Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Courses of Instruction



Connections 20089. Thinking About Seeing

This creative arts-humanities connection examines our visual world through a very simple assertion: the way things look matters. Theatre 210: Introduction to Design and Theatre 310: Intermediate Design both examine the practical applications involved in approaching visual culture through the elements of design and principles of composition. Philosophy 236: Aesthetics is grounded in the main historical and contemporary theories and problems in aesthetics.

Each course addresses our reactions to visual culture, but in very different ways. Aesthetics seeks to examine existing visual elements of our world in a logical, critical way, while Introduction to Design explores the practical creation of visual imagery through specific contexts and through assigned texts from various genres.

Each approach demands that students engage in self-reflection and discourse to achieve a conscious awareness of their own reactions to our visual world, the reactions of those around them, and the implications of those reactions.

Students may complete the two course connection by successfully completing Philosophy 236 and either Theatre 210 or Theatre 310.

PHIL 236 Aesthetics
THEA 210 Introduction to Design
or THEA 310 Intermediate Stage Design