Making a celebrity a course in a university isn’t something new.
Famous names like Beyoncé, David Beckham, and Lady Gaga are some of the few celebs with courses in prestigious universities. The courses usually go deeper than their career in entertainment and into areas like gender expression and social impact.
Taylor Swift was recently made a course in the New York University’s Clive Davis Institute. According to the course’s online description, its main focus is on the popstar’s journey as a musician, her entrepreneurial skillset, and several other areas.
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Brittany Spanos from Rolling Stone was contracted to teach the class. She revealed that the job was always a dream of hers and dubbed herself a “Swiftie.” The course already has a long waitlist, and a very special guest just might be joining them.
New York University’s Clive Davis Institute Just Introduced A Course On Taylor Swift
The Clive Davis Institute in New York University just launched a new course on Taylor Swift. According to Variety, the course started in the university’s spring semester. It officially launched on January 26 and will continue through March 9.
According to a part of the course description, “This course proposes to deconstruct both the appeal and aversions to Taylor Swift through close readings of her music and public discourse as it relates to her own growth as an artist and a celebrity.”
The new class with be taught by Spanos. It will highlight Swift’s journey as a creative music entrepreneur. It will also focus on discussions of youth and girlhood, pop and country songwriters’ legacies, and how race plays a hand in contemporary popular music.
According to the program’s representative, the course already has a long waitlist. Swift was also invited to talk to the class, although not listed on the institute’s curriculum page. The request’s status is still pending.
Spanos Said Teaching In The Institute Was His Dream
The Rolling Stone member told Variety that she’d always wanted to teach in the institute since attending NYU. She also said that she was even more enthusiastic about the job because she got to teach two of her favorite subjects. Spanos talked about her time as an undergrad and how she took topics in recorded music courses in the program.
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Spanos explained, “I’ve been covering Taylor Swift since I began my writing career a decade ago and have been a super fan of hers for even longer.” She also said it was “such an honor to be able to share my Swiftie expertise” with her students.
“I hope to help them rethink how to engage with one of the things world’s biggest and sometimes divisive stars, in the same way, Clive professors like Jason King, Vivien Goldman, and Joe Levy did for me when I took their courses,” Spanos added.
Jason King Said The Class Was A ‘No Brainer’
Musician Jason King, who holds the department chair position, told Variety that when Spanos first suggested the class to him, it seemed like a “no brainer.” He also revealed that he knew her as a student at NYU and was “excited to bring her in.”
King said, “She’s a Taylor fan, but she also understands how to contextualize her culturally, and get students to think more deeply about her and her music through the lens of gender, feminism, race, and class, and other categories related to identify, and that deeper thinking is what this program is all about.”
He also revealed that Spanos was a former student of his, and he witnessed her rise as a journalist. Besides Swift, the Institute also offers courses on other famous artists like Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell.
Other Celebrities With Courses In Universities
The influence of celebrities is more apparent in our lives with each passing day. The study examining celebrities and their ways of life is reportedly valuable in the marketing and media sector; however, not everyone feels that way. The degrees were labeled as “Mickey Mouse degrees” despite being offered by distinguished institutions.
One university that offers a celebrity course is the University of Virginia. The course is called “Gaga for Gaga: Sex, Gender and Identity.” It mainly focuses on Lady Gaga, her music, and the videos. The course examines the artist’s influence on gender expression in pop culture.
Another school that offers a celebrity course is the University of Copenhagen. The course “Beyoncé, Gender and Race” isn’t the first degree available for the iconic singer. The course is focused on her musical journey, social impact, and philosophy.