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Department of Fine and Performing Arts

 

Field Description

Any study of intellectual culture must embrace the arts. Students broaden their exposure to and understanding of these essential subjects with courses in art, music, and theatre. Programs survey the elements, structures, literatures, styles, and cultural histories of the arts, promoting literacy through study and participation. For the serious arts student, professional courses in performance and technique are provided. Arts-oriented business students can choose to combine their interests through programs such as arts administration and the management of musical enterprises.

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Programs and Careers:

General Information

Students interested in a career in the arts and arts-related fields have a wide array of program options at Baruch. The Department of Fine and Performing Arts (FPA) offers the
  • Music Major
    (with the option of a specialization in Management of Musical Enterprises)
  • Business Communication Major/Graphic Communication Specialization
plus
Arts and Sciences Ad Hoc Majors in
  • Art History
  • Arts Administration
  • Theatre
Additionally, minors are offered in art, music, and theatre.

Students interested in careers in advertising, publishing, or graphic design should consider the graphic communication specialization of the business communication major. Students seeking a traditional program in music can major in music. Those interested in a career in music management should review the management of musical enterprises specialization. Students interested in a career involving the management of the arts should review the arts administration ad hoc major. The Weissman Schools flexible arts and sciences ad hoc major makes possible the creation of student-specific courses of study in art history and theatre.

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The Majors

 

Music

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers a music major and a management of musical enterprises specialization. Students following the prescribed curriculum with a major in music will learn about the broad historical and cultural context in which the art is developed as well as study music literature, history, theory, and musicianship. Such study is intended to provide a base from which subsequent advanced training may be undertaken. The department expects that all students majoring in music will participate each semester in a performing group sponsored by the Music Program. The arts and sciences major in music is as follows:

Required Courses                12 credits

MSC 3026 Harmony I 3 credits
MSC 3027 Harmony II 3 credits
MSC 3043 History of Music from Antiquity through the Baroque (c. 1750) 3 credits
MSC 3044 History of Music from Classicism (c. 1750) to Modern Times

3 credits
Electives                   18 credits

Western Concert Music Literature             9 credits
MSC 3002 Music of the Baroque Period 3 credits
MSC 3003 Music of the Classic Period 3 credits
MSC 3004 Music of the Romantic Period 3 credits
MSC 3014 The Opera 3 credits
MSC 3016 Music of the Twentieth Century 3 credits

Comparative and Cultural Studies             9 credits
MSC 3005 World Music 3 credits
MSC 3019 The American Musical Theatre 3 credits
MSC 3022 Popular Song in America 3 credits
MSC 3024 Jazz: From Its Origins to the Present 3 credits
MSC 3025 Music in the Light Theatre 3 credits
MSC 3034 Music in Films 3 credits
MSC 3036 Commercial Music and the Media 3 credits
MSC 4900 Music and Society 3 credits

Credits Required for the Major:          30 credits

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Specialization in the Management of Musical Enterprises

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts offers the management of musical enterprises specialization. Students follow the prescribed curriculum with a major in music and learn about the broad historical and cultural context in which the art is developed as well as study music literature, history, theory, and musicianship. The department encourages all students majoring in music to participate in a performance sponsored by the Music Program. Students interested in the specialization should contact Professor Andrew Tomasello at andrew.tomasello@baruch.cuny.edu.

For the BA Student

  1. Follow the BA base curriculum
  2. Complete the major in music (minimum of 30 credits) as described below; and
  3. Take 12 credits in business chosen from such areas as economics and finance, management, marketing, law, statistics, and accountancy selected under advisement.


Required Courses                      21 credits

FPA 2000 Introduction to Arts Administration 3 credits
MSC 3026 Harmony I 3 credits
MSC 3027 Harmony II 3 credits
MSC 3043 History of Music from Antiquity through the Baroque (c. 1750) 3 credits
MSC 3044 History of Music from Classicism (c. 1750) to Modern Times 3 credits
MSC 4900 Music and Society 3 credits
MSC 5050 Internship in Music Management (FPA 5070)
3 credits

Electives                                     9 credits
Choose two courses from Group 1 and one course from Group 2

Group 1: Western Concert Music Literature      6 credits
MSC 3002 Music of the Baroque Period 3 credits
MSC 3003 Music of the Classic Period 3 credits
MSC 3004 Music of the Romantic Period 3 credits
MSC 3014 The Opera 3 credits
MSC 3016 Music of the Twentieth Century 3 credits

Group 2: Comparative and Cultural Studies       3 credits
MSC 3005 World Music 3 credits
MSC 3019 The American Musical Theatre 3 credits
MSC 3022 Popular Song in America 3 credits
MSC 3024 Jazz: From Its Origins to the Present 3 credits
MSC 3025 Music in the Light Theatre 3 credits
MSC 3034 Music in Films 3 credits
MSC 3036 Commercial Music and the Media 3 credits

Minimum Music and FPA credits required in the Major:    30

It is also possible for the BBA student to add the music sequence in the following way:

For The BBA Student Majoring in a Business Subject
  1. Follow the BBA base curriculum
  2. Complete a BBA major in the Zicklin School of Business and
  3. Take 30 credits from the sequence in music (described above) to be used as elective credit toward fulfillment of the 62 required arts and sciences credits.

