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Creative Expression at the University

Some people have called the Uni­versity a “suitcase” school. While there are few things funnier than a hawk in a suit, some Hawks want more than a briefcase- they want a portfolio to put inside it.

The University offers a wide array of minors that can get you involved with artistic expression. If you don’t consider yourself to be creative, there’s no better time to learn. Be­sides, sometimes a unique minor is just what you need to earn that cov­eted internship.

One beloved minor is creative writing, which is only 18 credits. This teaches the differences of style involved with various forms of com­position. It shows that you know how to reach your audience.

Another such minor is a classic: art. This curriculum teaches basic de­sign and drawing skills. In addition, you’ll engage in art history courses, giving you some background knowl­edge on things that other people have painted. Start planning early if you want to take it, because this is a 27 credit program.

Do you like art but dislike work­ing with your hands? In that case, the graphic design/computer graphics minor may be right for you, and it’s only 15 credits. This teaches the art of computer animation and design.

The 15 credit photography minor is another choice for anyone who wants to really bring a picture to life (and for those who want to show off their fancy college education at the next family reunion).

“Because photography is so ubiq­uitous in our lives, a photo minor pairs well with most MU majors from communications to real estate as it is a skill that can be readily ap­plied to a profession or enjoyed for its creative outlet.” Anne Massoni, spe­cialist professor of photography, said.

If you’re more the type to look at moving pictures, don’t count yourself out until you’ve examined the screen studies minor, created by Professors John Morano, Donna Dolphin and Dr. Chad Dell. This series, consist­ing of 18 credits, teaches the history of film and how expression on the big screen has changed over the course of the past few decades- and how mov­ies have changed society.

Chad Dell, Chair fo the Communi­cation Department, supports the mi­nor. “The [screen studies] minor has attracted a wide variety of students, all who share a passion for storytell­ing and the magic of the screen,” said Dell.

However, interactive media is an­other option. This 18 credit minor fo­cuses on developing a well-rounded education in photography, film and computer animation. It serves as the “middle ground” for those who like a wide variety of media.

“It’s a really exciting minor, and could apply to students from any major: a biology student who might work collaboratively with other sci­entists to manipulate screen images; a media student working for a law firm designing multimedia presen­tations that can be manipulated in a courtroom; a musician designing an interactive website for her band and fan base; or an artist creating a media installation that encourages partici­pation from onlookers. The options are endless,” added Dell.

The theater minor, a 21 credit pro­gram, is ideal for anyone who’s want­ed to soak up the limelight. This is an introduction to theater that teaches the dynamics of acting and perfor­mance.

This is not to be confused with musical theater, which is also 21 credits, and focuses on singing and instrumental work as well. Students enrolled in this series of courses will learn how to harmonize with a group, since this a crucial element of perfor­mance.

Not an actor? Not a problem! The University offers a popular music mi­nor for those of you who enjoy music off-stage. This 24 credit curriculum will be able to examine different styles of music in different settings as well as perform in courses such as group piano.

In today’s economy, there’s no such thing as having too many credentials. These programs show that you have ingenuity and communication skills

Besides, they’re fun. Do you need a better reason?

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