Course Catalog

School of Performing and Visual Arts

The Music Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Department of Fine Arts is to provide the finest professional musical, theatrical, and visual art education to GWU students, and the finest performances and education to the community-at-large, while providing a wellrounded education that encompasses a liberal arts philosophy and Christian values while training students in the history, performance, exhibition, teaching, composition, business, creation and ministry of music, art, and theatre. We also seek to stimulate interest in the arts, and strive to stimulate in our students an interest in serving the Greater Glory of God by serving others with art and music.

 

GOALS

  1. To provide a superior university education in art, music, and theatre;
  2. To provide ample opportunities to perform and compose the finest repertoire, both old and new, from all areas of the world, in all styles, and to provide a creative outlet for artists to display works; and
  3. To stimulate interest in the arts and to inspire our students to strive to attain their highest potential as performers, teachers, composers, music ministers, music executives, and visual technical artists, and to use that potential to serve God and Humanity.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Student learning outcomes specific to each major offered by the department are described in the appropriate sections that follow.

 

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY

The Department of Fine Arts offers seven majors associated with three degree programs:

 

Bachelor of Arts

 

Art

Art Education

Music

Theatre Arts

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts

 

Art

 

Bachelor of Music

 

Composition

Elective Studies in Music Business

Music Education

Performance

Church Music

 

Students pursuing the B.M. degree must complete the General Studies Core for that degree. Students pursuing the B.A. in Music must complete the General StudiesCore for the B.A. Students cannot receive both degrees.

 

A Music Handbook and complete curriculum outlines for each major in music and information pertaining to admission to programs, performance requirements, recital requirements, proficiency examinations, and attendance requirements are available in the office of the Chair, Department of Fine Arts.

 

A grade of “C” or better is necessary to pass each course toward the major.

 

MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY

Art History

Music

Studio Art

Theatre Arts

 

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Students entering as music majors or minors are required to take a Music Theory Placement Exam prior to the first week of class to gauge their level of theoretical competence. A first-time music major will be placed either in the sequence of MUSC 105-106 (First-Year) or MUSC 103-104 (Basic Theory) according to exam results. Transfer music major placement is based on results following an exam which covers material from the last semester of music theory completed by the student.

 

Music majors who are not concentrating in piano are required to pass a piano proficiency examination as an integral part of the overall degree requirements. Nonpiano concentrations must enroll for piano each semester until the piano proficiency is passed. Three to four semester hours in the secondary applied have been set aside in each Bachelor of Music curriculum (2 semester hours for the B.A. in Music) for this purpose. Should the proficiency be passed before completion of the 3-4 hours of piano, the non-piano concentrations may take the remaining hours in any applied elective or performance ensemble. Piano concentrations must pass a sophomore screening and MUSC 259, which fulfill the piano proficiency requirement.

 

Each music major is required to satisfactorily participate in a major performing group each fall and spring semester while enrolled as a full-time student, except the student teaching semester. A student who requires more than eight semesters to complete a program may make a written request to the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts for exemption from participation in a performance group after ten hours of performance organization credit have been acquired. Students must enroll in a performance group according to their concentration with the exception of Church Music: 4 hours of a major vocal performing ensemble and four hours in a major performing ensemble according to Concentration. Transfer students must complete a minimum of eight major performing group hours, (seven for Music Business), either from approved transfer hours or Gardner-Webb ensembles. Additionally, all music majors must complete a minimum of one hour in a chamber ensemble. All ensembles may be repeated for credit.

 

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN MUSIC (49 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who graduate with a major in Music will:

 

  1. demonstrate technical proficiency that enables artistic creativity and self-expression;
  2. demonstrate the ability to compose and arrange music for private and public performance; and
  3. be prepared for a career in a music-related field.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

MUSC 105, 106, 205, 206, 325, and 326 (20 hours)

MUSC 226 (hours counted in core)

MUSC 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 257, or 259 (1 hour)

Performance Applied (12 hours)

Secondary Applied (2 hours)

Performance Group (8 hours)

MUSC 493 and 494 or MUSC 412 plus four elective hours (6 hours)

 

A minor is not required with this major.

