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Principal Course Distribution Requirement

Principal courses offer introductions to the breadth of disciplines in the College. They acquaint students with the subject matter in an area, with the types of questions that are asked about that subject matter, with the knowledge that has been developed and is now basic to the area, and with the methods and standards by which claims to truth are judged.

Students must complete courses in topical groups in three major divisions (humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, and social sciences). For the B.A., three courses are required from each division, with no more than one course from any topical group. The B.G.S. requires two courses from each division, with no more than one from any topical group. To fulfill the requirement, a course must be designated as a principal course according to the codes listed below.

These are the major divisions, their topical subgroups, and the codes that identify them:

Humanities

  • HT: Historical studies
  • HL: Literature and the arts
  • HR: Philosophy and religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • NB: Biological sciences
  • NE: Earth sciences
  • NM: Mathematical sciences
  • NP: Physical science

Social Sciences

  • SC: Culture and society
  • SI: Individual behavior
  • SF: Public affairs

No course may fulfill both a principal course distribution requirement and a non-Western culture or second-level mathematics course requirement. Laboratory science courses designated as principal courses may fulfill both the laboratory science requirement and one of the distribution requirements. No free-standing laboratory course may by itself fulfill either the laboratory science requirement or a principal course requirement. Students should begin taking principal courses early in their academic careers. An honors equivalent of a principal course may fulfill a principal course requirement.

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Non-Western Culture Requirement

A non-Western culture course acquaints students with the culture, society, and values of a non-Western people, for example, from Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Middle East, or Africa. Students must complete one approved non-Western culture course.

One approved non-Western culture course is required. Occasionally courses with varying topics fulfill the non-Western culture course requirement. See the Schedule of Classes for details. These courses are coded NW.

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Transfer and Earned Credit Course Codes

These codes are used to evaluate transfer credit and to determine which academic requirements a course meets.

  • H: Humanities
  • N: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • S: Social Sciences
  • W: World Civilization and Culture
  • U: Undesignated Elective Credit (course does not satisfy distribution requirement)

