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Arts in the Summer

UNC-Chapel Hill and visiting students can participate in special summer arts performance programs as well as enroll in arts courses, from dance to MakerSpace, all for course credit. Some of the arts highlights can be found below. Students should also check course listings for individual departments, such as Art and Art History, Communication, Dramatic Art, and Music.

Collaborative Drama courses—Maymester

Three courses combine students to create short videos for the half-hour comedy show. Students enroll in one of three courses:

DRAM 245 Acting for the Camera (3)

MAYMESTER. No prerequisite required. The process of acting and its relationship to the technical and artistic demands of television/film production. Problems of continuity and out-of-sequence filming. Concentration and thinking on-camera. After developing a deeper understanding of the voice, body, and movement, the class will transition into thinking cinematically.  Students will become familiar with production roles other than “on-camera talent” which play a pivotal role for on-camera shoots.  By the end of the session, students will be able to put their new-found tools into action in a collaboration with the DRAM 300 – Directing for the Camera, and DRAM 290 – Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television courses.  This class will provide the technical foundation needed to act and inspire students to continue their journey in finding their own artistic voice.  The environment will be highly collaborative, energized, and engaging for all.

DRAM 290 Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television (3)

MAYMESTER. The course is designed to provide students with the essential building blocks of successful television writing and train them to act as colleagues in a simulation of a professional Writer’s Room. Our ultimate goal is to create and produce an original TV scene acted by students from DRAM 245 – Acting for the Camera and directed by students taking DRAM 300 – Directing.

DRAM 300 Directing (3)

MAYMESTER. An introductory course in the principles of directing: analysis for concept, organization of production, and methodology of staging.  The student will gain a detailed understanding of basic tools needed for storytelling, how to communicate ideas to actors, as well as way of bringing a strong point of view and thematic vision to the forefront of their work. In addition, students will incorporate framing devices and camera techniques in order to collaborate with DRAM 245 – Acting for the Camera and DRAM 290 – Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television.

Richard Luby Violin Symposium—First Session

MUSC 112 Richard Luby International Violin Symposium 2021 (Group Lessons in Strings) (1)

This course offers intensive instruction, performance opportunities, and exchange of interpretation ideas ranging across five centuries of violin repertoire. Artist-Faculty include Antti Tikkannen and Minna Pensola (Meta4Quartet, Sibelius Academy), Nicholas DiEugenio (UNC-CH), Aaron Berofsky (University of Michigan), and Fabian Lopez (UNC-G). Course dates are May 17-23, with arrival on May 16 and departure on May 24. Program fee. Contact Assistant Professor Dr. Nicholas DiEugenio at

Carolina Hip-Hop Institute—Second Session

The Carolina Hip Hop Institute

The Carolina Hip Hop Institute is an 11-day program that immerses students into the art and culture of hip hop. Students choose from one of three courses: MUSC 156 (Beat Making Lab), MUSC 157 (Rap Lab) and MUSC 286 (Hip Hop Dance) and earn three hours of college credit to satisfy VP (visual and performing arts) requirements. Instructors are experienced, professional artist-educators who will work with students to develop their artistry as well foster skills in entrepreneurship and conflict transformation through hip hop. Each class day has two parts: a focused session with individual teachers and, following a dinner break, jam sessions and discussions among the three classes. No audition is required, but students should be committed to learning or developing skills in rap, beatmaking, or dance; some experience is helpful but not required. The program will take place June 21 to July 2, 2021 (inclusive of Saturday, but with Sunday, June 27, off), meeting from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. The program draws its instructors, structure, and philosophy from the Next Level ( international hip-hop exchange program, which was developed at UNC and has conducted workshops in 30 countries since 2014. Please contact Prof. Mark Katz ( for more information. The program draws its instructors, structure, and philosophy from the Next Level ( international hip-hop exchange program, which was developed at UNC and has conducted workshops in 30 countries since 2014. Please contact Prof. Mark Katz ( for more information.

MUSC 156 Beat Making Lab (3)

An introductory hands-on study of the composition of electronic instrumental tracks for hip-hop and dance music. Students make beats, learn about the history and culture of the art form, and examine beat making as a case study in entrepreneurship. MUSC 156 is offered as part of The Carolina Hip Hop Institute.

MUSC 157 Rap Lab (3)

An introductory hands-on study of the art of emceeing. Students engage in a rigorous lyricism curriculum, developing the skills to write, recite, and improvise lyrics in live and recorded settings. Students also explore the history of hip-hop culture and analyze the aesthetics of emcees from around the world. MUSC 157 is offered as part of The Carolina Hip Hop Institute.

