Choose one of three courses.
Creative Writing Studio – syllabus
(ARTS 3007/3 credits)
This studio is devoted creative writing practice and an introduction to contemporary Czech literature. Students take part in workshops based on prompts provided by the lecturer, and group critiques of their work. They also meet with Czech writers of fiction and poetry to discuss the writing process and ways in which their writing reflects topics such as Czech identity and history and current public debates around politics and social justice topics. Students keep a journal of field-observation exercises and select one work for revision and presentation at a closing literary evening that also includes a discussion of their processes, topics and inspiration from Czech authors.
Contemporary Dance Studio – syllabus
(ARTS 3006/3 credits)
This class is devoted to studio practice in contemporary dance techniques with an emphasis on contact improvisation, understanding the mind, body and voice for individual and group performance work, and working with sound and light. Students take part in intensive studio sessions, attend contemporary dance and alternative theater performances, keep a fieldwork journal and present their work at a performance in a public venue. They also meet with choreographers, dancers and production specialists to gain insights into the local performance scene and the different ways in which dancers engage or contribute to current social justice and political discourse.
Photography Studio – syllabus
(ARTS 3008/3 credits)
This class is devoted to practice in experimental photography with an emphasis on techniques such as montage, collage, assemblage, stop motion photography, and photogram, all of which have deep roots in Czech visual arts history. Students take part in workshops in artist studios or other workshops, attend exhibitions and visit photographic archives, keep a sketchbook and journal and present their photo experiments in a public gallery space. They also meet with contemporary visual artists and photographers that work with experimental and multi-media methods as well as curators or other specialists to gain insights into the Czech visual arts scene and the different ways in which Czech artists engage in public discourse around politics and social justice topics.