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This is an advanced voice and speech course for actors aiming to further increase their command over tone, rhythm, pacing, and diction. Their range and power will be extended. Through discovery of the demands of a variety of classical texts, the actor will be challenged both in verse and in prose to develop the skills necessary to fully interpret that material. Prerequisite: THR 212. LEC
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Study of painting equipment, tools, pigments, binders, and vehicles, and their relationship to the surfaces to be painted. Instruction in basic painting techniques. Prerequisite: THR 115 and THR 215. LEC
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Study of new media in theatre and film/video production, primarily computer technologies and methods for the theatrical designer or art director. Emphasis on computer 3-D modeling and color rendering. Prerequisite: THR 116, THR 215, or permission of instructor. LEC
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Holistic production design, including lighting, scenery, and costumes, for classic theatre scripts. Contrasts historical styles of production with styles for contemporary spaces and audiences. Projects tailored to the needs and level of the students. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Holistic production design, including lighting, scenery, and costumes, for modern theatre scripts. Examines modern styles of production. Projects tailored to the needs and level of the students. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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A survey of Western style from ancient Egypt to the Restoration. Focus is placed on developing a comprehensive understanding of the stylistic relationships between art, architecture, clothing, decor, manners, and social and political history. Prerequisite: Nine hours in theatre/design/technical courses or consent of instructor. LEC
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Continuation of THR 520, from the Restoration to the present day. Prerequisite: Nine hours in theatre/design/technical courses or consent of instructor. LEC
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Study of developments in world theatre and drama from the ancient world to the eighteenth century. LEC
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Study of developments in world theatre and drama since the eighteenth century. LEC
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A survey of traditional and modern theatre and performance in Asia, with greatest attention given to India, China, and Japan. A study of plays, dramatic genres, history, conventions of play production, acting styles and other performance forms. (Same as EALC 527.) LEC
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Historical approach to the development of theatre and performing arts in the United States. LEC
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The representation(s) of race in significant texts and performance styles in American theatre analyzed according to political ideologies, dramatic movements and the impact of these factors on the representation of the "other" in the theatre. (Same as AAAS 585 and AMS 529.) LEC
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This course is an exploration of interactive drama techniques and practices of the evolving field of applied theatre. The tools of applied theatre serve varied purposes and are being used around the world for community-building, personal empowerment, to address social and political issues, and to strengthen communication skills. The class will work specifically on community-based dialogue and classroom situations that students and professors encounter in their daily lives. LEC
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Individual studio activity. Course content to be determined by the student under the supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC
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A survey of theories, history, literature, criticism, production methods, and audience research about theatre performed by adults for children and adolescents. Emphasis is on child development and community outreach. Prerequisite: THR 308 or consent of instructor. LEC
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A laboratory experience in developing and conducting improvisational drama workshops with children or adolescents in local schools. Includes readings by leading theorists and practitioners. Prerequisite: Actors cast in current KU Theatre for Young People production, or THR 404, or consent of instructor. LEC
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Readings, lectures, and practice dealing with the relationship between actor and director. Prerequisite: THR 508. LEC
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Continuation of THR 517. Emphasis on computer-generated images as scenic media in production situations. Prerequisite: THR 517, or permission of instructor. LEC
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Holistic production design, including lighting, scenery, and costumes, for musical theatre, opera, and dance. Examines development and changes in design styles in the evolution of musical theatre, opera, and dance and the special requirements of these forms. Projects tailored to the needs and level of the students. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Holistic production design, including lighting, scenery, and costumes, for contemporary scripts. Examines contemporary episodic scripts written for the stage that are based on a filmic structure, the special problems of these kinds of scripts, and the respective problems of designing for theatre and film. Projects tailored to the needs and level of the students. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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Holistic production design, including lighting, scenery, and costumes, for experimental scripts/scenarios. Examines experimental approaches to a variety of script/scenarios, including mixed-media production. Projects tailored to the needs and level of the students. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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This seminar critically explores myths in dramatic literature from ancient to contemporary times, using select authors from different cultures. Analysis of the works will be based on both conventional and post-structuralist theories and specific emphasis will be on myths that have been adapted cross-culturally and/or in different time perspectives. LEC
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Course organized any given semester to study particular subject matter or to take advantage of special competency by an individual faculty member. Topics change as needs and resources develop. Class discussion, readings, and individual projects. LEC
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Research reading and presentation of reports on specific subjects related to the students major area of specialization. May be repeated up to a total of six credits on petition. Required of all MFA Scenography students. LEC
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This course is designed for the study of special topics in Theatre. Credit for coursework must be arranged through the Office of KU Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC
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Study with an approved theatre company. Emphasis may be in one or all of the following areas: acting, directing, stage management, technical theatre, promotion management. No more than six hours may be applied to an M.A. degree. Course will be graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. FLD
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The purpose of this course is to permit selected students, by consent of instructor, to develop or continue dramatic writing projects in theatre, film, television, and radio under the individual supervision of the instructor. LEC
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An approach to acting styles of the period, based on a study of the art, customs, spirit, and the theatre of the times applied to scene studies taken from the works of Shakespeare. Prerequisite: THR 106 and THR 206 or consent of instructor. LEC
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An approach to acting styles of the period, based on a study of the art, customs, spirit, and the theatre of the times applied to scene studies taken from the works of English Restoration dramatists and those 18th century English playwrights writing in the Restoration mode. Prerequisite: THR 106 and THR 206 or consent of instructor. LEC
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Practical experience in directing. Prerequisite: THR 609. RSH
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To be taken by M.F.A. candidates during those semesters in which they are assigned to design one or more elements in a production to be mounted on one of our stages. Weekly critique and discussion of solutions to practical design problems from conception through execution. May be repeated for a total of no more than six hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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A study of the development of Russian theatre and dramatic literature from 1898 to the present. Lectures and readings in English. (Same as SLAV 562.) LEC
