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General Bulletin 2006-2008

The School of Fine Arts

General Information

The School of Fine Arts offers students opportunity to develop artistic competence, to prepare for a variety of careers in the arts, and to gain a broad cultural and academic background. Programs in the School lead to the following bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Architecture, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science in Art. Graduate degrees offered by the School are described in the Graduate Bulletin, available from the Graduate School.

Accreditation

The Department of Architecture and Interior Design is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board and the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research. The Department of Art is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Ohio Department of Education. The Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the Ohio Department of Education, and both departments of Art and Music are accredited by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education. The Department of Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

The Department of Theatre holds membership in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Black Theatre Network, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.   The Department of Architecture and Interior Design holds membership in the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Interior Design Educators Council. The Department of Art holds membership in the College Art Association.

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to the requirements for admission to the University, there are additional requirements that must be fulfilled in order to declare a major in the School of Fine Arts. Specific requirements are described in the sections on architecture and interior design, art, music, and theatre. They do not apply to students in other divisions who wish to register for individual courses.

Admission into a specific program within the School of Fine Arts is considered at departmental level and is based on: (1) scholastic achievement; (2) creative ability and/or achievement as determined by audition or portfolio review; (3) motivation to study in a specific fine arts area expressed in a written statement or interview; (4) recommendation from high school music/theatre teacher or studio instructor; (5) space availability.

All degree programs in the School of Fine Arts require either a portfolio review or audition. These reviews are conducted prior to admission. Please contact the appropriate department for specific guidelines.

Students in other divisions who wish to participate in ensembles, productions, and certain activities are also subject to review and/or audition. Time and format of these proceedings are determined by the sponsoring department and are not part of the general admission process.

Course Load

Students in the School of Fine Arts may not register for more than 20 hours in a semester without approval of the dean.

Miami Plan

It is important that you consult with your academic adviser to be sure that you select courses that also meet requirements for your major.

Requirements for Graduation

Candidates for degrees must comply with all university academic regulations and must complete one of the curricula outlined. A minimum of 128 semester hours is required for graduation by all departments in the School of Fine Arts. Miami Plan courses are included in this total.

Please note, in some programs of study it may take longer than four years to complete the professional requirements for your bachelor’s degree.

No-Major Option

If you are interested in architecture, art, music, or theatre, but are undecided about making a commitment to these fields, you can choose one of the no-major programs. Before choosing this option, however, you must talk with a School of Fine Arts adviser and a chief departmental adviser. Students who choose this option must fulfill departmental admission requirements before being admitted as a major. In many programs of study it will take longer than four years to complete the professional requirements for your bachelor’s degree.

The following one-year programs allow you to choose a broad range of electives and sample fine arts courses on a space-available basis.

Architecture and Interior Design: No-major option (32 semester hours)
ART 111, 171 Visual Fundamentals (3, 3)
ART 121, 122 Drawing I, II (3, 3)
ENG 111, 112 College Composition, Composition and Literature (MPF I) (3, 3)
Miami Plan Foundation II, III, IV, V courses (14)

Art: No-major option (32 semester hours)
ART 111, 171 Visual Fundamentals (3, 3)
ART 121, 122 Drawing I, II (3, 3)
ENG 111, 112 College Composition, Composition and Literature (MPF I) (3, 3)
Miami Plan Foundation II, III, IV, V courses (14)

Music: No-major option (32 semester hours)
ENG 111, 112 College Composition, Composition and Literature (MPF I) (3, 3)
MUS 185 Diverse Worlds of Music (MPF IIA or IIIB) (3)
MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Music (MPF IIA, H) (3)
Applied Music (audition required; see course descriptions) (2, 2)
Miami Plan Foundation III, IV, V courses (16)

Theatre: No-major option (32 semester hours)
ENG 111, 112 College Composition, Composition and Literature (MPF I) (3, 3)
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre: Drama and Analysis (3)*
THE 102 Analysis: Methods and Research (3)
THE 103 Introduction to Theatre: Production and Performance I (MPF IIA) (1)
Miami Plan Foundation II, III, IV, V courses (18)

Department of Architecture and Interior Design

Architecture: Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

For information contact the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, 101 Alumni Hall (513-529-7210).

This preprofessional degree prepares you to enter a professional graduate program to become a registered/licensed architect or to enter an architectural field at a preprofessional level. Miami offers a graduate program, which leads to the professional degree Master of Architecture; it is described in the Graduate Bulletin, available from the Graduate School.

Freshman and sophomore courses introduce the basics of architecture and the range of opportunities available in the field. Junior and senior courses focus on advanced architectural design, landscape, and urban design. Throughout the program, you are exposed to the interdisciplinary nature of architecture.

Interior Design: Bachelor of Fine Arts

For information contact the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, 101 Alumni Hall (513-529-7210).

This is a professional degree program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Graduates are prepared to enter the interior design field or to enter a graduate program in interior design, architecture, or a related discipline.

The curriculum promotes competency in fundamental design, design process, and visual communication, and an understanding of interior materials and systems, history and theory, and professional procedures. Graduates integrate the various aesthetic, social, technical, and graphic requirements of interior design problems.

The program balances liberal learning with a comprehensive professional education. It emphasizes interdisciplinary learning (reflective of the discipline and of trends in practice) by requiring several courses outside the major and by emphasizing interdisciplinary courses and projects. The program promotes independent, self-directed course work and research, with the intention of developing in the student a specialized knowledge as a complement to a broad-based, generalized understanding of the discipline.

Architecture and Interior Design: Special Admission Requirements

Admission is possible only in the fall semester. The applicant must meet all curricular requirements mandated by the university for entering students. Courses in studio art or other creative areas (music, drama, creative writing) are strongly encouraged because they help the student develop creative potential as well as critical judgement.

Evidence of creative aptitude must be submitted in the form of a portfolio, due by the same deadline date as other admission materials. Contact the department for submission guidelines. A departmental visit is highly recommended. The departmental admission committee will evaluate your scholastic achievements and general academic profile in addition to the evidence of creativity revealed in the portfolio submission. Please contact the Department of Architecture and Interior Design for further information about portfolio submission.

To transfer, you must meet the above criteria (including portfolio submission) and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative g.p.a. Transfers after the second year are generally restricted to students coming from other undergraduate professional or preprofessional architecture and interior design programs.

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Statement

The following statement is required by the NAAB.

Most states require that an individual intending to become an architect holds an accredited degree. There are two types of degrees accredited by the NAAB: (1) Bachelor of Architecture, which requires a minimum of five years of study, and (2) Master of Architecture, which requires a minimum of three years of study following an unrelated bachelor’s degree or two years following a related preprofessional bachelor’s degree. These professional degrees are structured to educate those who aspire to registration/licensure as architects.

The four-year preprofessional degree, where offered, is not accredited by NAAB. The preprofessional degree is useful for those wishing a foundation in the field of architecture as preparation for either continued education in a professional degree program or for employment options in architecturally related areas.

Special Curriculum Requirements

First Year in Western College Program

In 2006, all first-year students in architecture and interior design must participate in the Western College Program in Miami’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies unless they have been admitted to Miami's Honors Program or the Oxford Scholars Program. The Western College Program emphasizes student-faculty interaction and an interdisciplinary approach to general education, complementing the integrative nature of design disciplines.

Advancing to Upperclass Standing

Your work is reviewed at the close of your first, second, and third years. Regardless of grades in individual courses, the faculty may deny a student further registration as a major in the department if they conclude this is in the student’s best interest. In this event, it may be possible for a student to apply for transfer to another academic division and, subject to regulations of that division, continue to register for certain courses in architecture on an elective basis.

Departmental Honors

You are eligible to graduate with departmental honors if you meet the following conditions.