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Business Communication Major with a Specialization in Graphic Communication

The business communication major is designed for students who are interested in careers in business journalism, corporate communication, or graphic communication. Because the business communication field is essentially interdisciplinary in nature, the program integrates courses from several departments in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the Zicklin School of Business.

The graphic communication specialization provides training in graphics as well as basic training in the broader aspects of business communication. It prepares the graphic artist to enter a business environment. Interested students should contact Professor Terry Berkowitz in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 646-312-4052.

The major also offers specializations in business writing (see the Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions listing) and corporate communication (see the Department of Communication Studies listing).

Program Prerequisites                      12 credits

CIS 2200 Introduction to Information Systems and Technologies 3 credits
MKT 3000 Marketing Foundations 3 credits
MGT 3120 Fundamentals of Management 3 credits
STA 2000 Business Statistics I 3 credits
or
STA 2100 Statistics for Social Science 3 credits
or
ECO 1001 Micro-Economics 3 credits
or
ECO 1002 Macro-Economics
(may be applied to the base curriculum)
3 credits
or
ECO 1110 Current Economic Problems
3 credits

 

Credits Required for the Major:                            30 credits

Interdisciplinary Core                                  12 credits

Business Communication                               3 credits
JRN 3150 Business Communication
(for corporate communication and graphic communication students only)
3 credits

Marketing/Advertising                                   3 credits
Choose one course:
MKT 3520 Advertising and Marketing Communications 3 credits
MKT 3600 Marketing Research 3 credits
MKT 3605 Consumer Behavior 3 credits

Management                                 3 credits
Choose one course:
MGT 3300 Management: A Behavioral Approach 3 credits
MGT 3800 Management and Society 3 credits

Business or Arts and Sciences Elective      3 credits
One business or arts and sciences elective (at the 2000 level or above) to be selected upon consultation with the program advisor and with the advisors approval.


Specialization Requirements
            18 credits

Required Courses                              12 credits
ART 2050 Basic Graphic Communication: Design and Advertising Layout 3 credits
ART 3050 Intermediate Graphic Communication: Layout and Publication Design 3 credits
ART 3058 Graphic Communication: Print Production 3 credits
ART 5010 Graphic Communication Internship 3 credits

Electives                                          6 credits
Choose two courses:
ART 2060 Basic Photography 3 credits
ART 3041 Special Topics in Art (Studio) 3 credits
ART 3055 Graphic Communication: Corporate Design 3 credits
ART 3056 Typography: History and Application 3 credits
ART 3057 Principles of Internet Design 3 credits
ART 3059 Animation and Motion Graphics   (NMA 3059) 3 credits
ART 3061 Introduction to Digital Photography 3 credits
ART 3241 Art of the Twentieth Century
(prerequisite: ART 1011 or 1012, which may be applied to the base curriculum)
3 credits
ART 3242 History of Modern Design
(prerequisite: ART 1011 or 1012, which may be applied to the base curriculum)
3 credits
ART 4055 Design for Non-Profit Organizations 3 credits
ART 5000 Independent Study 3 credits
ART 5010-5011 Graphic Communication Internship 3 credits
NMA 3041 Special Topics in New Media and Interdisciplinary Art 3 credits

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Arts and Sciences Ad Hoc Major in Arts Administration

Bachelor of Arts students interested in a career in the field of management and administration in the arts may consider the interdisciplinary arts administration specialization. In the visual arts or theatre, students complete an appropriate ad hoc major; an internship in an arts organization; and arts administration courses. For additional information and recommended courses, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 646-312-4052.

The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences ad hoc major requires 30–33 credits.

Note for Bachelor of Business Administration students: Arts administration is an interdisciplinary specialization that can also provide BBA students with the arts and sciences background to prepare for entry into fields like management in the creative arts. For information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.

Two specializations are commonly pursued by those students with an arts and sciences ad hoc major in arts administration: visual arts and theatre.

