Meadows School of Art - Programs of Study
Temerlin Advertising Institute for Education and Research
Professor Patricia Alvey, Distinguished Chair and Director
Professors: Alice Kendrick, Carrie La Ferle; Associate Professor: Steven Edwards; Assistant
Professors: Glenn Griffin, Yeo Jung Kim, Kartik Pashupati; Lecturers: Mark Allen, David
Hadeler; Adjunct Lecturers: Nathan Huey, Christopher Owens.
The Temerlin Advertising Institute was endowed by the Dallas advertising community
through a pledge to augment scholarships, faculty salaries and public
programs that enrich student learning and practical experience in advertising.
Established in 2001, it is the nation’s only endowed advertising institute. It enjoys
a strong relationship with the industry, as it is situated in a top media and advertising
market – the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. DFW is the nation’s seventh largest
television and media market and the headquarters for major advertising agencies,
national and global corporations, large U.S. media corporations, public relations
firms and film production companies. This location affords access to professionals
of the highest caliber who serve as class clients, guest lecturers, executives-inresidence,
adjunct faculty and internship sponsors. Students have access to highprofile
internships at national and global agencies as well as client and media
corporations. All students admitted to the institute work toward a Bachelor of Arts
(B.A.) degree in advertising. In addition, students may wish to focus their elective
studies to form a media emphasis or they may apply, after their first term at the
institute, for admission into the creative program.
For students wishing to pursue either a B.A. in Advertising or a minor in advertising
at SMU, admission into the Temerlin Advertising Institute is a two-step
STEP ONE: Students must complete a minimum of 30 hours in good academic
standing before they can apply for a major or minor in advertising. Advertising
major or minor candidates must also complete the following four required subset
courses with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0: STAT 1301, ENGL 1301, ENGL
1302 and ADV 2374. (STAT 2301 or STAT 2331 may replace STAT 1301. No other
exceptions will be granted.) Students transferring from other universities must
have completed equivalent courses and obtained the equivalent cumulative G.P.A.
in those courses before they can progress to Step Two.
STEP TWO : Advertising major or minor candidates who have fulfilled Step One
also must complete a written on-site application that examines grammar, spelling,
punctuation, critical thinking and writing skills. The application process is offered
once each fall, spring and summer term prior to the preregistration period. Students
who are not admitted during an application process may re-apply during the next
Program of Study
B.A. Degree in Advertising
The Temerlin Advertising Institute offers a general advertising curriculum. The
general advertising program prepares students for careers in several areas of the
profession, including advertising agencies and corporate and retail advertising
departments. Graduates are also prepared for careers in major media outlets such
as newspapers, magazines, television, radio and interactive media. If students want
to target their studies toward a particular area, they may choose to focus their
elective courses to form a media emphasis, or they may apply for admission into the creative program if they wish to become advertising writers or art directors.
Attendance is required on the first day of classes or a student may be dropped from
SMU advertising students receive a broad-based liberal arts degree with approximately
70 percent of their coursework taken outside the Temerlin Advertising
Institute. All SMU advertising students are required to take a core of advertising
courses that includes creative, research, ethics, advertising literacy, media planning,
marketing principles of advertising and advertising campaigns. In addition, advertising
majors are required to complete eight hours of foreign language coursework,
and all majors must declare and complete a second major or a minor of their choosing.
Because SMU is in the center of a dynamic top 10 U.S. advertising market,
many students participate in internships for course credit. Thirty-six hours of
advertising and communication courses are required for a major in advertising.
Working in conjunction with their academic advisers, students may opt to focus
their studies on the media buying, planning and selling process. In addition to the
required advertising courses, students selecting this course of study would also
take the following: ADV 4318 (Interactive Advertising), ADV 4325 (Advertising
Internship in a media-related position), ADV 4376 (Advanced Advertising Media)
and ADV 4381 (Advertising Sales Management).
The Temerlin Advertising Institute’s creative program prepares students for
careers in art direction or copywriting. Admission to the program is selective, and
based upon a faculty panel’s evaluation of an application used to assess a student’s
creative ability and potential. This screening process improves the quality of the
experience each student receives in creative courses and helps ensure that the
quality of work produced by our students is of the highest caliber and competitive
by industry standards.
Creative program applications are collected at the end of every fall, spring and
summer term. Most students’ first opportunity to apply is near the end of their
ADV 3385 (Introduction to Creativity) course. Any student who is not admitted
to the creative program on a first attempt may reapply during a subsequent application
Creative Program Application
The application requires students to submit two samples of creative work as evidence
of their capabilities – one that demonstrates facility to solve a specific problem
and another that permits a longitudinal examination of creative thinking ability:
Part I: The Big Question – Each term, members of the creative program faculty
will confer and propose a question that applicants are challenged to answer. The
question is open to broad interpretation and responses may be crafted using words,
images or a combination of both. Applicants must observe submission guidelines
but are otherwise free to propose the most unique, intelligent and imaginative
Part II: Idea Blog – Over the course of a term, all ADV 3385 (Introduction to
Creativity) students are required to maintain and submit a blog documenting their
ideas and insights on a variety of topics, both assigned and voluntary. The blog
conforms to certain parameters as a class assignment, but is designed to offer
students the opportunity to document and showcase their identities as independent
Students admitted to the creative program are required to produce work that
meets artistic standards in order to continue taking courses in the program, consistent
with Meadows School of the Arts policy. This evaluation is made by the
creative program faculty, who regularly consult with industry professionals for
each creative program student. Students who fail to meet artistic standards will
discontinue coursework in the creative program and have the option to continue
pursuing their general advertising degree.
Minor in Advertising
Admission to the minor is contingent upon available space. In addition, for
students wishing to pursue a minor in advertising, admission is a two-part process.
See “Admission Requirements” section. The minor in advertising offers the student
a cogent overview of the social, economic, legal and marketing environments in
which advertising functions. Courses offered in the minor are designed to satisfy
the needs of the consumer of advertising messages, as well as those of a person
who might choose advertising as a valuable adjunct to another career choice.
The Courses (ADV)
Professor James Sullivan, Division Chair
Professors: Barnaby Fitzgerald, Bill Komodore, Laurence Scholder. Mary Vernon; Associate
Professors: Debora Hunter, Noah Simblist, Philip Van Keuren (Director, Pollock
Gallery); Assistant Professor: Carola Dreidemie; Senior Lecturer: Charles DeBus.
The Division of Art offers professional education in studio art leading to the
B.A., B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees within a traditional liberal arts environment.
Knowledge, awareness and performance are at the center of this education. The
commitment to producing liberally educated, well-rounded graduates with a strong
professional focus is at the heart of the mission of the Meadows School. Believing
in a rich mixture of tradition and innovation, the Division of Art seeks to develop
students’ analytical abilities and a critical consciousness of the nature and power
This mixture will help students produce significant works of art that speak to
contemporary issues. At the core of the mixture is substantial studio instruction
in the fundamental areas of the making of art, supported by critical and historical
studies. Drawing serves as the basic visual language binding the various disciplines.
By encouraging technical and imaginative abilities that are both unmechanical
and enthusiastic, the Division of Art hopes to engender an artistic and intellectual
flexibility that will serve a range of professional goals in the visual arts. Such
flexibility of thought is essential for artists to meet the challenges of the rapidly
changing visual and cultural life.
When students graduate, they will be prepared to continue as professional artists,
to be capable of visually testing differences, questioning distinctions and presenting
conclusions. Their work should reflect an individual voice. In the spirit of their
liberal education, they should continue earnestly and sincerely to question, appreciate
and respect the creative endeavors of all people. For more information, visit
The tree-lined SMU campus offers a beautiful setting for learning. Unlike many
universities in major cities, SMU guarantees housing for all four years of undergraduate
study and also provides graduate accommodations if desired. Facilities
for the study of art include well-lighted studios, individual workspaces and excellent
equipment to support all media taught, as well as individual experimentation.
Facilities span both new and traditional approaches to studio art, including digitally
based studios for photography, video, computer-generated imaging and three-dimensional imaging. Art students work as broadly and as experimentally as they
wish within an environment of open artistic exchange, surrounded by artists in
dance, music, theatre, film and communications. Additional facilities include the
Pollock Gallery – the art exhibition space of the Division of Art located in Hughes-Trigg Student Center. The Pollock Gallery provides students, faculty, staff and the
surrounding community with opportunities to experience a wide and thoughtprovoking
array of exhibitions representing diverse artists, time periods and cultures,
as well as the B.F.A. and M.F.A. qualifying exhibitions. The Meadows School
and SMU offer excellent library and technological resources, including the Hamon
Arts Library (incorporating the Meadows computer center) as well as specific
facilities within the Division of Art.
