The arts and humanities are all about human creative expression, from designing jewelry to performing opera. It is a grand mixture of abstract academia and the mastery of creative hands-on skills. There are no boundaries on time, place, and subject matter -- the only limitations are the knowledge, skill, and imagination of the human race. We challenge you to become one of those who opens new doors to human expression and the opportunity for others to enjoy it. -- DLH

Even if you don't have a compelling interest--getting personally and deeply involved--in any of these topics, you might enjoy exploring the lifelong learning assets offered here. Why so? Because most of these topics touch our everyday lives to some extent ... movies, art, theatre, music, languages and cultures, literature, and so on and on... .

So see what you can find in one of these topics I've fit into the general category of Arts & Humanities

Visual Arts and Design
Art, Photography, Cinematography, Commercial Art and Design

Philosophy, Classical and Ancient Worlds, Literature

Performing Arts
Dance, Music, Theatre

Media Studies
Journalism, Library and Information Science, Public Speaking and Presentation

Writing, Editing, and Publishing
English Grammar and Mechanics, Writing, Editing and Publishing



The visual arts represent the human spirit and condition in the form of pictures and objectsphotographs and sculptures, for example. In essence, the visual artists says, "I have something in my mind that I want to express in a way that others might see it, too." And they set about to do a painting, take a photo, make a video, or design an object.

The visual arts can be very "artsy" and altruistic in nature. And it can be very ordinary and highly commercial. Any one of the visual arts can be a simple hobby or a challenging and rewarding career.

And believe me when I say the visual arts are loaded with independent career opportunities that aren't found in the usual job fairs and school  curricula.

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Commercial Art & Design



"The humanities can be described as the study of how people process and document the human experience. Since humans have been able, we have used philosophy, literature, religion, art, music, history and language to understand and record our world. These modes of expression have become some of the subjects that traditionally fall under the humanities umbrella. Knowledge of these records of human experience gives us the opportunity to feel a sense of connection to those who have come before us, as well as to our contemporaries." (Quotation courtesy Stanford Humanities Center)




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Classical and Ancient Studies






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Theatre Arts

















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David L. Heiserman, Editor

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