Visual Arts Specialization

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts recommends that the visual arts administration specialization consist of the following:

Prerequisites                                 6 credits
May be completed as part of the BA base curriculum:
ART 1011 Art History Survey I 3 credits
ART 1012 Art History Survey II 3 credits

Required Courses                           9 credits
ART 3280 The Art Market 3 credits
FPA 4900 The Arts in New York City (1900Present) 3 credits
FPA 5070 Arts Administration Internship

3 credits

Elective Courses
                              21 - 22 credits
One global art history course selected from:
ART 3220 Islamic Art 3 credits
ART 3252 Native Art of the Americas 3 credits
ART 3260 Asian Art 3 credits
ART 3270 African Art

3 credits
One pre-modern art history course selected from:
ART 3205 Greek and Roman Art 3 credits
ART 3210 Medieval Art 3 credits
ART 3225 Renaissance Art 3 credits
ART 3235 Baroque and Rococo Art

3 credits
Two modern art history courses selected from:
ART 3040 Special Topics in Art (History) 3 credits
ART 3240 Nineteenth-Century European Art 3 credits
ART 3241 Twentieth-Century Art 3 credits
ART 3242 History of Modern Design 3 credits
ART 3244 The Influence of Visual Arts on Film 3 credits
ART 3250 Art of the United States 3 credits
ART 3254 Architecture and the City 3 credits
ART 3256 History of Modern Architecture 3 credits
ART 3262 History of Photography 3 credits
ART 3282 Museum and Gallery Studies

3 credits

Three interdisciplinary courses selected from Photography,   Graphics,   New Media Studies,   FPA   (FPA 2000 Introduction to Arts Administration,   FPA 5000-5004 Independent Study,   FPA 5071 Arts Administration Internship),   PHI 3240 Philosophy of Art,   IDC 4050H Feit Seminar (only with prior approval of major advisor).

For information and advisement, contact Leonard Sussman, Deputy Chair for Art, at 646-312-4058; e-mail: Leonard.Sussman@baruch.cuny.edu.

Theatre Specialization

Prerequisites                                 9 credits
Students must complete the following as part of the BA base curriculum:
THE 1041 Introduction to the Theatre Arts 3 credits
CIS 2200 Introduction to Information Systems and Technologies 3 credits
ENG 2100 Writing I
3 credits

Required Courses                           12 credits
FPA 2000 Introduction to Arts Administration 3 credits
FPA 5070-5071 Arts Administration Internship
3 credits
THE 3042 History of Theatre 3 credits
THE 3046 Play Production 3 credits

Elective Courses                              18 credits
Two 3000-level theatre courses selected from:
THE 3043 Theatre of Color in the United States 3 credits
THE 3044 Advanced Acting 3 credits
THE 3045 Introduction to Directing 3 credits
THE 3052 Workshop in Playwriting 3 credits
THE 3054 Stage Design: Principles and Practice

3 credits
One art or music course (may be at the 1000 level)

3 credits
Two courses in drama/media selected from:
COM 3059 Video Communication and Production 3 credits
COM 3067 American Television Programming 3 credits
ENG 3260 The Art of the Film 3 credits
ENG 3770 Masters of the Drama 3 credits
ENG 3780 Contemporary Drama 3 credits
ENG 4140 Shakespeare

3 credits
One 4000- or 5000-level theatre course

3 credits

Elective Business Courses                  9 credits

Four business courses, including courses in marketing and management

For information and advisement, contact Eric Krebs, Deputy Chair for Theatre, at 646-312-4067; e-mail: eric.krebs@baruch.cuny.edu.

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Arts and Sciences Ad Hoc Majors in Art and Theatre

When a student's educational objectives cannot be fully attained solely by study within an existing department, program, or school, he or she is given the option of devising an ad hoc pattern of courses in an area of concentration of his or her own choosing. A student may embark upon an ad hoc major following preparation and acceptance of a proposal outlining the area of study, the desired outcomes, and the educational values of the program. The program must be approved by the Office of the Associate Dean, Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.

Students interested in including art history courses or theatre courses as part of an arts and sciences ad hoc major should contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, 646-312-4052. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, students may design an ad hoc major in art history or theatre as preparation for graduate study or arts management. Students interested in arts administration should consider the arts administration ad hoc major previously described in this section.

The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences ad hoc major requires 30–33 credits.

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The Minors

The Department of Fine and Performing Arts features minor concentrations in art, music, and theatre.