The division runs an extensive visiting artist program, ranging from visiting
artist lectures and workshops to the Meadows Distinguished Visiting Professor.
Through this program internationally significant artists are brought to campus
each month during the year to teach, lecture and conduct graduate critiques.
The division also runs two special programs of importance to graduate and
undergraduate students: the New York Colloquium (a winter interterm program
in New York) and SMU-in-Taos, a summer program at SMU’s campus near Taos,
New Mexico. During the New York Colloquium, students visit a range of museums,
galleries, artists’ studios and other venues appropriate to the development of their
critical and professional studies in art. The program at Fort Burgwin, Taos, offers
course work as well as independent and directed study each summer, including
plein-air painting, an interdisciplinary studio workshop, sculpture, photography
and printmaking. The Meadows School and the University offer a range of programs
for study abroad during all phases of study.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area has a large artistic community with rich and varied
resources. These include six internationally significant museums (The Dallas
Museum of Art, SMU’s newly designed Meadows Museum, and the Nasher Sculpture
Center in Dallas, and the Kimbell Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and
Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth), contemporary exhibition spaces (The MAC,
Arlington Museum), and a strong commercial gallery system.
Admission and Financial Aid
Students wishing to pursue the B.A. or B.F.A. degrees must submit a portfolio
for admission to the degree program and the first-year Foundations course leading
to the major. After completion of the first term of Foundations study (or six hours
of basics for the B.A.), students may then make a final portfolio submission to
either degree program. All students submitting portfolios and admitted to the
first-year Foundations are considered for artistic scholarships based on merit as
they enter the University. The deadline for incoming portfolios to be reviewed for
scholarship is February 15 of every year for scholarships beginning in the fall term
and December 1 for early admission candidates. Portfolios must be submitted
through the SlideRoom digital portfolio system (smu.slideroom.com) for full
consideration. A portfolio guide to help the student in preparing the portfolio of
images is available through the Division of Art office and on the division website.
In addition, each fall the Division of Art hosts a portfolio day for prospective
students when faculty critique and discuss student work in an open review.
Students wishing to transfer to the B.A. or B.F.A. degree program from another
university must be accepted by portfolio review for admission to study. For more
information, contact the Division of Art.
Financial aid from the Division of Art for entering and continuing students is
based upon artistic accomplishment. Continuing scholarships are reviewed through
portfolio submissions each year, as well as satisfactory progress towards the degree.
To receive an award for artistic merit, students must submit either a FAFSA form
or waiver, and a CSS profile.
Programs of Study
Undergraduate Degree Programs
The Division of Art offers two undergraduate degrees, the B.F.A. in Studio Art
and the B.A. in Art – and minors in Studio Art and Photography. Students must
apply for admission by portfolio to the B.F.A. or B.A. degrees after the completion
of one or two terms of Foundation study.
The B.F.A. Degree in Art
The B.F.A. degree prepares students to become professional artists, engage in
professions in the arts or continue studies at the graduate level. The division offers
instruction in seven broad areas of media and conceptual approach – painting,
drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics and intermedia. Within
this structure the faculty encourages cross-disciplinary interaction, which the
curriculum is designed to facilitate. First-year students intending to major in art
should take Foundations: Drawing and Design in the fall and spring terms as the
beginning of their B.F.A. studies. To earn a B.F.A. (125 hours), the student is
required to take a minimum of 66 hours in the Division of Art and 9-12 hours in
the Division of Art History. All majors in art are strongly encouraged to enroll in
May term or summer term study of art at SMU-in-Taos in Fort Burgwin, New
Mexico, in the May or summer after declaring the major.
Because the total number of hours required to satisfy the General Education
requirements and the major requirements exceeds 122 term hours, students in the
B.F.A. degree program of the Division of Art are exempt from three (3) hours of
Perspectives and an additional three (3) hours taken from either Perspectives or
B.A. Degree in Art
The B.A. in Art is designed to offer students a degree in art that allows time for
significant study in another discipline as well. This makes room for double majors
and extensive study in the humanities, sciences or other degree programs. The
B.A. degree gives students with varied interests in university study a sound footing
in the visual, tactile and conceptual capabilities, historical and cultural knowledge,
and theoretical and analytical basis for making art. Students may choose from
seven broad media areas within the division: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking,
photography, ceramics and intermedia.
Students may choose the B.A. degree in Art upon the completion of six of the
12 hours of Foundations studies, adding one 1300-level course in art to complete
their Foundations. Alternatively, they may begin the B.A. degree by taking ASDR
1300 (Introduction to Studio – Drawing), ASSC 1300 (Introduction to Studio –
Sculpture), and one other 1300-level course in art. The degree program requires
foreign language, art history, a concentration in a single visual art discipline, the
common educational experience and 24 hours of electives. A minor in the humanities
or sciences is recommended for satisfying the electives requirement.
B.F.A./M.I.T. track in Digital Game Development
The Guildhall at SMU provides an in-depth certificate/Master’s-level degree
program tailored to students who wish to become actively involved in the Game
Development industry as game designers or programmers. In conjunction with the
Guildhall, the Division of Art offers a B.F.A. degree in Studio Art that coordinates
with the Art Creation and Level Design tracks in Game Development in the master’s
program at the Guildhall. This program provides the breadth and rigor of a B.F.A.
degree while simultaneously providing an in-depth investigation of digital game
development fundamentals through the M.I.T. (Master of Interactive Technology)
at the Guildhall.
The BFA/MIT program is designed to:
The student who participates in this program spends 3 ½ years at the Meadows
School and his/her last semester at the Guildhall taking the first two sets of Guildhall
courses, completing the B.F.A. and beginning the M.I.T. The student is completely
immersed in the Guildhall program during this period. With one additional
year at the Guildhall, completing the remaining four sets of their courses, the
student will complete the Master’s of Interactive Technology degree. A student
who successfully completes the B.F.A./M.I.T. in Game Development will be able
to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master’s degree within a five-year period.
- Give students significant studio art training as the basis for graduate study
in art creation and level design at the Guildhall at SMU.
- Provide an undergraduate study structure for high school students interested
in art creation for digital gaming with a clear curriculum to prepare them for
specialized graduate study.
- Develop the visual, tactile and conceptual capabilities, historical understanding
and theoretical basis common to the BFA curriculum and necessary for
successful work within digital gaming and simulation.
Minor in Art
The minor in art is designed to give a coherent structure to a brief but serious
investigation of studio art. Through a series of courses that become increasingly more challenging as the student progresses, the student should grow to understand
the formation of visual imagery and gain confidence in studio practice. The minor
is designed for students who wish to incorporate more intensive visual studio
training with studies in other areas, such as art history or advertising, or for those
who want a basic directed studio curriculum.
Requirement: 18 term hours, distributed as follows:
Minor in Photography
Students completing 18 hours in photographic study can expect to obtain a
sophisticated understanding of the photographically derived image and the technical
and creative skills necessary for its production. Classes offered by the Photography
Program, which is part of the Division of Art, integrate the technical aspects
of the medium with the aesthetic concerns traditional to the fine arts. Through the
use of photography, students learn to think and express themselves visually. A
minor in photography prepares one for further work in fine arts or commercial
photography and other areas where knowledge of photography is helpful. Beyond
vocational applications, a minor in photography creates a firm foundation for future
Requirement: 18 term hours, distributed as follows:
Studio courses generally require six hours per week of in-class exercises and
critical discussion. Students should enroll with a firm commitment to regular
attendance and should expect out-of-class work of four to six hours per week, per
class, in addition to in-class studio exercises.
Departmental Codes and Course Fees
In enrolling for courses in art, it is necessary that the course number be preceded
by the appropriate subject code prefix in order for credit to be properly recorded.
All courses at the 2300 level and above have prerequisite course work required. All
directed studies courses require instructor approval before enrollment.
All courses in studio art, except lectures and seminars, have a laboratory fee of
$30 per term hour, which will be collected by the cashier at the time of
Art, General Studio (ASAG)
Foundations: Drawing and Design. A year-long foundations course for art majors or for those
students seeking an intensive study of the visual arts, which explores contemporary assumptions
and practice regarding the making of art while significantly addressing its tradition.
