Requirements for Fine Arts

Professors Kagan, Lewis; Associate Professors F. Archer, Fox; Adjunct Associate Professors Dubroff, Prevo; Assistant Professor Salvage; Lecturer M. Archer
Chair: Pamela P. Fox

The Department of Fine Arts offers two majors: Theatre and Visual Arts.

The requirement for a major in Theatre is a minimum of 32 hours, to include:

  • Theatre 101, 201, 220, 251, 252, 253, 254, 321, 361, 401, 498, 499.
  • Two additional dramatic literature courses from: Theatre 201, 360, English 270, 313, 314, 334, French 401, German 401, Spanish 405, 408.

The requirement for a major in Visual Arts is a minimum of 34 hours, to include:

  • Visual Arts 200, 202, 220, 498, 499.
  • Five classes from the following: Visual Arts 221, 222, 223, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 361, Theatre 401.
  • Two additional classes from the following: Visual Arts 201, 204, 205, 208, 210, 360, Philosophy 218.

The Department of Fine Arts offers three minors: one in Music, one in Theatre, and one in the Visual Arts.

The requirements for a minor in Music are 15 credit hours;

  • Music 220 and 221 (Music Theory I and II) are required
  • any one 300-level music class other than Music 350-353 (Theory and Practice of Choral Music) or Music 354-357 (Theory and Practice of Instrumental Ensemble Music);
  • to complete the minor, students must take any two courses from among the following: Music 101 (Introduction to Music Literature), Music 216 (Music of the Twentieth Century), Music 217 (American Music), Music 218 (Jazz History), Music 219 (History of Opera), and Physics 135 (The Physics of Sound)
  • Students pursuing the minor in Music are strongly encouraged to participate in two semesters of Music 250-253 (Theory and Practice of Choral Music) or Music 254-257 (Theory and Practice of Instrumental Ensemble Music)

The requirements for a minor in Theatre are 15 credit hours from the courses listed below, including

  • at least three Theatre offerings: Theatre 101 (Introduction to Theatre), Theatre 201 (Asian Theatre), Theatre 220 (Acting), Theatre 321 (Directing), Theatre 360 (Topics in Theatre Theory and Literature), Theatre 361 (Topics in Theatre Practice), Theatre 401 (Theatre Design and Technology),
  • English 270 (Introduction to Shakespeare), English 313 (English Drama), English 314 (Modern Drama), English 334 (Special Topics in Shakespeare), French 401 (French Theatre), German 401 (German Theatre), Spanish 405 (Twentieth Century Latin American Theatre), Spanish 408 (Theatre of the Golden Age)

The requirements for a minor in the Visual Arts are 15 credit hours from the Visual Arts courses listed below, including at least one studio, one lecture, and two 300-level courses. 

Lecture courses should be chosen from the following:

Visual Arts 200 (Art in the Contemporary World), Visual Arts 201 (The History of Western Art I), Visual Arts 202 (The History of Western Art II), Visual Arts 204 (Greek and Roman Art and Architecture), Visual Arts 205 (Medieval Art and Architecture), Visual Arts 208 (Western Art of 19th and 20th Centuries), Visual Arts 210 (American Photography), Visual Arts 360 (Topics in Art History). Studio courses should be chosen from the following: Visual Arts 220 (Color and Two-Dimensional Design), Visual Arts 221 (Drawing I), Visual Arts 222 (Painting I), Visual Arts 223 (Photography I), Visual Arts 321 (Drawing II), Visual Arts 322 (Painting II), Visual Arts 323 (Photography II), Visual Arts 324 (Digital Photography), Visual Arts 325 (Portraiture), Visual Arts 361 (Topics in Studio Art).

Students interested in going into arts management may want to consider Economics 101 as the prerequisite for the following helpful courses: Business 222, 231, or 241; and may also want to consult with the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts about courses in the Sweet Briar Arts Management Program.

Students interested in taking private music lessons for academic credit can do so at Longwood University by enrolling in Music 155/156, 255/256 through the Longwood University Cooperative Program.  Students are encouraged to see Professor Salvage for details.

updated 6/27/13