Arts Courses Open to (not quite all) Majors

Published on October 16, 2013

Hello.  Curricular permeability is a hot button issue right now, and we hear many of you loud and clear when you say that you want access to courses in other departments.  Dean Lindholm polled Chairs and Directors to get a clear view of what courses are out there that you can take as non majors.   I’m sharing that list that she compiled below.  I hope this is helpful to some of you, and reduces the frustrating task of clicking on every course and reading the ‘eligibility’ criteria on each one.

If you have questions, please contact the department directly, you can find each department’s contact information on the VCUarts website here.

Courses open to all (some) VCUarts students



391 and 491 Cross Disciplinary courses



121 and 122 (all VCU students)



407 Photo and 494 International Field experience.






CINE 495 Cinema as Art



None formally, but many overrides, please contact department directly



All 200 level classes, if there is room (ARTF required, request an override)



DANC 105-901 Improvisation
DANC 133 Intro to Ballet I
DANC 134 Intro to Ballet II
DANC 141-142 Ballroom Dance
DANC 183 Intro to Modern Dance I
DANC 184 Intro to Modern Dance II
DANC 255-256 Hip Hop Dance
DANC 126-127 African Dance
DANC 313 Dance in World Cultures
DANC 320 Video Choreography



FASH 240 Survey of the Fashion
FASH 319 Contemporary Fashion
FASH 290 Textiles




APPL 200 Applied Lessons
APPM 355 Orchestra
APPM 356 Symphonic Winds
APPM 357 University Band
APPM 358 Commonwealth Singers
APPM 359 Choral Arts Society
APPM 360 Jazz Orchestra
APPM 361 Small Jazz Ensemble
APPM 378 Women’s Chorus
MHIS 110 Elements of Music
MHIS 243 Music Appreciation
MHIS 244 Experiencing Music
MHIS 250 Introduction to African-American Music
MHIS 291 Topics in Music


MUSIC with permission:

APPM 363 Flute Choir
APPM 364 Guitar Ensemble
APPM 367 Piano Ensemble
APPM 368 Woodwind Ensemble
APPM 369 Percussion Ensemble
APPM 371 String Chamber Music
APPM 372 Brass Ensemble
MHIS 120 Introduction to World Musical Styles
MHIS 145 Theory and Aural Skills I
MHIS 146 Theory and Aural Skills II
MHIS 321 Music History I
MHIS 322 Music History II
MHIS 324 Jazz History
MHIS 350 Studies in the Music of the African Continent and Diaspora
MHIS 380 Survey of Music Industry
MHIS 420 Chamber Music Literature Through 1800
MHIS 421 Chamber Music Literature Since 1800
MHIS 422 The History of the Symphony
MHIS 423 Tone Poems and Concert Overtures
MHIS 424 The History of American Musical Theatre
MHIS 425 Opera History



Painting and Drawing Basic



All to AFO completers except Soph and Sr  seminar



THEA 211
THEA 107, 108
THEA 103
SPCH 121
SPCH 321