  1. Cumulative g.p.a. of 3.5 or better.
  2. Significant contribution to one or more of the following:
    • Enhancement to department life. This may include assisting in lower division courses as an undergraduate associate, serving as an officer in a student organization such as AIAS, ASID, or SAC, working on student-initiated lecture series, etc.
    • Advanced research effort. This may include helping faculty with research projects or undertaking an independent research project (e.g., Undergraduate Summer Scholar program).
    • Socially responsive volunteering. This may include assisting organizations such as Habitat for Humanity or ReStoc, preferably in an architectural capacity, or collaborating with faculty in similar efforts beyond minimum classroom requirements.
  3. Inform the departmental honors adviser of your progress and efforts.
Admission to Graduate Program

If you intend to continue into the Master of Architecture program, three of your four junior and senior design studios must focus on building design. Many other advanced courses and seminars are available that may be taken for either graduate or undergraduate credit. See the Courses of Instruction section in this Bulletin and the architecture program requirements in the Graduate Bulletin.

Program Requirements: Architecture (128 semester hours minimum)

Freshman year
ARC 101, 102 Architectural Design Studio (5, 5)
ARC 113, 114 Graphic Media I & II (2, 2)
WCP 113, 114 Creativity and Culture I (3, 3)*
WCP 123, 124 Natural Systems I (3, 3)*†
WCP 133, 134 Social Systems I (3, 3)*†

Sophomore year
ARC 201, 202 Architectural Design Studio (5, 5)
ARC 211, 212* Principles of Environmental Systems (3, 3)
ARC 213, 214 Graphic Media III & IV (2, 2)
ARC 221, 222 History and Philosophy of Environmental Design (3, 3)*
Miami Plan Foundation course electives (6, 3)

Junior year
ARC 301, 302 Architectural Design Studio (6, 6)
ARC 417 Architectural Materials (3)*
ARC 418 Construction Methods (3)*
Designated elective in communications process (3)
Designated electives in history/theory (3, 3)
Directed elective (3)
Miami PlanThematic Sequence (3, 3)

Senior year
ARC 401, 402 Architectural Design Studio (6, 6)
ARC 312 Environmental Systems (3)**
Designated elective in history/theory (3)
Directed elective (3)
Miami Plan Thematic Sequence (3)
Miami Plan Capstone (3)
* Miami Plan Foundation course
** Prerequisite for ARC 601 in the graduate program. Other environmental systems courses may be substituted if you do not intend to enter graduate study in architecture.
† After consultation with an adviser, students may substitute other MPF courses or Advanced Placement Credit for WCP 124 and 134.

Program Requirements: Interior Design
(128 semester hours minimum)

Freshman year
ARC 101-102 Environmental Design Studio (5, 5)
ARC 113-114 Graphic Media (2, 2)
WCP 113, 114 Creativity and Culture I (3, 3)*
WCP 123, 124 Natural Systems I (3, 3)*†
WCP 133, 134 Social Systems I (3, 3)*†

Sophomore year
ARC 203-204 Interior Design Studio (5, 5)
ARC 212 Principles of Environmental Systems (3)*
ARC 213, 214 Graphic Media III & IV (2, 2)
ARC 221-222 History and Philosophy of Environmental Design (3, 3)*
ARC 225 Design and Human Behavior (3)
Miami Plan Foundation, Thematic Sequence (6)

Junior year
ARC 303-304 Interior Design Studio (6, 6)
ARC 309 Furniture Design and Construction (3)
ARC 321 History of Interiors (3)
ARC 414 Environmental Systems (3)
ARC 417 Architectural Materials (3)
ARC 419 Interior Materials (3)
Designated interior design elective (3)
Miami Plan Thematic Sequence (3-6)

Summer
ARC 340 Internship (1-3, substitute for interior design elective)

Senior year
ARC 403-408 Interior Design Studio (6, 6)
ARC 444 Professional Practice in Interior Design (3)
Designated interior design electives (14)
* Miami Plan Foundation course
† After consultation with an adviser, students with Advanced Placement Credit may substitute other MPF courses for WCP 124 and 134.

History of Art and Architecture: Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Architecture

This is an interdepartmental major coordinated by the departments of Architecture and Interior Design and Art. For information, please refer to the description in the Department of Art section.

Department of Art

The Department of Art offers these degrees: Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Architecture; Bachelor of Fine Arts, emphasizing studio art; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design and Bachelor of Science in Art with Multi-Age Visual Arts Licensure Program (prekindergarten through grade 12; ages 3-21) for those preparing to teach in public schools. You can receive a B.F.A. and a B.S. degree at the same time; this may take additional time beyond the 128 semester hours required for a degree.

These art programs prepare producing and exhibiting artists, designers, artists-crafts persons, art and architectural historians, professionals in related fields, and art teachers for careers in art and related art fields. Course offerings include basic studio areas, art education, history of art, and advanced studio disciplines.

The department also offers graduate programs leading to Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees. More information on these programs is available in the Graduate Bulletin or from the Graduate School.

Admission Requirements: B.F.A. in Graphic Design, B.F.A. in Studio Art, and B.S. in Art in Art Education

The admission process for the B.F.A. and B.S. in Art in art education programs within the Department of Art includes submission of a portfolio of slides of recent work for review by the art faculty. The purpose of the review is to assess artistic potential, to approve admission to the department, and to award departmental scholarships. Please understand that an impressive portfolio is a goal to be achieved during study, it is not a prerequisite for entrance. Your portfolio should consist of 12 to 15 digital images of recent work. Please see the Department of Art Web site or contact the Department of Art for the detailed requirements and format of a portfolio review.

For information about the graphic design program, please see Studio Art—Graphic Design.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Students enrolled at Hamilton, Middletown, or Oxford campus who wish to be admitted to the department must undergo a portfolio review. Portfolios should include 15 examples of your university art work and a current grade transcript. Portfolios may be submitted only after you have successfully completed a minimum of six credit hours of art studio courses. If only the minimum of six credit hours is completed, you must also enroll in at least six additional hours of art studio at the time your portfolio is submitted. Register for a portfolio review in the departmental office; the department designates a time during each semester to review portfolios and make admission decisions. Students planning on transferring into the Department of Art may not take 300-400 level studio art classes until they have successfully passed the portfolio review.

Students from other universities and colleges who wish to transfer to the department must first be admitted to Miami University and then follow the same admission procedures required of all Miami students who are not art majors. Graphic design students from other institutions are encouraged to contact Miami's graphic design faculty. Transfer credit (comparable art studio courses taken at other universities and colleges) may fulfill part or all of the required prerequisites of art studio courses needed for admission consideration; however, a portfolio of art work is still required for admission consideration.

Students who are denied admission in their initial attempt may apply a second time. Students who are denied in their second attempt are ineligible for further admission consideration.

Bachelor of Science in Art with Multi-Age Visual Arts Licensure

Students who were not initially admitted as art education majors, may seek admission after successfully completing Art 190.E and 201, which may be taken concurrently. In addition, a student should have completed at least six hours of studio work with at least six additional hours of studio classes in process. An art education review, which involves a portfolio of art work, a statement of intent and commitment to the profession, a resume emphasizing work experience related to children/adolescents, and an appropriate g.p.a., is required. The Art Education Retention Policy, as outlined in departmental literature, is also required. Due to enrollment constraints, a limited number of transfer students are accepted each year.

Art Education: Bachelor of Science in Art with Multi-Age Visual Arts Licensure

For information contact the Department of Art, art education area, 124 Art Building (513-529-2900).

