LARTS 252 – Origins and History of Drama
Theater is a part of the developing story of every human culture, an inherent paradox – the attempt to explore psychological depths and spiritual mysteries in a controlled scheme. The course examines the origins of European drama and traces its development through key transitional periods. Plays are chosen according to what is being produced locally and according to shared thematic content. Students attend at least one play in performance. (2 credits, GE) Keppel 

»LARTS 291 – Visual Arts Studio: Creative Inquiry
This course will examine what enables us to be artists and create an environment that fosters pleasure in intellectual risk-taking. Directed and sustained observations while encountering art at The Museum of Fine Arts collection and rotating exhibitions will stimulate visual and critical thinking. By looking closely and discussing what we see when discovering and creating individual works of art, we will have the opportunity to engage concepts in critical thinking ranging from the concrete to the abstract, examining thoughts on the construction of a piece of art as well as associations generated by a particular image or subject. By participating in a discussion process that is open-ended, inquiry-based and viewer-centered, we will focus on the awareness that artists are always considering distinctions and making choices. (2 credits, GE) Popova

»LARTS 292 – Art History: Critical Analysis
In this course, challenging discussion and written analysis will be catalysts for understanding art. During visits to the Museum of Fine Arts, we will describe and probe what we see as a foundation for critical analysis. Studio investigations will explore the theories and media used in significant periods of art. We will examine multiple interpretations of content and context in the work of artists of different cultures and time periods. Active use of an artist journal, discussion of readings, written assignments, and studio projects will allow us to make larger connections to how one can expansively reflect on history and the objects that endure, as well as those that are lost, fleeting, or yet to be discovered. (2 credits, GE) Faculty

»LARTS 293 – Sculpture Studio
This course will provide the opportunity to study, experiment with, and create three-dimensional forms both large and small. We will also examine modern and contemporary sculpture and installations, as well as some basic architectural elements. Writing assignments and gallery visits are also required. (2 credits, GE) Popova 

»LARTS 295 – Interarts: Multimedia Collaborations
Interarts will access all the arts and confront the same issues that must be tackled in every discipline to create innovative work. How does each artist engage inventive ideas and approaches critical to meaningful statements in art and performance? Museum of Fine Arts visits and studio sessions in looking and listening will support the mutually respectful community of collaborators in this class. We will focus on questions regarding motivation, goals, structure, and origin in the works we are making, want to make, or don’t want to make. Multiple ways of engaging a wide range of disciplines will include improvisation and chance and the use of non-traditional tools and media. This course lives in a place that is “inter”: that which is between and among, offering an opportunity to experiment and wonder. (2 credits, GE) Popova 

»LARTS 332 – Poetry Workshop
In this course, students will read and write poetry, and read and discuss the poetry of classmates, both in the workshop itself and in small groups outside class. As poet Robert Creeley points out, “Form is never more than an extension of content, and content is never more than an extension of form.” As such, we will concentrate on the techniques of poetry, such as rhythm, alliteration, assonance, consonance, rhyme, line breaks, pace, tone, point of view, and the use of figurative language such as metaphor, simile, irony, paradox, personification, and apostrophe. Students will also attend two poetry readings and watch weekly on-line poetry videos. At the end of the term, the class will give a poetry reading and produce a class poetry chapbook. (2 credits, GE) Lepson

LARTS 351 – Contemporary Drama: 1950 to present
This course examines themes, theories and techniques relevant to contemporary drama from 1950 to the present, with an emphasis on plays produced in the last fifteen years. Students attend at least one of the assigned plays in performance and have the opportunity to engage texts by rehearsing scenes during class time. (2 credits, GE) Keppel 

LARTS 352 – Drama Workshop I
Drama Workshop I is a collaborative workshop in the elements of acting and directing, the creation of a truly collaborative, “serious-play” space where students can take risks and explore the dramatic art form in order to become better actors and better performers. No previous acting experience is required. Students engage in various sense memory exercises and group improvisations and work together as a unit on a series of scenes from a play currently being rehearsed and performed at the B.U. Theater. (2 credits, GE) Keppel 

LARTS 372 – Creative Writing
A workshop in the elements of Creative Writing, with an emphasis on the craft of writing prose memoirs, short fiction, and one-act plays. We will begin with a series of free-writing exercises (e.g., intensive visualizations of places, people, or scenes) and use these to discuss strategies for the purposeful and effective use of point of view, concrete details, figurative language, plot, character, motivations, conflict, and dialogue. Students submit at least one completed work to the workshop for supportive discussion and feedback, and then return to the group with a revision. (2 credits, GE) Keppel

LARTS 382 – Drama Workshop II
An extension of the techniques of acting and directing presented in Drama Workshop I. Students learn the elements of putting on a full production of a play and perform it at an NEC venue. Prerequisite: LARTS 352. (2 credits, GE) Keppel

LARTS 384 – The Theater of the Absurd
This course examines themes, theories and techniques relevant to the Theatre of the Absurd, the culmination of the modernist eruption in European theatre from 1880-1960. Students attend at least one of the assigned plays in performance and have the opportunity (but are not required) to engage the texts by working scenes during class time. (2 credits, GE) Keppel