The foundations curriculum consists of a two-term sequence of courses, designed to give
the student intensive training in studio practice, exposure to a range of materials and methods
and an introduction to the theoretical issues of contemporary studio art. Students develop
technical knowledge, adding to it discipline and the development of the intellectual, theorizing
and risk-taking aspects of art that must grow at an equal pace with studio practice in
order to su5stain their lives as artists. (Note: This is a two-term sequence. Students must
enroll for fall term first (ASAG 1300, 1304), followed by ASAG 1601 (spring term). Ten
class hours per week. Prerequisite: Art major or pre-major, or departmental permission.
Each term is team-taught.
ASAG 1300 Foundations I: Introduction to Studio Practice
ASAG 1304 Foundations II: Introduction to Materials
Note : Must be taken concurrently; no exceptions
ASAG 1601 Foundations III
Associate Professor Janis Bergman-Carton, Department Chair
University Distinguished Professor: P. Greg Warden; Professors: Karl Kilinski II, Randall
C. Griffin; Associate Professors: Adam Herring, Pamela Patton, Lisa Pon; Assistant
Professor: Amy Buono; Instructor: Eric Stryker; Adjunct Professor: Eric White; Adjunct
Associate Professor: Mark Roglán.
Program of Study
B.A. in Art History
The B.A. degree in Art History helps students negotiate a world saturated with
images. It challenges them to confront critically the issues posed by the visual
culture that mediates our understanding of the past, present, and future. Built on
the fertile exchange between the arts and the humanities, art history at SMU subscribes
to an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach to learning. Students are
taught to think across current categories and boundaries and practice a socially
responsible art history. In addition to developing acute visual sensibilities, students
acquire the ability to evaluate and organize information, conduct scholarly research,
and articulate their ideas in both written and spoken language. Students completing
this course of study are prepared for advanced training in the field of art history,
museum and gallery professions, or work in a broad range of other fields including
publishing, arts administration, teaching and public policy.
NOTE: Only courses passed with a grade of C or better will count toward the major in art
history. Courses passed with a grade of C- or less may count toward other, elective requirements
in a student’s degree plan.
Many art history majors use elective hours to complete minors in advertising,
anthropology, chemistry (for conservation), classical studies, foreign languages,
history, international business, international studies and psychology in order to
maximize their opportunities in obtaining rewarding careers.
An art history major with a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher may graduate with honors
by applying in the junior year to receive a degree “with departmental distinction.”
During the senior year, candidates for distinction will pursue an individual research
project under the direction of a particular faculty member while enrolled in ARHS
4301. The project generally derives from one of the 4000-level Art History seminars
and culminates in a 35- to 45-page thesis. Students must successfully present and
defend their research before a committee of at least three faculty by the final week
of the spring semester.
Minor in Art History
The minor in art history enables all students in the University to extend their
study into the realm of the visual arts and so to broaden their appreciation of the
cultural content of artistic form. As a discipline especially dedicated to the examination
of art in context, art history is a natural complement to a major in history,
languages, anthropology, political science, sociology, psychology, philosophy,
religion, music or any of the humanities. It is also a rewarding minor for students
who wish to combine business or engineering with a study of the humanities.
Requirements: 18 credit hours in art history with a maximum of three 1000-level
NOTE: Only classes passed with a grade of C- or better will count for credit toward the minor.
Art History Courses (ARHS)
Rachel Lyon, Chair
Professor: Rick Worland; Associate Professors: Carolyn Macartney, David Sedman,
Pamela Elder, Sean Griffin, Kevin Heffernan; Assistant Professors: Mark Kerins, Derek
Kompare; Senior Lecturer: Kelli Herd.
Students pursue a Cinema-Television curriculum that provides a well-rounded
program of technical, scholarly and aesthetic training in the fields of film, television
and emerging media. The degree requires 48 credit hours, designed to prepare
students for careers in professional film/television/new media production and/or
writing, and to develop their creative abilities in the art form. A wide variety of
courses in cinema and television history, theory and criticism provide a basic and
necessary knowledge of these media as art forms and as vibrant social and cultural
institutions. Courses in single-camera production, multiple-camera production and
production specialization offer experience in writing, shooting, directing and editing
film and video projects. In addition, students are required to pursue cocurricular
elective courses in the creation and study of the traditional fine arts in Meadows.
Students are also encouraged to take an internship in the professional sector in
order to gain practical experience in the field and establish professional contacts.
Finally, students complete a capstone course (creative, business or history/criticism)
as preparation for a career in the media industries or further graduate studies.
The Division of Cinema-Television is located in the Umphrey Lee Center, which
houses faculty offices, classrooms, audio, video and film production, and media
support areas. These include nonlinear video editing labs, graphics labs, storage
and equipment checkout, digital audio editing rooms, a recording studio, an audio
mixing suite, viewing rooms, a seminar room, and production classrooms. Two
additional screening classrooms equipped for film, video and DVD projection are
located in the Greer Garson Theatre, and a shooting stage is located in McFarlin
Admission and Degree Requirements
To be admitted to the major in cinema-television, a student must complete the
following courses with a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A.: ENGL 1301 and 1302, an approved
liberal arts course, CTV 1301 (Film and Media Aesthetics), and CTV 1302 (Media
and Culture). Students transferring from other universities must have completed
equivalent courses and obtained the equivalent G.P.A. in those courses before they
can be admitted to the major.
Upon acceptance into the major, students are required to pass the following
courses with a grade of C- or better in order to receive their degree: CTV 1304
(Basic Video and Audio Production), CTV 2351 (International Film History) and
CTV 2354 (Basic Screenwriting).
Upon attaining upperclass status, qualified students are encouraged to pursue
internships that enable them to work under the guidance of professionals in the
motion picture, television, cable and other electronic media industries. Nonclassroom
internship credit is limited to three credit hours taken as an elective on
a pass/fail basis. Students must be a declared CTV major, must have taken CTV
1304 and must obtain permission of the chair.
A directed study is a close collaboration between a professor and an advanced
student with junior or senior standing who conducts a rigorous research or creative
project that goes beyond the experience available in course offerings. The student
must secure formal approval from the professor to undertake a directed studies
Due to limited class space and enrollment pressures, a student who fails to appear
on the first day or who fails to attend three consecutive class meetings during an
academic term without establishing contact with the instructor may be administratively
dropped from a course.
Minor in Cinema-Television Studies
The minor in cinema-television studies offers students the opportunity to study
the historical and critical background of mass media and broaden their understanding
and appreciation of cinema, television and new media as art forms and industries.
Courses offered in the minor may be applied as required courses in the major.
Requirements: 18 credit hours, distributed as follows:
Three additional courses (nine hours) selected from any film/history criticism/
industry offering. The following courses may be repeated once for minor elective
credit, provided the course material/topic is completely different each time.
- CTV 1301 Film and Media Aesthetics
- CTV 1302 Media and Culture
- CTV 2351 International Film History
- CTV 2332 American Popular Film/Television
- CTV 3300 Film/Television Genres
- CTV 3310 Screen Artists
- CTV 3359 National Cinemas
Professor Mark McPhail, Chair
Professors: Rita Kirk, Ben Voth; Assistant Professors: Maria Dixon, Owen Lynch,
Christopher Salinas, Daniel Schill; Senior Lecturer: Nina Flournoy; Lecturer: Christina
Baily-Byers; Adjunct Lecturers: Cecilia Norwood, Kelly Reddell.
The Corporate Communication and Public Affairs (CCPA) program is accredited
through the American Communication Association. The division offers students
a foundational understanding of the theories, methods and history of communication,
its relationship to liberal education and its disciplinary and professional
applications. Corporate Communication and Public Affairs educates academics
and professionals skilled in research, critical thinking, writing and advocacy who
apply intellectual rigor and integrity to communication theory and practice.
Students seeking an undergraduate degree in corporate communication and public
affairs receive a broad background in the liberal arts, followed by a major curriculum
that prepares them for graduate and professional studies and/or to work in agencies,
corporations, nonprofit organizations, cultural and educational institutions, associations
and government. The CCPA curriculum is designed to introduce students to
the historical development of the communication field and educate them about the
principles and theories behind organizational and public communication. Students
also develop requisite communication skills, gain awareness of the ethical responsibilities
of professional communicators and develop the communication and management
capabilities required for success in a global environment. After developing
a strong core of fundamental communication skills and knowledge, students learn
how to apply those skills in organizational and public contexts. The CCPA program emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, research and writing.