This program prepares the student for licensure as an art teacher in Ohio Public Schools. It leads to the Bachelor of Science in Art with Multi-Age Visual Arts License (Prekindergarten through grade 12, ages 3-21). Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), NCATE, and the State of Ohio Department of Education Teacher Licensure Standards, it is in compliance with guidelines from Ohio’s Academic Content Standards K-12 Fine Arts and the National Art Education Association.

A student must plan a program with an art education adviser in the Department of Art and demonstrate progress toward candidacy for licensure by successfully completing programmatic reviews.

Program Requirements (128 semester hours)

All of these:
ART 111 Visual Fundamentals (3)
ART 121, 122 Drawing I, Drawing II (3, 3)
ART 171 Visual Fundamentals 3-D (3)
ART 190E Introduction to the Profession of Art Education (1)
ART 201 Art and the Art Teacher (3)
ART 231 Painting I (3)
ART 241 Printmaking I (3)
ART 261 Ceramics I (3)
ART 264 Jewelry Design and Metals I (3)
ART 271 Sculpture (3)
ART 303 Practicum in Art Education (3)
ART 331 Painting II (3)
ART 401 Theories and Methods of Art Instruction (3)
ART 404 Art Appreciation in the School Program (3)
EDL 204 Sociocultural Foundations in Education (3)*
EDL 318 Educational Leadership (3)
EDP 201 Human Development and Learning in Social and Educational Contexts (3)
EDP 303 Assessment and Evaluation in Educational Settings (2)
EDP 352 Inclusion with Children and Youth with Exceptionalities (2)
EDT 419G Supervised Teaching in Art (16)
An approved technology class

Two of these:
ART 185 Asian Art in Context: India and Southeast Asia (3)*
ART 186 History of Asian Art: China, Korea, and Japan (3)*
ART 187 History of Western Art: Prehistoric to Gothic (3)*
ART 188 History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern (3)*

Non-Western art history. One course recommended from these:**
ART 478 Chinese Painting History (3)
ART 479 Japanese Painting and Prints (3)
ART 480 Seminar in Art History (3)
ART 493 Art and Culture: Ancient Meso America (3)

Studio electives. One of these:
ART 221 Drawing III (3)
ART 257 Photography (3)
ART 332 Painting III (3)
ART 341 Printmaking II (3)
ART 353 Design for Digital Media (3)
ART 361 Ceramics II (3)
ART 364 Jewelry Design and Metals II (3)
* Miami Plan Foundation course
** See adviser for additional courses.

Graphic Design: Bachelor of Fine Arts

For information contact the Department of Art, 124 Art Building (513-529-2900).

This program includes 40 semester hours of studio requirements plus art and design history requirements in the freshman and sophomore years, including five courses specific to graphic design. Upperclass majors must earn 28 hours in specific graphic design course work with 18 at the junior level and 10 at the senior level. They must choose a Design Focus Track of 12 hours in one of the following areas: art and architectural history, business, communication, cultural studies, environmental design, interactive design, perception and cognition, and studio art. Upperclass majors must also take threee additional hours in the history of art at the 300 or 400 level; one art studio elective course; and complete at least one summer internship.

Portfolio Review

In addition to the entrance portfolio review required by the Department of Art, students desiring to pursue the graphic design major must undergo an additional portfolio review. It occurs near the end of the second semester of the freshman year. This portfolio and interview process determines advancement into the degree program in the sophomore year. A limited number of students are admitted each year. The portfolio review conducted by the graphic design program counts as an art department review (see Department of Art: Transfer Admission Requirements). Transfer students not admitted to graphic design may be accepted as art majors in the B.F.A. Studio Art Program as a result of this review.

Transfer Admission

Students who wish to transfer from another institution and enter this program must satisfy admission requirements of the graphic design program in addition to those of the art department and university. For information, contact the art department office (513-529-2900).

Program Requirements (128 semester hours minimum)

Freshman year
ART 111 Visual Fundamentals 2-D (3)**
ART 121,122 Drawing I, II (3,3)**
ART 151 Introduction to Design (1)**
ART 171 Visual Fundamentals 3-D (3)**
ART 187 History of Western Art: Prehistoric-Gothic (3)
ART 188 History of Western Art: Renaissance-Modern (3)
ENG 111, 112 College Composition, Composition and Literature (3, 3)*
Miami Plan Foundation courses (4,3)

Sophomore year
ART 221, 222 Drawing III, IV (3, 3)
ART 251 Typography (3)
ART 252 Graphic Form (3)
ART 254 Digital Design (3)
ART 256 Design, Perception and Audience (3) (MPF IIA)*
ART 455 Design History and Cultural Contexts (3)
Miami Plan electives (5,6)

Junior year
ART 351 Print Design Systems (3)
ART 352 Identity Systems (3)
ART 353 The Business of Design (3)
ART 354 3-D Design/Interdisciplinary Studio (6)
ART 355 Interactive Design (3)
Summer internship (3)
Design Focus Track, electives (3,3)
Miami Plan, electives (3,2)

Senior year
ART 451 The Professional Portfolio (3)
ART 452 Senior Degree Project (3)***
ART 453 Laws, Hall & Associates (4)***
300-400-level art history course (3)
Studio elective (3)
Design Focus Track, electives (3,3)
Miami Plan electives (5,5)
* Miami Plan Foundation course
** Course must be completed or in progress for student to be eligible
    to participate in graphic design portfolio review in the second semester
*** Capstone

History of Art and Architecture: Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Architecture

This is an interdepartmental major coordinated by the departments of Architecture and Interior Design, Art, and Classics. For information contact the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, 101 Alumni Hall (513-529-7210) or the Department of Art, 124 Art Building (513-529-2900)

This major provides an introduction to the history of visual arts in all major periods for Western and Asian cultures as well as an opportunity for specialized study. It provides majors with solid training in those perceptual, historical, research, and critical skills fundamental to a liberal arts education. This program is valuable for careers in studio art, art education, architectural design, historic preservation and restoration, museum curatorship, or administration and other related fields.

Program Requirements (128 semester hours)

History of art (beginning level requirement)
Nine semester hours from these:
ART 185 Asian Art in Context: India and Southeast Asia (3)*
ART 186 History of Asian Art: China, Korea, and Japan (3)*
ART 187 History of Western Art: Prehistoric-Gothic (3)*
ART 188 History of Western Art: Renaissance-Modern (3)*
First-year honors course in art history

History of architecture (beginning level requirement)
Three semester hours from these:
ARC 188 Ideas in Western Architecture (3)*
ARC 221-222 History and Philosophy of Environmental Design (3, 3)*
Note: When offered, three-semester-hour 100-level honors seminar in architecture history may be used. If you take ARC 221 and 222, one may count toward 30-hour upper division requirement.

Language requirement
Two years of a foreign language or the equivalent. Students should choose a language in accordance with appropriate area of interest. Consultation with an academic advicer is recommended.

History of art and architecture (upper division requirement)
Thirty semester hours at 200-level or above in history of art and architecture from course offerings and honors seminars; see Courses of Instruction chapter.

Include these:
ART 285 Seminar in Writing and Research in Art and Architectural History (3)
ART 498 History and Methods in Art and Architectural History (3)
At least one course each in ancient, medieval, Renaissance/baroque, modern, and non-Western art or architecture history
Independent study or internship may be taken after completing 18 hours (maximum 6)

Studio requirement
Six semester hours from these:
ARC 113-114 Graphic Media I,II (2, 2)
ARC 201-202 Architectural Design Studio (5, 5)**
ART 111 Visual Fundamentals (3)
ART 121, 122 Drawing I, II (3, 3)
ART 147 Beginning Art Photography (1)
ART 160 Beginning Ceramics (1)
ART 165 Beginning Metals (1)
ART 170 Basic Woodworking (1)
ART 171 Visual Fundamentals, 3-D (3)

* Miami Plan Foundation course
** Double majors in architecture and history of art and architecture may include only three semester hours each of ARC 201 and ARC 202 in the six-hour requirement.