 

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BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREES

 

COMPOSITION (78-80 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who graduate with a major in Composition will:

 

  1. demonstrate technical proficiency that enables artistic creativity and self-expression;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of how the composer functions professionally in society;
  3. demonstrate the ability to compose and arrange music for private and public performance; and
  4. be prepared for advanced professional study in music.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

MUSC 105, 106, 205, 206, 247, 305, 306, 325, 326, 405, 446, and 447,

MIBS 150 (30 hours)

MUSC 226 (hours counted in core)

Primary Applied (12 hours)

Performance Group (9 hours, with a minimum of one hour being in a small ensemble)

 

Secondary Applied (4-5 hours):

For Piano: Organ (2 hours); Voice (2 hours); Applied elective (1 hour)

For Organ and Vocal: Piano (4 hours); Applied elective (1 hour)

For Instrumental: Piano (4 hours)

MUSC 307, 308 405 (in addition to 305), 491, 492, and 497 (15 hours)

MUSC 245, 246, or 249 (2 hours)

 

Required by Concentration (6-7 hours):

For Piano: MUSC 259, 426, and 455

For Organ: MUSC 259, 427, and 459

For Instrumental: MUSC 349, 428, and 450

For Vocal: MUSC 257, 425, and 457

 

A minor is not required with this major.

 

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ELECTIVE STUDIES IN MUSIC BUSINESS (87-95 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will:

 

  1. be prepared for positions in many areas of the music business industry including, but not limited to arts administration and venue management;
  2. demonstrate a broad knowledge of the music business industry; and
  3. possess an understanding of theoretical and historical knowledge, listening skills, a high level of proficiency in one area of applied performance, and basic skills in conducting, keyboard, and music technology and production.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

MUSC 105, 106, 205, 206, 247, 305 (or 405), 325, 326, 446 or 447 (24 hours)

MUSC 226 (hours counted in core)

Primary Applied (11 hours)

Performance Group (8 hours, with a minimum of one hour being in a small ensemble)

Secondary Applied (4 hours)

MIBS 150, 300, 410, and 490 (13-21 hours)

Business Core: The candidate must also complete the Business Administration minor consisting of ACCT 213 and 214; CISS 160; ECON 203 and 204; FINC 312; MGMT 316; and MRKT 300 (24 hours)

One elective selected from the following: BADM 340, COMM 313, COMM 370, MGMT 410, MGMT 485, MRKT 302, MRKT 304 or other electives in any area selected in consultation with the advisor (3 hours)

 

A minor is not required with this major; however, a built-in minor in Business Administration will be earned if MGMT 316 is taken.

 

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MUSIC EDUCATION (64 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who graduate with a major in Music Education will demonstrate:

 

  1. the knowledge base of learning, methodologies, social content, and professional development needed to teach in a private or public school setting;
  2. the ability to perform and utilize musical understanding in the classroom and performance arenas; and
  3. the competencies required to obtain North Carolina teacher licensure for grades K-12 in the fields of general music, instrumental, and vocal music.

The North Carolina State Board of Education has adopted new teacher standards and required all teacher education programs to be revisioned. All candidates starting their teacher education program with EDUC 250 in the fall of 2010 must complete the new program regardless of the catalogue under which they entered Gardner-Webb University. Candidates who are already in teacher education can choose to complete the current program or the new program.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

MUSC 105, 106, 205, 206, 245, 246, 247, 305 (or 405), 306, 325, 326, 347, 348, 446, and 447, MIBS 150 (36 hours)

MUSC 226 (hours counted in core)

Primary Applied (12 hours)

Performance Group (9 hours, with a minimum of one hour being in a small ensemble)

 

Secondary Applied (4 hours):

For Piano: Organ (2 hours); Voice (2 hours)

For Organ: Piano (2 hours); Voice (2 hours)

For Instrumental: Piano (3 hours); Voice (1 hour)

For Vocal: Piano (4 hours)

 

Required by Concentration (3 hours):

For Piano: MUSC 259 and 455

For Organ: MUSC 259 and 459

For Instrumental: MUSC 248 and 349

For Vocal: MUSC 257 and 457

 

The candidate must also complete the Professional Education minor consisting of Education 250, 316, 350, 440, and 450; and Psychology 303.

NOTE: Students will not be permitted to complete more than 50% of the Professional Education minor (excluding student teaching) until they are formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program. All candidates must be fully admitted into the Teacher Education Program a minimum of one full semester prior to the semester in which they student teach, ideally no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year.

Additional requirements for the candidate for teacher licensure can be found in the School of Education’s section in this catalog.