In addition to major coursework in the division, corporate communication and
public affairs students must complete a minor. Determination of the minor should
be considered carefully and should enhance and broaden the student’s learning
experience at SMU beyond the major. In keeping with the recommendations of the
American Communication Association, the Public Relations Society of America’s
Task Force on Undergraduate Education, and the standards of the Accrediting
Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, students should
select minors that emphasize the liberal arts. No more than 36 percent of a student’s
total hours of study (SMU and transfer credit hours) may be in any combination
of communication courses including CCPA-designated coursework. CCPA students
must work closely with their academic adviser to ensure compliance with these
standards. Students seeking to double major or minor in another communication related
field may need to complete more than the minimum 122 total hours required
for graduation. In close consultation with their faculty adviser, students design a
course of study to match their goals after graduation.
Students are encouraged to participate in service-learning opportunities and
make important career connections through supervised internships with Dallas area businesses.
For more information about the Corporate Communication and Public Affairs
degree program, please visit www.meadows.smu.edu/ccpa.
In addition to those requirements of the University and of the Meadows School of
the Arts, undergraduate students planning to major or minor in Corporate Communication
and Public Affairs must complete: ENGL 1301 and 1302, one math
course chosen from: STAT 1301, STAT 2301, STAT 2331, MATH 1303, MATH
1304, MATH 1309 or MATH 1337; and twelve hours of CCPA core coursework
(CCPA 2308, CCPA 2310, CCPA 2327 and CCPA 3375). Students must earn a grade
of C or better in each of these seven core courses before a major or minor may be
declared. A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 is required in these 21 hours of core coursework
before a student may apply to the CCPA major or minor. A core course may not be
repeated in order to meet requirements to declare CCPA as a major or minor.
Admission to the major is highly competitive and major selection will be based
on 1) subset and core requirement standings, 2) submission and review of a portfolio
which includes a letter of application, assignments from the four core courses and
an anticipated plan of study, and 3) recommendations of faculty. Portfolio review
will occur once a year at the end of the spring term. Portfolio development will be
included in CCPA 3375.
Transfer hours for core course requirements may be considered on petition and
approval of the faculty. Courses satisfying major requirements should be taken
through the SMU program.
CCPA coursework may not be double-counted toward the requirements for
another major or minor. Students must earn a grade of C or better for coursework
toward their major or minor CCPA degree requirements. Students may not repeat
Absence on the first day of class will result in administrative withdrawal from
Students majoring in CCPA also must take eight hours of a foreign language
and an approved ethics course as part of their degree requirements.
Communication honors scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding
students who intend to major in CCPA majors The Douglas Bauer Incentive Scholarship
is a competitive scholarship available to CCPA majors through an annual
CCPA Honors Program
Students may apply for admission to the CCPA honors track after completion of
45 hours with a 3.5 overall G.P.A. or better. To graduate “with distinction,” students
must take six hours of honors-designated CCPA courses and CCPA 4375 (Honors
Thesis in Communication Theory). Students accepted to the CCPA honors track
must maintain a 3.5 or higher overall G.P.A. in all SMU coursework to graduate with
the honors distinction. The top 10 percent of each class is eligible for faculty nomination
into Kappa Tau Alpha, the national communication honorary society.
Programs of Study
Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs
(Note: No coursework may be double-counted for either a major or minor in CCPA.) Attendance
is required on the first day of classes or a student may be dropped from the class.
Minor in Corporate Communication and Public Affairs
In order to minor in corporate communication and public affairs, students must meet
all the requirements for declaring the major and also be evaluated by faculty. Students
must be accepted into the program prior to enrollment in upper-division courses.
The Courses (CCPA)
Professor Myra Woodruff, Division Chair
Associate Professors: Shelley C. Berg, Danny Buraczeski, Patty Harrington Delaney,
Leslie Peck; Lecturer: Andrew Parker; Visiting Assistant Professor: Lauren Thompson;
Production Supervisor: Deborah Barr Truitt; Musicians: Dick Abrahamson, Jamal
Mohamed, Mina Polevoy, Edward Lee Smith, Daniel J. Sullivan, Janeen Vestal; Coordinator:
Heather Guthrie; Professor Emerita: Elizabeth A. Ferguson; Associate Professor
Emeritus: Robert Beard
The Division of Dance offers professional dance training within the context of
a comprehensive liberal arts education. The goal is to develop the disciplined,
versatile dance artist through a balanced study of ballet, modern dance and jazz
dance techniques, complemented and reinforced by a broad range of theoretical studies and performance opportunities. The program provides an atmosphere in
which students are nurtured and stimulated in their quest for artistic achievement,
technical mastery and scholarly excellence. Undergraduate majors study dance as
a performing art with the intent to become practicing artists. The core of the dance
curriculum is designed with this goal in mind. The combination of performance
and liberal arts education courses serves to develop the articulate dancer.
The Division of Dance has four dance studios, three of which are located in the
Owen Arts Center. Each studio is equipped with a sprung floor, vinyl covering,
sound system, grand piano, ballet barres and mirrors. The Charles S. Sharp Performing
Arts Studio doubles as a performing space and is equipped with an adjustable
black traveler, a control booth, state-of-the-art sound equipment, and a theatrical
lighting system. Adjacent to the Sharp Studio (B100) is Studio B120. The third
facility in the Owen Arts Center is Studio 1430, adjacent to the Margo Jones Theatre
and the stage of the Bob Hope Theatre. A fourth studio is located in McFarlin
Auditorium. Live accompaniment is provided for all studio classes.
Admission, Audition and Financial Aid
Acceptance as a dance major or minor requires a performance audition. This is
a separate process from application to the University and is the principal factor in
determining an applicant’s eligibility to major or minor in dance. Campus and
national auditions occur throughout the year and serve to establish a candidate’s
level of competence, class placement and merit scholarship recommendation.
Applicants who audition in Dallas are observed in a ballet class, in modern dance
sequences and in a jazz dance combination. Faculty representatives from the Division
of Dance also conduct an annual audition tour to selected cities.
At auditions, select candidates are asked to perform a brief (90-second) improvised
or prepared solo dance. Students are expected to bring to the audition a brief
résumé with Social Security number, a wallet-sized photograph, applicable recorded
music and appropriate studio clothes and footwear. To confirm a campus audition,
call the Dance Office at 214-768-2718. For information regarding admission procedures
for the University, a national audition or financial aid, contact the Associate
Dean’s Office at 214-768-3217.
Undergraduate applicants are encouraged to seek early admission to the University.
Important factors in the evaluation of an applicant are the quality of the
applicant’s high school academic program, the student’s record of performance,
class rank and scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test and/or American College
Test. Transfer applicants are evaluated by the Office of Admission.
Admission procedures for transfer students are the same as those for first-year
applicants, including the audition. With few exceptions, all new students begin
work in the fall term.
All dance majors have opportunities to perform and choreograph as an integral
part of their performance studies. The Dance Performance Series includes main
stage concerts in the Bob Hope Theatre, concerts in the Sharp Studio and noontime
Brown Bag performances in the Owen Arts Center lobby. Other opportunities
include special events, outreach programs and interdisciplinary projects within
and beyond the Meadows community. Dance majors are required to participate in
Dance Performance Series events as partial fulfillment of the degree program.
Program of Study
B.F.A. in Dance Performance
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance is accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Dance. Successful completion of this program
will enhance the student’s personal growth as well as technical development in
ballet, modern dance and jazz dance. The degree requires 73 credit hours in dance,
of which a minimum of 38 are in studio training. The remaining 35 credit hours
provide students with the opportunity to develop scholarly and creative abilities
in dance and related areas of interest.
Students whose hours in the General Education Curriculum, the major requirements,
and the major’s supporting course requirements exceed a total of 122 will
be exempt from three hours of Perspectives and an additional three hours of either
Perspectives or Cultural Formations.
The faculty expects dance majors to apply themselves scholastically and to assume
responsibilities conscientiously. Students are required to maintain a minimum
G.P.A. of 2.7 in dance courses to continue in the dance major. Grades lower than C
are not acceptable in any required dance course and will necessitate a repeat enrollment.
If requirements are not met, the student is placed on academic probation. To
be eligible for scholarship, students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative
G.P.A. of 2.7 in dance courses and be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours in
dance. Full participation in the program and in division performances is expected
of every student who receives a merit scholarship award. Performance studies and
production activities take precedence over dance work outside of the division.
High standards of discipline and execution are essential for artistic growth,
progress and success. Regular class attendance, attendance at auditions, classroom
and theatre etiquette, punctuality and attendance at student meetings are essential.
Students meet with individual faculty at midterm for a progress report and to
establish individual goals. At the close of each term, each student receives a performance
evaluation by the collective faculty. Various aspects of a student’s work
are examined, including technical progress, capacity for and commitment to class
work, personal growth and maturity, attitude, academic performance, production
support, program participation, performance artistry and weight control. When
standards are not met, a student is advised that significant improvement must take
place to remain in the program. Poor critiques may result in immediate dismissal
from the dance major program, and/or loss of dance scholarship funding. All dance
scholarships are reviewed annually. Further details on standards and requirements
for the dance major are included in the Division of Dance Student Handbook.
Dance Performance Minor
The minor in dance is available to majors in all disciplines, and is designed for
students with previous dance training who wish to continue the pursuit of their
interests within the context of their liberal arts studies. Acceptance criteria for the
dance minor include audition and class placement prior to enrollment in studio
classes. Students also selectively engage in the study of the creative process/performance,
dance history/literature, and/or theory/analysis.
The minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours in dance as outlined below.
Program Director: Dr. Gregory Warden, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
The major in Interdisciplinary Studies provides an opportunity for outstanding
students to design programs that bring together multiple disciplines within the
Meadows School of the Arts. Another option is to combine a discipline or disciplines
housed in the Meadows School of the Arts with areas of study found elsewhere
in the University for the purpose of exploring new forms of artistic expression or
Academically qualified students may explore the possibility of a specialized
major with the program director. If the proposed plan appears to have merit, the
program director will suggest faculty advisers who can provide further assistance
in designing the program.
Students with at least a 3.0 G.P.A. in the first 24 term hours taken in residence
at SMU are eligible to pursue the program.
The program consists of individually designed majors in the arts of at least 36
term hours, with a minimum of at least 24 term hours of advanced courses (3000
level or above). At least two-thirds of the courses that count toward the major must
be taken in the Meadows School of the Arts. The program must satisfy the General
Education Curriculum (GEC) requirements and all other University and Meadows
School graduation requirements. Students are responsible for fulfilling all prerequisites
for courses taken.
This program is designed to allow exceptional students an opportunity to design
an interdisciplinary program; it is not intended to be a way of avoiding divisional
requirements. Certain Meadows courses are open only to majors or by audition.
Admission to such courses is at the discretion of the faculty of the division in which
such courses are offered.
The degree will be identified as a Bachelor of Arts. The transcript will refer to
the major as “Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts.” A note on the transcript will
denote the specialization. Students intending to seek admission to graduate schools
are encouraged to include at least 30 hours of a coherent set of courses in an identifiable
The Meadows Academic Policies Committee shall have the final authority to
approve all specialized programs. Prior to declaring the major, a number of steps
must be completed. In order to initiate discussion of a specialized major, a student
must submit a preliminary plan of study in the form a brief statement of goals and
a course list made in consultation with appropriate faculty advisers.
- If the program director approves the program, the student and the faculty advisers
must form a supervisory committee with a minimum of three members. The
supervisory committee will provide advice and guidance to the student. At least
two members, including the chair of the committee, shall be resident members
of the Meadows School faculty. The chair of the committee will normally be
the faculty adviser.
- The student will submit a formal plan of study to the supervisory committee.
The plan of study must include a proposal for a special project such as a thesis,
exhibition or performance. Satisfactory completion (in the judgment of the
supervisory committee) of this special project is a requirement. If the committee
approves the plan, it must then be submitted to the Meadows Academic Policies
Committee for approval.
- Once approved by the Meadows Academic Policies Committee, the plan will be
transmitted to the office of the Meadows Associate Dean for Student Affairs. The
plan of study normally should be submitted to the Meadows Academic Policies
Committee for approval before the completion of 60 total term hours of course
- The chair of the supervisory committee and the program director will recommend
candidates for graduation. The chair of the supervisory committee will
certify that the required project has been completed to the satisfaction of the
committee. The supervisory committee may recommend that the degree be
awarded “with distinction” if the grade point average in the courses required
for the major exceeds or equals 3.5 and if the project is deemed excellent. The
Associate Dean for Student Affairs will be responsible for verifying and certifying
Tony Pederson, Belo Distinguished Chair of Journalism
Associate Professors: Craig Flournoy, Camille Kraeplin; Assistant Professor: Jake
Batsell; Executive-in-Residence: Lucy L. Scott; Journalist-in-Residence and William J.
O’Neil Chair in Business Journalism: Mark Vamos; Senior Lecturers: Carolyn Barta,
Michele Houston, Jayne Suhler; Lecturer: Karen Thomas; Adjunct Professors: Robert
Hart, Pam Harris.
The world of journalism is changing fast. Once-divergent media forms are rapidly
coming together in ways that make it essential for 21st-century journalism education
to reflect the complexity of actual practice. Graduates must be prepared to
function and lead in a new and changing environment. The Division of Journalism
prepares students to succeed in this dynamic setting.
Majors will study multimedia journalism, including broadcast, print and online
formats. They will learn professional skills that will enable them to adapt swiftly
to a changing journalism environment. Content that is useful and interesting will
have value regardless of the delivery system or systems of a particular era. For this
reason, students also are taught the intellectual and theoretical skills they will need
to help them interpret the world around them and understand the role of the media
in society. They will graduate as clear, concise thinkers and writers.
The Division of Journalism is located in the Umphrey Lee Center, which houses
faculty and administrative offices, audio and video production, and media support
areas, including a new digital newsroom. Over time this facility will be a place where
journalism students can write, edit and produce their work across a digital network
that will give them skills to work in print, broadcast and on the Internet.
The division also has basic video/audio modules, video logging rooms, off-line
editing rooms, a nonlinear video editing lab, equipment storage and checkout,
digital audio rooms, a teaching radio studio, a seminar room, classrooms, a graphics
lab, an editing lab, viewing rooms, and production classrooms.
Admission and Degree Requirements
Strong writing skills are essential to the student’s success in the division’s journalism
curriculum and later in the profession of journalism. Students may enroll
in journalism classes as first-year students. Those seeking permission to major in
the Division of Journalism must have completed ENGL 1301 (Introduction to College
Writing) and ENGL 1302 (First-Year Seminar in Rhetoric: Contemporary
Issues). The student must earn a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 (B) in both courses. Essay
and grammar, spelling, and punctuation tests must be successfully completed
before students are allowed to declare journalism as a major or minor. Students
transferring from other universities must have completed equivalent courses and
obtained the equivalent G.P.A. in those courses before they can be considered a
major candidate in the Division of Journalism.
Honors scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding students who intend
to major in journalism. Other scholarships are available to journalism students
through a variety of foundations and gifts to the division.
The Honors program in journalism is highly selective. At midterm of the sophomore
year, and again at midterm of the junior year, declared journalism majors with a
G.P.A. of 3.5 or better can apply to the honors program. All interested students,
including those who have been previously awarded honors scholarships, need to
apply for admission to the program. Those wishing to graduate with distinction in
journalism must complete six hours of honors cultural formations and twelve hours
of honors coursework within the Division of Journalism. Where specific honors
sections are not offered in the Division of Journalism, students may work with individual
professors to develop appropriate honors coursework within regular classes,
subject to approval of the honors program director. Three hours must be in honors
skills, three hours in honors topical studies and three hours in honors critical studies.
In addition, seniors must complete CCJN 5308 as a directed study and produce an
honors thesis. For further information, contact the Honors Program director, Division
of Journalism, Meadows School of the Arts, 280 Umphrey Lee, Southern Methodist
University, Dallas, TX 75275. Separate from the honors program, at midterm of the
senior year, the top 10 percent of the graduating class is invited for membership in
Kappa Tau Alpha, the Journalism Mass Communication Honor Society.