Studio Art — Ceramics, Metals, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture: Bachelor of Fine Arts

For information contact the Department of Art, 124 Art Building (513-529-2900).

This program includes 36 semester hours of basic art requirements in the freshman and sophomore years. Upperclass students must earn six semester hours in the history of art at 300 or 400 level, six semester hours in advanced drawing, 12 semester hours in a single studio area with six hours at 300 level and six at 400 level, and 12 semester hours of studio electives taken at any level.

If you intend to continue into graduate studies in studio art, you should take a 300- and 400-level course sequence in your concentration area and additional studies in the history of art.

The program requirements below incorporate all requirements in art and the Miami Plan.

Program Requirements (128 semester hours minimum)

Freshman year
ART 111 Visual Fundamentals (3)
ART 121, 122 Drawing I, II (3, 3)
ART 171 Visual Fundamentals—3-D (3)
ENG 111, 112 College Composition, Composition and Literature (3, 3)*
Miami Plan and electives (4, 4)

Two of these:
ART 185 Asian Art in Context: India and Southeast Asia (3)*
ART 186 History of Asian Art: China, Korea, and Japan (3)*
ART 187 History of Western Art: Prehistoric-Gothic (3)*
ART 188 History of Western Art: Renaissance-Modern (3)*

Sophomore year
ART 221, 222 Drawing III, IV (3, 3)
ART 231 Painting I (3)
Art studio elective (200 level) (3)
Miami Plan and electives (7, 7)

Two-dimensional studio. One of these:
ART 241 Printmaking I (3)
ART 251 Graphic Design I (3)
ART 257 Photography I (3)

Three-dimensional studio. One of these:
ART 261 Ceramics I (3)
ART 264 Jewelry Design and Metals I (3)
ART 271 Sculpture I (3)
Note: Studio core must be completed before registering for studio concentration in the junior year.

Junior year
ART 321, 322 Drawing V, VI (3, 3)
Art history electives (300- or 400-level) (3, 3)
Studio electives (200- or 300-level) (3, 3)
Studio concentration: six semester hours in one 300-level area
Miami Plan and electives (4, 4)

Senior year
Studio electives (200-, 300-, or 400-level) (3, 3)
Studio concentration: six semester hours in one 400-level area
Miami Plan and electives (10, 10)
* Miami Plan Foundation course

Department of Music

The department offers the Bachelor of Music in music education and music performance and the Bachelor of Arts in Music. The graduate degree, Master of Music, is offered in music education and music performance and is described in the Graduate Bulletin.

The bachelor’s degree programs offer preparation for careers in public school teaching, performance, and for future study at the graduate level. It is also the objective of the department to provide courses in music theory and literature, applied music, and ensemble for non-music majors. Applied music and ensemble require audition.

The department's mission, goals, and objectives are available on the department Web site: www.muohio.edu/music/

Special Admission Requirements: Music Majors

All music majors require audition for admission to the department. Each applied area (voice, piano, flute, etc.) has its own requirements for admission. For more information contact the Department of Music, 119 Center for Performing Arts (513-529-3014).

Music majors, performance minors, and thematic sequence students who discontinue applied music study at Miami University for one semester (or more) are required to re-audition in order to be eligible to resume applied music study. This policy does not apply to anyone involved in student teaching or a Miami-sponsored study abroad program. After two semesters at a given level, music majors and performance minors are required to take a jury to advance to the next level. Students who fail to advance to the next level of applied music after two attempts are not allowed to continue as either a music major or minor.

Special Curriculum Requirements

Large Ensemble

All students enrolled in a music major are required to participate in one of the large ensembles each semester: University Symphony Orchestra, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Collegiate Chorale, Chamber Singers, Choraliers, Men’s Glee Club, and Wind Ensemble. Entrance to each group is by audition. Music education majors are not required to participate in an ensemble during the semester of student teaching.

Functional Piano

All music majors must complete the Functional Piano Requirement: completing through MUS 261 for music education and performance, and MUS 161 for Bachelor of Arts in Music, or take a piano proficiency exam (offered one time in each of the fall and spring semesters). The proficiency exam is designed for students who have advanced piano skills (six to eight years of piano study). The exam may only be attempted during a student's first year as a music major. Interested students must see the functional piano coordinator during the first two weeks of Fall semester to receive the exam requirements.

Students with transfer credit in functional piano must demonstrate performance competency for the functional piano coordinator in order to receive credit toward the music degree.

Recital Attendance

All music majors must complete seven semesters of MUS 140.

Honors Program

Music students may apply for honors work at the end of the junior year. Requirements for the program include a 3.5 cumulative g.p.a., sponsorship by a member of the music faculty, and approval of the department chair.

The program includes independent study ( MUS 481-482) taken during the senior year and also requires a thesis, other scholarly document, or lecture/recital. The student is responsible for identifying two faculty persons, in addition to the faculty sponsor, who will serve as readers of the thesis or jury members for the lecture recital. Successful students graduate with departmental honors.

Music: Bachelor of Arts in Music

For information contact the Department of Music, 119 Center for Performing Arts (513-529-3014).

In addition to the professional degrees in music performance and music education, the Department of Music offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. This program combines the breadth of a liberal arts tradition with concentrated studies in music. It is intended for students who have strong musical abilities and are preparing for a wide variety of careers, musical and non-musical.

Program Requirements (128 semester hours minimum)

  • Complete the Miami Plan.
  • Complete Department of Music requirements.
  • All of these:
    MUS 101-102 Theory of Music (2, 2)
    MUS 151-152 Sightsinging and Dictation (1,1)
    MUS 185 The Diverse Worlds of Music (3)*
    MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Music (3)*
    MUS 201-202 Theory of Music (2, 2)
    MUS 251-252 Sightsinging and Dictation (1,1)
    MUS 311-312 History of Western Music (3, 3)
    * Miami Plan Foundation course
  • Complete a minimum of four (4) hours of electives outside of the Department of Music. Other electives may include courses in the Department of Music.
  • Complete a 12-15 hour concentration in Composition, Music Theory, Music Literature/Theory, or Black Music.
  • Achievement of junior standing in a major applied area. This proficiency is established through audition. Usually four semesters of applied music are required to reach junior standing.
  • Complete foreign language requirement: two years are required. (Completion of 202 in any foreign language offered at Miami University). Requirement may be met by proficiency exam.
  • Complete functional piano requirement: MUS 161 or proficiency exam required.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to check to see that all university requirements have been fulfilled.

