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Faculty of Culture, Creative and Performing Arts

Course Descriptions - MA Creative Arts

Courses in the MA Creative Arts

Kindly note that not all courses are offered in any given year. You may check the Cave Hill On-Line course schedule at the beginning of the semester for the list of courses available for that semester.

ARTS6000 Seminar: Aesthetics, Theory and Criticism (3 credits) (compulsory for all specialisations)
ASSESSMENT:  100 % Coursework
This course begins with a cross-cultural investigation of issues in the history of aesthetics and the philosophy of art and proceeds by examining developments in the arts from the perspective of Caribbean societies as they navigate the challenges of Independence in a dynamic global environment.

ARTS6001 Theorising Caribbean Art (3 credits) (compulsory for all specialisations)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
This course examines Caribbean cultural and intellectual history through art, artistic expression, artists and arts movements. Students engage original works of art emanating from folk expression, music, architecture, masquerade, cinematic forms, visual arts, theatre, literature and dance. The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of the range and depth of Caribbean artistic expression.

ARTS6002 Theories of Learning in the Arts  (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
This course explores theories of formal, informal and community learning in and through the arts. It examines developments in theory, practice, research and policy relating to arts-learning environments and surveys developments in the field of art education and analyses current practices and techniques with specific reference to pedagogical issues. The course also considers the roles of research, theory and practice and policy and their impacts on arts-learning environments.
ARTS6003 Curriculum Design in the Arts (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
This course will introduce students to curriculum theory and practice focusing on creative arts. It prepares students to create and deliver arts curricula in schools. It examines principles of curriculum design and development. Students are introduced to the values, practices and range of ideas that inform the field of art education. The course analyses approaches to curriculum development in the arts that enable new ways of conceiving instruction in the arts and new curriculum initiatives. It also aims to help teachers design, develop and evaluate effective curriculum to create maximum learning experiences in the Caribbean.
ARTS6004 Critical Pedagogy in the Arts (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 60% Coursework; 40% Final Examination
This course focuses on the methods, materials, tools and techniques of teaching creative arts. Students examine various art education methodologies, plan and conduct art lessons.

ARTS6005 Community Arts (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
Often called “community engaged arts” this course offers students an opportunity to interact or dialogue with a specific community who are not normally engaged in the arts. Student will research the community’s history, interview community members, and present their findings through any performance medium, such as drama, film, installation art or photography.
ARTS6006 Conservation and Exhibition Management (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
This course explores the theoretical framework of collecting, collections management and exhibitions relating these to developments in the Caribbean. It examines the organisation and functioning of the arts and museums in regional and international contexts, issues and developments in curatorial practice and the managerial aspects of scheduling and managing arts exhibits.
ARTS6007 Audience and Visitor Dynamics (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 75% Coursework; 25% Final Examination
This course explores the role of visitor studies and audience research within the arts and culture sector. It examines current research, trends and evaluation techniques. Students learn that audience and visitor research is an effective management-planning tool critical to programme delivery, audience development and exhibition design.
ARTS6008 Arts Administration (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT:  100% Coursework
This course provides an overview of strategic planning and management systems in arts and cultural industries focusing on arts and culture organisations. It examines organisational structure and communication skills essential to arts management. Students will understand best practices in arts and cultural industries management in order to deliver quality programs and services. Upon completion of the course, students should understand the application to arts and culture of basic economic principles, consumer choice, market system, money, and finance important to the management of arts and cultural industries.

ARTS 6009  Marketing the Arts  (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
This course explores the marketing functioning of arts and cultural industries within the media environment context of the Caribbean. It pays particular attention to corporate identity and critically examines marketing strategies and current practices applied to arts and cultural industries.
The course examines strategy development related to audience, community and market dynamics. It also considers the specifics of message development and communication media (including interpersonal, community, print, broadcasting and new media environments) in order to develop a complete and integrated marketing plan for an arts and cultural industries organisation. Students evaluate the effectiveness of marketing strategies applied to arts and cultural industries in the Caribbean.

Particular attention is paid to the Internet and arts marketing. Students learn to conduct research on the web and examine ways in which the web is currently used by arts, entertainment, and media organisations in fund raising, public relations, promotions, and advocacy efforts.

ARTS6010 Entrepreneurship and Project Management in the Arts (3 credits)
This course explores the skills and techniques required for effective and creative business leadership and management of arts, culture and heritage industries with a view of creating, producing and distributing a product or service. It examines organisational requirements, functions, problems, and opportunities arts entrepreneurs must address. Special focus is given to environmental analysis and decision making relating to selection of artists and artwork, idea or story acquisition and development, licensing and talent selection. The development of communication skills and relations with artists, artists’ representatives, booking agents, talent agents and company managers are examined.
The course considers a variety of arts and culture opportunities, including the management of live performance, visual arts, festivals and events, music, film and digital media. It examines project management functions, the project management life cycle, and project management control systems. Students will produce an arts season, performance series or related cultural product for a selected aspect of EBCCI’s programming or another approved arts organisation. The final report will include a budget, marketing goals and objectives, sponsors, grants and other funding mechanisms that will be pursued, and a summary describing how the season fits in with the organisation’s budget, mission, audience and technical specifications.

