Creative General Education courses - Semester Two 2021

Enrol in a Music, Fine Arts, Dance or Design course this semester. No prior knowledge of these subjects is required.

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Get creative this semester! There are spaces available in our creative General Education courses during Semester Two 2021. Enrol in a Music, Fine Arts, Dance or Design course.

Students studying a number of different degrees at the University of Auckland are welcome to enrol into these courses. No previous knowledge of Music, Fine Arts, Dance or Design is required. 

Music courses

MUS 144G - Turning-Points in Western Music

This course introduces the history and literatures of Western music from medieval times to the late 20th-century. You will study, discuss, and write about the people and the factors (artistic, intellectual, social, technical) that were and are Western music’s agents of change.

Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.

MUS 149G - Rock to Reggae: Tracking Popular Music in New Zealand

This course is an introduction to New Zealand popular music from the 1950s to today. A broad range of musical styles will be considered and situated within various social contexts. The issue of cultural identity in music – at national and local levels – will also be explored. 

Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.

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Fine Arts courses

FINEARTS 109G - Introduction to Photographic Practice

Introduces the methods, concepts and contemporary contexts of photographic practice alongside the development of a photographic portfolio. Students will use their own camera, (this can include cell phone cameras) to develop a portfolio of photographic work and explore the ways in which contemporary arts and cultural practices in Aotearoa enable a critical reflection on the production of images.

Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.

FINEARTS 210G - Understanding Contemporary Visual Arts Practice

How does the contemporary art world work? This course presents perspectives on contemporary artistic practices, milieu, and institutions. The course involves active exploration of the local art scene. This includes visits to galleries, and guest presentations from artists, curators, gallerists and critics. The overarching premise for this paper is there are many contemporary art "worlds" (not just a single "art world"), and we will explore the many practices and spaces that constitute these. 

Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.

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Dance courses

DANCE 101G - Introduction to Dance and Creative Processes

This course aims to develop an understanding of our moving bodies through movement awareness, dance improvisation, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts processes. You will experience both theoretical and practical classes, which focus on a range of practices that dancers and movement practitioners use to facilitate kinaesthetic awareness, experimentation, play, communication and choreography. You will explore somatic theory and practice, improvisation scores, choreography, dance analysis, and contact improvisation. You will also explore the relationships between dance and other artistic disciplines.

Bachelor of Dance Studies students cannot take this General Education course.

DANCE 200G - Dance and Culture

Through practical dance classes and theoretical investigations into diverse cultural environments around the world, this course critically examines the interrelationship between dance and wider political and cultural movements. You'll physically engage in the study of various social dance forms. You'll discuss and write about the cultural environments that have contributed to, and been affected by, these dances.

Bachelor of Dance Studies students cannot take this General Education course.

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Design course

DESIGN 102G - Design Futures

How and why do design practices evolve, respond to and influence change? In this course students learn how to apply a design approach to complement current practice and expand future career prospects. It offers insight into what motivates designers, what tools they use, and how they collaborate with others in diverse contexts. They will learn how to speculate on the potential conditions, causes and contingencies for future design practices. Students will also apply analytical and practical methods to design.

Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Design conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.

Enrolment checklist

Review the checklist below and enrol soon!
 

Contact us

If you have any queries, please get in touch with advisors at our Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre:

Email: info-creative@auckland.ac.nz