Concentration in Composition (12 semester hours)

All of these:
MUS 261 Class Piano (1) or proficiency examination (functional piano requirement)
MUS 301 Counterpoint (3)
MUS 371 Composition (3)
MUS 372 Composition (3) or
       MUS 304 Commercial Applications in Composing and Arranging (3)
MUS 451-452 Advanced Sightsinging and Dictation (1,1)

Recommended Music Electives (not required)
MUS 117 Class Voice (1) or
       MUS 118 Class Voice (1)
MUS 231, 232.A, 232.B, 233, 234 Class Instruments (1, 1, 1, 1)
MUS 302 Analysis (3)
MUS 303 Electronic Music (3)
MUS 304 Commercial Applications in Composing/Arranging (3)
MUS 342 Applied Music (2)
MUS 352 General Conducting (2)
MUS 372 Composition (3)
MUS 401 Studies in Music Theory (3)
MUS 402 Instrumental Arranging (3)
MUS 427 Music of the Twentieth Century (3)
MUS 442 Applied Music (2)
MUS 461 American Music (3)
MUS 471, 472 Composition (3, 3)

Concentration in Music Theory

(12 semester hours - plus required electives that may be counted as part of the Miami Plan for Liberal Education)

Category I: All of these:
MUS 301 Counterpoint (3)
MUS 302 Analysis (3)
MUS 401 Special Studies in Music Theory (3)
MUS 451, 452 Advanced Ear Training (1, 1)
MUS 477 Independent Study: Supervised tutoring experience in music theory (1)
PHL 263 Informal Logic (4) ** or
       PHL 273 Formal Logic (4) *,**
MTH 151 Calculus (5) *, ** or
       PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology (4) * or
       EDP 101 Critical Issues in the Psychology of the Learner (3) *

Category II:Two of these:
ENG 201 Language Awareness (3) *
ENG 303 Introduction to Linguistics (4) * (cross listed w/ SPN 303 and GER 309)
MTH 151 Calculus (5) (not if selected in Category I)*, **
MTH 231 Elements of Discrete Mathematics (3) **
PHL 241 Aesthetics (4)
PHL 273 Formal Logic (4) (not if selected in Category I) *, **
PSY 231 Developmental Psychology (3) **
PSY 271 Cognitive Psychology (3) **

* Miami Plan Foundation Course
** Miami Plan Thematic Sequence Course

Concentration in Music Literature and Theory (12 semester hours)

Two of these:
MUS 301 Counterpoint (3)
MUS 302 Analysis (3)
MUS 303 Electronic Music (3)
MUS 371, 372 Composition (3, 3)
MUS 401 Studies in Theory (3)

Two of these:
MUS 427 Music of the 20th Century (3)
MUS 457, 458 Piano Literature (3, 3)
MUS 461 American Music (3)
MUS 462 Opera and Drama (3)

Concentration in Black Music (15 semester hours)
All of these:
MUS 135 Understanding Jazz, Its History and Evolution (3)*
MUS 285 A Survey of African and African-Derived Music in the Western World (3)
MUS 385 The Roots of Black Music: Gospel, Blues, and Soul (3)
MUS 386 The History and Development of Hip Hop Culture in America (3)
One additional course must be selected in consultation with your adviser.

Music Education: Bachelor of Music

For information contact the Department of Music, 119 Center for Performing Arts (513-529-3014).

Two programs, both with licensure for age 3 through grade 12, are offered: choral/general program and instrumental music program. Both programs include 100 hours of field experiences in urban, suburban, and rural schools prior to student teaching. With successful completion of all degree requirements, a candidate applies for a State of Ohio Provisional License for Teaching Music, Pre-K through Grade 12. The State of Ohio has reciprocal agreements with many other states, whereby a person holding licensure in Ohio, under certain conditions, may receive licensure in other states that are part of the agreement.

Majors are assigned full-time supervised teaching during first or second semester of the senior year. During this semester, you cannot participate in any ensembles or carry any other academic work except with special permission of the faculty.

Program Requirements: Choral/General Program
(128 semester hours minimum)

  • Complete the Miami Plan.
  • Complete department requirements; your fourth-year semesters are interchangeable.
  • All of these:
    MUS 101-102 Theory of Music (2, 2)
    MUS 112 Lab Choir (enroll for at least two semesters) (1, 1)
    MUS 142 Applied Music (2, 2)
    MUS 151-152 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
    MUS 175 Introduction to Music Education (1)
    MUS 185 The Diverse Worlds of Music (3)*
    MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Music (3)*
    MUS 201-202 Theory of Music (2, 2)
    MUS 235 Lyric Diction (2)
    MUS 242 Applied Music (2, 2)
    MUS 248 Class Instruments: Brass, Woodwinds, Strings (1)
    MUS 249 Class Instruments: Percussion, Guitar (1)
    MUS 251-252 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
    MUS 275 Sophomore Practicum in Music Education (1)
    MUS 311-312 History of Western Music (3, 3)
    MUS 342 Applied Music (2, 2)
    MUS 351 Choral Techniques (2)
    MUS 352 General Conducting (2)
    MUS 353 Choral Conducting (2)
    MUS 355 General Music Teaching Techniques, Elementary (4)
    MUS 356 Secondary General Music Techniques (1)
    MUS 419 Supervised Teaching in Music (12)
    MUS 442 Applied Music (2)
    MUS 456 Vocal Pedagogy (2)
    MUS 475 Senior Practicum in Music Education (3)
    EDL 204 Sociocultural Studies in Education (3)*
    EDL 318 Teacher Leadership (3)
    EDP 201 Educational Psychology: Human Development and Learning in Educational Environments (3)*
    EDP 240 Technology Integration Basics for Teachers (1-2)
    EDP 303 Assessment and Evaluation in Educational Settings (2)
    EDP 352 Inclusion of Children with Exceptionalities (2)
    EDP 440 Practicum in Integrating Technology (1-2)
    * Miami Plan Foundation course
  • Functional piano requirement: MUS 261.
  • Minor applied requirement: An applied major in piano or band/orchestral instrument is required to take four hours of class or private voice in addition to major applied study.
  • Seven semesters of recital attendance requirement
  • Participation in large choral ensemble each semester except semester of student teaching.
  • Performance requirement: half recital in senior year (no credit).
  • Admission to sophomore courses in music education contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall g.p.a. of 2.25 and minimum g.p.a. of 2.75 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester).
  • Admission to junior courses in music education contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall g.p.a. of 2.25 and minimum g.p.a. of 2.75 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester).
  • Admission to student teaching contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall g.p.a. of 2.25, minimum g.p.a. of 2.75 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester), an ACT composite score of 21 or better or total SAT score of 930 or better. (Praxis I scores of 174 in each category may be substituted for SAT or ACT scores); completion of the functional piano requirement; and completion of MUS 351, 355, and 356.
  • Teacher licensure in Ohio and most other states requires completion of a baccalaureate teacher licensure program, passing a licensure examination, and a background check. One semester before the semester you are to graduate, take licensure examination (Praxis II), start background check, and apply for licensure. All costs are the responsibility of the applicant. Details are available in 207 McGuffey Hall.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to see that all university requirements are fulfilled.

Program Requirements: Instrumental Music Program
(128 semester hours minimum)

