Art History and Film History Course Descriptions (ArtH) 2006-2008

Classes are offered in the semesters indicated. Please see the Schedule of Classes for most current information and faculty teaching assignments.

199 Student-Instructed Course (1-4)

Please see current Schedule of Classes for details.

200 Information Resources and Skills for Art History (1-2)

Techniques for finding library and information resources in visual culture and art history. Covers the use and strategies for accessing information and images in the University library and incorporating that visual imagery into research projects using computer applications. Students will learn about available facilities and how to access, retrieve, and evaluate information. Teaching includes lectures, demonstrations, and online research for both electronic and print sources. Students will gain experience with software packages such as PageMaker and Photoshop using the graphics lab in the Art Department.

210 Introduction to Art History (3-4)

A survey course covering painting, sculpture, and architecture of prehistoric and primitive cultures, and ancient, classical, and medieval civilizations. Satisfies GE, category C1 (Fine Arts).

211 Introduction to Art History (3-4)

A survey course covering painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to the present with a global perspective. Satisfies GE, category C1 (Fine Arts).

212A Introduction to World Film History (3) (1894 to WWII)

Lecture, 2 hours; films, 2 hours. A chronological survey of historically representative and significant films tracing the evolution of the cinema as an art form. Includes study of the primitive period; the emergence of the feature film in America, Europe, and Japan; the advent of sound; the “great studio era”; and alternative cinemas of the 1930s and 1940s. Satisfies GE, category C1 (History of the Fine Arts). Lab fees payable at the time of registration.

212B Introduction to World Film History (3) (WWII to Contemporary)

Lecture, 2 hours; films, 2 hours. A chronological survey of historically representative and significant films tracing the evolution of the cinema as an art form. Includes study of post-war movements, such as Neorealism and the French New Wave, cinematic modernism, the postwar film in Asia, and the emergence of new cinemas in the Third World and Eastern Europe. Satisfies GE, category C1 (Fine Arts). Lab fees payable at time of registration.

270A Survey of South and Southeast Asian Art (3-4)

A general survey of the arts and cultures of South and Southeast Asia, including India, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar, from prehistoric periods to the present. Satisfies GE, category C1 (Fine Arts).

270B Survey of Chinese and Japanese Asian Art (3-4)

A general survey of the arts and cultures of China and Japan from prehistoric periods to the present. Satisfies GE, category C1 (Fine Arts).

300 Graded Assistance Projects (1-4)

Designed for advanced students to gain practical experience in the functions of art studios, workshops, classroom, visual resources management, or exhibition projects. Work under supervision of faculty or staff. Each unit requires 3 hours of work per week. Grade only. (See also ARTH 499.)

301 Assistance Projects (1-4)

Designed for advanced students to gain practical experience in the functions of art studios, workshops, classroom, or exhibition projects. Work under supervision of faculty or staff. Each unit requires 3 hours of work per week. Cr/NC only.

312 Principles of Arts Management (3)

May be offered every three or four semesters. A seminar surveying the management of nonprofit visual arts institutions in the United States and the role of those institutions within society. Topics range from practical information, such as the structure of nonprofit organizations, the role of a board of trustees, fundraising, financial management, marketing, and the growing use of technology in the arts, to theoretical concepts being discussed within the field. Guest lecturers will be featured on a regular basis, and several field trips will be scheduled.

361 Classic Narrative Film (3)

Theory and analysis of classic Hollywood film. Emphasizes the evolution of the narrative systems, the art of editing, the history of American genre filmmaking, the problematic notion of the auteur, and the place of the spectator in the classic fiction film.

363 Other Cinemas (3)

Alternative film practices (i.e., outside the classic Hollywood model). Each semester’s course is organized around a movement, a theme, or a critical problem, and includes the study of Western and non-Western films. May be repeated for credit toward the minor. Lab fees payable at time of registration. Satisfies GE, category C4 (Comparative Perspectives).

395 Community Involvement Program (CIP) (1-4)

Student-directed creative activities on behalf of nearby off-campus community agencies. One to 4 units of credit, based on 30 hours of contributed effort per unit per semester. Art education assistance and selected private enterprises. Six CIP units may be applied toward a degree. Prerequisite: prearranged program with community host-sponsor and consent of instructor and the department chair.

