Oct 06, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

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Theatre

  
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    THTR 000/4405 - Stage Lighting (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    THTR 2401  or consent of instructor.

    Description
    The study of lighting theory and practice for the stage. Topics to be covered are: fundamentals of light theory, basics of electricity, lighting equipment and its use, historical overview of lighting for theatre, examination of current lighting methodology and an introduction to lighting design.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
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    THTR 000/4406 - Costume Design for Theatre and Film (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    THTR 2401 , THTR 3401  or consent of instructor.

    Description
    Students will examine the social and historical dynamics of dress and the application of those dynamics to the theatrical and film costume. Coursework will include research into the history of dress and it’s application to historical costume design as well as the interpretation of contemporary scripts for costume design. Will include instruction in fundamental drawing and painting skills.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
  
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    THTR 470/4701 - Senior Seminar (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.

    Description
    In-depth examination of advanced topics in theatre determined by the special interests of the faculty.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.
    Notes
    Designed for senior majors.
  
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    THTR 490/4703 - Senior Thesis (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
             (or currently enrolled). Some projects will have additional prerequisites. Course should be taken in final semester at AUC.

    Description
    Students will develop a major project, combining research and creative work that enables the student to integrate course work from the theatre curriculum with self directed application. Projects will be of a depth of study and creative engagement to warrant a capstone project on a senior level and could include work in the areas of acting, directing, design, playwriting, or dramaturgy. Students will propose projects in the semester before the course is taken and will be subject to faculty approval.

  
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    THTR 495/4705 - Senior Honors Thesis (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Consent of the instructor.

    Description
    Offered to first or second semester seniors in the department who have distinguished themselves artistically and academically (minimum 3.4 GPA in the major, 3.2 cumulative). A major project, combining research and creative work in the areas of directing, design, performance, play-writing, or dramaturgy.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Notes
    Projects will be chosen by students in consultation with a faculty advisor.

Television and Digital Journalism

  
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    TVDJ 503/5203 - Media Ethics and Social Responsibility (3 cr.)



    Description
    Provides students with philosophical views of ethics; a critical examination of the rights, responsibilities, limitations, and abuses of media; and an analysis of emerging pressures to redefine television and digital journalism as a reliable, responsible process of accurate reportage and critical commentary on our society.

    When Offered
    Offered in spring.
  
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    TVDJ 507/5207 - Practicum: TV or Special Video Assignment (3 cr.)



    Description
    Field experience at an approved television, video/digital section of a publication or TV production companies in Egypt or abroad to be conducted preferably as a six week long summer internship or during a semester.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally
  
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    TVDJ 537/5237 - TV Digital News Gathering and Script Writing (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Advised to be taken concurrently with    and  .

    Description
    Introduces students to the theory and practice of field reporting and production in both English and Arabic. Students will learn the concepts of television and digital journalism, the differences in reporting for broadcast and digital media, scriptwriting, use of visuals and related topics.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
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    TVDJ 539/5239 - TV Presentation and Voice Coaching (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    A workshop devoted to the presentation of TV news and features, particularly when “on camera”. The prime focus of the course is to develop an awareness of how skeletal-muscular-respiratory organization can inhibit or promote vocal tone resonance and articulation, and to provide the physical experiences necessary to promote improvement in posture and breathing. The course provides the means whereby unconscious, inappropriate personal habits i.e. grimace, frown; nervous gesture can be brought to consciousness and gradually eliminated. Particular attention will be given to developing unobtrusive and clear enunciation in English.
     

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and/or winter.
  
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    TVDJ 541/5241 - Field and Studio Digital Camera Production (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Advised to be taken concurrently with   and  

    Description
    Intensive field training on how to use digital video cameras. Students will learn the basics of camera shooting, sequencing, framing, lighting, and also how to conduct vox pops and interviews. Students will practice shooting on different field and studio camera models and formats, indoors, outdoors and in a studio environment. Students will also learn lighting techniques for the field and studio.



     

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
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    TVDJ 542/5242 - Digital Video Editing (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Advised to be taken concurrently with   and  .

     

    Description
    Intensive training in editing labs to master the basic operation of video editing equipment. Students will learn how to edit their stories using machine to machine editing (linear editing) and software editing (non-linear editing). Students will also learn live video editing and production inside the studio.




     

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.

  
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    TVDJ 545/5245 - TV Studio News Reporting (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
        and  

    Description
    This course provides students with intensive, real-world exposure to the production of television field news reports. Students will be involved in all aspects of creating a weekly television news program, including reporting, executive producing, studio camera work, directing, writing and anchoring. Each student will produce a weekly three minute report.