The William J. O’Neil Program in Business Journalism
As global markets and fast-paced technological change buffet American workers,
consumers, investors and companies, business has become one of the most important
components of news. The O’Neil Program equips aspiring journalists with both the
technical knowledge to understand often-complex business and economic issues
and the journalistic skills to make those topics understandable and accessible to
news audiences. And because an ability to follow the money is critical to many
beats, the tools and techniques developed in this program will prepare students for
more sophisticated and insightful coverage of subjects ranging from national and
local politics to technology, the entertainment industry and the environment.
This innovative interdisciplinary program includes courses in the Cox School
of Business. In addition to the 36 credit hours required for the journalism major,
students wishing to concentrate in business and finance journalism will complete
either a second major in business, the 18-hour traditional minor in business administration,
or the new 18-hour minor in business offered for non-Cox undergraduates,
plus ECO 1311 and 1312. Students will put into practice what they are learning
about business, financial markets and economics in advanced journalism classes
and in the newsroom of a real-time Web site focusing on North Texas companies
and the regional economy.
Admission to the program is subject to the approval of the O’Neil Program in
Business Journalism chair. Students studying in the program will be advised by
the O’Neil chair.
Internships and Practica
Upon achieving junior and senior status, students are encouraged to take on
experiences that enable them to work under the guidance of professionals in the
news industry (internships). Many on-campus activities also offer practical experience
(practica), and students are strongly urged to take advantage of the opportunities
available to them through both the Student Media Company, which publishes
a daily newspaper and a yearbook, and the Journalism Division. Practica are taken
for one credit hour at a time. Internships may be taken for one, two or three credit
hours at a time, depending on the number of hours worked. A total of three credit
hours of internships and practica may be counted toward a student’s degree requirements
but may not be counted toward the required six credit hours of electives
within the division. Internships and practica are taken on a pass/fail basis only.
Due to limited class space and enrollment pressures, a student who fails to appear
on the first day of class may be administratively dropped from the class at the
instructor’s discretion. Furthermore, students must comply with any more specific
attendance policies spelled out in course syllabi; creation and enforcement of such
policies are entirely at the instructor’s discretion. The division strives to keep class
size small enough for individual attention, and large enough to ensure discussion
and interaction among students. Very large enrollments will be limited and very
small classes may be merged or canceled.
American University. Through a cooperative program with American University
in Washington, D.C., students have an opportunity to study in the nation’s capital
as a part of the Washington Term Program. Students may obtain credit for courses
such as Reporting I, Reporting II and Internship, as well as courses in other
SMU-in-London. SMU students can earn six credit hours by enrolling in the
SMU-in-London Communications program. Conducted each year during the second
session of summer school, the program allows students to study in London, a hub
for international communications. Courses offered carry three credit hours. They
do not require prerequisites and are designed to take full advantage of London’s
importance as an international center. Students live in dormitories in London. As
part of their international experience, students are encouraged to explore the culture
and fine arts offerings of London and European countries on their own, as class
Program of Study
The role of the journalist in today’s society has become increasingly complex
and important because of a paradox: as the world shrinks amid the communication
revolution, the journalist’s horizons and responsibilities have vastly expanded. The
rapid development of converging media technologies means journalists of the 21st
century must know more about the world and also be capable of working in a variety
of new media. At the same time, the next generation of journalists must retain the
core ethics and values of the craft. Journalism students will study multimedia
journalism, learning the basic skills and conventions of broadcast journalism, print
journalism and the emerging skill set needed to practice journalism on the Internet.
The major requires 36 credit hours within the division. A total of 80 credit hours
must be taken outside the division. At least 65 of these hours must be in the arts
and sciences. The only exceptions for the 65 hours in arts and sciences allowed are
for those students with a second major or minor in a field not related to arts and
sciences. A foreign language capability of eight credit hours or its equivalent is
required, and students also must satisfy Meadows School of the Arts requirements
with three credit hours outside the Meadows communication divisions. Courses
may be used to fulfill only one of the student’s divisional requirements (i.e., a student
may not fulfill two divisional requirements with one course). Note: All journalism
majors must declare and complete a second major or a minor of their choosing.
Ideally any second major or minor would be outside communication.
NOTE:Only CCJN courses passed with a grade of C- or better will count for credit toward
the major in journalism.
Minor in Journalism
The minor in journalism provides a basic understanding of the role of the news
media in American society and an introduction to the basic skills necessary for
the practice of the field.
Requirements: 24 term hours, distributed as follows:
Three additional credit hours in any CCJN course.
- CCJN 2302 Ethics of Convergent Media
- CCJN 2303 Writing and Editing for Journalists
- CCJN 2304 Basic Video and Audio Production
- CCJN 2312 Reporting I
- CCJN 2313 Reporting II
- CCJN 2380 Digital Journalism
- CCJN 4316 Communication Law
Robert Dodson, Director
Samuel Holland, Associate Director for Academic Affairs
Alan Wagner, Assistant Director for Student Affairs
Joel Estes Tate Professor of Piano: Joaquin Achucarro; Artist in Residence: Chee-Yun
Kim; Professors: José Antonio Bowen, Nancy Cochran, Jack Delaney, Virginia Dupuy,
Michael Hawn, Samuel Holland, David Karp, Robert Krout, Barbara Hill Moore, Alfred
Mouledous, Larry Palmer, Paul Phillips, Simon Sargon, Thomas Tunks; Associate Professors:
Andres Diaz, Pamela Elrod, Robert Frank, Kevin Hanlon, Carol Leone, David Mancini,
Donna Mayer-Martin, Martin Sweidel; Assistant Professors: Sarah Allen, Chris Anderson,
Hedy Law, Jesus Ramos-Kittrell, Julie Scott, Xi Wang; Senior Lecturer: Joan Heller; Lecturers:
Roy Cherryhomes, Dale Dietert, Mark Feezell, Gary Foster, Hank Hammett, Matthew
Kline, Catharine Lysinger, Jamal Mohamed, Kevin Salfen; Adjunct Professors: Emanuel
Borok, Robert Guthrie, Gregory Hustis; Adjunct Associate Professors: Christopher Adkins,
Thomas Booth, Kalman Cherry, Donald Fabian, Gary Foster, Paul Garner, Matthew Good,
Erin Hannigan, Douglas Howard, John Kitzman, Jean Larson, Thomas Lederer, Wilfred
Roberts, Ellen Rose, Barbara Sudweeks; Adjunct Assistant Professors: Deborah Baron,
Alessio Bax, Kim Corbet, Susan Dederich-Pejovich, Haley Hoops, Diane Kitzman, Brian
Merrill, Deborah Perkins, Timothy Seelig, Kara Kirkendoll Welch; Adjunct Lecturers:
Barbara Bastable, John Bryant, Lucille Chung, Martha Gerhart, Kevin Gunter, Lynne Jackson,
Drew Lang, Jon Lee, Akira Sato, Edward Smith, James Tran, Vi Wilson, Leonardo Zuno;
Mustang Band Staff: Don Hopkins, Tommy Tucker; Accompanists: Wesley Beal, Tara
Emerson; Vocal Coach: Jason Smith.
In addition to meeting University admission criteria, entering undergraduate
students intending to major in music must audition prior to matriculation. These
auditions serve the purpose of determining the prospective student’s previous experience
and potential for success in the intended major. Entering students intending to major in composition must submit a portfolio of original compositions and pass a
performance audition. Both the Division of Music and the University must accept
the candidate in order for him or her to be classified as a music major. Information
regarding auditions may be obtained by writing to the Assistant Director for Student
Affairs of the Division of Music. The Division of Music considers transfer credits
and AP test results in decisions regarding advanced placement. Departments reserve
the right to give additional tests to determine the most appropriate placement in any
Nondegree students are those applicants for admission who wish to be enrolled
in University courses for credit but who do not intend to pursue an SMU degree
program. Nondegree students are admitted through the Office of Nondegree Credit
Studies and are eligible to register in day and evening classes for which they have
satisfied prerequisites and received departmental approval. Admission as a nondegree-
seeking student does not qualify a student as a degree applicant. The presence
of nondegree students in courses or ensembles may not displace an opportunity
for a degree-seeking music major.
Concert performances are presented in Caruth Auditorium, a 490-seat concert
hall, the 168-seat Robert J. O’Donnell Lecture-Recital Hall, and the Dr. Bob and
Jean Smith Auditorium in the Meadows Museum. Opera productions are presented
in the 295-seat Bob Hope Theatre. The Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library houses
an inspiring collection of over 110,000 books and scores, over 30,000 audio and
video recordings, and over 100,000 items in special collections of research materials
such as the Van Katwijk Music Collection.
