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“The way I look at things has changed dramatically. I notice the light and texture of things a lot clearer than in the past. My photography class helped me to see life through a different view.”
“Getting up in front of a group of people was the last thing I wanted to do! I'm not as outgoing as others. Taking speech communication helped me overcome a lot of my public speaking shyness. It helped me to better articulate my ideas to friends and future employers.”
“It isn't just about Lincoln, FDR and the New Deal. I learned about the impact of war and why policies were made. By looking into the past, we can see how to chart our future. History really is futuristic.”
“Not only did I learn about different cultures, but I also learned how to bring some peace to my hectic life. Balancing school, family, friends and a job can be stressful. I learned great conflict resolution and coping skills.”
“I wasn't used to doing solos. Due to opportunities here, I have learned how to be a soloist in a band. I have built confidence. The band provided challenging music to keep me practicing.”
“Why am I at Richland? For the experienced teachers and directors. They actually allow students to design the theatre shows.”
“Professors give you the tools needed to succeed. They will work with you after class. I enjoyed my art history and art education classes because they were interactive. I wasn't just reading a book.”
Dear Student, Did you know that half of your Associate Degree and Core Curriculum requirements are based in the Humanities? Humanities courses are an essential part of your undergraduate education. Our courses enrich your mind and prepare you for successful living in a rapidly changing global economy. Our faculty are dedicated, award-winning professionals who are experts in their fields of study. You will find a supportive learning environment and unique opportunities to apply learning to real world contexts. We offer a number of learning formats including distance learning, campus-based classes, and individualized instruction. The following disciplines are taught in the Humanities Division: • Music Art • Design, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking • Choral and Instrumental Ensembles • Cultural Studies • Philosophy • Dance • Photography • Drama • Religion • History • Speech Communication • Humanities • Theatre
Whether you want to take a course for personal enjoyment or to complete your Associate Degree, we have everything you need. Check out the RichLearning of the Richland College School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts! Visit www.richlandcollege.edu/core
Art classes at Richland will help you develop your creative potential and establish your foundation for critical thinking. Richland College faculty are dedicated visual artists who are active in local and regional art communities. DRAWING: Learn the basics of drawing and engage your imagination with pencil, charcoal, and sketch-book. From innovative still life arrangements to figure models and campus excursions, you will learn important drawing skills and concepts in this foundation art class. DESIGN: This nuts and bolts course teaches basic skills in color, composition and symmetry. Learn about the use of line, texture, shape and size. SCULPTURE: Hone your problem solving skills by taking a sculpture class. Learn to manipulate mass and form in a variety of media from wood-carving to plaster casting. The Richland sculpture studio will help you fashion your three-dimensional dreams into reality.
“If it weren't for the Arts, I don't know how I would have made it through my other classes.”
PAINTING: Whether your preference is oil, acrylic or watercolor, taking a painting class develops your creative talent. Learn about composition, color theory, form, light and shade. CERAMICS: Get your hands dirty and earn credit. Our clay program offers classes in wheel-throwing, handbuilding, sculpture, glazing and kiln firing. Clay courses emphasize both technical and personal creative development. Join the Richland College Clay Arts Club and sell your art work at the annual Clay Guild Sale. PRINTMAKING: In printmaking classes you will create an etched design and reproduce it onto another surface. Learn about the world of monoprints, relief printing, and alternative processes in our printmaking studio. PHOTOGRAPHY: When you take a photography class, you will learn to enhance the quality and power of images to communicate effectively. You will gain a high level of confidence in technical skill and proficiency. You will also develop an aesthetic clarity of vision that will follow you throughout your photographic life. Our photography professors have a wide range of professional and instructional experience. Whether your goal is personal enrichment or commercial aspirations, our photography faculty can help you meet those objectives.
From Aristotle to Zen Buddhism and Pyramids to Pop Art, Humanities is the study of the collective artistic accomplishments of humankind. Rich and diverse, this interdisciplinary course enables you to understand past and present societies in the search for life's meaning expressed through the visual and performing arts. You will expand your world and enrich your life with this Core course.
Don't know much about history? We can help. Understand the human experience across a range of historical periods and cultures. Learn to write and think clearly, work in small groups and approach complex issues in an informed way. The study of history allows you to appreciate your place in contemporary society. History courses complement every major and career choice.
“I am shy but, I learned to come out of my comfort zone. I have learned leadership skills.”
“I was encouraged to ask questions. Professors use hands-on demonstrations.” “I learned more in my first term at Richland than I did in all four years of high school theater!” “The teacher in the rock, pop, show band class was excellent. He was knowledgeable about all types of music. He covered everything from classical to hip hop. I learned how to improve my sheet music reading skills.” “I am part of a community theater. I have used what I learned at Richland to teach others. I can teach as well as learn.” “My professors were friendly and they really cared about students. They gave me lots of opportunities. I learned quickly because I worked hard and the instructors really know how to make it work. They're great. They were always there for me.”
