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Art History Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions ARTH

ARTH 300
Introduction to Art
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This is an overview of the visual arts including: drawing, sculpture, artifacts, architecture, painting, and printmaking. We will examine the materials, methods, and design principles of creating. This course is recommended as a basis for the understanding of art. Local field trips may be required. (C-ID ARTH 100)
ARTH 303
Art Survey: Ancient to 14th Century
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course traces the developments in art from pre-historic times through the 14th Century. Emphasis will be given to artifacts, architecture, painting, and sculpture. (C-ID ARTH 110)
ARTH 307
Italian Renaissance Art
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 301 or 302
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces the visual arts and architecture of Italy in the Renaissance, from duecento (13th century) through cinquecento (16th century). Topics include the relationship between the visual arts and culture and artists and their works from the periods and styles known as the Proto-Renaissance, Renaissance, High Renaissance, and Mannerism. Relationships between Italy and other cultures, including New World civilizations, are also made.
ARTH 309
Art Survey: Renaissance to 19th Century
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers the architecture, sculpture, artifacts, painting and graphic art of world cultures, in particular of Western art from the Renaissance period through the 19th Century. This is a required class for art history major students. (Part of C-ID ARTH 120)
ARTH 311
Art Survey: Modern Art
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course covers diverse art forms including painting, sculpture and architecture in Europe and America from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Styles discussed will include Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau and all the major Modern art movements of the 20th century such as Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, American Modernism, Pop Art, Happenings, Conceptual and Installation Art. This class will also cover Post-Modernism, Neo-Expressionism, Video Installations, and Globalization. A field trip to an art museum is required. (C-ID ARTH 150; Part of C-ID ARTH 120)
ARTH 312
Women in Art
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This is a survey course of women's art from the Middle Ages to the present; including the art of both European and non-European cultures. ARTH 312 is presented through slide lecture and discussion which will include historical and cultural context, limitations imposed by society, and the differences and similarities of other artists in each period.
ARTH 324
Art of the Americas
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course focuses on the study of the indigenous arts and cultures of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in the New World. Emphasis is on the Pre-Contact peoples of Meso-America and South America, such as the Aztec, Maya, and Inca cultures, and their contributions to colonial and modern art forms.
ARTH 325
Native American Art History
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course studies the arts and culture of Native peoples of North America. It discusses the artistic traditions of native peoples of the Ancient and Eastern Woodlands, the Plains, the Southwest, California, the Northwest Coast, and the Arctic and Subarctic regions as well as examples of contemporary Native American art. Comparisons will be made between individual Native American cultures and between Native and Euro-centric cultures.
ARTH 328
Survey of African Art
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C1; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3A; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to the art and architecture of Africa in terms of its cultural and philosophical background; its materials and techniques; its aesthetic considerations; and its impact on 20th Century Western art.
ARTH 332
Asian Art
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
General Education: AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to and comparative survey of the major forms and trends in the arts, architecture and artifacts of Asia from the Neolithic to the contemporary. The role of secular and religious ideas and ideals are examined, the similarities and differences among the cultures are assessed and the contributions to world culture will be appraised to create understanding, appreciation and tolerance. A regional or local field trip may be required. (C-ID ARTH 130)
ARTH 333
Introduction to Islamic Art
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; CSU Area C2; IGETC Area 3A; IGETC Area 3B
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This is a survey course that studies works of art and architecture produced by artists of Muslim countries and regions from the period of the early caliphates (c. 700) to the heights of the Islamic empires (c. 1700.) It provides fundamental information on the formation of Islamic art, its history and philosophy but also deals with the relationships between the Islamic, Asian, and Western artistic traditions. This course includes but is not limited to visual examples from the Middle East, Iran, India, North Africa and Spain.
ARTH 499
Experimental Offering in Art History
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB