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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Humanities Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 302
    • tel: 610-499-4341
  • Mara Parker, PhD

    • Associate Dean of Humanities
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 305
    • tel: 610-499-4344

Curriculum, Fine Arts

A fine arts degree at Widener University gives students a chance to experience a wide variety of coursework, both academic and creative.

  • The academic coursework provides the historical and cultural context needed so that students can understand why an object was created, why a composition sounds a certain way, and why specific movements are executed.
  • The creative courses offer students the opportunity to put that knowledge into practice.

Both the distinguished faculty and the professional adjunct faculty, all specialists in their field, prepare students to become successful stewards and advocates of the arts upon graduation.


View a selection of courses students may take as a fine arts major.

AH 347 Art Since 1945

This course examines the principal artists, artistic movements, and radical changes that have helped shape American and European art since 1945. In addition to painting and sculpture, happenings, performance art, public art, installation art, and video and digital art are considered. The course examines Jackson Pollock and the emergence of abstract expressionism in the late 1940s and 50s, Andy Warhol and the pop artist of the 1960s, conceptual artists and Earth artist of the 1970s, the resurgence of Europe as a major art center during the 1980s, and the collapse of traditional artistic hierarchies during the 1990s. The course concludes with an examination of current key artist and themes such as cultural dislocation and gender. 

AS 111 Drawing I

An introduction to drawing and the concepts of line, texture, composition, value, and perspective. Students develop a visual vocabulary, an appreciation of diverse drawing styles, and the ability to view works from a critical perspective. Mandatory visits to museums provide students with additional opportunities to study works of established artists.

MUS 390 The American Musical

The American musical is a unique genre, one that both delights and challenges its audience. It is simultaneously an entertaining combination of song, dance, and dialogue and a persuasive form of communication. It teaches us what and whom to care about and how to achieve this. Engaging us through music and drama, the creators and composers ask us to consider/reconsider ideas and concepts, and, potentially, change our behavior. This course explores selected 20th- century American musicals from a variety of perspectives, including musical style, the role of dance, identity, and ethnicity.

DAN 101 Modern Dance I

This course provides an introduction to the principles and practice of modern dance. Ongoing dance technique classes incorporate aspects of modern and postmodern dance, dance improvisation, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Pilates mat work, and stretching and relaxation techniques. Through these movement experiences, students develop their technical dance skills, learn basic concepts of dance design, and further their understanding and cultivation of the body as an instrument of expression. Students attend one or more live dance performances.

ARTS 111 Introduction to Arts Management

This course provides an introduction to the inner workings of non-profit visual and performing arts organizations. Students examine the field of arts management; the social, economic, and political trends that shape arts organizations; professional opportunities in the field; working with artists; the multiple programming and administrative activities of arts organizations; marketing and audience development; and the use of new technologies.

For more information about courses and requirements for fine arts, please refer to page 48 on our course catalog.