Explore the list of courses offered by the Division of Fine Arts.
The Aem Student Journey
An introduction to key study skills, as well as attitudes, approaches and techniques that will support student experience and achievement. The wide-ranging list of topics includes learning styles, academic terms and tools and work planning techniques.
Contemporary Arts & Entertainment Practice
This course enhances students’ understanding of arts and entertainment practice in Barbados and the Caribbean. Students learn first-hand, factual and cultural information about the island's arts and entertainment landscape, including policies, key contributors, festivals, venues and the value of primary research and 'real life' experience.
Digital Communication & Design
The course provides students with insight, knowledge and practical skills required for digital communication and design in contemporary arts and entertainment practice. It uses a hands-on delivery mode to explore devices, software and basic design principles to enable students to use digital technologies in their coursework while they gain a theoretical and experiential base for management of technology in the AEM sector.
This course introduces students to the global ecosystem of arts and entertainment practice, examining the subsystems of cultural disciplines, organizations, institutions and infrastructures in diverse contexts, cultures and regions.
This course introduces students to management principles, theories and good practices with the focus on Arts and Entertainment Management. It examines management functions in the framework of content-led organizations, contrasting these with other types of organizations and business structures.
Legal And Business Frameworks
An introduction to legal and business concepts and principles within the entertainment industry. It is designed to introduce students to legal issues relevant to arts and entertainment practice, including an overview of arts and entertainment law in the context of international legal frameworks. Students also examine forms of business, legal requirements, business structures and other factors that influence business development generally and specifically in arts and entertainment.
Cultural Theory 1
An introduction to the theories and concepts that form the basis of cultural theory, the forces which impact on culture and the function of culture in a post-modern world. Students examine Caribbean theorists, laying a foundation for the analysis of the evolution of the regional cultural landscape and for the application of theory to management of the practice of culture. The course also equips students with basic techniques for research in culture.
Hr Management For The Arts
This course covers the Human Resources landscape, including recruitment and selection, performance management, compensation management, volunteering, and employee welfare and motivation. Students are guided in applying the theory learned in assignments that provide practice in the day-to-day management of human resources in an arts or entertainment organization.
Legal And Business Practice
This course is designed to extend students’ knowledge of legal and business issues within the arts and entertainment industry. Students are guided in the application of knowledge gained to the management of real-world situations related to employment matters, agencies, company law and trademarks.
Finance For Art Managers
In this course, students become familiar with financial processes and documents and are prepared to interpret and manage financial information for increased profitability of projects and entities in the arts and entertainment sector. Students develop skills in preparing basic accounting documents and projections designed to garner support and funding from a range of investment and financing sources.
Marketing For The Arts 1
This course analyses marketing for arts and entertainment organizations. It defines the role of marketing, examining how to attract audiences and deliver effective messages. The course also guides students in developing marketing strategy and carrying out basic marketing planning.
Cultural Theory In Practice
This practical course provides students with the opportunity to contribute to fostering the development and export of various local art forms. Students apply their knowledge of the local, regional and international cultural landscapes and theories to the execution of two projects: (1) research and plans for the development of a local art form for export and (2) the planning and execution of a conference to educate and inspire stakeholders to explore cultural development.
Innovation For Commercial Creativity
In this course, students research and practice innovative thinking and creating as vital to the development of a successful creative product. Students examine the history, characteristics and related psychological and sociological factors of innovation and development. Students investigate a number of local creative products, examining innovation and development challenges and focusing on the pro-active and re-active roles and contribution of arts and entertainment.
Arts & Entertainment Digital Applications
In this course, students explore and practice using a selection from the wide range of available digital applications and websites beneficial to arts and entertainment managers. As they use these applications, students integrate knowledge of planning, finance and marketing with skills in book-keeping, generation of financial documents, advertisement creation and social media marketing.
Event Management 1
In this course, students explore methods and techniques utilized in planning, organizing, promoting and delivering major events. The course also provides students with practice in conducting and using research and applying relevant event management skills as they develop those attitudes and values that are critical to success in the field.
Marketing For The Arts 2
This course addresses branding, identity and design as key aspects of marketing. Drawing upon marketing, communication, design and design management theory and practice, the course enables students to formulate a research-based position to inform their branding and visual communications practice in the creative and other sectors.
