Top 10 Fall Classes

Still not sure what classes you're taking this fall? Here are 10 of the coolest classes offered by the College of Fine Arts this semester, in no particular order. Check the official UK Registrar document for details.

HON 151-003: Music and Interdisciplinary Studies

MWF 10:00-10:50 AM | Instructor: Michael Baker

A study of interdisciplinary connections between music and various artistic, scientific, and cultural areas of study. Each week will be team-taught between the instructor and a guest lecturer from the university faculty on the given week’s topic. The course is open to all students within the honors college and fulfills the nature of inquiry in the humanities requirement for the UK Core. 


MUS 772-001: Poetry, Song, and the Romantic Imagination

TR 12:00-3:15 PM | Instructor: Michael Baker

A study of German romantic song through analysis, interpretation, composition, and performance of Lieder. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the devices and delights of romantic poetry, the compositional techniques of the era to draw out musico-poetic meaning, and the cultural influences that fueled the romantic imagination.


MUC 173-003 (undergraduate) & MUC 570-013 (graduate)
Percussion Ensemble: Balinese Gamelan

W 6:30-8:30 PM | Instructor: Donna Kwon


MUS 330-001: Music in the World: Asian American Music

TR 9:30-10:45 AM | Instructor: Donna Kwon

This course will be a critical study of the Asian American experience through the lens of music. Because the term “Asian American” has a relatively short history and can be considered either inclusive, exclusive, and/or overwhelmingly broad, we will spend time interrogating the history of this term as well as examine the musical cultures of specific ethnic groups such as Chinese Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans, and Indian Americans. Along these lines, this course will introduce several prominent musical traditions practiced by these above communities such as the Chinese guzheng zither, Japanese taiko, Korean samulnori drumming, and Indian bharatanatym dance. A choice of workshops in Chinese Music, Balinese Gamelan, Korean drumming or either K-pop or Indian classical dance will be incorporated and result in a culminating in-class performance. In addition, we will explore the various social and political themes within the Asian American movement as expressed through various contemporary genres such as indie-pop, rap, and jazz. These themes include issues of race and immigration, the model minority myth, the Japanese American internment during WWII and issues of representation in popular culture. We will not only focus on the structural forces that shape Asian American lives but also examine how Asian Americans negotiate and often resist such forces through political and creative means of expression.


MUS 507: Music in the Age of Digital Reproduction

MWF 10:00-10:50 AM | Instructor: Revell Carr

In the twenty-first century we have the ability to record, reproduce and consume music using a wide variety of mechanical and digital technologies. We often forget, however, that each one of these technologies has caused profound changes in the ways that music is performed and received. This course will examine the history and cultural significance of musical reproduction and mass distribution. Some of the issues we will discuss will be the development of printed notation, mechanical music, broadcast media, acoustic and electronic recording, digital recording and sampling, questions of authenticity and ownership, copyright law, and internet music trading.


A-H 342: Gender & Sexuality
American Art and Visual Studies

TR 2:00-3:15 PM | Instructor: Miriam Kienle

This course examines American art and visual culture in its social, political, and aesthetic contexts during the 20th and early 21st centuries, particularly as it relates to issues of gender and sexuality. Organized chronologically, the course surveys key art movements (American Modernism, Regionalism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, etc.) focusing on the contributions of women and LGBTQ artists to American Art as well as approaches to art history from feminist and queer perspectives. In addition to traditional fine arts media, this course will also examine the role of gender and sexuality in various forms of popular culture from film and photography to advertising and television.


AAD 150: Exploring Arts Administration

MWF 10:00-10:50 AM, MWF 11:00-11:50 AM, or TR 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Instructor: Lee Eachus (MWF), Jennifer Sciantarelli (TR)

Exploring Arts Administration introduces the field of arts administration to students interested in investigating the connections between art, artists, and audiences through participation in class discussions, engagement with guest lectures, and attendance of arts events. The questions that drive this inquiring include: What is the work of the arts in society? What intellectual inquiry will guide me within the profession? What are the organizational structures that present the arts? And how do I begin to participate within the profession?


A-S 390-401: After Effects

MW 6:00-8:50 PM | Instructor: Paul Rodgers

Topical Studies: motion graphics, visual effects, and compositing


A-S 390-002: Guerrilla Art
Interventions and Social Practice

TR 3:30-6:20 PM | Instructor: Lee Ann Paynter

Guerrilla Art: Art in public spaces that engages and effects through a covert action.


TA 350-001: Improv Troupe

TR 3:30 - 4:45 PM

Improvisation is one of the core techniques used by actors. It stretches the imagination, sparks spontaneity and can lead to unforgettable performances. To the dismay of script writers everywhere, it has also been responsible for some of the best moments in cinema history! Jack Nicholson’s line, “Heeeeeere's Johnny,” in the Shining? Improvised.