Creative Arts (CREA)

CREA 190. Special Topics in Creative Arts. 1 Unit.

CREA 191A. Dance Appreciation. 1 Unit.

An introductory survey class designed for non-majors that examines dance within historical, cultural, social, and performative contexts. Course participants will gain a deeper understanding of dance, choreography, and diverse movement styles by studying influential choreographers, composers, dancers, and dance companies. Though physical movement is an essential component of the course, accommodations are readily made for students with varying physical limitations. No prerequisite.

CREA 250. Arts Entrepreneurship. 1 Unit.

Explores the application of an entrepreneurial mindset to artistic contexts, so that creative practices can be transformed into financially viable opportunities. Primary objective is equipping students with basic skills for artistic careers that are self-sustaining. Secondary consideration will be given to the value of applying common artistic practices such as experimentation, play, and reflection, within business contexts. No prerequisite. Offered once a year in the fall semester.

CREA 290. Special Topics in Creative Arts. 1 Unit.

CREA 290A. Special Topic. 1 Unit.

Freiburg with its rich contemporary culture, variety of landscape, proximity to France and Switzerland, the omnipresence of history, museums and art galleries is the ideal starting place to explore the world of photography. In this aesthetic and creative photo workshop we approach photography through critical analysis, reflection, interpretation and the practice of our own photography. We will investigate the visual language, different perspectives and approaches of photography as to how visual media designs, constitutes and constructs notions of reality. The medium of photography generates perspectives of and gazes at the world, sustainably shaping our perception and imagination. Students acquire and expand their media analytical skills based on analysis and interpretation of imagery and the aesthetics of photography in general. As a final result, students will not only have an accomplished course but also a body of photographic work that will be a memory of a life changing experience abroad. Daily exercises and assignments require a digital camera (at least 3 megapixels or higher with the option of manual overrides), charger, USB Flash Drive (at least 4 GB) and cable, memory cards and laptop.

CREA 370V. Blues People: African-American Popular Music. 1 Unit.

Blues People is an interdisciplinary examination of the contributions of vernacular African-American culture to American popular music from around the turn of the nineteenth century to the 1970s. Students extend the time period discussed up to the present day in a capstone final project. The course traces how the music of a socially marginalized group became central to American culture. Junior Seminar.

CREA 371V. Music and Social Injustice. 1 Unit.

Throughout human history, music has served victims of social injustice as a coping mechanism, a source of solidarity, an instrument of resistance and protest, a creative outlet for shared experiences, and a depository of collective memory. In this course we will encounter and critically engage with various social plights - inequality (gender, race, and class), colonialism, genocide, oppression, and war - using music as a contextual lens. Junior Seminar.

CREA 372V. Arts and Revolution: Music. 1 Unit.

Can art change the world? This course traces how artists attempted to change society through visual arts over the threshold of the 1917 Russian Revolution, when political convulsions opened new possibilities for art and artists. We explore the possibilities of art as tool for social justice both in text and practice, focusing on Russia and Eastern Europe.

CREA 390. Special Topics in Creative Arts. 1 Unit.

CREA 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

CREA 396. Research/Creative Arts Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

Students apprentice on a project that directly supports the research or creative agenda of a faculty mentor. Prior to the start of the semester, faculty and student must submit a brief written plan to the department chair for the work to be completed. Pass/Fail only. By permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for a maximum credit of one unit, depending on workload.

CREA 397. Internship in Creative Arts. 0.5 or 1 Units.

Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at or 386-822-7315.

CREA 400. Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio. 1 Unit.

A co-taught studio course structured to cover a wide variety of interdisciplinary topics in the creative arts. Students pursue projects producing a body of work that may include elements of Digital Arts, Creative Writing, Music, Art, Art History, Theatre Arts and/or other experimental artwork. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.