The PVA Majors RAP is planned for 19 first-year students who have been admitted as Art, Art History, Architecture, Dance, Music and Theater majors. It is designed to give students the structure and support to succeed as an artist and scholar.
As an artist, designer, or performer, your success is often the result of both individual effort and creative collaboration. Students in visual and performing arts majors tend to have rigorous schedules filled with hours of required practice and studio time thus making it difficult for them to join most RAP offerings. However, this RAP was built with these considerations in mind, attending to the particular needs, goals and schedules of aspiring artists!
Living with students in related majors will enable students to be on similar schedules for study, class and recreation.
Read what Fall 2022 instructor Gilbert Wermeling has to say about the seminar:
The Performing and Visual Arts RAP focuses on the visual and/or performing arts in contemporary culture. Fall 2022 topic: it begins with our morning alarms, those cruel arbiters of wakefulness, and continues in the chatter of the dining commons, the honking of geese by the campus pond, and that noisy squeak all the PVTA buses make when they start moving. We hear so many sounds every day. How often, though, do we take time to listen closely and think about all the sounds we hear each day? In Soundscapes of UMass we will explore music as sound and the relationships that we have formed with it. We will record bird songs, sing with microwaves, attend concerts, and call 1-800 numbers to get put on hold. This course is intended for HFA students in the Performing and Visual Arts majors interested in exploring sound from the perspective of the arts
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