     




     

    When Offered
    Offered in spring.

  
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    TVDJ 546/5246 - TV Digital Journalism Capstone (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    A continuation of   , this course provides more advanced training in producing television news broadcasts with an emphasis on writing, research, and execution of mini-documentaries, investigative reports and features. Students fluent in Arabic may produce reports in Arabic. Students will complete the required capstone project in this course.

     

     

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.

  
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    TVDJ 000/5290 - Special Topics (3 cr.)



    Description
    Content varies with the instructor. Can be repeated once for credit if content changes.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally.

Translation Studies

  
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    TRST 501/5217 - Translation: Theory and Practice (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course focuses on the developments in the field of Translation Studies since the 1970s when translation became increasingly conceptualized as cultural transfer rather than a linguistic operation. It introduces students to the interdisciplinary approaches in the field including the impact of deconstruction, gender studies and post-colonial theory. Students will explore the cultural and political agendas of translation through selected theoretical texts. The course will also introduce students to various translation practices (adaptation, e-writing, etc)and will look at a translator’s role in society, and translation as an agent social change. Students will read a selection of texts in literary theory that will inform their practice in translation. Students will situate their own work in translation not only in relation to contemporary cultural forms and practices, but also in relation to the traditions that inform current translating practices. Selected texts and translation exercises will be in English and in Arabic.

    Cross-listed
    Same as   .
  
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    TRST 502/5218 - Translation and The Arab “Renaissance” (3 cr.)



    Description
    Students will read pioneering works of the nineteenth and the twentieth century in the Arab region that dealt with issues of translation and its centrality to modern nation-building. What exactly is the role of the translator? What is the function of translation in society? The course situates at the act of translation within colonial/postcolonial contexts in which questions of power surround the relationship between the original text and its translation. It also explores questions of visibility and invisibility of the translator, translation vs, adaptation, original text and target cultural context. Taught in English. Readings and translation exercises in English and Arabic.
     

    Cross-listed
    Same as   .

Visual Arts

  
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    ARTV 199/1099 - Selected Topics for Core Curriculum (3 cr.)



    Description
    A course that addresses broad intellectual concerns and is accessible to students from any major or class level. The course is offered as part of the Freshman Level of the Core Curriculum.

    When Offered
    Offered occasionally
  
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    ARTV 213/2113 - Introduction to Visual Cultures (3 cr.)



    Description
    This lecture course provides a primer in visual literacy across media, introducing students to key terms and methods for critically reading the visual world including iconology, formal analysis, art history, ideological analysis, and semiotics. Students gain fluency in understanding how images work in cultural context to communicate meaning, to express a sense of self, to convey pleasure, to sell things, and to distribute power. Questions of the effect of specific visual technologies are also engaged, particularly their impact on perception and conduct. Examples are drawn from fine art, advertising, film, popular culture, and new media.
     

  
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    ARTV 200/2200 - Art Foundations (3 cr.)



    Description
    This studio course introduces students to the foundations of art creation in a cross-disciplinary environment and media. Students will conduct extensive visual research throughout the semester, which will enable them to harness their creative potential. Students will develop their skills in the expressive use of analogue and digital media within art creation.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
  
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    ARTV 201/2201 - Introduction to Drawing (3 cr.)



    Description
    An introduction to the technical and observational skills of drawing in a variety of mediums. Concepts of line, value and composition will be explored in objective, non-objective, still life, and landscape drawing exercises.
     

  
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    ARTV 202/2202 - Introduction to Painting (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    An introduction to the technical, aesthetic, and historical aspects of painting in a variety of mediums. Formal concepts of composition, pictorial space and color interaction are applied to subjects such as still life, landscape and the figure.
     

  
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    ARTV 203/2203 - Introduction to sculpture/Installation (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    An introduction to the contemporary practices in Sculpture and installation. Offers a focused practice for students that addresses the origins and history of installation art/sculpture including site-specificity, the context of the gallery/museum, and alternate environments.
     

  
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    ARTV 204/2204 - Introduction to Time-Based Media (3 cr.)



    Description
    Introduces students to the creative practice of video art in a production studio environment, including both concepts and techniques. Classes include workshops on camera, lighting, video effects, and sound recording techniques. Students create individual video projects.
     

  
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    ARTV 000/2206 - Experimental Animation Art (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARTV 2201 .

