The Fine Arts Foundation

To fulfill the Fine Arts Requirement, students must take one three-credit course chosen from core-designated courses, ordinarily in the fine arts.

​Why the Fine Arts?

The fine arts requirement reflects the importance of creative and artistic expression within the Dominican tradition and the Catholic faith. The Mission of Providence College requires that students are educated as moral, spiritual, and intellectual beings. To accomplish this goal, students must be provided with opportunities to engage directly with artistic activities as well as develop the aesthetic dimension of their minds and spirits. The fine arts core seeks to foster students’ understanding and appreciation of the arts and of the aesthetic in the human and natural world. It encourages students to reflect on aesthetics as a way of integrating the multifaceted dimensions of human experience. Through such reflection, students can develop a richer understanding of the meaning of life and of the moral and spiritual values that sustain it. It is also hoped that students are encouraged to develop life-long practices of arts appreciation and of considering the role of the aesthetic in broader human and social questions.

The fine arts requirement can be fulfilled through courses that emphasize the historical development of different forms of art, as well as those that emphasize hands-on student involvement in the creation of works of art, music, theatre, dance, or film. Regardless of emphasis, fine arts core courses should encourage the development of students’ critical appreciation of the arts, including an understanding of how historical changes have shaped the creative process and notions of the aesthetic. Where possible and relevant, core courses in the fine arts should seek to enrich students’ aesthetic experience by exposing them to the resources of the Rhode Island cultural community.

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Core Foundation & Profiency

Department

Major

AMS 120 (Early Hollywood) [Effective Fall 2013] Fine Arts Core Requirement
American Studies
ART 301 (Development of North American Architecture) [Effective Fall 2012 for Fine Arts, Effective Spring 2016 for Civic Engagement] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Civic Engagement Proficiency
Studio Art
ART 242 (Digital Imaging: Etching) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Studio Art
ART 151 (Ceramics I) [Effective Spring 2013] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Studio Art
ART 101 (Visual Design I) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Studio Art Studio Art
ARH470 (Special Topics: Silk Road Studies) [Effective Spring 2016] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Art History
ARH 444 (Sacred Space in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) [Effective Fall 2013] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Diversity Proficiency
Art History
ARH 301 (Development of North American Architecture) [Effective Fall 2012 for Fine Arts, Effective Spring 2016 for Civic Engagement] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Civic Engagement Proficiency
Art History
ARH 209 (Modern Art) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Art History
ARH 204 (Medieval Art and Architecture) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Art History
ARH 200 (Art of the Ancient Classical World) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Art History
ARH 103 (Tribal and Village Art) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Art History
FRN 212 (French Civilization) [Fine Arts effective Fall 2012] [Oral Communication effective Fall 2015] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Oral Communication Proficiency
Foreign Language Studies
ENG 381 (Creative Writing in Poetry) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
English
ENG 380 (Creative Writing in Fiction) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
English
MSC 225 (Music and Society) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Music
MSC 224 (Women and Music) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Music
MSC 218 (Twentieth-Century Music) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Music
MSC 207 (Voice Class) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Music
MSC 101 (Basic Concepts of Music) [Effective Fall 2012] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Music
ITA 405 (Italian Cinema) [Effective Fall 2013] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Foreign Language Studies
ART 479 (The Community Lens) [Effective Fall 2016] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Civic Engagement Proficiency
Studio Art
PSP 479 (The Community Lens) [Effective Fall 2016] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Civic Engagement Proficiency
Public and Community Service Studies
AMS 227 (History of Jazz) [Effective Fall 2013] Fine Arts Core Requirement
American Studies
ART 481 (Japan and the US from 1853 to the Present) [Effective Fall 2014] Fine Arts Core Requirement
Art History