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 111 Introduction to Studio Methods and Materials 3.0 Credits

A hands-on introduction to the methods and materials traditionally used by artists. Many of the techniques of printmaking, drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture will be covered. This course is studio-based in that students will be asked to carefully observe artists at work, through a combination of instructional videos and studio visits with local artists and on-campus studio classes.

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

ARTH 200 Principles and Methods of Art History 3.0 Credits

This course will critically examine the interpretive principles and methods that have been used in the discourse of art history from the Renaissance to the present day.

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 312 Early Modernism (1850-1900) 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to European art of the late nineteenth century, from roughly 1850 to 1900—the decades when modernism exploded. Beginning with a close look at the Realist and Impressionist movements in Paris, we will study the artistic styles, techniques, and materials characteristic of the modern era, as well as the changing social, historical and political circumstances that helped shaped artistic production.

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

ARTH 313 20th Century Modernism (1900-1955) 3.0 Credits

This course will critically examine the development of Modernism in Western art during the first half of the 20th century in light of socio-economic and political factors, philosophical and scientific ideas, technological developments, stylistic movements, and art theories.

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

ARTH 314 Contemporary Art (1955-Present) 3.0 Credits

This course will survey achievements in the fine arts since Abstract Expressionism (ca.1960-present). The scope of investigation will be global, but with an emphasis on developments in the West.

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 317 Modern Art Theory and Criticism 3.0 Credits

This course will critically examine the development of art theory and criticism in the discourse of Western art from the early 20th century to the present day. Specific theories will be analyzed in relation to stylistic developments as well as the socio-economic, political, scientific, and technological developments that have determined these changes.

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 325 Ancient Greek and Roman Art 3.0 Credits

This course will survey the art produced by the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, from the archaic period to the fall of the Roman Empire. The art will be considered as an expression of the social, political, economic and intellectual histories of these two civilizations.

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

ARTH 326 Medieval Art 3.0 Credits

This course is a survey of Medieval Art between the 3rd and 14th centuries C.E.. Architecture, mural painting, stained glass, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, enamel, tapestry and other objects of ceremonial and everyday use will be studied as expressions of the political, social, and religious contexts of the time. Emphasis will be placed upon Christian art, but Islamic, Jewish, and secular traditions in the arts will also be examined.

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

ARTH 327 Italian Renaissance Art 3.0 Credits

This course will survey paintings, sculpture, architecture and graphic art from Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries. Artworks will be analyzed not only in terms of their formal characteristics, but also as expressions of concurrent social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical developments.

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

ARTH 328 Northern Renaissance 3.0 Credits

This course will survey paintings, sculpture, and graphic arts from Northern Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries. Artworks will be analyzed not only in terms of their formal characteristics, but also as expressions of concurrent social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical developments.

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

ARTH 329 Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries 3.0 Credits

This course will examine the history of European art and architecture from the late 1500s to approximately 1800—a period that bridges the gap from the Renaissance to the earliest days of the Modern era. Beginning with the Baroque in Counter-Reformation Italy and concluding with Neoclassicism in the late 18th century, the course will trace the stylistic developments in Europe and America through a variety of religious, political, and philosophical movements.

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 350 History of the Art Museum in America 3.0 Credits

American art museums have an interesting and unique history from Charles Wilson Peale’s first museum to the current boom in “starchitecture” buildings. This course introduces students to the history and theory of museums and museum practices, administration, exhibition planning, education, and museum careers. Students will examine how museum functions have changed over time and consider the trends that have impacted how museums are structured and how they view their roles and responsibilities. Several visits to area museums will be included in the course.

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

ARTH 352 Careers in Museums 3.0 Credits

This course will examine roles in museums including curators, conservators, registrars, educators, programmers, audience development, fundraising, volunteers, etc. Individual roles will be studied as well as the interactions within internal systems in museums. Students will also learn how to develop and manage their own museum careers.

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

ARTH 354 Technology in the Museum 3.0 Credits

The question of how and when to use technology is one that all museums face in the 21st century. What is a productive use of technology? How much is too much? What is the cost to the museum object? This course will consider these questions through readings, trips to local museums, and case studies of several museums around the country.

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

ARTH 356 Understanding Museum Audiences 3.0 Credits

This course will introduce students to the variety of ways that museums think about their diverse audiences and the programs that they develop to meet audience needs. Our society is changing. Learning is no longer confined to the classroom and museums have become an important resource for this lifelong, self-directed learning. This course will introduce students to educational theory, research and practice in museums. Students will experience different techniques for teaching with and interpreting art in the museum setting.

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 400 Art History Senior Thesis 3.0 Credits

A scholarly research project, at least 15-20 pages in length, to be written during the Spring term of the senior year under the advisement of a thesis director chosen from among the art history faculty. The thesis student will meet at least once every three weeks with their advisor to determine a suitable topic for their thesis, provide direction for their research by helping them to identify appropriate scholarly resources, discuss interpretive strategies, determine the expository structure of the paper, and provide clarity on specific requirements for bibliography, illustrations, and a citation system.

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

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.

ARTH I199 Independent Study in Art History 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH I299 Independent Study in Art History 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH I399 Independent Study in Art History 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH I499 Independent Study in Art History 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH T180 Special Topics in Art History 3.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH T280 Special Topics in Art History 3.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH T380 Special Topics in Art History 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH T480 Special Topics in Art History 3.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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