  • Complete the Miami Plan.
  • Complete department requirements; your fourth year semesters are interchangeable.
  • All of these:
    MUS 101-102 Theory of Music (2, 2)
    MUS 111 Lab Band (enroll for at least two semesters) (1, 1)
    MUS 142 Applied Music (2, 2)
    MUS 146 Vocal/General Music Methods and Materials (1)
    MUS 151-152 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
    MUS 175 Introduction to Music Education (1)
    MUS 185 The Diverse Worlds of Music (3)*
    MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Music (3)*
    MUS 201-202 Theory of Music (2, 2)
    MUS 231 Class Instruments (Brass) (1)
    MUS 232A Class Instruments (Woodwinds I) (1)
    MUS 232B Class Instruments (Woodwinds II) (1)
    MUS 233 Class Instruments (Percussion) (1)**
    MUS 234A Class Instruments (Strings I) (1)
    MUS 234B Class Instruments (Strings II) (1)
    MUS 242 Applied Music (2, 2)
    MUS 251-252 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
    MUS 275 Sophomore Practicum in Music Education (1)
    MUS 311-312 History of Western Music (3, 3)
    MUS 342 Applied Music (2, 2)
    MUS 352 General Conducting (2)
    MUS 354 Instrumental Conducting (2)
    MUS 358 Marching Band Techniques (2)***
    MUS 359 Instrumental Methods, Elementary and Secondary (4)
    MUS 419 Supervised Teaching in Music (12)
    MUS 442 Applied Music (2)
    MUS 475 Seminar Practicum in Music Education (3)
    EDL 204 Sociocultural Studies in Education (3)*
    EDL 318 Leadership in Education (3)
    EDP 201 Educational Psychology: Human Development and Learning in Educational Environments (3)*
    EDP 240 Technology Integration Basics for Teachers (1)
    EDP 301 Assessment and Evaluation in Educational Settings (2)
    EDP 352 Inclusion of Children with Exceptionalities (2)
    EDP 440 Practicum in Integrating Technology (1-2)
    * Miami Plan Foundation course
    ** Percussion majors substitute one-hour music elective course for MUS 233.
    *** String instrument majors substitute MUS 433 String Instrument Pedagogy (1) for MUS 358.
  • Seven semesters of recital attendance requirement.
  • Functional piano requirement: MUS 261.
  • Minor applied requirement: An applied major in piano is required to take four hours of private lessons in band or orchestral instrument in addition to major applied study.
  • Participation in large instrumental ensemble each semester except semester of student teaching.
  • Performance requirement: Half recital in senior year (no credit) while registered for 400 level applied music.
  • Marching band requirement: Wind and percussion majors must participate two semesters.
  • Admission to sophomore courses in music education contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall g.p.a. of 2.25 and minimum g.p.a. of 2.75 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester).
  • Admission to junior courses in music education contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall g.p.a. of 2.25 and minimum g.p.a. of 2.75 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester).
  • Admission to student teaching contingent upon fulfillment of the following requirements: minimum overall g.p.a. of 2.25, minimum g.p.a. of 2.75 in all music courses (including a maximum of one ensemble per semester), an ACT composite score of 21 or better or total SAT score of 930 or better. (Praxis I scores of 174 in each category may be substituted for SAT or ACT scores); completion of the functional piano requirement; and completion of MUS 352, 358 (except for stringed instrument majors), and 359.
  • Teacher licensure in Ohio and most other states requires completion of a baccalaureate teacher licensure program, passing a licensure examination, and a background check. One semester before the semester you are to graduate, take licensure examination (Praxis II), start background check, and apply for licensure. All costs are the responsibility of the applicant. Details are available in 207 McGuffey Hall.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to see that all university requirements are fulfilled.

Music Performance: Bachelor of Music

For information contact the Department of Music, 119 Center for Performing Arts (513-529-3014). Two programs are offered: one for voice majors and one for all majors except voice.

Program Requirements: Voice Major (128 semester hours minimum)

  • Complete the Miami Plan.
  • Complete department requirements.
  • All of these:
    MUS 101-102 Theory of Music (2, 2)
    MUS 144A Applied Music (Voice) (3, 3)
    MUS 151-152 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
    MUS 185 The Diverse Worlds of Music (3)*
    MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Music (3)*
    MUS 201-202 Theory of Music (2, 2)
    MUS 235-236 Lyric Diction (2, 2)
    MUS 244A Applied Music (Voice) (3, 3)
    MUS 251-252 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
    MUS 301 Counterpoint (3)
    MUS 302 Analysis (3)
    MUS 311-312 History of Western Music (3, 3)
    MUS 320 Opera Production (2, 2)
    MUS 344A Applied Music (Voice) (3,3)
    MUS 420 Opera Coaching (1, 1)
    MUS 444A Applied Music (Voice) (3, 3)
    MUS 451-452 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
    MUS 491 or 492 Senior Recital (2) or MUS 493 Capstone Senior Recital (3)
    * Miami Plan Foundation course
  • Seven semesters of recital attendance requirement.
  • Functional piano requirement: MUS 261.
  • Language requirement: One year in French, German, or Italian, in addition to Lyric Diction; may be met by proficiency exam. Two years of the language in high school usually fulfills the requirement.
  • Performance requirement: Half recital, junior year (no credit); full recital, senior year.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to see that all university requirements are fulfilled.

Program Requirements: All Majors Except Voice (128 semester hours minimum)

  • Complete the Miami Plan.
  • Complete department requirements.
  • All of these:
    MUS 101-102 Theory of Music (2, 2)
    MUS 144 Applied Music (3, 3)
    MUS 151-152 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
    MUS 185 The Diverse Worlds of Music (3)*
    MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Music (3)*
    MUS 201-202 Theory of Music (2, 2)
    MUS 244 Applied Music (3, 3)
    MUS 251-252 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
    MUS 301 Counterpoint (3)
    MUS 302 Analysis (3)
    MUS 311-312 History of Western Music (3, 3)
    MUS 344 Applied Music (3, 3)
    MUS 444 Applied Music (3, 3)
    MUS 451-452 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
    MUS 491 or 492 Senior Recital (2) or MUS 493 Capstone Senior Recital (3)
    * Miami Plan Foundation course
  • Seven semesters of recital attendance requirement.
  • Functional piano requirement: MUS 261.
  • Performance requirement: Half recital, junior year (no credit); full recital, senior year.
  • Major instrument requirements:
    Piano: MUS 110, 120, or 109S Accompanying or Chamber Music (2)
              MUS 457-458 Piano Literature (3, 3)
    Violin: Viola proficiency equivalent to MUS 242P Viola
    Strings: MUS 433-434 String Pedagogy (1, 1)
                MUS 109S Chamber Music (2)
    Percussion: MUS 109P Percussion Ensemble (1,1)
  • It is the responsibility of the student to see that all university requirements are fulfilled.

Department of Theatre

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. The Master of Arts in theatre is described in the Graduate Bulletin.

Special Admission Requirements

All majors require an interview. This should occur prior to university admission. Information regarding the interview process and schedules for interviews is available from the department office. Students who wish to enter the program after their first year must also complete an interview.

Theatre: Bachelor of Arts in Theatre

For information contact the Department of Theatre, 131 Center for Performing Arts (513-529-3053).

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre is intended for students who wish to pursue the field of theatre situated within a liberal arts tradition. The undergraduate program is committed to developing creative thinkers with artistic vision through a program that emphasizes the interplay between critical thinking and artistic practice.

Special Admission Requirements

In addition to the general university application, you should arrange an audition/interview with the department. Special admission on the basis of outstanding talent is available. Audition/interviews are held on campus (please call the theatre department for dates at 513-529-3053). Alternate dates or video auditions may be arranged if necessary.

At the audition/interview you must present two examples of your creative work. This may include monologues, a song, a portfolio of artistic work (set designs, costume renderings, photographs, etc.), or a portfolio of your written work (plays, creative writing, essays). At the interview, theatre faculty will explore your interest in theatre.

Program Requirements (128 semester hours)

Take all of these core courses (26 semester hours):
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre: Drama and Analysis (3)*
THE 102 Analysis: Methods and Research (3)
THE 103 Introduction to Theatre: Production and Performance (1)*
THE 131 Principles of Acting (3)
THE 202 Stagecraft (3)
THE 204 Stagecraft Lab (1)
THE 251 Theatrical Design Communication Skills (3)
THE 291 World Stages and Performance (3)
THE 292 World Stages and Performance (3)
THE 341 Fundamentals of Directing (3)
* Miami Plan Foundation course

Category A: Choose nine (9) hours
THE 151 Stage Makeup (1)
THE 231 The Actor's Process (3) *
THE 232 Movement for Actors I (2) *
THE 233 Voice and Speech for Actors I (2) *
THE 252 Technical Production (3)
THE 253 Costume Fundamentals (3)
THE 254 Lighting Fundamentals (3)
THE 314 Playwriting (4)
THE 331 Advanced Scene Study (3)
THE 332 Movement for Actors II (2)
THE 333 Voice and Speech for Actors II (2)
THE 341 Fundamentals of Directing (3)
THE 342 Stage Management (2)
THE 431/531 Style for Actors (3)
THE 432/532 Acting Shakespeare (3)
THE 437/537 Professional Qualifications I: Auditions (2)
THE 438/538 Professional Qualifications II: Agencies (2)
THE 439/539 Special Techniques (3 hours, maximum 6 hours)
THE 441/541 Methods/Styles of Play Directing (3)
THE 451/551 Scenic Design (3)
THE 453/553 Costume Design (3)
THE 454/554 Lighting Design (3)
THE 455/555 Tutorial in Advanced Problems (1-6)
* Prerequisite for all future performance classes

