College of Fine Arts courses engage students from all backgrounds, skill levels, and areas of interest in an environment of exploration and discovery. And you don't have to be a registered major within the College to take part in the wealth of creative course offerings. Fuel your passion and diversify your talents by checking out some of the following non-major courses available Fall 2014 semester. Whether it says it or not in the name, all these classes are open to all University of Utah students.

Photo by Amelia Walchli

Photo by Amelia Walchli

Art & Art History

Non-major Basic Drawing

Non-major Basic Painting

Non-major Darkroom Photography

Non-major Handbuild Ceramics

Non-major Wheel Pottery

Non-major Digital Photography

Non-major Advanced Drawing

Non-major Advanced Painting

Non-major Advanced Handbuild Ceramics

Non-major Advanced Wheelthrowing

Non-major Advanced Digital Photography

Non-major Letterpress II, III

Non-major Bookbinding II, III

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Photo by Luke Isley


Ballet I, II, III for Non-majors

Beginning, Intermediate Jazz

Ballet History

Courtesy of Department of Film & Media Arts

Courtesy of Department of Film & Media Arts



Film & Media Arts

Introduction to Film


Intro to Videogames and Virtual Worlds



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Photo by Chelsea Row


Modern Dance

Non-major Beginning, Intermediate Modern Dance

Non-major Dance Composition

Dance in Culture

History of Hip-Hop

Hip Hop

Dance and the Creative Process



Courtesy School of Music

Courtesy School of Music



Introduction to Music

Beginning Classical Guitar

Musical Style I

Music Technology

World Music

History of Rock’n Roll

Survey of Jazz

Photo by Spencer Sandstrom

Photo by Spencer Sandstrom




Acting I for Non-majors

Dramatic Arts/Television

Exploring Theatre

Survey of Theatre

Tai Chi Yoga Movement

Black Theatre

Zen, Eastern Theatre

Queer Theatre

AuthorThe Finer Points

Although the College of Fine Arts faculty members study varying art forms, one uniting factor is their incredible dedication and commitment to excellence. From awards, commissions, research projects, professional affiliations, grants, and community recognition, there is no shortage of accomplishments to celebrate. Over the summer, the College has featured the following faculty members' work. We invite you to take a closer look at the stories behind these incredible achievements. 

Department of Modern Dance professor Eric Handman's work was showcased at a national dance festival. 

Department of Theatre's Martine Kei Green-Rogers serves as dramaturg at the largest regional theatre in the country. 

Department of Ballet's Maggie Tesch has built unique relationships to bring world-class training to local ballet instructors.

Department of Art & Art History's Beth Krensky was named a Presidential Scholar in the inaugural cohort of this prestigious new award. 

Courtesy of Martine Kei Green-Rogers

Courtesy of Martine Kei Green-Rogers

Martine Kei Green-Rogers is a graceful wearer of many professional hats. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre where she teaches theatre history and script analysis. She is a dramaturg for several regional theatres. She is an expert on all things Shakespeare. And, luckily for the College of Fine Arts, she can wear these hats simultaneously.  

As dramaturg, Professor Green-Rogers defines her role as “keeper of the story. I take the director’s concept and marry it with the text to advocate for the playwright. I make the marriage harmonious.” In addition to dramaturgs serving the director’s vision, they also help designers and directors by performing historical research.

Professor Green-Rogers has worked as dramaturg with the largest regional theatre in the country—the Oregon Shakespeare Festival—since 2007. With this season’s production of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, Green-Rogers has worked with the Festival to mount the classical work with a Harlem Renaissance twist. See the trailer:  

So, how does this marriage look when using a script from the late 16th Century and partnering it with 1920s New York? According to Green-Rogers, “It’s a lot of fun. Audiences are eating it up with a spoon!”

Professor Green-Rogers also works closely with the Court Theatre in Chicago, and will for the next six months. In this role, she will lead discussions with the audience. “It’s an interesting dance figuring out the heart of a show,” she said.

Aside from her contract with the Court Theatre, Professor Green-Rogers will serve as dramaturg for One Man, Two Guvnors at Pioneer Theatre Company this fall. 

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To keep pace with Department of Modern Dance Professor Eric Handman’s quickly expanding list of achievements, one needs to start with all he’s done in just the first half of 2014. First, Eric Handman’s piece Disappearing Days was featured at the American College Dance Festival (ACDFA) West Regional Conference. Then, the piece was awarded an honorable mention by the ACDFA and Dance Magazine, the only work to be singled out with this distinction. Next, his work was selected for the Pretty Creatives showing at the Northwest Dance Project in Portland, Ore., where he had only 18 hours to create a dance piece.

Handman shows no signs of slowing down, as his resume of commissioned works continues to grow, including choreographic credits with The College of Northern Colorado, coŸda Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Verve Dance Company in Phoenix, and the Contemporary Dance Company for the Universidad Nacional Costa Rica.

Also participating in Pretty Creatives were recent Department of Modern Dance students Laura Brick (BFA 2014) and Robert Goodman (BFA pending completion of General Academic Requirements). Laura and Robert had been invited to participate in NWDP’s prestigious and selective LAUNCH workshop and audition in Portland from July 8 – July 19. As part of LAUNCH, Laura and Robert worked closely with Professor Handman and performed his piece for the public on July 19. 

AuthorThe Finer Points