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Last approved: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:05:24 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Art/Art History (AH)
Survey of Art and Architecture I
Survey: Art & Architecture I
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An introduction to the history of art through the study of major monuments, movements, and concepts. From the prehistoric period, through the Ancient Mediterranean cultures, including Greece and Rome, to the end of the Middle Ages.
• Art in Historical Context
Students learn how works of art and architect are expressions of cultural, religious and political ideas and values. This enriches their broader knowledge of different civilizations, particularly for students who do not intend to take any further courses in Art History.
• Visual literacy
Students learn to analyze the formal aspects of composition, including scale, color, design and narrative.
• Interpreting meaning
Students learn the fundamentals of iconographic interpretation, both in lecture and on their written visual analyses.
• Articulating ideas
Students develop writing skills and critical thinking, specifically in assessing the arguments of scholars in the field and presenting their own point of view. In meetings at the gallery, students share their observations in discussion led by GTAs.
• Bringing the classroom into the Museum
First‐hand experience with original artworks is one of the goals of this course. Students are expected to actively engage with objects in the galleries, to become curious and to pursue knowledge of diverse cultures and their visual traditions. Taking advantage of our DC location, we will visit the Freer and the Sackler Galleries, The Dumbarton Oaks Museum, as well as the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.
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GWSB-Humanities Elective
CCAS: Arts
CCAS - GCR: Humanities
ESIA-Europe GCR (Pre2010)
ESIA-Euro Conc (Pre 2010)
ESIA-Humanities Courses
SPHHS-Humanities Courses
SEAS - Humanities Electives
we are changing the title from "Survey of Western Art I" to "Survey of Art and Architecture I." The "Western" part wasn't accurate as the course wasn't only covering Western art.
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