Art History - Introduction
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 36.0
Credit Value: 2.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2017
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Fine Arts
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20170109_01
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students examine a chronological history of the visual arts within the context of prehistory to contemporary times. Emphasis is placed on how, art, architecture, functional objects, and new media, provide evidence of the religious beliefs and cultural structures of early civilizations up to the present. Students examine the manner in which art both reflects and shapes history and make connections between themes from the past and the present. They review art terminology and techniques, and, how the making of art contributes to politics, economy and culture. In the online version students investigate topics through lessons, readings, assignments, gallery review, and online discussions.

Program Context

Fine Arts Program Coordinator(s): N/A
This is a compulsory course in the Fine Arts program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to identify major artists and art movements, including the religious, political, moral, and cultural contexts in which works of art and architecture are created.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Differentiate between historical art periods, from prehistoric to contemporary.
  2. Identify many individual art works and architectural monuments by title, medium, location of origin, and period of production.
  3. Identify the artists name or school of art, prominent artist biographies, and collective art movements.
  4. Use correct terminology, specific to the arts.
  5. Assess the advancements of technology as it impacts art.
  6. Describe public vs. private art.
  7. Describe sacred vs. secular art.
  8. Explain the impact of religion and politics in the shaping of visual art.
  9. Conduct an objective, descriptive analysis of a work of art.
  10. Develop analytical and critical thinking skills in examining visual media.
  11. Utilize research tools and employ them in writing and discussions.
  12. Apply computer skills, using library databases and other research resources.
  13. Interpret new forms, media, and content in art making of the 20th century.
  14. Compare modern through contemporary art to the history of art and society.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 QUIZZES (6)35.0%
 DISCUSSION BOARDS (5 @ 5%)25.0%

Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 TEST #1 (Week 1-5)25.0%
 TEST #2 (Week 7-11)20.0%
 ASSIGNMENT #1: Essay25.0%
 EXERCISES #1 - 4 (5% each)20.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Print Instruction Mode Professor Applicable Student Group(s)
In-Class Multiple Professors Continuing and Professional Studies
Online Multiple Professors CONTINUING AND PROFESSIONAL STUDIES - Fine Arts Certificate

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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