Innovation Creative Project
In this course, students build on the knowledge and understanding of innovation and the creative
process gained in AEMN 300 and devise and execute a creative project. Students are required to demonstrate innovation as they research, develop, and prepare a creative sector concept/proposal.
Event Management 2
This course is the final of two Event Management courses in the Arts and Entertainment
Management programme. It provides students with a platform to put their knowledge of event
research, planning, organization, sponsorship and promotion into practice. This course culminates with the planning and execution of an event.
Marketing For The Arts 3
In this practical, project-based course student will use the skills gained from PREREQUISITE theory
courses Marketing for the Arts 1 and 2 to market and promote a product or event. Students will prepare a Marketing Action Plan to be presented to relevant stakeholders, as well as execute the marketing activities proposed in the plan, including, but not limited to the creation of press releases and social media marketing.
Managing The Artist
In this course students explore and demonstrate the role and responsibilities of the artist manager at the various stages and significant events in the career of the artist. Areas covered in the course include the varying dimensions of artist managers, the professional and personal development of artists of different art forms, contractual matters, as well as the critical areas of revenue generation and finances.
Research Project (Year-Long)
This course provides students with an opportunity to reflect, write research proposals, conduct scholarly literature reviews, engage in research, and develop and execute an extensive piece of work over an extended period of time. A comprehensive research proposal and final paper in the student’s area of interest is the primary document produced and assessed in this course. This course spans two semesters, with the completed work submitted in Semester 2.
Work-Based Learning (Year-Long)
Work-based learning is designed to allow students to demonstrate their ability to perform in a work-place setting within arts and entertainment management. The duration of the work-based learning should be 600 hours. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.
Art & Ideas
This course assists students in making the transition into the world of art through the exploration of the relationship between art and society with emphasis on the philosophical, religious, socio-political and technological aspects. It also gives students an introduction to the main topics of world art. In addition, the course explores icons and symbols and their use in art and the wider society. Students will further be introduced to classical as well as avant-garde works and will learn to ‘read’ and critique works of art. They will also explore the creative process through multimedia, classroom and gallery activities and they will be introduced to the basic logistics of curating art exhibitions.
World Art I
This course seeks to enable students to describe and discuss art history of the western world from pre-history to the rococo period. Students first explore the notions of history writing and art history and reflect on the sociocultural motivations for producing artistic works and on the significance of art in the development of human civilization. Students examine the primary artistic media (architecture, sculpture and painting) as well as the minor arts through the ages and geographical spaces, differentiating and comparing movements, styles and religious, social and political emphases both concurrent and consecutive. The course encourages students to be critically engaged in the technical and philosophical development of their own work and that of others.
World Art II
World Art II is a chronological survey of the art history of the western world from the French Revolution to post-modernism. The course looks at major artists and the art works of the period and, mindful of the political and social implications, discusses the factors which have influenced the development of the styles of the period. It assesses the influences and effects of art developed in the late nineteenth century and twentieth century through the Post War periods on what is known as contemporary art in both Europe and the United States of America. The course also examines the importance of technological advances and the influence of religion and philosophy.
Caribbean Culture Studies
Required Fine Arts elective
World Art III
ARTH 210 World Art III is a survey of contemporary art and design from the 1990s to the present as both a reflection on contemporary society and a forum in which students can deepen their understanding of the globalized world and their place in it. Focusing on concepts and themes as well as materials and methods, this course explores central ideas and trends emerging in contemporary art.
History Of Design: Prehistoric To Present
Modern & Contemp. Art
History Of Graphic Design
Creative Writing For Graphic Design
Introduction To Design Management
Interrelated Media 1
Interrelated Media 2
Interrelated Media 3
Professional Challenges In Design
Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship
AEM students enroll in this course offered by the Division of Commerce. This course seeks to enhance students’ knowledge of the nature of small business and entrepreneurship, and exposes students to the legal parameters, institutions, and business structures that influence the development of small business and entrepreneurship. This course is also designed to assist students in developing the skill of writing a business plan.
English And Communications
Compulsory core course for all BCC students.
Ethics And Citizenship
Compulsory core course for all BCC students.