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Major emphasis is placed upon the principles of research, bibliographical data, and research methods useful in theatre and performance studies. The course should be taken at the beginning of the graduate student's program. LEC
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Preparation for faculty careers in theatre and related fields, including issues of research, teaching, and service. At least three hours per semester will be devoted to training in responsible scholarship. May be repeated for credit. RSH
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Advanced creative projects which may be elected by master's degree candidates in lieu of thesis. RSH
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Provides graduate level experience in a wide range of theatre activity related to the summer theatre production or productions. Work may include activity in the following areas: acting, directing, design, technical theatre, voice and/or movement. Specialized skills are developed through individual classes, production preparation, and performance. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. FLD
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Individually supervised directing of theatre pieces for public presentation. In special cases credit may be given for musical direction, choreography, or stage management. Prerequisite: THR 715. FLD
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Readings, lectures, discussions and papers on acting and directing theory; is concerned with the divergence between presentational and representational acting methods and the emergence of directing art. Prerequisite: THR 609 or THR 715. LEC
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Continuation of THR 719, but production design assignments will be more complex and larger in scope. May be repeated for maximum of six hours credit. Prerequisite: Six hours of THR 719 and consent of instructor. LEC
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A study of developments in African theatre in the 20th Century focusing on themes, concepts, styles, and critical perspectives. The course will investigate the idea of an "African theatre" and identify different periods and movements within national and international contexts. The analysis of representative works and authors will be grounded within appropriate theoretical frameworks. LEC
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Intensive investigation of selected topics. Individual study emphasized. LEC
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Intensive investigation of selected topics. Individual study emphasized. LEC
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Directed research and experimentation in theatre. Limited to eight hours credit toward the Master's degree. RSH
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A graduate seminar devoted to selected historical, theoretical, or critical issues in theatre. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC
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A study of the movements in playwriting and theatrical production in Europe and America from the mid-19th century to World War II. Prerequisite: THR 525 and THR 526 or comparable courses. LEC
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A study of developments in Europe and American playwriting, directing, acting, and design from World War II to the present. SEM
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A survey of dramatic theory from Plato to Lessing. LEC
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A survey of dramatic theory from Lessing to Langer. LEC
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Study in depth of selected theorists. Offered as determined by faculty availability and student interest. LEC
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Contemporary approaches to theatre and drama criticism. Emphasis on actual practice, using a variety of critical methods. FLD
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This course focuses on the advanced study of research methods, subjects, interpretative paradigms, theoretical frameworks, and philosophies of history employed in contemporary approaches to writing and teaching theatre history. Prerequisite: THR 525 and THR 526 or equivalent. LEC
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This course is designed to acquaint students with the profession of art education by helping to increase an awareness of the role and characteristics of an effective art teacher. Large and small group activities and assignments are dispersed throughout the semester to facilitate these outcomes. Students are involved in observation of and participation with art teachers and pupils in the public school classrooms, which complement course activities and assignments. VAE 100 is a professional course. LEC
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The course aims to develop students' appreciation of designed objects in contemporary life whether they are historical icons or everyday items in the immediate environment. The instructional materials and activities assist students in acquiring the knowledge and skills for critically analyzing, discussing, and evaluating objects. Course content is interdisciplinary with a focus on design history. The class is open to all students and is relevant to those who have taken classes in art, design, architecture, and art history. Not open to students with credit in VAE 530. LEC
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Course to be offered in an area of special interest to individual faculty and qualified students. (This course is not regularly offered. The current Schedule of Classes should be consulted.) May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104, or permission of instructor. LEC
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This methods course provides an overview of the professional practices of K-12 art educators. Course content deals with the art education program, K-12, in relationship to the rest of the curriculum. This encompasses goals, objective sequence, courses offered at various levels, finance, staffing and administration. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor. LEC
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The course is designed to provide the student with an awareness of and sensitivity to the concept of multicultural education. Topics related to the rationale for and processes of providing a multicultural perspective within the schools will be addressed. Field experiences will be structured to provide students with opportunities to observe the diversity within our society. LEC
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An introduction to art designed for the general university student. Designed to facilitate understanding and viewing works of art. Basic information including elements and principles of art, materials and techniques used by artists, and the function of art in society. LEC
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Child growth and development in art. Materials as they relate to a sequential art education curriculum in the elementary school. Prerequisite: Admission to the School of Education or the education division of the graduate school. LEC
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This methods course provides an overview of the professional practices of K-12 art educators. Course content deals with the art education program, K-12, in relationship to the rest of the curriculum. This encompasses goals, objective sequence, courses offered at various levels, finance, staffing and administration. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor. LEC
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Building on the experience of VAE 100 and VAE 320, this course concentrates on art media and technologies for instruction curriculum development in the artroom. Students examine and explore the media appropriate to elementary to secondary levels, learn the technologies relevant to these media, and prepare studio products that reflect their learning. The major goals of the course are to become knowledgeable of studio techniques, artistic materials and tools for student learning, and budgetary concerns and issues. Prerequisite: VAE 320 or permission of instructor. LEC
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Only one enrollment permitted each semester; a maximum of four hours will apply toward the bachelor's degree. Prerequisite: Recommendation of advisor and consent of instructor. IND
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A supervised teaching experience in an approved school setting, with level and subject area to be selected according to the teaching field. Prerequisite: Admission to the student teaching program. FLD
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The focus of this course is developing integration strategies and acquiring computer skills for using technology, educational software, digital media, and information technology appropriate to the elementary and secondary school art teaching environments. Students gain expertise in the selection of appropriate instructional technologies and digital media for use in the artroom; production of technology-based instructional materials; and the evaluation and validation of a variety of technology information sources. LEC
