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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Corcoran School of the Arts and Design (CCAD)
Art History I: Art Now, Contemporary Perspectives in the Visual Arts
Art History I
Fall 2015
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In this seminar course, first-year students will be introduced to the major ideas and issues in modern and contemporary art and design as they explore what it means to be an artist today. Through a focused study of artworks and exhibitions, historical and critical writings on art from the 19th and 20th centuries, students will gain an understanding of how the visual arts evolved into the diverse media landscape of the present. The course is intended to introduce students to the study of art history and the relevance of art history to their own work. The student will learn how to use the vocabulary of art history and art theory to think, speak, and write effectively about art. Students will participate in discussion and other in-class activities, give oral presentations, and demonstrate their skills and knowledge in short papers, in-class writings, and on social media. There will be field trips to local libraries and collections.
Students will develop skills for art historical analysis including the ability to:
• Identify, examine, and interpret primary and secondary source documents to increase
understanding of historical changes in modern and contemporary visual arts in a global
• Make connections between the past and the present.
• Evaluate and discuss ideas orally and in writing.
• Analyze and interpret the visual arts in terms of formal qualities as well as intangible
elements, including the artist’s biography, historical context, and abstract ideas.
• Define art historical terms and to use the vocabulary of art history.
• Find, analyze, and evaluate scholarly sources on an art history topic.
• Formulate a logical argument based on analysis of scholarly arguments.
• Follow a scholarly research format to document in-text sources and write a bibliography.
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CCAS-G-PAC Arts attribute added per instruction from B. Gilligan
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