MUSC 286 Music as Culture: Topic: Hip Hop Dance and Culture (3)

An introductory hands-on study of the art of hip hop dance and its culture. Students will learn a variety of urban dance styles and well as study their history and culture. MUSC 286 is offered as part of The Carolina Hip Hop Institute.

UNC Summer Jazz Program—Second Session

MUSC 364 The UNC Summer Jazz Program (3)

Satisfy the Experiential Education requirement by attending the UNC Summer Jazz Workshop. This five-day course runs Monday through Friday, June 21-25, 2021, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (with breaks) and applies to Summer Session II (though the course dates and daily schedule are different than other courses offered during Summer Session II). Students have their choice two attend the workshop in one of two ways:

  1. (Non-performance) – Students may opt to enroll in the Jazz History/Music Journalism through social media class at the workshop where they study jazz history and learn basic music skills, and they attend the evening concerts and learn how to write reviews using blogs and other forms of social media. These students are not required to perform during the workshop or to have any prior musical training.
  2. (Performance) – Students may opt to enroll to play in a jazz combo throughout the week and to perform in the final Friday afternoon student concert. These students will take the morning jazz theory and improvisation classes, play in a combo, participate in group lessons, sit in with the faculty during the jam sessions in the afternoon, and attend the evening concerts.


LEARN MORE ABOUT MUSC 364 UNC SUMMER JAZZ WORKSHOP: For more information contact, Dr. Stephen Anderson at

Courses—First Session

AMST 225 Comedy and Ethics: The Ethics of Stand Up Comedy (3)

MAYMESTER. This course explores the historical, sociocultural, and legal significance of 20th- and 21st-century comedy in the United States. We will consider comedy as public voice; examine how humor constructs and disrupts American identities; and discuss the ethics of the creative process, performance, and reception. Meets late mornings to early afternoons. IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS.

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AMST 225L The Practice of Stand Up Comedy (1)

Students will learn and practice the art of stand up comedy via structured assignments, group workshops, live performances and conversations that build on topics introduced in AMST 225. Class size is limited to 15 students. Instructor permission required. Meets June 7-23, 2021, MWF from 11:30am-1:30pm. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.

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ARTS 103 Sculpture (3)

Studio course introduces concepts and strategies of working in three dimensions. Project-based coursework develops understanding of ideation process and creative problem solving. Ideas about sculpture are further expanded by considering works by contemporary artists. Students develop aesthetic sensibility, analytical capacity, and fundamental skills in sculptural media. Foundation requirement for studio majors.

ARTS 132 Collage: Strategies for Thinking and Making (3)

MAYMESTER. Collage is both an artistic technique and a way of thinking. Even though its historical roots stem from the early 20th century, it is an image-construction strategy that is almost ubiquitous today. Using a variety of conceptual and media approaches, this course explores strategies of collage in contemporary studio practice.

CHIN 361 Chinese Traditional Theater (3)

ONLINE. This course introduces traditional Chinese theater from its earliest development to modern times by examining the interrelation of its elements–music, dance, poetry, and illustration–with performance footage, visual art, and dramatic texts. This is a completely asynchronous online course.

MUSC 156 – Beat Making Lab-A History of Electronic Music (3)

This course spans a history of electronic music, from its earliest formation as experiments conducted at the turn of the 20th century, to EDM and sample-based musical practices in the 21st century. The course will include selected listening, readings, and weekly compositional assignments that reflect the sounds and structures we will encounter throughout the semester. The course will utilize the Beat Lab and other classroom resources.

PORT 316 Brazilian Performance in Music and Dance: Capoeira (3)

Study of Brazilian capoeira from its roots to the present day. Focus on verbal and nonverbal discourse experienced through the rules, songs, movements, rhythms, rituals of capoeira. In English; credit for major/minor in Portuguese if readings and written work are done in Portuguese.

Courses—Second Session

DRAM 135 Acting for Nonmajors (3)

Introduction to basic processes and techniques for the stage, the virtual stage, film and multimedia work. Students will be brought into contact with games and exercises strengthening leadership, team building, and improvisational skills. Let’s build on your tik tok/youtube vlogs game strong and unlock the inner you. Focus on diverse, inclusive, multi-racial Dramatic Lit.

MUSC 240 Performance in Southeast Asia: Gongs, Punks, and Shadow Plays (ASIA 240) (3)

The study and comparison of contemporary Southeast Asian performance genres (music, theatre, dance, ritual) in historical and cultural contexts. Late evening.

ENGL 149 Digital and Multimedia Composition (3)

ONLINE. In this class students will practice composing in contemporary digital writing spaces. Students will study theories of electronic networks and mediation, and their connections to literacy, creativity, and collaboration. Students will also develop their own multimedia projects using images, audio, video, and words. Topics include the rhetoric of the Internet, online communities, and digital composition.