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The course aims to develop students' appreciation of designed objects in contemporary life whether they are historical icons or everyday items in the immediate environment. The instructional materials and activities will assist students in acquiring the knowledge and skills for critically analyzing, discussing, and evaluating objects. Course content is interdisciplinary with a focus on design history. The class is open to all students and is relevant to those who have taken classes in art, design, architecture, and art history. Not open to students with credit in VAE 130. LEC
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A supervised art teaching practicum in which students will learn to employ different teaching strategies with children pre-school through high school in the school or museum setting. Prerequisite: VAE 320, VAE 410, VAE 795 or consent of instructor. LEC
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A special course of study to meet current needs of education students; primarily for undergraduates. LEC
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Individual activity; capstone experience. Course content to be determined by the student under supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit in subsequent semesters; a maximum of nine hours can apply toward the bachelor's degree. Prerequisite: ART 102, ART 103, and ART 104; and twelve hours of Visual Art Education courses, or permission of instructor. IND
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An introduction to the concepts and skills for the development and implementation of evaluation procedures for art education. Topics will include the development of student evaluation, the relationship between instructional objectives and evaluation, various evaluation techniques for art education, grading, and providing grades and feedback (to) students, parents, and schools. Prerequisite: VAE 320 and VAE 410. LEC
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A supervised internship experience leading to initial art teacher certification. The student assumes the total professional role as a teacher of art in an approved school setting. LEC
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A course combining art studio practices, teaching methods, and museum studies, to prepare educators and art educators in the designing of curricula that involve art criticism, art history, art production, and aesthetics. Prerequisite: VAE 320, VAE 410, or consent of instructor. LEC
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This course will examine the education of women in the arts at all levels of schooling (preschool, primary, secondary, and university) and in nonformal settings (art clubs, women's leagues, tutoring, etc.). The intent is to further a historical and contemporary based understanding of gender characteristics and discrimination as they affect the education of women in the arts. Students enrolled in three hours credit will be required to write a case study on the education of a woman artist. LEC
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The course is designed to introduce students to evaluation procedures in art education as they apply to public school teaching K-12. The material will incorporate methods of evaluating student learning in art, the effectiveness of instruction, the designing of instruments, grading procedures including the provision of feedback to students, parents, and schools. Concepts and skills for both formative and summative evaluation will be related to the development of objectives, instruction, and curriculum development as a whole. LEC
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Instructional techniques, methodology, materials, and evaluation. Processes for the specific art area named. May be repeated for credit in different media. LEC
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This course provides a general overview to the museum education field. Course readings include current ideas and issues on learning, art education, criticism, the museum in education, and museum education practices. LEC
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A study of the psychology, philosophy, content, and media in art expression and its relationship to mental and creative growth with exceptional children. Prerequisite: SPED 741, which may be taken concurrently. LEC
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A supervised internship experience leading to initial art teacher certification. The student assumes the total professional role as a teacher of art in an approved school setting. LEC
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The course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for using and assessing the impact of microcomputers, video recorders, and other technological developments in art education. Prerequisite: T&L 601 or equivalent. LEC
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A special course of study to meet current needs of education professionals; primarily for graduate students. LEC
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A study of research, resources, and media as they relate to learning goals in a sequential art curriculum for use by teachers. The amount of credit reflects the extent of the curriculum being developed and the amount of work involved in the development process. LEC
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An examination of the four phases of art criticism (description, analysis, interpretation and judgment) will be followed by practice in using these phases in the development of effective art curriculum for all developmental levels. Prerequisite: PRE 702 and PRE 704 or equivalents. LEC
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Theoretical introduction to the problems involved in teaching critical appreciation of the arts; examination of materials from aesthetics, art history, and criticism. LEC
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A study of the historical development of art education. Prerequisite: Nine hours of education. LEC
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This course examines the issues and procedures commonly used to conduct research in art education in preparation for students' graduate theses or projects. Research methods are adapted and applied to students' professional needs and interests in the form of a research proposal. LEC
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An independent reading course in preparation for the M.A. Examination. The grade will be an S or U, as determined by the performance on the examination. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. LEC
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Supervised and directed experiences in selected professional settings and cooperating agencies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. FLD
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Prerequisite: Consent of advisor and instructor. RSH
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A study of the administration of school, museum, and community arts education programs. Topics will include curriculum development, personnel supervision, finance, and the quantitative and qualitative evaluation of arts programs. Prerequisite: T&L 703 or equivalent. LEC
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An examination of research methodology in visual arts education. Emphasis will be on philosophical, historical, qualitative, and quantitative research development. Prerequisite: PRE 715 or equivalent. LEC
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Research from psychology, sociology, and anthropology will be examined for its implications for the artistic development of the child. Topics include cross-cultural and age comparisons of children's graphic symbol development, aesthetic judgments, and perceptual skills. Prerequisite: PRE 702 and PRE 704 or equivalents. LEC
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Supervised and directed experiences in selected educational settings. The advisor will schedule regular observations of the field experience and conferences with the student. Written summaries and evaluations of the field experiences will be prepared independently by the student, a representative of the cooperating agency, and the advisor. Open only to advanced students. Field experience credit in any one semester may not exceed five hours, and total credit may not exceed eight hours. LEC
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To meet the college teaching experience requirement for doctoral programs, a student shall engage in a semester long, planned, instructional activity that shall include college classroom teaching under supervision. Planning shall be done with the advisor and/or member of the faculty who will supervise the experience. The activity shall be done under the supervision of a member of the University of Kansas faculty or by an individual or individuals designated by the candidate's committee. RSH
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Prerequisite: Prior graduate course work in the area of study and consent of instructor. RSH
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