories as well as with application of various methods.
*VPA 292 Advanced Public Speaking (Formerly VPA 3616) 3 credits, 3 hours

Pre-requisite: VPA 192
Co-requisite: ENG 091 or ESL 091
The student will organize and deliver informative and persuasive speeches at an advanced level. Topics will be appropriate to academic and career situations. Students will deliver speeches from a lectern using a microphone. Selected exercises will be audio and video taped. Students will engage in analysis and criticism of the content and delivery of the speeches. Problem-solving exercises will be included.
VPA 3536 Art Crafts 3 credits, 3 hours
Pre-requisite: VPA 3598 - Acting I
The student will practice the techniques of linoleum and woodcutting. S/he will develop the use and care of tools used in various art crafts as well as work in a variety of media. S/he will be required to complete at least three pieces of work to the satisfaction of the instructor.
VPA 3614 Voice & Diction (Formerly VPA 206) 3 credits, 3 hours

Pre-requisite: ESL 025 or ESL 082/084 or higher
Co-requisite: ESL 035 or ESL 086/088 or higher; ENG 091 or ESL 091
The student will take a speech diagnostic test at the beginning of the course, and through individual and group exercises, demonstrate measurable improvement in speech production, diction, and pronunciation.The student will apply the basic radiographic procedures under the direct supervision of a qualified radiologic technologist.