399 Student-instructed Course (1-4)

Please see current Schedule of Classes for details.

400 Art History Information Resource and Research Skills (1-2)

Course for upper-division majors researching information for their senior thesis projects. Covers the use and evaluation of methods for finding technology and appropriate software. Prerequisite: upper-division art history standing or a related major and concurrent enrollment or completion of ARTH 490H.

420 Pre-Classical Art (3-4)

Survey course covering the history of the arts and architecture of Egypt, Crete, and the Near East before the conquests of Alexander the Great.

422 Greek Art (3-4)

A survey course covering the history of Greek art and architecture from the Protogeometric through the Hellenistic periods (ca. 1000 B.C.-100 A.D.).

424 Roman Art (3-4)

A survey course covering Etruscan and Roman art and architecture from the early Republic through the age of Constantine, Fourth Century, C.E.

430 Early Christian, Byzantine and Early Medieval Art (3-4)

A survey course covering Christian art from its origins in the Third Century through the fall of Constantinople in the East and the rise of the Romanesque in the West (ca. 1050). Content emphasis may vary.

432 Romanesque and Gothic Art (3-4)

A survey course covering Medieval art and architecture of the Romanesque and the Early and High Gothic periods. Content emphasis may vary.

440 Early Italian Renaissance Art (3-4)

A survey course covering painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy in the 14th and 15th centuries.

442 Later Italian Renaissance (3-4)

A survey course covering painting, sculpture, and architecture of Italy in the 16th Century. Includes High Renaissance and Mannerist periods.

444 Northern Renaissance Art (3-4)

A seminar course covering painting, printmaking, sculpture, and architecture of the 14th - 16th centuries in Europe, apart from Italy.

450 Baroque Art (3-4)

A survey course on Italian and/or Northern European painting, architecture, and sculpture of the 17th Century. Content emphasis may vary. May be repeated with consent of instructor.

452 Eighteenth Century Art (3-4)

A survey course on 18th Century painting, architecture, and sculpture. Content emphasis may vary.

454 Nineteenth Century Art (3-4)

A culturally diverse survey of painting and sculpture in Europe, which may include nonwestern traditions, ca. 1780 through the end of the 19th Century. Satisfies upper-division GE, category C1 (Fine Arts). Prerequisite: HUM 200 or ENGL 101.

456 The History of Photography (3-4)

A survey course examining photographers and their work from the beginning of the art form to the present day. Content emphasis may vary.

460 History of American Art (3-4)

A survey of the American experience from pre-Colonial times to the present, with insights into European, non-Western, and Native influences. Satisfies upper-division GE, category C1 (History of the Fine Arts). Prerequisite: HUM 200 or ENGL 101.

461 Selected Topics in Film (3)

A genre, the work of a single filmmaker, a cinematic movement, a national cinema, a focused study of a problem in film history or aesthetics, etc. May be repeated for credit toward the minor.

464 Modern Art - 20th Century (3-4)

A survey of art of the Western world in the 20th Century to the end of World War II, including non-Western and Native influences. Satisfies upper-division GE, category C1 (Fine Arts). Prerequisite: HUM 200 or ENGL 101.

465 Modern Art from 1945 to 1979 (3-4)

A survey of American and European developments in late modern and early postmodern art, focusing on work made between 1945 and 1979. Movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Minimalism, Photo-Realism, EARTH Art, and Feminist Art will be discussed in depth, and artists working outside New York will also be considered. Satisfies upper-division GE, category C1 (Fine Arts). Prerequisite: HUM 200 or ENGL 101.

466 Contemporary Art: 1980 to the Present (3-4)

A survey of Western and international developments in postmodern and current art. The course will examine some of the artists and movements that were recognized in the 1980s, such as Neo-Expressionism, Appropriation, Graffiti Art, Neo-Geo, Image-Text, and Video/Computer art. In addition to a chronological overview, current issues and theories necessary for a thorough understanding

of contemporary art and artists will be explored. Readings and written papers on designated topics will be required. Prerequisite: ARTH 465.

470A South and Southeast Asian Art (3-4)

A survey course examining in depth the arts of South and Southeast Asia, including India, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar, from their beginnings to the present. Emphasis on sculpture and painting. Content emphases may vary. May be repeated with consent of instructor.