Caribbean Politics And Society
Compulsory core course for all BCC students.
Compulsory core course for all BCC students.
History Of Dance
This course introduces the History of Dance and explores its early origins and evolution. The course also examines selected historical influences on style and dance. It will also assist students in acquiring knowledge and skills related to the relevant historical background in dance, so that an interest in the aesthetic of dance is fostered, as well as an aptitude for research into the discipline. Particular emphasis is placed on the history of Caribbean dance.
Music, Movement And Self Awareness
This course introduces the students to the elements of music, movement and self awareness that are fundamental to dance in its application as an art, a technique and as a science.
It introduces dancers to music looking at some of the elements that link music and dance. In providing a variety of musical experiences for the dancer, the course seeks to develop the musical ability of the dancer. This course intends to enhance the student’s understanding and appreciation of music both as an art form and as it relates to dance. This course provides a wide range of musical experiences, both practical and theoretical, learning how to find and create suitable musical accompaniment for various styles of dances.
The course is also designed for the student to discover the most familiar, usual way of looking at anything and everything (people and objects, things in nature, inside, outside, moving, not moving, living and not living) by giving our attention to the looking. It is also aimed at developing self-awareness through movement, reduce stress, improve posture and balance, improve physical mobility and precision of movement, and enhance self-image. This skill builds the analytical skills necessary to create and explore new movement as well as critique, improve and teach technical skills.
Anatomy & Kinesiology
This course explores the mechanical, physiological and anatomical requirements of specific dance techniques; limitations of the body in performing these techniques, and methods to safely extending the body’s capacity for performance. Students will study the anatomical structures and physiological functions of the human body as they relate to movements of the body.
The course is designed to explore dance improvisation, (kinetic spontaneous movement explorations) as a compositional and performance technique. It is designed to evoke the student’s creative individuality and sense of ensemble. This course addresses and provides experiences for how movement is formed, developed and structured. Students explore their ability to convey, inform and inspire others through various methods of non-verbal communication.
Students are encouraged to craft creative impulses using the expressive language of movement as the medium. As students begin to comprehend, apply and manipulate the essential tools of movement improvisation they develop skill in improvising dance movement and structuring dance improvisation. The course therefore provides them with the means of opening doorways to their own creativity.
Technique – Modern Dance I
This course exposes students to the study of modern/contemporary dance techniques, using the Cuban Modern Dance Technique as a source for working towards a Caribbean model. Emphasis is placed on skill development and improvement to enhance students’ technical base. The course also seeks to enhance students’ understanding of their bodies and the dynamics of movement to facilitate the development of movement techniques common to all modern dance styles. Students will perform exercises at the barre and centre using appropriate dance vocabulary. In addition to assessing technique development, course assessment will include written, practical and oral assignments.
Technique – Caribbean Dance I
This course is designed to expose students to Caribbean dance forms, incorporating the Katherine Dunham and/or Pearl Primus techniques as a means of working towards a Caribbean model. Students will explore and practice movement in Afro-Caribbean dances seen in the various Caribbean islands in order to acquire an appreciation of their cultural and artistic significance. Dances will be taken from traditional, folkloric and or contemporary settings. Technique classes will incorporate use of the barre and centre. In addition to assessing technique development, course assessment will include written, practical and oral assignments.
Technique: Ballet 1
This course is an exploratory study of ballet as a dance form and places emphasis on developing a Barbadian ballet model. Classes are based on the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) or Cecchetti method. The course is designed to provide and\or enhance a technical base on which students will build and develop their ballet skills, through an understanding of their own bodies and the dynamics of movement. It allows for the use of free style ballet, incorporating exercises performed at the barré and centre using ballet terminology. Allegro and Adagio combinations will be taught in order to improve on musicality and performance qualities. The course requires students to gain performance experience and students therefore must participate in major college dance productions, studio concerts and any other appropriate college productions.
Technique – Modern Dance 2
This course continues the study of modern/contemporary dance techniques, using the Cuban Modern Dance Technique as a source for working towards a Caribbean model. It provides further support and guidance to enhance students’ technical skills and their comprehension and application of the principles of dance. The course continues the improvement of students’ artistic communication and creative expression as well as their critical and analytical skills. Students are required to participate in college dance productions, studio concerts and any other appropriate college functions.