ARTS6011 Festive Celebrations of the Caribbean (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
This course examines critical issues and approaches to the study of Caribbean festive culture –celebrating arts and cultural heritage, music, food, religion, national holidays, marine activity, and sports. It explores the theoretical, cultural and historical basis of festivals and their contemporary manifestations, uses and purposes. Students use case studies to explore issues relating to the organisation and cultural significance, economic and environmental impact of festivals in the Caribbean.
ARTS 6012 Professional Practice (6 credits)
ASSESSMENT: Pass/Fail based on Evaluation and Participation
This professional placement course provides an opportunity for students to undertake an in-depth, self initiated programme of study, involving contact with or working directly within the arts and cultural industries sector. Students sign an internship contract, specifying job functions and responsibilities at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination or an approved arts institution, a minimum of seven hours a week for one semester.
ARTS6900 Research Methods in the Arts (3 credits) (compulsory for all specialisations)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
This course is organised around the study of research processes and practices used in the arts. It prepares students to design and implement research projects and to develop skills for scholarly writing. It examines theoretical issues and research methods as they apply to the study of artists, arts, artefacts and audiences. This methods course uses an interdisciplinary framework, incorporating knowledge drawn from anthropology, art history, textual analysis and qualitative studies. It also investigates ethnographic research design, strategies and analysis.

ARTS 6910 Creative Arts Project (9 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Project
Before undertaking the creative project, a candidate must be accepted by a faculty advisor, and meet with the creative project advisory committee. A project proposal must be presented and approved by the committee. The creative project must be reviewed and approved by the faculty advisor and meet agreed upon criteria within a stated time frame. The project requires intensive application of knowledge, skills and resources learned in the coursework. The project includes components that require research, creative practice, documentation practice, as well as management skills. Students produce an original creative project equivalent to the production and exhibition of a full-length feature film or a public presentation of an original major dramatic or dance performance.
ARTS6920 Research Paper (9 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
Before undertaking the research paper, a candidate must be accepted by a faculty advisor, and meet with the thesis project advisory committee. A proposal must be presented and approved by the committee. The research paper must be reviewed and approved by the faculty advisor and meet agreed upon criteria within a stated time frame. The research paper requires intensive application of knowledge learned in the coursework. It includes components that require research, documentation practice, sustainable development practice, community relationships as well as management skills. Students write a research paper (15, 000 to 20, 000 words, exclusive of notes and bibliography).

ARTS6990 Arts Internship  (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: Pass/Fail based on Supervisors’ Evaluation; Attendance & Participation; Portfolio
The internship placement is organised around a specific operational problem or series of activities.  Students contribute to the ongoing development of the organisation or agency through planning production, operation, marketing and performance.
DANC6000 Kinesiology for Dance (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
This course examines the field of dance science, placing particular emphasis on anatomical analysis, conditioning principles and injury prevention. Special consideration is given to the application of dance science to rehearsal, choreography, and technique.

DANC6001 Choreography Studio (6 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
This two-semester course allows is a seminar/forum, where seniors work on serious choreographic projects under supervision of the lecturer. It explores the elements and tools of choreography to create comprehensive choreographic works and to craft and arrange movement phrases, while examining the role of music, style, content, dynamics, transitions, patterns, and structure.   Through an in-depth knowledge of compositional vocabulary, students investigate form and structure in advanced movement studies. Through an analytical study of choreography and performance, students critique their own work and the work of others. Students learn to translate ideas, images, and themes into studies that develop their own choreographic voice and personal style. 

DANC6002 Dance Pedagogy (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
This course explores a wide range of skills used in dance teacher education. Students examine the literature, practice and pedagogical strategies of dance education in school and community settings, particularly as it relates to social and cultural development of the Caribbean.

DANC6003 Performance Technique (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
This is an intensive studio course, which provides an in-depth examination of performance techniques and aesthetic expression. Attention is paid to rehearsal and performance of choreography, advanced movement concepts and safety release techniques.

DANC6004 Graduate Dance Studio (3 credits)
ASSESSMENT: 100% Coursework
Students pursue individual directed studies of an approved special project in dance under the supervision of a faculty member. The course offers students the opportunity to explore new areas of creativity in dance. Students work on a substantial creative project such as a major concert.