Art Minors and Courses

Art History

Required
FPA 4900 The Arts in New York City (1900 - present) 3 credits

Electives        (choose two)
ART 3040 Special Topics in Art (History) 3 credits
ART 3205 Greek and Roman Art 3 credits
ART 3220 Islamic Art 3 credits
ART 3225 Renaissance Art 3 credits
ART 3235 Baroque and Rococo Art 3 credits
ART 3240 Nineteenth-Century European Art 3 credits
ART 3241 Twentieth-Century Art 3 credits
ART 3242 History of Modern Design 3 credits
ART 3244 The Influence of Visual Art on Film 3 credits
ART 3250 Art of the United States 3 credits
ART 3252 Native Art of the Americas 3 credits
ART 3254 Architecture and the City 3 credits
ART 3260 Asian Art 3 credits
ART 3262 History of Photography 3 credits
ART 3270 African Art 3 credits
ART 3280 The Art Market 3 credits

Graphics

Required
ART 4900 Design and Photography in Theory and Practice 3 credits

Electives        (choose two)
ART 3041 Special Topics in Art (Studio) 3 credits
ART 3050 Intermediate Graphic Communication:
Layout and Publication Design
3 credits
ART 3055 Graphic Communication: Corporate Design 3 credits
ART 3056 Typography: History and Application 3 credits
ART 3057 Principles of Internet Design 3 credits
ART 3058 Graphic Communication: Print Production 3 credits
ART 3059 Animation and Motion Graphics   (NMA 3059) 3 credits
ART 3242 History of Modern Design 3 credits
ART 4055 Design for Non-Profit Organizations 3 credits
NMA 3041 Special Topics in New Media and Interdisciplinary Art 3 credits

Photography

Required
ART 4900 Design and Photography in Theory and Practice 3 credits

Electives        (choose two)
ART 3060 Intermediate Photography 3 credits
ART 3061 Introduction to Digital Photography 3 credits
ART 3064 Photojournalism 3 credits
ART 3262 History of Photography 3 credits

Visual Arts Administration

Required
ART 3280 Art Market 3 credits
FPA 4900 The Arts in New York City (1900–present) 3 credits
FPA 5070 Arts Administration Internship
3 credits

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Music

History of Music
MSC 3043 History of Music from Antiquity through the Baroque (1750) 3 credits
MSC 3044 History of Music from Classicism (c. 1750) to Modern Times 3 credits
MSC 4900 Music and Society 3 credits

Western Concert Music Literature

Required
MSC 4900 Music and Society 3 credits

Elective        (choose two)
MSC 3002 Music of the Baroque Period 3 credits
MSC 3003 Music of the Classic Period 3 credits
MSC 3004 Music of the Romantic Period 3 credits
MSC 3014 The Opera 3 credits
MSC 3016 Music of the Twentieth Century
3 credits

History of Music and Western Concert Music Literature

Required
MSC 4900 Music and Society 3 credits

Elective        (choose one)
MSC 3043 History of Music from Antiquity through the Baroque (1750) 3 credits
MSC 3044 History of Music from Classicism (c. 1750) to Modern Times 3 credits

Elective        (choose one)
MSC 3002 Music of the Baroque Period 3 credits
MSC 3003 Music of the Classic Period 3 credits
MSC 3004 Music of the Romantic Period 3 credits
MSC 3014 The Opera 3 credits
MSC 3016 Music of the Twentieth Century 3 credits

Comparative and Cultural Studies in Music

Required
MSC 4900 Music and Society 3 credits

Elective        (choose two)
MSC 3005 World Music 3 credits
MSC 3019 The American Musical Theatre 3 credits
MSC 3022 Popular Song in America 3 credits
MSC 3024 Jazz: From Its Origins to the Present 3 credits
MSC 3025 Music in the Light Theatre 3 credits
MSC 3034 Music in Films 3 credits
MSC 3036 Commercial Music and the Medias 3 credits

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New Media Arts

Program Prerequisite:
NMA 2050 Introduction to New Media Arts 3 credits

Required
NMA 4900 New Media Arts in Theory and Practice 3 credits

Elective        (choose two)
NMA 3041 Special Topics in New Media and Interdisciplinary Art 3 credits
NMA 3010 Video I 3 credits
ART 3057 Principles of Internet Design 3 credits
ART 3059 Animation and Motion Graphics   (NMA 3059) 3 credits
ART 3061 Introduction to Digital Photography 3 credits
MSC 3032 Electronic Music 3 credits
THE 3044 Advanced Acting 3 credits

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Theatre

Required
FPA 4900 The Arts in New York City (1900present) 3 credits

Elective        (choose two)
THE 3042 History of Theatre 3 credits
THE 3043 Theatre of Color in the United States   (BLS 3043) 3 credits
THE 3044 Advanced Acting 3 credits
THE 3045 Principles of Directing 3 credits
THE 3046 Play Production 3 credits
THE 3052 Workshop in Playwriting   (ENG 3630) 3 credits
THE 3054 Stage Design: Principles and Practice 3 credits
     

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