Choose one of three courses.
Creative Writing Studio – syllabus
(ARTS 3007/3 credits)
This studio is devoted to creative writing practice and an introduction to contemporary Czech literature. Students take part in workshops based on prompts provided by the instructor, 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. Students keep a journal of field observations and writing 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 with deep roots in Czech visual arts history such as montage, collage, assemblage, stop-motion photography, and photogram. Students take part in artist studio or other workshops, attend exhibitions and visit photographic archives, keep a sketchbook and journal, and present their photography in a public gallery space. They also meet with Czech photographers who work with experimental and multi-media methods, documentary photography or other approaches, and attend visual arts and photography exhibitions.