Art History

Courses

ARTH 101 History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval 3.0 Credits

Traces the rise of Western civilization from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, through Greek and Roman culture to the late Middle Ages, with an emphasis on the evolution of style and symbolism in art.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 102 History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern 3.0 Credits

Surveys painting and sculpture created between the 15th century and the mid-19th century, placing artists such as Donatello, Michelangelo, Rubens, and Rembrandt in the context of the evolution of style and symbolism in Western culture.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 103 History of Art: Early to Late Modern 3.0 Credits

Examines the history of modern painting and sculpture from 1850 to the present and the phenomenon of Modernism in terms of individual artists, movements, attitudes, and values. Movements to be covered include Impressionism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Non-figurative Abstraction, the New York School, and Postmodernism.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design 3.0 Credits

Examines the products of applied design during the past 150 years, including examples of furnishings, industrial design, fashion, and graphic design, in relation to demand, technology and production, standards, fine art, social reform, and the dynamics of consumption. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ARTH 301 Asian Art and Culture 3.0 Credits

Explores the diverse visual languages and cultures of Asia including the Buddhist and Hindu traditions from India and Southeast Asia, the imperial art of China with its refined taste for ceramics and painting, and the Japanese.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 302 Art of India 3.0 Credits

This course explores the diverse artistic traditions of the Indian subcontinent from ancient times to the modern period, focusing on the art of the Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic communities. The survey ends with an examination of the colonial, post-colonial and contemporary art scene.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 303 Art of China 3.0 Credits

From the first empires to modern times, this course explores the art of painting ceramics, as well as the sculptural and architectural traditions of China.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 304 Art of Japan 3.0 Credits

This course examines the art of Japan from the Shinto traditional forms to the creation of a Buddhist Japanese idiom, from the courtly and military art to the Zen aesthetics and the establishment of a modern urban culture.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 310 Early American Art 3.0 Credits

This course will survey paintings, sculpture, graphic arts, and material culture of North America from the moment of Columbus’s “discovery” to the mid-nineteenth century. It will trace a wide range of artistic and visual works from the Colonial, Federal and Antebellum periods, including some works that were made during and after the Civil War. Along with the study of art emerging out of a European tradition, we will simultaneously be studying the art and culture of the indigenous peoples of Latin and North America, paying special attention to the interactions between indigenous and immigrant visual cultures.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 311 Twentieth-Century American Art 3.0 Credits

This course tracks the development of select artistic movements and the careers of notable American artists, from 1900-1939. This course will study the impact of immigration, WWI, industrialization and mechanization, urbanization, economic crisis, and radical politics on American art, and also how American art contributed to the production of specific racial, classed, and gendered American subjects.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 315 History of African-American Art 3.0 Credits

This course traces the history of African American art, beginning with the African-inspired material culture of slaves, and, later, encompassing the works of formally-trained as well as self-taught painters, sculptors, photographers, and artists working in multimedia up to the present. These works will be situated within the contexts of critical race theory, social and political movements, collectors and patrons, early critics and theorists of the black avant garde, influential exhibitions, and the opposition between elite and popular cultures.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 316 African Art 3.0 Credits

This course will explore historical and contemporary African sculpture, textiles, painting, drawing, photography and mixed media in relationship to particular themes such as religion, trade, political power and healing. With emphasis on select objects from West and Central Africa, the course will also consider the visual arts in relationship to ideas of improvisation, aesthetics, identity and self-representation.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 320 Art in the Age of Technology 3.0 Credits

An inquiry into the ideas, concerns, and values that constitute the worldview of modern Western science and technology and the impact that this view, as well as specific technologies, have had upon the visual arts.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 330 History of Interior Space and Furnishings 3.0 Credits

Examines social and architectural influences from preclassical through Classic Revival, including materials, workmanship, resulting forms, and design influence on subsequent periods.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ARTH 101 [Min Grade: D] or ARTH 102 [Min Grade: D]

ARTH 335 [WI] History of Costume I: Preclassical to Directoire 3.0 Credits

Examines costumes of the ancient world and Western civilization through the Directoire period, including political, economic, and social influence on aesthetic development in dress. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ARTH 101 [Min Grade: D] or ARTH 102 [Min Grade: D]

ARTH 336 [WI] History of Costume II: Directoire to World War I 3.0 Credits

Examines political, social, and economic influences on costume. Uses the Drexel Historic Costume collection as primary source material. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ARTH 335 [Min Grade: D]

ARTH 337 History of Costume: Post World War I to Present 3.0 Credits

Examines major trends in mid-to-late 20th-century fashionable apparel in their sociocultural, political, and economic contexts. Also examines counter-fashion movements and explores current media and marketing influences.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: ARTH 103 [Min Grade: D]

ARTH 340 Women in Art 3.0 Credits

A historical survey of the art created by women in Western civilization, with a special focus upon the art created since the women's movement of the 1970s. Images are analyzed in relation to the sociopolitical and psychological context of Western, patriarchal culture.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 399 Independent Study In Art His 0.5-12.0 Credits

Provides individualized study in art history in a specialized area. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ARTH 465 [WI] Special Topics in Art History 3.0 Credits

Provides study in art history on a special topic or on an experimental basis. May be repeated for credit. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ARTH 477 Art History Seminar 3.0 Credits

Provides reading, discussion, and research on pertinent topics in art history.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

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