Technique - Caribbean Dance 2
This course continues the study of Caribbean dance forms, incorporating the Katherine Dunham and/or Pearl Primus techniques as a means of working towards a Caribbean model. Students will extend their knowledge and techniques as they continue their analytical and practical exploration of the range of Afro-Caribbean dances of the region. Students are required to participate in college dance productions, studio concerts and any other appropriate college functions.
Technique - Ballet 2
This course continues the study of ballet as a dance form and as an exploratory base for developing a Barbadian ballet model. Classes are based on the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) or Cecchetti method. The course continues to enhance the technical base on which students build and develop their skills, through the use of free style ballet and exercises performed at the barré and centre. Allegro and Adagio combinations continue to be taught for performance skills. Students are required to participate in college dance productions, studio concerts and any other appropriate college functions.
Dance In Education I
This course is based on the assumption that dance can be employed as an integral part of the learning experience, in both formal and informal situations. It focuses on dance education and explores dance as a teaching and learning tool. It equips dance educators with the knowledge and skills to optimise teaching and learning experiences in dance. The pedagogy of dance is underscored, and dance teachers are empowered to enhance their instructional skills in a creative environment.
This course involves the study of the principles of dance composition through exploration, improvisation, experimentation and movement themes. It heightens student awareness of the study of choreography, by emphasizing choreographic structure for beginning/intermediate work in dance composition. Students will study composition as a creative art, developing and organizing movement through phrases and combinations, as they learn the various elements of choreography. Solos and/or duets and group dances will be composed for presentation and assessment.
This course allows students to present a choreographic production for assessment. They will have the opportunity to choreograph in any style or form they choose. Students will be expected to present a dance theatre production, including one major work (narrative) in a concert setting. They are required to prepare rehearsal schedules and audition(s) for dancers; and select appropriate costuming, music and lights for the production in collaboration with the tutor in charge.
Technique – Modern Dance 3
This course instructs students in modern/contemporary dance, using the Cuban Modern Dance Technique while working towards creating a Caribbean model. It also facilitates instruction in other dance techniques. Emphasis is placed on developing technical skill and movement quality as students develop an awareness of their abilities and limitations, as well as a basic understanding of how they may better prepare to undertake practical and theoretical studies in dance. Classes are structured to gradually intensify demands on joints and muscles, in order to strengthen, increase flexibility and improve co-ordination of body parts. The course also facilitates students’ development of movement techniques common to all dance styles.
Technique - Caribbean Dance 3
Caribbean dance forms are closely linked in context and style. This course instructs students in the various styles of dance, which share a common thread. It is designed for further study of Caribbean dance forms at the intermediate and advanced levels, incorporating the Katherine Dunham and/or Pearl Primus techniques. The fusion of the Dunham and the Barbados Landship dance features prominently in this course, working towards creating a Barbadian Dance Technique. Students will also extend their knowledge of the Pearl Primus technique as they continue their analytical and practical exploration of the range of Afro-Caribbean dances of the region.
Technique - Ballet 3
This course trains students in the study of ballet at the intermediate level, with a strong emphasis on developing a Barbadian model. It is designed to provide a strong technical base on which students will develop their ballet skills, through an understanding of their own bodies and the dynamics of movement. It allows for the use of free style ballet, incorporating exercises performed at the barre and centre. Allegro and Adagio combinations are taught in order to improve on musicality and performance qualities. Classes are based on the RAD and/or Cecchetti and the Imperial Society of Teachers’ of Dance methods. The course also facilitates students’ understanding of the various styles of ballet.
Technique – Modern Dance 4
This course is an extension of DANS 240. It continues to train students in the study of modern/contemporary dance techniques and theory beyond the intermediate level. Students are instructed in the Cuban Modern Dance Technique. The course also facilitates the teaching of other dance techniques, in order to extend students’ abilities and range of vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on intermediate to advanced concepts as they relate to technique development and personal style. Principles and concepts underlying the selected techniques are studied through research, reading and writing assignments. Students are required to participate in dance productions, studio concerts and any other appropriate functions that are put on by the College.