Facilities available to music students include 45 individual practice rooms that
were completely renovated by a gift from Jeanne R. Johnson in 2006.
The electronic keyboard laboratory, used for class instruction in piano, theory
and improvisation, is equipped with Yamaha 88-key digital pianos, a MLC 100
Communications Center, computers at each station, and a variety of sequencers,
tone modules and software applications.
Student recitals and faculty and ensemble performances are digitally recorded
and mastered to a CD that is acceptable for auditions, competitions and archival
The Meadows Center for Instructional Technology in the Arts features some of
the most current instructional software in music theory, analytical research, music
printing, music therapy and music education.
The Group and Individual Music Therapy Clinics, connected by an observation
room, offer student therapists opportunities for clinical practicum experiences
under faculty supervision.
The Division of Music maintains an inventory of 30 Steinway grand pianos,
three harpsichords, and eight pipe organs including a celebrated three-manual
51-stop tracker organ built by C.B. Fisk and located in Caruth auditorium.
The Electronic Music Studio is a digital multitrack facility featuring the latest
hardware and software on a Macintosh/ProTools-based platform. The studio is
also equipped with a full range of MIDI equipment for synthesis, sampling, sequencing,
signal processing, video post scoring, and recording (digital and analog).
Act of Enrollment
By the act of enrolling in Meadows School of the Arts Division of Music for
participation in a music course – whether as a music major, music minor or through
elective study – and in consideration of the right to participate in such course, the student (1) acknowledges his or her willingness to accept and comply with the
standards and policies set forth in the Division of Music Handbook, the Graduate
Supplement to the Division of Music Handbook, and all other University rules and
regulations; (2) assigns to the University the exclusive right to use the proceeds from
any curricular or extracurricular promotional, publicity or entertainment activities
associated with the course, including but not limited to photographs, television,
recordings, motion pictures, concerts and theatrical productions, and any right the
student may have to receive any royalties and/or other sums that may be due to the
student from such activities; (3) releases the University, its trustees, officers, agents,
employees and assigns from any obligation to pay any proceeds, royalties and/or
other sums that may be due to the student in connection with the course; and (4)
agrees, on request of the University, to periodically execute all documents necessary
to acknowledge the assignment and release set forth herein.
Specific Music Requirements
During the second year of study, each pre-music major or transfer student must
apply for upper division degree/major status. The Associate Director for Academic
Affairs of the Division of Music reviews applications.
All full-time music majors are required to enroll for Recital Attendance (MUAS
1010) each term of residence for which they will receive a grade of pass or fail.
Minors are required to enroll for four terms. To complete the requirements of the
course and receive a passing grade, majors must attend a minimum of 15 (minors
10) recitals each term, in addition to those in which the student is participating for
credit. A grade of incomplete may be awarded by the associate director in case of
illness or other reason based on student petition.
All music majors, with the exception of guitar, piano, organ, composition and
music therapy, are required to enroll in one large ensemble (wind ensemble, orchestra
or choral ensemble) each term of residence. Wind and percussion students are
required to enroll for both Meadows Symphony Orchestra and Meadows Wind
Ensemble at the discretion of the directors. Exemptions may be granted by written
approval of the ensemble director and the applied faculty in an area. Transfer
students will not be exempted from the large ensemble requirement based on
All second-year students shall present one solo performance in general recital,
departmental recital or masterclass each term. Performance majors are required
to perform at least one piece in public that represents each style period in which
solo music was composed for the student’s instrument (including voice). This is
meant to encourage performance of contemporary works, including music written
during the student’s lifetime.
The Division of Music requires attendance at all scheduled class meetings, lessons
and ensemble rehearsals. The instructor determines the extent to which
absences affect a student’s grade. Students should become thoroughly acquainted
with the class attendance policy established by their teachers and ensemble directors.
Instructors are not obligated to make special arrangements for any student to
accommodate an absence. All reasons for absence should be submitted to the
instructor in advance. Failure to do so may result in a student being dropped from
a course with a grade of WP (before the calendar deadline to drop) or receiving a
grade of F for the course.
All undergraduate music majors must receive a minimum grade of C- in all courses
specified in the major. The major consists of all courses listed in the student’s degree
plan with the exception of General Education Curriculum, free electives and course work in a minor or second major. Students must retake major courses in which a
grade below C- is received. A course may be repeated only once.
When the total number of hours required to satisfy the General Education
requirements and the major requirements along with the major’s supporting course
requirements exceeds 122 term hours, students in such majors will be exempt from
three (3) hours of Perspectives and an additional three (3) hours taken from either
Perspectives or Cultural Formations.
The Meadows School requires three term credit hours of course work within
the Meadows School, but outside the Division of Music. Music electives may not
be used to fulfill this requirement. The Meadows elective/corequirement is indicated
in parentheses in each program of study outlined below.
Guitar majors follow the orchestral Instruments curriculum and are required to
take only four credits of large ensemble. Percussionists take 16-20 credits of applied
study. Elective hours are reduced accordingly.
Piano majors may earn an Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy by substituting MUPD
5325 and 5326 for MUPD 4125 and 4126.
Each year students must present at least one performance of an original work
on a general/studio recital or in another appropriate form or medium (i.e. a film
score, incidental music, dance, electronic music installation, etc.).
Attendance at regularly scheduled composition seminars is expected of all
students enrolled in private composition study; failure to attend will be reflected
in the grade given for composition.
Students with a concentration in voice, percussion or guitar must substitute music
electives for the corresponding technique class.
Students completing this program of study will also earn a minor in
Students majoring in Music Therapy have two junior-level performance options:
(1) to present a minimum of one solo performance in general recital each term of
the junior year, or (2) to present a half recital of 30 minutes.
Before enrolling for internship MUTY 4144, the student must meet the following
The B.M. degree in Music Therapy is approved by the American Music Therapy
Association. Successful completion of this program entitles the graduate to take
the national board examination in music therapy administered by the Certification
Board for Music Therapists. The official designation by the board is MT-BC, the
nationally accepted credential of qualified music therapists.
- Completed all course, practicum and preclinical work.
- Demonstrated good physical health and emotional stability.
- Achieved functional competency on piano, guitar, percussion and voice.
- Achieved a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 and a 2.75 in all music therapy courses.
The senior major has three performance options: (1) to continue the study of the
instrumental or vocal concentration, with one solo performance in general recital;
(2) to divide study between the concentration and a secondary instrument or voice;
or (3) to engage in the private study of one or more instruments or voice other than
the concentration. Prior to student teaching certification, students must submit
documentation of 45 observation hours in K-12 schools.
Student teaching, in addition to being subject to the eligibility requirements
published by the School of Education, must be approved by the Music Education
department, must follow successful completion of all methods (MUED) and techniques
(MUAS) courses, and is considered a full-time endeavor, with no daytime
course work or concurrent ensemble assignments.
Dual Degree in Performance and Music Education
Students who meet degree candidacy criteria in both performance and music
education, can pursue dual degrees in these fields. If begun by the second or third
term, the second degree can usually be achieved with a range of 9-17 additional
credits (approximately one term), through wise use of electives and curricular
planning. Students considering these plans should consult their adviser and the
department heads as early as possible in their academic program.
The state mandated “TExES” examination is usually taken during the term of
student teaching and requires concurrent attendance in preparation seminars.
Students are not eligible to apply for certification until completion of degree
requirements, student teaching, and successful completion of the TExES.
The B.A. degree is intended to serve students seeking to combine a music degree
with interests in one or more of the following: a broad liberal arts education, the
possibility of exploring the interdisciplinary relationship of music course work to
course work in other areas of the Meadows School and the University as a whole,
a dual degree, a minor, preparation for medical school or law school, preparation
for graduate study in music, participation in the SMU Honors Program or a term
or summer of study abroad.
The minor is designed to meet one of the following objectives:
Acceptance criteria for the minor include a successful audition and a theory/
aural skill assessment prior to enrollment in private lessons or the theory sequence.
The ability to read music is required. Aural and Written Music Theory must be
taken concurrently. In any given term, the private study fee will not be waived unless
the student is enrolled for at least one other course (not including MUAS 1010) required for the minor. The maximum number of credits for which the private study
fee will be waived is four. Ensemble participation is encouraged.
- A course of study in music with sufficient breadth and depth to satisfy the artistic
aspiration of students from any major who have some background and experience
in music, or
- An alternative to the rigorous course of study required for the major in music
for those students who do not aspire to a musical career.