    Description
    This studio course introduces students to experimental techniques and theories of animation art, particularly the use of simple frame animation as a means to trace the development and mutation of ideas, narratives, memories and experiences in the imagination. It is designed as an extension of students’ foundation experiences in drawing, painting and collage. Emphasis is on integrating those skills into “moving image” making through techniques of addition and subtraction to the surface of the animated frame.

  
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    ARTV 000/2207 - Introduction to Ceramics (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course aims to explore the various techniques and concepts of ceramics, with an emphasis on basic skills and crafts of clay. The course includes introductory information and experiments in clay free-hand technique related to ceramics arts, starting from making building techniques, glazing techniques and kiln firing operations. Students will be introduced to ceramic art history and its long-term cultural traditions, as well as contemporary ceramics concepts and ceramics installation arts. This course has a minimum of two filed trips to Fustat, an “ancient ceramics area in old Cairo” to explore the historical and local Craft of ceramic art and Egypt’s social history in relation to the field.

  
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    ARTV 000/2208 - Internship Practice (0 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Student should be declared as Visual Art Major.

    Description
    This course must be taken with ARTV 000/4312 - Advanced Studio III (3 cr.)  

    Student will be introduced to the most established independent contemporary art institutions in Egypt through an official collaboration agreement between the VA program and those institutions. Students are free to choose one of these institutions according to the availability of places as an intern for a period 8-10 days during the semester.

    Students will be asked to contribute to work related to tasks such as, achieving professional work, organizing public workshops, curating public exhibitions, organizing public screenings, also investigate their use of archives: what kind of important, how do they use it in exhibitions.

    * This is pass/fail course

  
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    ARTV 000/2209 - Studio Professional Practice (0 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Student should be declared as Visual Arts Major

    Description
    This course provides visual art major students with important and essential practices to work in their own spaces and time at the university in order to create arts projects for experimentation of needed art practices and training.

    Students should spend minimum of 10 hours per week of studio work in one of the Visual Arts studios (p008 & p019) Total of 100-150 working hours per semester starting from their declaration date till their graduation projects exhibition.

    The total practicum periods are 4-5 semesters.

    (please see 4 year plan’s proposal)

    * This course is pass/ fail course

  
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    ARTV 000/2210 - Experimental Workshop Practices (0 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    Student should be declared as Visual Arts Major

    Description
    Students should take minimum 5 workshops during their studies as Visual Arts Major student. These workshops may be selected from a variety offered at AUC, or in other institutions in Cairo.

    The workshops will enhance crafts and skills they need and are not offered in our courses like printmaking crafts, carpentry crafts, photography printing crafts, textile making crafts, electronic and coding interactive arts, etc.

  
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    ARTV 000/2211 - Introduction to Experimental Comic Strips (3 cr.)



    Description
    This course will address the history, principles, concept and anatomy of the comics form, as well as the fundamentals of the craft and the process of storytelling through the visual narrative. Techniques are open to experimentation from the conventional tools of drawing to the complexity of interactive digital media.

  
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    ARTV 000/2214 - History of Art Practices I (3 cr.)



    Description
    This introductory art history course aims at exploring Visual Art Practices from the Ancient Period to the late 19th century in a wide range of media such as architecture, sculpture, painting, print-making and photography. The works will be studied from a formal, conceptual, and expressive standpoint but also as evidences of a historical context. The course will be based on students’ research, lectures and field trips. The field trips are designed to introduce students to their heritage and to explore the relationship between geography and artistic practice.

  
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    ARTV 230/2230 - Introduction to Digital Photography (3 cr.)



    Description
    Introduces photographic practices in a digital environment. Explores camera, tools, techniques and conceptual approaches related to image capture and printing. A digital camera is required.
     

  
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    ARTV 315/3115 - Art Theory (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
     

    Description
    Offers an introduction to art theory from the start of the twentieth-century up until the present. Emphasis is on reading theoretical texts and interpreting their application to modern and contemporary artistic practices. The course is writing intensive.
     

  
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    ARTV 370/3270 - Selected Topics in Art (3 cr.)



    Description
    An in-depth examination of specific topics in Art determined by the special interests and expertise of the faculty.

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated for credit when content is different
  
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    ARTV 000/3311 - Advanced Painting and Drawing (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARTV 201/2201 - Introduction to Drawing (3 cr.)  or  ARTV 202/2202 - Introduction to Painting (3 cr.)  

    Description
    This course provides students with practical and advanced study of new techniques and concepts in contemporary painting and drawing, such as collage, assemblage and three dimensional installation art.

    Students will study the theories of painting in contemporary art and its relation to contemporary painting methodologies.