 

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PERFORMANCE (78 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who graduate with a major in Music Performance will:

 

  1. demonstrate technical proficiency in the chosen concentration that will enable a high level of artistic self-expression in both solo and ensemble performance;
  2. demonstrate musical understanding based on knowledge of music fundamentals and historical styles and the ability to use this understanding in aural, verbal, and visual analyses;
  3. develop skill in composition and improvisation; and
  4. develop familiarity with technological resources so as to enhance research, composition, teaching, or performance.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

MUSC 105, 106, 205, 206, 211, 247, 305, 306, 312, 325, 326, 405, 413, 446, 447, 453, and 454, MIBS 150 (40 hours)

MUSC 226 (hours counted in core)

Primary Applied (18 hours)

Performance Group (10 hours, with a minimum of one hour in a small ensemble)

 

Secondary Applied (4 hours):

For Piano: Organ (2 hours); Voice (2 hours)

For Organ, Instrumental, and Vocal: Piano (4 hours)

 

Required by Concentration (6 hours):

For Piano: MUSC 259, 426, and 455

For Organ: MUSC 259, 427, and 459

For Instrumental: MUSC 248, 428, and 450

For Vocal: MUSC 257, 425, and 457

 

A minor is not required with this major.

 

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CHURCH MUSIC (77-79 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who graduate with a major in Church Music will:

 

  1. understand the aesthetic principles found in sacred music used for worship and Christian education;
  2. demonstrate a continuing interest in the areas of music performance, worship, leadership, choral and instrumental conducting, and required communication skills; and
  3. think independently and critically concerning music, theology, and church music issues and their interrelationships.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

MUSC 105, 106, 205, 206, 245, 246, 247, 249, 257, 305 (or 405), 306, 325, 326, 347, 348, 446, 447, 465, 466, and 467, MIBS 150 (47 hours)

MUSC 226 (hours counted in core)

Primary Applied (12 hours)

 

Performance Group (9 hours, with a minimum of one hour in a small ensemble)

 

Secondary Applied (7-8 hours):

For Piano: Voice (5 hours); Organ (2 hours)

For Organ: Voice (5 hours); Piano (2)|

For Instrumental: Voice (4 hours); Piano (4 hours)

For Vocal: Piano (4 hours); Applied electives or Performance Groups or a combination of the two (4 hours)

 

Required by Concentration (2-3 hours):

For Piano: MUSC 259 and 455

For Organ: MUSC 259 and 459

For Instrumental: MUSC 450

For Vocal: MUSC 457

 

A minor is not required with this major.

 

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DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS (36 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students will:

 

Discuss the significant historical developments of the theater and important movements in dramatic literature;

Demonstrate fundamental skills in stagecraft and theater performance;

Create a theatrical event for a live audience that demonstrates a synthesis between theory and practice.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The Basic Core requirements must be satisfied. ENGL 101 and 102 are prerequisite to all major courses unless an exception is granted by the chair. Students must complete a 24 hour core and a 12 hour concentration. The core is comprised of the following courses:

 

THEA 203 (3hrs), 222, 330, 331, 381, 382, 430, and 434

 

The concentration must be selected from one of the following areas (the student may choose to combine concentrations):

 

PERFORMANCE (12 HOURS)

 

THEA 225, 325, 332, 435, 440, 441, 442, or 450

 

TECH/DESIGN (12 HOURS)

 

THEA 223, 225, 325, 390, 400, or 450

 

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DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL ARTS

 

The Department offers two concentrations for Art majors matriculating in either of its degree programs. The Two Dimensional track includes the mediums of Drawing, Painting, Figure Drawing, and Printmaking. The Three Dimensional track emphasizes Ceramics and Sculpture. Courses comprising each concentration are as follows:

 

Two Dimensional: ART 322, 323, 341, 342, 362, 363, 382, 383, 460, 462, 484

Three Dimensional: ART 352, 353, 392, 393, 435, 455

 

All majors are required to exhibit during the senior year an exhibition of work that demonstrates a concentrated focus in technique, style, and content. A thesis defending the work and a presentation of the thesis before art faculty is required. Majors are required to engage in active exhibition of their work including exhibiting in annual student exhibits. The formulation of a slide portfolio, work portfolio, and resume are required. Exhibit requirements are detailed in the exhibition handout available to art majors from their advisor.

