Art History


ARH 203: Art History Survey

This course surveys developments in painting, sculpture and architecture in Western cultures from pre-history through the Modern period in Europe. While identifying typical formal characteristics of artistic production in various civilizations, the course emphasizes a fundamental historical understanding of those civilizations as well. Art and architecture are examined and considered as expressions of specific contexts of culture, society, religion and politics.

ARH 321: History of Photography

The course surveys photography from the early 19th century to the present. Structured around five time periods, the course focuses on several specific photographers, images and styles. It also examines parallel historical developments and their influence on photography.

ARH 336: History of Modern to Contemporary Art

This course investigates the evolution of modern and contemporary painting, sculpture, photography and architecture, with a focus on Europe and America from the late nineteenth- century to the present. This course follows developments in painting, sculpture, photography and art criticism and considers art’s social and historical context while scrutinizing its formal and expressive characteristics. This is a 300-level option for ARH minor, B.A. in studio art and B.F.A. in studio art.

ARH 340: History of East Asian Art and Culture

This course examines 4 major artistic traditions in East Asia: Indian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Painting, architecture, sculpture and the decorative arts are examined and interpreted within a chronological, cultural and contextual framework. Attention to the influence of politics, religion, nature and philosophy on the major art forms is central to the course.

ARH 380: History of Graphic Design

This course surveys graphic design from prehistory to the present. Within the context of cultural, socio-political, technological and artistic movements, students examine the work of various nations and individuals who have shaped contemporary practice and theory. While focusing on graphic design, the course introduces parallel developments in industrial design and architecture. Assignments encourage students to examine historical influences in their own work.