Richland Theatre Drama Dance
Have you ever dreamed of being on stage? Would you like to develop self-confidence, creativity, self-discipline and communication skills? Our Theatre, Drama and Dance departments have much to offer you. Our classes prepare you for success in the world of Theatre Arts.
“Working with my professors opened a whole new avenue for me in the real world.”
“Richland theatre professors are professional actors. They know what we need to learn. They have been there. They push us because they know what it takes to make it.” “I wanted a school that would teach me theatre. I wanted to work with people who have actually worked in the field.”
Our department offers an impressive range of theatrical productions. Whether you are interested in acting, singing, make-up, costumes, film, or set, sound and lighting design, you can get your start with us. Our award-winning faculty are seasoned professionals whose work is highly respected throughout the North Texas region and beyond. Take theatre at Richland and follow in the footsteps of the many distinguished program alumni who have appeared in film and on stage both nationally and internationally. Scholarships are available to qualifying students. Do you know the difference between a pliez and a pas de deux? Our dance department offers a wide variety of courses designed to encourage creative expression, poise and the appreciation for classical and contemporary music. Take tap, jazz, ballet, dance appreciation and hip hop with a dance professional. Participate in yearly dance performances. Prepare for a major in dance or simply increase your focus, posture and self-awareness.
“People in my community tell me that we are producing professional quality work here at Richland.”
Take speech communication and develop competencies essential to your personal and professional success. Develop confidence in speaking before an audience, learn to work effectively in small groups, become a more effective listener, increase your leadership skills, and become more skilled in nonverbal and verbal communication. Many business executives indicate that communication competency is the single most important factor in professional success, regardless of your career choice.
“Richland professors work with you one-on-one to help you to see your potential.”
Cultural Studies is a field that examines human relations and creativity using approaches from many academic disciplines. Each Cultural Studies course focuses on a unique theme and is designed to help you think critically about issues related to that theme. A cultural studies course will help you develop an awareness of your own cultural perspectives, attain a deeper understanding of the perspectives of those from other cultures, and enhance your ability to make sound judgments on a variety of moral issues. Taking a Cultural Studies course is a good way to become an active participant in our global community.
Let music be a part of your well-rounded educational experience. Our music department offers a wide variety of courses, ranging from Core curriculum classes such as Music Appreciation and Music Literature to a Field of Study music major. Our faculty are available to guide you through the advising and registration process.
“I have made life-long friends. The passion for music here is contagious.” “In my digital music production class, I learned how to compose music digitally for use in commercial jingles, movie soundtracks and general background music for television and radio.”
Our music department hosts over 20 live music performances each semester that are free and open to the public. Hear live jazz, rock, classical, and world beat at our weekly Recital Series. Our Evening Concert Series takes place in November and April each year and features performances by Richland's numerous music ensembles.
Do you sing or play an instrument? Then join an ensemble at Richland. We offer a wide range of ensembles at times that fit your schedule. All ensembles are one credit hour each. Choral ensembles include two non-audition choirs; Chorale and Gospel Singers and two audition ensembles; Chamber Singers and Jazz Singers. Instrumentalists may choose between symphonic winds, orchestra, various jazz ensembles, rock/pop, world drumming, steel band and guitar ensembles. Come be a part of the excitement that is Richland Music!
Our philosophy courses present the world and self from multiple perspectives. You will explore the "big questions of life," such as, How should I live my life? What can I know? Who am I? Critical thinking, curious probing, and information analysis will assist you in other academic coursework. The cool thing about taking a philosophy course is that you learn not "what to think," but rather "how to think." Many of our philosophy students have gone on to earn philosophy degrees from such schools as Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Dallas, The University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Austin, and many others.
Religious studies courses will help you to live in an increasingly complex world and to approach and understand religious traditions and cultures radically different from your own. You will learn to think critically as you explore the foundational worldviews of varying religious cultures.
School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts Division – 972-238-6250 or visit www.richlandcollege.edu/humanities
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972-238-6194 or visit www.richlandcollege.edu
Richland College is the first community college ever to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, presented jointly by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Commerce. This award is considered the nation‘s highest honor for performance excellence. Richland is also the first accredited institution of higher education in Texas to receive the Texas Award for Performance Excellence, Texas‘ highest honor for performance excellence, presented by the Governor of Texas and the Quality Texas Foundation. Richland College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools, the accreditation agency for an eleven-state region.
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Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation.
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