 

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ART - BACHELOR OF ARTS (50 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

The student will:

 

demonstrate a broad base of technical proficiency in the studio arts and develop a high level of artistic expression; and

possess the necessary background in art history and understand the role of the artist in society.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The Basic Course requirements must be satisfied. ARTS 225 is suggested to meet the three hour requirement in the Dimensions of Self; it cannot be used to fulfill requirements for the major. Classes required for completing the major are as follows:

 

Academic: ARTS 120, 125, 410, 413, 424, and 426 in addition to one of the following: ARTS 140, 145, 305, or 416 (14 hours)

Foundation Studio: ARTS 200, 210, 220, 250, 260, 280, 290, and 341 (24 hours)

Level 300: 12 elective hours at or above the 300 level. Nine of these hours must be taken from one studio sequence.

 

The required minor may be selected from any offered by the University.

 

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ART - BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (67 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

The student will:

 

develop a portfolio suitable for making application to pursue further study at the graduate level;

demonstrate a high degree of technical proficiency and artistic expression in the chosen concentration; and

possess the necessary background in art history and understand the role of the artist in society.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The Basic Course requirements must be satisfied. Classes required for completing the major are as follows:

 

Art Academic: ARTS 120, 125, 410, 413, 424, and 426 in addition to two of the following: ARTS 140, 145, 305, or 416 (17 hours)

Foundation Studio: ARTS 200, 210, 220, 250, 260, 280, 290, and 341 (these must be completed prior to or concurrently with required 300 level courses) (24 hours)

Level 300: 24 elective hours at or above the 300 level. 15 of these hours must be taken from one studio concentration sequence and the remaining nine hours from outside of the concentration.

 

A minor is not required with this major.

 

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ART - BACHELOR OF ART EDUCATION (79 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

The student will:

 

Demonstrate a broad base of technical proficiency in the studio.

Possess a broad art history background.

Understand the role of the artist in society.

Understand the role of the art educator in the community.

Advocate for art and art education in the schools and community.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The basis course requirements must be satisfied. ARTS 225 is suggested to meet the three hour requirement in the Dimensions of Self in the Core; it cannot be used to fulfill requirements for the major. Classes Required:

 

Academic: ARTS 120, 125, 410, 413, 424, and 426 in addition to one of the following: ARTS 140, 145, 305, or 416 (14 hours)

FOUNDATION STUDIO: ARTS 200, 210, 220, 250, 260, 280, and 290 (21 hours)

UPPER LEVEL STUDIO: 12 hours of upper level studio courses 300 or above. Nine of these hours must be taken from either two-dimensional or three dimensional studio sequence.

REQUIRED MINOR

Art Education Minor of Thirty Hours: EDUC 250, 350, 316; PSYC 303: ARTS 415; EDUC 450

SENIOR PROJECT

Art Education Majors must complete an exhibition of work that demonstrates a concentrated focus in technique, style and content. A thesis defending the work and a presentation of the thesis before the art faculty is required. The formulation of a slide portfolio, work portfolio of original images, and resume are required. Exhibit requirements are detailed in the exhibition handout available to art majors from their advisor and can be viewed online at the art website.

 

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MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

ART HISTORY (18 HOURS)

ARTS 120 and 125 (6 hours)

ARTS 200 or 210 (3 hours)

ARTS 220, 250 or 290 (3 hours)

ARTS 140, 145, 305, or 416 (6 hours)

 

MUSIC (18 HOURS)

MUSC 105 and 106 (8 hours)

Four semesters of a major performing organization (4 hours)

Applied music (jury required) (6 hours)

At least four of the applied music hours must be in the same area of concentration. Recital attendance is required (one-half of the number of recitals required for music majors) during each semester in which applied music credit toward the minor is being earned (see departmental handbook).

 

STUDIO ARTS (18 HOURS)

ARTS 120 or 125 (3 hours)

ARTS 200 or 210 (3 hours)

ARTS 250 or 290 (3 hours)

ARTS 250, 260, 280, 290, 322, 341, 342, 352, 362, 382, or 392 (9 hours)

 

The minor in studio art requires the exhibit of a body of the strongest work that the student has produced during studio classes. Works to be exhibited must be approved by the art faculty one semester prior to the planned exhibit. The exhibit can be scheduled as soon as the minor is completed, or during the senior year, whichever comes first. Refer to exhibit requirements handout for art minors, available from faculty for required information and procedures.

 

THEATER ARTS (18 HOURS)

Any 18 hours of THEA courses


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER MAJORS

All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement and majoring in a field of study offered by the music division must complete MUSC 225 or 226 as part of the general education core curriculum.