Category B: Choose nine (9) hours:
THE 391 Modern American Theatre (3)
THE 392 Modern European Theatre (3)
THE 393 Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Issues in Dramatic Literature (3)
THE 395 The American Muiscal I (3)
THE 396 The American Musical II (3)
THE 491 Theatre History I (3)
THE 492 Theatre History II (3)
THE 493 American Theatre (3)

Complete eight (8) hours from these:
THE 340 Internship (1-16)
THE 440 Summer Theatre Workshop (4-8)
Focused Studies (planned with an adviser)

• Complete one year of foreign language (6-8 hours)

• Complete six semesters of theatre production practicum ( THE 200, THE 400)

Minors

A minor is a specific program to be taken along with a major to complement your skills and increase your career opportunities. Taking a minor is optional. Students may use a minor in lieu of a Thematic Sequence only if the minor includes three courses outside the department of major.

A minimum 2.0 g.p.a. is required for all courses in a minor. Additional requirements and qualifications for minors are included in the Other Requirements chapter. Students who complete a minor receive a notation on their final transcript if they make application when they apply for graduation. For information on minors that include sequences, see the Office of Liberal Education. For further restrictions see the Thematic Sequence subheading in the Miami Plan chapter of this Bulletin.

Please contact the appropriate department to be assigned an adviser and to obtain a list of the most recent requirements. The required semester hours are in parentheses beside each minor.

Art and Architectural History (24 semester hours)

For information contact the Department of Art, 124 Art Building (513-529-2900) or the Department of Architecture, 101 Alumni Hall (513-529-7210).

A minor in the history of art and architecture establishes a foundation for further study in these areas and provides a better understanding of artistic and cultural forces that influenced the development of art forms through the ages. Knowledge in these areas is valuable for careers in studio art, art education, architectural design, historic preservation and restoration, museum curatorship, or administration and other related fields.

Program Requirements

ARC 188 Ideas in Western Architecture (not required for architecture majors) (3)*
Six hours from these:
ART 185 Asian Art in Context: India and Southeast Asia (3)*
ART 186 History of Asian Art: China, Korea, and Japan (3)*
ART 187 History of Western Art: Prehistoric - Gothic (3)*
ART 188 History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern (3)*
Fifteen semester hours above 100 level in art or architecture history
* Miami Plan Foundation course

Arts Management (19 semester hours)

For information contact the divisional adviser in the School of Fine Arts, 112 Hiestand Hall (513-529-6010).

Increased public interest in the arts has created a need for fine arts and business professionals who are prepared for management responsibilities in arts councils, museums, art centers, galleries, orchestras, and theatres.

This minor has two options: one for fine arts majors and one for business majors. Please meet with the appropriate adviser to plan your minor.

A minimum 2.0 g.p.a. is required for all courses in a minor. All courses, except the internship, must be taken for a grade (not credit/no-credit).

Core Requirements for Business and Fine Arts Majors (10 hours)

All Arts Management minors must take all of the following:
ART 182 Experiencing the Arts (1, repeatable) or
      CFA 182 Experiencing the Arts (1)
CFA 201 Intro to Arts Management (3)
CFA 340 Arts Management Internship (3)
CFA 410 Advanced Topics in Arts Management (3)

Program Requirements: Business Majors (9 hours)

Select six (6) hours from the following:
ARC 188 Ideas in Western Architecture (3) *
ARC 426 Architecture and Society (3) **
ART 181 Concepts in Art (3) *
ART 185 Asian Art in Context: India and Southeast Asia (3) *
ART 186 History of Asian Art: China, Korea, and Japan (3) *
ART 187 History of Western Art: Prehistoric to Gothic (3) *
ART 188 History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern (3) *
ART 455 20th Century Design and Culture (3)
ART 497 Museums as Interpreters of Culture (3) **
MUS 135 History of Jazz (3) *
MUS 185 Diverse Worlds of Music (3) *
MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Music (3) *
MUS 453 Comparisons in the Arts (3) **
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre: Drama and Analysis (3) *
THE 103 Introduction to Theatre: Production and Performance I (1) *
THE 191 Theatre Appreciation (3) *
THE 393 Cultural, Gender, and Ethnic Issues in Dramatic Literature (3)
THE 461 Theatre Management (3)
THE 490 Theatre and a Cultural Aesthetic (3) **

Select at least three hours from the following:
ART 111 Visual Fundamentals 2-D (3)
ART 121 Beginning Drawing (3)
ART 171 Visual Fundamentals 3-D (3)
Music Ensembles:
       MUS 100A Collegiate Chorale (2)
       MUS 103C Men's Glee Club (2)
       MUS 104D Symphony Orchestra (2)
       MUS 105E Choraliers (2)
       MUS 106B Marching Band (2)
       MUS 106S Symphonic Band (2)
       MUS 106W Wind Ensemble (2)
       MUS 109A Basketball/Hockey Band (1)
       MUS 109B Chamber Music Brass (1)
       MUS 109C Chamber Muisc Winds (1)
       MUS 109D Cello Choir (1)
       MUS 109G Global Rhythms (1)
       MUS 109J Jazz Ensemble (1)
       MUS 109M Steel Drum Ensemble (1)
       MUS 109O Chamber Orchestra (1)
       MUS 109P Percussion Ensemble (1)
       MUS 109Q Marching Band Percussion Ensemble (1)
       MUS 109S Chamber Music Strings (1)
       MUS 109T Trumpet Ensemble (1)
       MUS 109X American Pop Music Ensemble (1)
       MUS 155 Chamber Singers (2)
       MUS 320 Opera Production (2)
PHS 110A&B Beginning Ballet/Beginning Ballet II (2)
PHS 110G Modern Dance (2)
PHS 110M Tap Dance (2)
PHS 110R Jazz (2)
THE 123 Acting for the Non-Major (3)
THE 200 Production and Performance Practicum (1-8)

Program Requirements: Fine Arts Majors (9 hours)

ACC 222 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3)
MGT 111 Introduction to Business (3) *
MKT 291 Principles of Marketing (3)
* Miami Plan Foundation course
** Miami Plan Capstone course

Landscape Architecture (22 semester hours)

For information contact the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, 101 Alumni Hall (513-529-7210).

The minor in landscape design serves three primary purposes. First, it supports the learning of landscape issues within the disciplines of architecture and interior design. Second, it provides a directed sequence of interdisciplinary courses in the area of landscape studies for students who wish to broaden their knowledge of this subject. Third, it serves as a method of exploring landscape professions for those students who are considering this career path or further study at the graduate level.

