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These additional non-core courses are pre-registration required courses on a request-based. Please notify us during the application process.

Advanced Creative Writing:

This course is an intensive workshop in creative prose, traditional and non-traditional, centered on student work and with special consideration of the interests and academic and professional goals of the workshop members. Coursework will concentrate on the writing and editing of student work with a view to increasing the length and complexity of prose pieces towards the goal of the novel. Risk-taking is encouraged, as well as serious self-reflection on writing content and design. The aim is to produce already maturely scrutinized works that can be presented to agents and publishers with some confidence, and a positive attitude towards rejection, revision, and criticism.


3 credits.

Art Workshop: Advance Painting (2D):


This studio course is designed for students who have a solid grounding in drawing and painting, in both the theory and practical aspects of visual art, and who want to develop and produce a researched and coherent body of work. The course will help students develop work which addresses in an incisive and in-depth manner the fundamental plastic properties of 2D art as well as the theoretical and aesthetic issues painters face today. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal point of view fusing an exploration and understanding of methods and materials with a philosophical, aesthetic position. The importance of research and development, leading to in-depth studio work, will also be emphasized, as will an understanding of the differences and similarities between North American and European contemporary art and culture, plus how American students in Europe are influenced by and position themselves within that polarization in the case of Study Abroad students.


3 credits.

Advance Digital Imaging:

This course is designed for students who have previous experience in photography and digital imaging, and who wish to further develop digital imaging techniques to produce a researched and coherent body of work in artistic digital photography. The course will enhance students' skills in using various procedures related to new technology and equipment including digital photography and digital manipulations, input and output options, and Photoshop and video editing software, all of which are covered in the first-semester course, Digital Imaging – Beginner. Students are also required to show some ability in manipulating their images using the technical illusions of movement and animation.

3 credits.

Theory of Art:


This course aims to expose students to the ideas and beliefs of other artists in order to help clarify their sense of what it means to be an artist today and to further enlighten the daily work done in the studio by enabling students to develop their own critical and theoretical points of view. Students will learn to sharpen the verbal, analytical, and presentation skills needed to present one’s ideas and work and/or pursue a concurrent career in museum or gallery work, writing criticism, collecting or cataloging artworks, or teaching art history. Methods used will include a teacher/student collaborative investigation into why different artists structure their vision the way they do, and an in-depth exploration of artists’ perceptions of their own work, through autobiographical writings, films, and music. Discussion sessions will also center on the personal themes and beliefs that each student feels are central to their own art.

3 credits.


Film Studies: Four Directors:


This course is designed to move the student forward from an undergraduate film survey into a close analysis of the work of four important directors of differing national traditions and with different focuses and historical significance: Federico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Eric Rohmer, and Luis Bunel. Individual selected films and oeuvres as a whole are considered for their cinematic concerns as well as influence on other filmmakers in order to give the student a strong sense of the significance of each auteur within the scope of film history as well as within an intellectual, social, and technical context. Filmmakers will be discussed in terms of their own development as well, and attention will be given to genre and the evolution of critical approaches to their work. Analysis, group discussions, and individual student presentations will accompany each film, along with readings from course texts. 


3 credits.

Literature: Modern Writers in Greece:


This course focuses on those works of certain modern writers in which the idea of an inquiry into the shifting nature of “truth,” “reality,” and in particular the writer’s grappling with the sense of individual destiny as inextricably linked with artistic exploration is paramount. Intensive examination of the texts in both lectures and seminars, as well as encouraging the students to simultaneously explore their own artistic leanings within the unique setting of Paros (whether as a writer or in a different area), will hopefully impart a greater appreciation of the link between place and artistic output.


3 credits.

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Independent Guided Study

Students who wish to work independently on a specific project or investigate a particular topic should submit a written proposal for consideration by the HISA faculty. For studio projects, please indicate all materials that may be needed, and in what quantity. For research or work in the field, such as investigative reporting, photographic journalism, or environmental/social work, please let us know what sound or film equipment may be required. Up to two courses can be considered, and each must be accompanied by a letter/note of approval by your study abroad or academic advisor. Some courses are accredited by our US school of record but in most cases, an official HISA transcript will be issued, and you should determine if your school will accept the HISA transcript directly. 


The examples that independent guided studies have been accepted in the past; Ethics, International Political Economy, English Literature/Romantic Period to Present, American Literature 1865- Present, Art History, Language and Identity, Introduction to Shakespeare, Business Across Cultures: Focus on Europe and US Relations, Theater: Directing, Plein-air Painting, Printmaking, Mixed Media: Ceramic, Drawing

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