Technique - Caribbean Dance 4
This course is a continuation of DANS 241. It is designed for further study of Caribbean dance forms at the intermediate and advanced levels, incorporating the Katherine Dunham and/or Pearl Primus techniques. The fusion of the Dunham technique and the Barbados Landship dance features prominently in this course, working towards a Barbadian Dance Technique. Students will extend their knowledge and techniques as they continue their analytical and practical exploration of the range of Afro-Caribbean dances of the region.
Technique - Ballet 4
This course is a continuation of DANS 242. Students are trained in the study of ballet at the intermediate to advanced level, with a strong emphasis on developing a Barbadian model. It is designed to provide a strong technical base on which students will develop their ballet skills, through an understanding of their own bodies and the dynamics of movement. It allows for the use of free style ballet, incorporating exercises performed at the barre and centre. Allegro and Adagio combinations are taught in order to improve on musicality and performance qualities. Classes are based on the RAD and/or Cecchetti and the Imperial Society of Teachers’ of Dance method. The course also facilitates students’ understanding of the various styles of ballet. Additionally, students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to instruct others in the fundamentals of traditional ballet.
History of Fashion 1
History of Fashion 2
Fashion Illustration 1
Fashion Illustration 2
Pattern Drafting 1
Pattern Drafting 2
Tailoring Techniques 1
Tailoring Techniques 2
Construction Tech. 1
Pattern Drafting 3
Construction Tech. 2
Computer Aided Design
Fabric Print Design
Business for Fashion
Jewellery Design & Production
Bag Design & Production
Hat Design & Production
Shoe Design & Production
Intro To Research Methods
AEM students enroll in this research methods course offered by the Division of General and Continuing Education.
Principles Of Design
The basic principles of design are covered under the following topics: structural and decorative design, balance, rhythm, emphasis, proportion, scale and harmony. Students acquire knowledge of the application of these principles to interior concepts
Colour Theory And Practice
This subject includes an introduction to basic colour theory systems, colour psychology and practical application for interiors. Through the actual experience of mixing, comparing, scaling, grading and matching colours, students will expand their colour receptivity.
Concepts Of Drafting
Students acquire a sound understanding of how to read and interpret architectural blueprints using the tools and techniques of drafting, as well as fundamental knowledge of perspective drawing.
Fundamentals Of Lighting And Materials
Students learn to evaluate lighting requirements for both functional and aesthetic purposes and lighting solutions for specific environments. Various types of materials and components and their appropriate applications and design effects are studied.
History Of Furniture And Accessories
Students study furniture design and development from 15th Century to the present time, and follow the style of accessories used during each period. Historical styles are also compared to contemporary reproductions. ????
Window Treatment And Fabrics
Students will acquire specialized knowledge of the finer points of windows coverings and treatments and various window types. They also study fabric patterns, textures and weights as well as examine contemporary and traditional decorating schemes.
This is a practical which is done by each student in his/her own time. TUTORIALS ARE AVAILABLE TO GUIDE STUDENTS. It is a final project which is presented at the end of term to a panel.
History of Furnishings
Introduction To Stagecraft
This course is an introduction to all the design elements needed for various performance spaces, period styles and genres. The pre-rehearsal, rehearsal and post rehearsal roles of designers in scene and property construction, costume and make- up, lighting and sound are examined. Students will be involved in practical/experimental work with properties, costume, make-up, lighting and sound, based on a major text.
2D Visual Language
This course introduces the elements, principles and techniques of two- dimensional design, and provides practice in the use of the basic visual vocabulary. Students explore design in black and white as well as in colour. Development of ideas, problem solving, research, media and material selection skills are practiced as essential to developing a visual language. This visual language is the basis of design creation. New technology will be balanced with traditional media techniques to provide and prepare students with necessary options for their future choices.
2D Objective Representation
This introductory course to drawing develops observational skills through experimentation with various approaches, styles, techniques and media as students are challenged to truly see and translate observation into inventive, expressive and thoughtful drawings. Students explore a variety of themes and subject matter, mainly still life, landscape/architecture and the human figure. The course is made up of two modules: Objective Drawing and Figure Drawing
3D Visual Language
This course is an introduction to three-dimensional visual communication. Students explore elements such as line, form, volume, texture and the organization and creative use of these elements in tangible space. Students are also introduced to basic fabrication processes, materials and the technical thinking skills applicable to creating in the three-dimensional context.