470B Chinese and Japanese Asian Art (3-4)

A survey course examining in depth the arts of China and Japan from their beginnings to the present. Emphasis on sculpture and painting. Content emphases may vary. May be repeated with consent of instructor.

474 Islamic Art (3-4)

This survey course explores the formation, establishment, and variations of Islamic artistic culture from its beginnings in the Seventh Century through the apogee of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries.

476 Art Beyond the European Tradition: Selected Topics (3-4)

A survey course whose emphasis may include the art of Africa, Native America, Hispanic, Latin America, and/or other indigenous cultures.

480 Selected Topics in Art (1-4)

A seminar/lecture course dealing with intensive study of a particular art topic. The topic will vary from semester to semester. The course may be repeated and may be applicable to requirements for a major in art. Consult advisor and department chair. Prerequisites: major status, advanced standing, and consent of instructor.

490F Theory and Methods of Film Criticism (3)

A senior-level seminar course that allows students to develop their critical expertise and plan an original piece of research and interpretation, to be presented as their senior paper.

490H Pro-Seminar in Art Historical Method (3)

A seminar concentrating on the discipline and philosophy of art historical studies. Emphasis will be placed on formal and stylistic problems, research techniques, and appropriate new research technology. Readings designed to stress the variety of relevant approaches possible to a given problem. May be offered only once every two years. Prerequisite for non-majors: consent of instructor. Students must have completed two papers in upper-division art history courses to be admitted.

491F Senior Thesis in Film (1)

Submission of a scholarly paper to the faculty is required in the senior year. The student works in a tutorial situation with the film historian.

491H Senior Thesis: Subtitle (1-2)

Submission of a scholarly paper to the faculty is required in the senior year. The student works in a tutorial situation with an art historian. Must be taken with two separate advisors.

492 Senior Honors Thesis (1-2)

The honors student prepares an in-depth research paper under the guidance of members of the art history or film faculty. The student will utilize scholarly resources of the region and produce an original research paper of extended length. Participation by consent of the art history faculty. Students must enroll with two different faculty.

494 Gallery and Museum Methods (3)

A lecture and activity course in methods and techniques of nonprofit gallery and museum practice. Topics include history and philosophy of museums, their structure and purpose, exhibition development, and a museum’s relationship to the public. Current issues such as accountability, management of cultural artifacts, censorship, and funding for the arts will also be discussed. Students participate in various functions of the University Art Gallery including exhibition installation and design, opening receptions, publicity, fundraising events, and administration. Two off-campus field trips will be planned.

495 Special Studies (1-4)

For upper-division art history and film history majors only. Consult department faculty in your area of emphasis. The University contract form with required signatures of student, instructor, faculty advisor, and department chair must be completed before registering for special studies units. Not applicable to the art history major or minor.

496 Directed Field Research Experience (1)

Travel to galleries and museums in various North American cities. Individual and group participation required. Destinations vary; consult semester schedule for specifics. May be repeated and may be applicable to requirements in the major. Fee required at time of registration. Prerequisites: major status and advanced standing or consent of instructor. Cr/NC only.

497 Directed Field Research Experience (1)

Travel to various destinations, which vary depending on type of field research being offered; consult semester schedule for specifics. May be repeated and may be applicable to requirements in the major. Students will be responsible for a field

research project(s), based on the trip. Fee required at time of registration. Prerequisites: major status and advanced standing or consent of instructor.

499 Internship (1-4)

Students in the intern program will have an opportunity to gain practical skills by working in a variety of capacities, including gallery and museum situations in the private and public sectors. Credit will be given for completion of 3 hours of work per week per unit, by prior arrangement with department coordinator. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. A-F and Cr/NC

590H Pro-Seminar in Art History Methods (1-3)

Course for ITDS graduate and other art related students that will apply research technology to their thesis projects. Offered concurrently with ARTH 490H.

595 Special Studies (1-4)

Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of instructor.

599 Internship (1-4)

Graduate students, working through ITDS or related programs, will have an opportunity to gain practical skills by working in a variety of capacities, including gallery and museum situations in private and public sectors. Credit will be given for completion of 3 hours of work per week per unit, by prior arrangement with department coordinator and chair. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. AF and Cr/NC