Requirements for the minor in music (18 term hours):
MUTH 1129 and 1229 Aural Skills and Music Theory I
MUTH 1130 and 1230 Aural Skills and Music Theory II
MUHI 1202 Introduction to Music in World Societies
MUHI 3301 and 3302 Survey of Music History I and II
Private Study in instrument, voice or composition. Composition study, if approved, must be
taken with an instrument or voice. (Four term credit hours, typically one per term)
MUAS 1010 Recital attendance for four terms (see the Division of Music Handbook for
Music Courses Open to All University Students
The following courses are open to all students from any field of study.
Performance Classes (PERB) and Ensembles (PERE)
PERB 1103, 1104 Modern Acoustic Guitar
PERB 1203, 2203 Class Guitar
PERB 1205, 2205 Class Piano
PERB 1206, 2206 Class Voice
PERB 2113, 2114 Hand Drumming/Ethnic Percussion
PERE 1112 Mustang Marching Band
PERE 1113 Meadows Chorale
PERE 1114 Meadows Concert Choir
PERE 1115 Meadows Jazz Orchestra
PERE 1118 Meadows Symphony Orchestra
PERE 1119 Meadows Wind Ensemble
PERE 3120 Meadows World Music Ensemble
PERE 1176 Meadows Choral Union
PERE 3173 Meadows Percussion Ensemble
Music Theory, History and Literature
MUHI 1321 Music: The Art of Listening
MUHI 2310 The Broadway Musical: Vaudeville to Phantom
MUHI 3339 Music for Contemporary Audiences
MUHI 3340 Jazz: Tradition and Transformation
MUHI 3341 Women and Music, “Like a Virgin”: From Hildegard to Madonna
MUHI 4350 Music in World Cultures
MUTH 4310 Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music
Other Music Courses
MUAS 5320 Recording Technology
Private Studies (MUPR)
The following numbers for private study apply to all instruments and voice.
3100. One-Credit Courses. One half-hour lesson each week (14 per term) with a jury examination
at the conclusion of each term. These repeatable course numbers are offered each fall,
spring and summer. Students are required to accept internships in performance or private
teaching, subject to availability and/or scheduling conflicts with other SMU courses.
3200. Two-Credit Courses. One-hour lesson each week (14 per term) with a jury examination
at the conclusion of each term. These repeatable course numbers are offered each fall
and spring. Majors are required to enroll in private studies each term until degree requirements
are completed. Students are required to accept internships in performance or private
teaching, subject to availability and/or scheduling conflicts with other SMU courses.
The following subject prefixes will be used to designate study in the specific instrument or
in voice. Section numbers, which indicate the specific teacher with whom the student should
enroll, are listed in the schedule of classes for each term.
The prefix MUPR is used to designate private studies in an instrument or voice
for a student who is neither a music major nor a music minor. An audition for
acceptance into a department and written permission of the Director of the Division
of Music are required and a private lesson fee will be applied to all MUPR
Vocal coaching (for upper-division voice performance majors only) course
numbers are: VOIC 3015, 3116, 4017, 4118. The instructor coaches the singer on
interpretation, style and diction in art song, opera and oratorio.
Professor Cecil O’Neal, Chair
Professors: Rhonda Blair, Kevin Paul Hofeditz, William Lengfelder, Cecil O’Neal, Stan
Wojewodski, Steve Woods; Associate Professors: Michael Connolly, Charles Helfert,
Russell Parkman, Sara Romersberger, Gretchen Smith, Claudia Stephens; Assistant Professors:
Leslie Brott, James Crawford, Jonathan Greenman, Ashley Smith; Lecturers: Brad
Cassil, Marsha Grasselli, Giva Taylor; Adjunct Lecturers: Dawn Askew, Jason Biggs, Linda
Blase, Steve Leary, Kathy Windrow.
Undergraduate education in the Division of Theatre reflects a commitment to the
rigorous study of theatre within a liberal arts context. To this end, undergraduate
theatre majors pursue course work not only in theatre, but also in the social and natural
sciences, literature, the arts and humanities, and other areas of human culture and
experience. A faculty adviser works closely with each student to develop a program
of study best suited to the individual’s needs and career goals. In addition, the Division
of Theatre presents an annual season of public productions chosen for their
timeliness, public appeal and suitability for training. Practical experience in all areas
of theatre operation is considered a vital part of the educational program.
The Division of Theatre is housed in the well-equipped facilities of the Meadows
School of the Arts. These facilities include the Greer Garson Theatre (a 380-seat
classical thrust stage), the Bob Hope Theatre (a 400-seat proscenium theatre), the
Margo Jones Theatre (a 125-seat “black box” theatre), the Hamon Arts Library,
and numerous rehearsal studios.
Prospective theatre majors at SMU are admitted by audition and interview. All
prospective students prepare an audition, consisting of two contrasting monologues
and a song. Candidates may also be asked to demonstrate improvisational skills.
Students seeking admission into the B.F.A. in Theatre Studies program may also
be asked to demonstrate ability in their particular area of interest by supplying
writing samples, portfolio materials, etc.
Transfer Students. Admission procedures for applicants seeking to transfer from
other schools are the same as those for first-year applicants. Transfer students may
begin work only in the fall term.
Evaluation of Progress and Artistic Growth
Students must continually demonstrate a high order of talent and commitment
in both class work and production work to progress in the curriculum. At the end
of each term the faculty of the Division of Theatre evaluates each student’s progress,
examining all aspects of a student’s academic and production participation.
Every student meets with the faculty to receive this evaluation. An unsatisfactory
evaluation is accompanied by the reasons for this evaluation and the terms for
continuation in the program. An unsatisfactory evaluation may also result in a
student’s immediate dismissal from the program.
Degrees and Programs of Study
The Division of Theatre offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre with
a specialization in Theatre Studies, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre
with a specialization in Acting.
When the total number of hours required to satisfy the General Education
requirements and the major requirements along with the major’s supporting course
requirements exceeds 122 term hours, students in such majors will be exempt from
three (3) hours of Perspectives and an additional three (3) hours taken from either
Perspectives or Cultural Formations.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a Specialization in Theatre Studies
The B.F.A. degree in Theatre with a specialization in Theatre Studies reflects
our commitment to theatre training within the context of liberal education. Based
on the Division’s philosophy that an understanding of and experience with the
actor’s process is essential to education and training in all areas of theatre, all
undergraduate theatre majors focus on foundational actor training during the first
two years of their program of study. Focused study in one area of theatre, chosen
from directing, playwriting, stage management, critical studies and design is
required to complete the major. With the approval of the student’s theatre adviser
and the chair of the Division of Theatre, this emphasis may be individualized to
suit the specific goals of the student. All theatre studies students must complete at
least 12 hours of upper-level courses among those offered in directing, playwriting,
critical studies or design.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a Specialization in Acting
The B.F.A. degree in Theatre with a specialization in Acting is a unique program
of specialized acting study within a liberal arts context. Enriched by the intellectual
growth engendered by both their liberal arts and theatre courses, acting students
engage in an intense investigation of acting at the highest level. The purpose of
the program is two-fold: to prepare students for (1) entrance into the profession;
and/or (2) admission to a top-flight, graduate training program. Upon completion
of two years of foundational actor training, students in the acting major receive
advanced training in the areas of acting, stage movement and stage voice.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a Specialization
in Design and Technology
The B.F.A. in Theatre with a specialization in Design and Technology is available
with an emphasis on the environmental aspects of performance. Design and
technology in scenery, costumes, lighting, properties, sound, stage management and makeup are taught in a series of courses and special projects throughout the
four-year curriculum. The flexibility built into the degree requirements allows the
student and their advisers to develop individualized programs of study, taking
advantage of the variety of offerings in the Meadows School of the Arts. Productions
are prepared under the close personal advisement and participation of the
production faculty and staff.
The design and technology B.F.A. degree option provides students with a thorough
background in theatrical design, construction, related technology and stage
management. The specific topics of study include drafting, stagecraft, costume
construction, costume pattern drafting, millinery, tailoring, computer imaging,
CAD, scenic painting, rendering and advanced technical theatre as well as design
courses in costumes, lighting, scenery and sound.
Theatre Courses Open to All University Students (THEA)
The following classes are open to all students. Please note: There are no performance
opportunities for nonmajors.