2D Visual Language II
This second 2-Dimension (2-D) visual language course continues the exploration of the elements and principles of visual language begun in Visual Language I. This is an intensive course focusing primarily on design and concept development to arrive at a personal solution to a given theme or problem. This design component is covered in Module I and supported by two introductory modules, one on printmaking and the other on photography.
2D Objective Representation II
This course will further explore the fundamentals of observational drawing, where students use a range of materials and techniques to continue the development of perceptual and recording skills, with an emphasis on work in colour. Through the use of painting media, students will explore a variety of subject matter as they develop an understanding of composition, representation and sensitivity by applying basic colour theory.
3D Objective Representation
This course builds on the fundamentals of three-dimensional visual communication introduced in VSRT 102. The course consists of one module in ceramics and one in sculpture and design. In these modules, students extend their design awareness and critical analysis skills as they further explore 3D design principles.
Interrelated Media is a practical, foundational, idea driven course that introduces the student to the expressive possibilities of art making with communications media and digital time-based art forms. It consists of three modules: Computer Graphics, Video and Digital Photography which introduce students to processes and image manipulation using design software on the computer. The course guides students in the use of the language, methodology and technical processes, assisting them to generate ideas and execute them effectively.
Fine Arts I
In this course, students explore techniques, materials and working processes in the key fine art media of ceramics, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Students choose the module on ONE of these media as the course content for VSRT 212. They undertake directed projects in their chosen medium to develop their technical knowledge and skill while exploring different methods for realizing works of art from visual ideas.
Graphic Design I
This course is an intensive exploration of the fundamental principles of graphic design, with an emphasis on the creative process. Students will investigate the use of shape, colour, hierarchy, word/image relationships and typography as communicative tools and will begin to manipulate these tools to visually express information and ideas. The course is a working studio class and through demonstrations and hands-on work students learn to solve vital communication design problems.
Fine Arts Drawing
This course is concerned with developing the students’ approach to two-dimensional art making, combining technique, theory and creative exploration in traditional/digital media resulting in a ‘sketchbook’ based on the students self-initiated final project.
Fine Arts II
This course requires the student to develop a self-initiated project on a specific issue or idea of a personal interest. The project will be the execution/implementation of the design or “drawing plans” produced in the Sketchbook prepared in VSRT 214. Students will be guided in organizing a programme of research and a project implementation plan leading to the production and presentation of a final project.
Graphic Design Drawing
This course will explore drawing and illustration with a strong emphasis on concept. While drawing skills and techniques are a large part of the class we will also focus on concepts and the process by which ideas are developed, edited and ultimately presented in both personal and public contexts. Students will explore visual communication problem solving theories and methodologies in order to solve problems in the design process. The course employs an open-minded approach to the use of a diversity of media and emphasizes both imagination and individual expression through the continuous development of skill in drawing.
Graphic Design II
Graphic Design II emphasizes students’ development as visual communication professionals, preparing them to function competently at all levels of the contemporary graphic design arena. Students continue their exploration of visual communication, getting further practice in concept development and the use of current graphic design technology to conceptualize and build design products in and for today’s real world print and virtual environments. Students are assisted in mastering the technical specifics of branding, integrating design elements to complete discrete brand promotion items (posters, labels, magazines, billboards, packaging, etc.) for physical environments (commercial, educational, social, personal, artistic). The course also introduces students to sequential art as a graphic design output. Additionally, students treat to branding in the broadest holistic approach that seeks to achieve a comprehensive visual communication purpose or outcome. Students work at becoming the Graphic Design Professionals who will be charged with building a brand totality. This macro level total graphic design product integrates finished brand items, new design products as required for installation and the client’s strategic focus, all engineered to realize the client’s desired interface with the targeted public. Throughout the course, students complete a portfolio of projects in an active interface with contemporary design techniques, issues and approaches.
2D Objective Representation III
This course helps the students to expand their drawing and painting skills aesthetically and conceptually. The aim is to support the students in the exploration of drawing and painting through a diverse range of attitudes and proposals. The students will develop their skills and understanding through experimentation with materials, methods and visual problems/ideas. The course consists of one module in drawing and one in painting.