Students interested in declaring this minor should contact the Department and arrange to meet with the coordinator of the minor. The program requires successful completion of 22 semester hours with a 2.0 g.p.a. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Program Requirements

Required Core - All of these (recommended in this order):
ARC 211 Introduction to Landscape and Urban Design (3)
ARC 335 Landscape: Inquiry and Experience (3)
ARC 435 Theory and History of Landscape Architecture (3)
ARC 430/530 Plants in Design (1-2)

One of these:
BOT 155 Field Botany (3)*
BOT 241 Botanical Principles in Landscape Gardening (3)

Three of the following (only one course may be at the 100 level):
AMS/ HST 397 American Environmental History (3)
ATH 471/571 Ecological Anthropology (3)**
BOT 131 Plants, Humanity, and Environment (3)*
BOT 171 Ecology of North America (3)*
BOT/ GEO 431/531 Plant Geography (3)**
GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3)*
GLG 207 Water and Society (3)**
GEO 221 Regional Physical Environments (3)**
GEO 437 Regional Land Use Capability Analysis (3)
GEO 459/559 Advanced Urban and Regional Planning (3)**
IES 431/531 Principles and Applications of Environmental Science (3)**
PHL 376 Environental Philosophy (4)
ZOO 121 Environmental Biology (4)*
* Miami Plan Foundation course
** Miami Plan Thematic Sequence Course

Music Composition (25 semester hours)

For information contact the Department of Music, 119 Center for Performing Arts (513-529-3014). This minor is for those who want to complement their education with creative study in music composition. The program covers a basic musical background in the first two years followed by specialized compositional study in the remaining courses. Open to Music majors.

Program Requirements

All of these:
MUS 101-102 Theory of Music (2, 2)
MUS 151-152 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
MUS 201 Theory of Music (2)
MUS 251-252 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1)
MUS 371-372 Composition (3, 3)

One of these:
MUS 185 Diverse Worlds of Music (3)*
MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Music (3)*

Two of these:
MUS 301 Counterpoint (3)
MUS 303 Electronic Music (3)
MUS 304 Commercial Applications in Composing/Arranging (3)
* Miami Plan Foundation course

Music History (24 semester hours)

For information contact the Department of Music, 119 Center for Performing Arts (513-529-3014). This minor is for those who want to complement their skills and increase their career options. Not open to Music majors.

Program Requirements

All of these:
MUS 101-102 Theory of Music (2, 2)
MUS 201-202 Theory of Music (2, 2)
MUS 185 The Diverse Worlds of Music (3)*
MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Music (3)*
MUS 311-312 History of Western Music (3, 3)
Additional four semester hours selected with adviser approval.
* Miami Plan Foundation course

Music Performance (28 semester hours)

For information contact the Department of Music, 119 Center for Performing Arts (513-529-3014). This minor is for those who want to complement their skills and increase their career options. Audition is required. Not open to Music majors.

Program Requirements

All of these:
MUS 101-102 Theory of Music (2, 2)
MUS 151-152 Sightsinging and Dictation (1, 1) (vocal performance minor only; may be met by proficiency examination administered by theory faculty)
MUS 185 The Diverse Worlds of Music (3)*
MUS 189 Great Ideas in Western Music (3)*

Applied music requirement: 12 semester hours, includes four semester hours at 300 level.

Ensemble requirement for piano: Minimum four semester hours in major and/or minor vocal or instrumental ensembles.

Ensemble requirement for all except piano: Music ensemble with two semester hours credit (2, 2)

Recital requirement: One full recital in junior or senior year or two half-recitals in junior and/or senior year (no credit).
* Miami Plan Foundation course

Theatre Minors

For information contact the Department of Theatre, 131 Center for Performing Arts (513-529-3053).

Theatre and Drama (25 semester hours)

Program Requirements

All of these:
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre: Drama and Analysis (MPF) (3)
THE 102 Analysis: Methods and Research (3)
THE 103 Introduction to Theatre: Production and Performance (MPF) (1)

Three courses from:
THE 391 Modern American Theatre (MPT) (3)
THE 392 Modern European Theatre (MPT) (3)
THE 393 Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Issues in Dramatic Literature (MPT) (3)
THE 491 Theatre History I (3)
THE 492 Theatre History II (3)
THE 493 American Theatre (3)

Nine hours selected with the approval of your minor adviser from at least two departments/programs other than Theatre.
Recommended courses include:
CLS 212 Greek Tragedy (3)
CLS 213 Greek Comedy (3)
ENG 221 Shakespeare and Film (3)
ENG 346 Modern English and American Drama (3)
ENG 372,373 Shakespeare's Principal Plays (3, 3)
FRE 423 Classical French Theatre of the 17th and 18th Centuries (3)
GER 330 German Drama Production (1-2; maximum 8)
ITL 301,302 Introduction to Italian Literature (3, 3)
JPN 255 Drama in China and Japan in English Translation (MPF) (3)
LAS 207, 208 Latin American Civilization (MPF; LAS 208 is also MPT) (3, 3)
SPN 413 Texts and Contexts: Spain (MPT) (3)
SPN 414 Texts and Contexts: Spanish America (MPT) (3)
SPN 420 Selected Topics in Literature and Culture: Spain (MPT) (3)*
* prerequisites are SPN 413 and 414

Theatre Arts (25 semester hours)

This minor offers students an opportunity to explore theatrical practice within a liberal arts tradition by providing study of performance and production in acting, directing, stagecraft, design arts, and theatre history and analysis. Register your intent to pursue the minor with the chief departmental adviser. A minimum g.p.a. of 2.0 is required for all courses in a minor. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Program Requirements

All of these:
THE 101 Introduction to Theatre: Drama and Analysis (MPF) (3)
THE 103 Introduction to Theatre: Production and Performance (MPF) (1)
THE 131 Principles of Acting I (3)
THE 200 Theatre Production and Performance (1,1)
THE 202 Stagecraft (3)
THE 204 Stagecraft Laboratory (1)
THE 251 Theatrical Design Communication Skills (3)
THE 341 Fundamentals of Play Directing (3)

Two of these:
THE 391 Modern American Theatre (MPT) (3)
THE 392 Modern European Theatre (MPT) (3)
THE 393 Cultural, Ethnic, and Gender Issues in Dramatic Literature (MPT) (3)
THE 491 Theatre History I (3)
THE 492 Theatre History II (3)
THE 493 American Theatre (3)

Urban Design (21 semester hours)

For information contact the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, 101 Alumni Hall (513-529-7210).

Urban design is the study of human relationships and their expression in the physical landscapes that are cities. Urban environment is a physical manifestation of social values. Relations that comprise the realm of urban design involve not simply buildings and their creation, but the infrastructure, politics, economics, sociology, commerce, and history of cities. Students planning to pursue careers in government, public administration, social work, architectural design, planning, etc., find their interests served by this minor.

You should meet with the coordinator of urban design studies to work out a program of study. Minimally, your program will include 21 semester hours completed with a 2.5 g.p.a. Courses must be taken for a grade (not credit/no-credit).

Program Requirements

Basic course work. All of these:
ARC 211 Introduction to Landscape and Urban Design (3)
GEO 201 Geography of Urban Diversity (3) *
POL 261 Public Administration (4)*

Nine semester hours from these:**
ARC 405C Typology and Regionalism (3)
ARC 405Q Housing Case Studies (3)
ARC 422 History of Urbanization (3)
ARC 426 Architecture and Society (3)
ARC 427 American City Since 1940 (3)
FSW 261 Diverse Families Across the Life Cycle (3) *
GEO 451 Urban and Regional Planning (3)
GEO 454 Urban Geography (3)
GEO 459 Advanced Urban and Regional Planning (3)
POL 364 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3)
POL 467 Public Budgeting (3)
SOC 201 Social Problems (4)
SOC 234 Historic Preservation: Social, Economic, and Physical Aspects (3)
SOC 347 Comparative Urban Ecology (3)
Other course work is subject to approval by the coordinator.
* Miami Plan Foundation course
** Architecture majors: six of these nine hours must be from outside architecture; non-architecture majors: six of these nine hours must be architecture courses.

Three semester hours from these:
Independent Study/Field Study
Directed Urban Community Design Assistance Group (CDAG)
Municipal Internship


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