  
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    ARTV 000/3312 - Advanced Studio I (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARTV 200/2200 - Art Foundations (3 cr.)  

    ARTV 201/2201 - Introduction to Drawing (3 cr.)  

    Description
    This course is the first course in a series of advanced 3 sequential courses, and is an introduction to cross-medium studio practices and mediums. It introduces students to the basics of visual, conceptual and theoretical language as it relates to multiple types of contemporary studio practices. Concepts/ ideas are examined through diverse approaches to painting, drawing, sound, installation/ sculpture, video, performance and alternative practices. The class structure will be a combination of lectures, tutorials critical reports and studio practices.

  
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    ARTV 000/3316 - History of Art Practices II (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARTV 000/2214 - History of Art Practices I (3 cr.)   or ARTV 213/2113 - Introduction to Visual Cultures (3 cr.)  

    Description
    This course aims to explore Visual Art Practices of the Modern and the Contemporary Period. We are going to start our exploration with the movement of Impressionism in France and finish in the ever-changing global World Wide Web. We will analyze artistic methodologies, technologies and their impact upon artistic creation. The course focuses on exposing the dynamic interplay between visual research, politics, intellectual theories, and societal changes. The range of media that is covered is very wide: photography, performance, conceptual proposals, installation art, film, video, digital practices and appropriations from mass culture alongside painting and sculpture. The course is based on practical assignments, field trips and lectures.

  
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    ARTV 469/4269 - Senior Project (A) (3 cr.)



    Description
    The first in the advanced Senior Project A and B sequence that is required for the Visual Art major. Course is devoted to the processes of research, experimentation, reflection and critical feedback necessary for successful completion of ARTV 4270 . Preparation for subsequent professional life will also be emphasized, including writing and portfolio assignments and studio visits with practicing artists.

     

    When Offered
    Offered in fall.
  
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    ARTV 470/4270 - Senior Project (B) (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
      

    Description
    A continuation of  , students develop and exhibit a final body of work that expresses a thorough conceptual and technical process. The course culminates in a group exhibition of senior projects, typically to be installed in the Sharjah Art Gallery. This course is the equivalent of a “thesis” or a “capstone” class.
     

    When Offered
    Offered in spring.
  
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    ARTV 402/4302 - Independent Study (1-3 cr.)



    Description
    Professional internship, independent research, or studio work conducted by either individual students or small groups of students with the aid of faculty members. A detailed plan and schedule of the work must be approved by the Art Program Director prior to registration. No independent study can substitute for course regularly offered in the program.

     

    When Offered
    Offered in fall and spring.
    Repeatable
    May be repeated up to three times if the content changes.
    Notes
    Open to seniors only, with a minimum B average.

  
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    ARTV 000/4311 - Advanced Studio II (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARTV 000/3312 - Advanced Studio I (3 cr.)  and its prerequisites

    Description
    Continuation from Advanced Studio I, this is an advanced course that further develops students’ studio practices with an initial multidisciplinary collaborative working process. Particular focus is given to newer mediums such as immaterial, conceptual, interventionist and performative practices: new media; and collaborative and cross-disciplinary work. Students develop critical thinking skills about context, space and location. Increasingly sophisticated and ambitious studio practice is expected. The class is conducted through a combination of lectures, group project assignments, and studio practice. This course is required to be taught in Sharjah Art Gallery.

    Preferably taught as an Accelerated Summer course.

  
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    ARTV 000/4312 - Advanced Studio III (3 cr.)



    Prerequisites
    ARTV 000/4311 - Advanced Studio II (3 cr.)  and its prerequisites

    Description
    Continuation from Art Studio II. This course looks at archives and collections as creative practice, specifically looking at the archive itself as an object of critical analysis. Using interdisciplinary methods and readings on archival practice, students will be challenged to look  critically at a range of archival collections to interrogate the motivations behind collecting and curating arts.

    Class discussions and projects, students will engage in various theoretical and practical contexts within a contemporary discourse on art and archival practices.

    In addition to class work, all students are expected to undertake short-term internships at local art institutions as a part of ARTV 000/2208 - Internship Practice (0 cr.)  course.

  
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    ARTV 410/5110 - Contemporary issues in Arab Art (3 cr.)



    Description
    An examination of contemporary issues in Arab art within its historical-political geographic terrain and its contemporary diaspora communities. We will explore various kinds of visual and built environments including art works, exhibitions, literature and popular culture. Students will develop visual and analytic skills needed to examine contemporary issues in Arab art in relation to the local, regional and global markets and discourse.

 

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