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ARTT 105 - Art History II

This course is an overview of art from the Renaissance through the Baroque, Neoclassical, Romantic, Modern and Post-Modern periods.
This course is Fine Arts and Humanities core course and a Fine Arts, Humanities, and Arts and Sciences elective.

Credits:                  3

Prerequisites:         Eligible to enroll in ENGL-101 (English Compoition)

Instructor:              Susan Vick


Overall Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Materials | Exams

Overall Course Objectives

Once you have completed this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the historical, visual, and conceptual development of abstract art.
  • Develop a better visual understanding of works of art. The student will have learned how to see, how to look, what to look for, and how to analyze what is being visualized.
  • Explain the history of works of art that are representative of historical movements.
  • Develop a visual ability to recognize the development of humanism in the history of art.
  • Understand the development of art through civilizations.
  • Apply learned concepts, within an art historical approach and context, to the visual understanding of works of art in museums.
  • Develop an appreciation for art historical works that shall continue in their daily lives--beyond the classroom or college.
  • Define and apply the specialized vocabulary used in art history.
  • Synthesize and analyze art historical concepts in works of art of the great masters from the past to the present.
  • Develop unique art historical concepts based on their individual learning styles and their ability to apply what they have learned by thinking in a critical and methodical manner.
  • Demonstrate an enlarged vision of the functions of art history and will demonstrate a continued interest in learning about art.
  • Demonstrate personal and aesthetic enrichment.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of art as an important part of their personal heritage.

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Major Course Topics

  • The Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo
  • The "Proto-Renaissance" in Italy
  • Fifteenth Century Italian Art
  • Sixteenth Century Italian Art
  • The Renaissance Outside of Italy
  • Baroque Art
  • The Eighteenth Century: Rococo and the Birth of the Modern World
  • The Modern World
  • The Nineteenth Century: Pluralism of Style
  • The Early Twentieth Century
  • The Contemporary World

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Course Format

This course uses a chronological approach to the history of art of the Renaissance through Modern periods.  Students will be given weekly assignments and are required
to post answers on the course bulletin board. In addition, students have the opportunity to interact with the class and the instructor during optional chats.

This course:

  • Is not self-paced.
  • Does require on-campus meetings for 3 exams taken in the HCC Test Center (unless alternate plans are approved by the instructor).
  • Does not require real-time chats, they will be optional.

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This course does not have a face-to-face orientation.  Please check my email message to you for more information about the orientation and the option to participate in an online orientation.

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Course Requirements

  • Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the Distance Learning Homepage.
  • Grades will be based on 3 exams taken in the HCC Test Center (unless alternate plans are approved by the instructor), a 3-5 page paper based on an independent museum visit, and on the answers to the weekly assignments. Details about the specific structure of that paper are included with the syllabus and other course materials on the course web site.

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Materials Required:

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Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

  • Internet Explorer or
  • Netscape
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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For purposes of verification and assessing learning outcomes, this course has 3 proctored exams at the HCC Test Center, unless alternate plans are approved by the instructor. The exams will have a flexible window of time during which they need to be taken rather than a single date and time.

If you have any questions or comments about this class, please send a message to Susan Vick,

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