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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 2020 (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 18-24, with arrival on May 17 and departure on May 25. Program fee. Contact Assistant Professor Dr. Nicholas DiEugenio at

Carolina Hip-Hop Institute—Second Session

The Carolina Hip Hop Institute

A new 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 22 to July 2, 2020 (inclusive of Saturday, but with Sunday, June 28, 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. Students must be enrolled in this First Session course by May 13 although the start date is later.

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 15-19, 2020, 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.APPLICATIONS FOR THE WORKSHOP MAY BE SUBMITTED TO: MORE ABOUT MUSC 364 UNC SUMMER JAZZ WORKSHOP: more information contact, Dr. Stephen Anderson at

Courses—First Session

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 242 Chinese Qin Music (3)

This course offers students an opportunity to learn the aesthetics, culture, and history of qin, and study the music through learning the beginning levels of qin pieces.

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

ARTS 104 Basic Drawing and Composition (3)

Working out of an observational tradition, this course provides an introduction to the concepts and techniques of drawing.  Paying attention to both representation and interpretation, the course is designed to develop fundamental skills, aesthetic sensibility, analytical capacity, and creative problem solving in two-dimensional media.

ENGL 155 The Visual and Graphic Narrative (3)

ONLINE. This course examines various visual texts, including graphic novels and emerging narrative forms, and explores how meaning is conveyed through composition, the juxtaposition and framing of images, and the relationship between words and images. Students create their own visual narratives.