Courses in Art History

Specific Course Descriptions by Semester

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Lower Level Courses

AHST 1303 Art History: Ancient to Medieval This course is an introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture in the West from prehistory through the Middle Ages, including the achievements of the Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations.

AHST 1304 Survey of Western Art History: Renaissance to Modern An introduction to painting, sculpture, and architecture in the West from the Renaissance to the modern period, including work by sich artists as Michelangelo, Rembrandt, the Impressionists, and Picasso.

AHST 2331 Understanding Art An introduction to the visual arts, including art-related vocabulary, visual elements, design principles, and various methods and media, and chronological survey of Western art-historical styles.

Upper Level Courses

AHST 3315 The Art of the Renaissance Studies in the art and architecture of Italy and Northern Europe during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. Special attention is paid to the role of patronage, the developing self-conciousness of the artist, and the importance of new techniques. Prerequisite: AHST 1303, AHST 1304, AHST 2331, or ARTS 1301.

AHST 3316 The Art of the Baroque Studies in the art and architecture of the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe. Emphasis is on the social and religious bases of the baroque styles and on the impact of certain artistic personalities, such as Bernini, Rubens, Velazquez, and Rembrandt. Prerequisite: AHST 1303, AHST 1304, AHST 2331 or ARTS 1301.

AHST 3317 Pioneers of Modern Art Focus on the work of the Post-Impressionists (Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh, and Cézanne) and the Symbolists with special emphasis on the artist's contribution to the discourse of ideas and the crisis of meaning in the late 19th century. Prerequisite: AHST 1303, AHST 1304, AHST 2331 or ARTS 1301.

AHST 3318 Contemporary Art An issue-oriented class in which a selection of recent developments in art serve to introduce the ideas and aims of postmodernism. Special attnetion is given to those artists who are concerned with representation and the visual element in social constructs. Prerequisite: AHST 1303, AHST 1304, AHST 2331, or ARTS 1301.

AHST 3319 Twentieth-Century European Art: Avant-Garde and Aftermath The situation of the European avant-garde before and after its explosive center point of World War I. Special emphasis will be given to the breakthrough of abstraction and modernism's problematic relation to tradition. Prerequisite: AHST 1303, AHST 1304, AHST 2331, or ARTS 1301.

AHST 3320 Art in Historical Context Studies in the arts and/or architecture of such eras as ancient Greece and Rome or the 18th and 19th centuries. Prerequisite: AHST 1303, AHST 1304, AHST 2331, or ARTS 1301.

AHST 3324 History of Photography Photography, from 1825 to the present, as a study of evolving styles, stressing key turning points and contributing factors and focusing on a background of the modern art movement and the psychology and events of the times. Prerequisite: AHST 1303, AHST 1304, AHST 2331, or ARTS 1301.

Graduate

Courses available to MA and PhD students

HUAS 6305 Criticism, Interpretation, and Performance (3 semester hours) An investigation of the interrelationship among the activities of criticizing, interpreting, and performing artistic texts. Examples may be drawn from literature, theater, performance art, web and inter-media applications, film/video, music, and the visual arts. The course will include an exploration of the effects of various cultural and theoretical perspectives on our response to specific works. (3-0) T

HUAS 6312 Art and Society (3 semester hours) Study of the many forms of interaction between the arts and the society in which they exist. Topics may include the role of the artist in society, the representation of social and religious values in art, or the influence of art and the artist upon society. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6313 The Business of the Arts (3 semester hours) Exploration of effective means to find, create, and manage markets and audiences for works of art. Topics may include digital media, visual or performing arts, museum studies, and arts management. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 6 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6315 The Arts in Historical Contexts (3 semester hours) Studies in one or more arts of various places and historical periods. Topics will vary, but may focus on a particular movement (e.g., Surrealism), a specific era (e.g., the Renaissance), or a place (e.g., Paris in the early twentieth century). (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) Y

HUAS 6317 Art and Authorship (3 semester hours) Study of the role of the maker in the creation of art. Topics vary but may include visual artists, filmmakers, composers, writers, or other artists. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6318 The Arts and Their Institutions (3 semester hours) Studies of the institutions that shape and present the visual and performing arts by providing their physical, administrative, and financial “frames”: art museums, theaters, symphony associations, performance consortiums, or private foundations. The course will focus selectively on these institutions, grouping them for study in various ways depending on the interests and expertise of the instructor. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6320 Studies in Experimental Traditions (3 semester hours) Studies in the works of artists whose experimentation with forms of expression breaks new ground in the arts and demands changes in the aesthetic perception of the public. The course will focus on such experimental movements as modernism, postmodernism and various avant-gardes that form the new tradition of the contemporary arts. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6324 Spaces of Display and Performance (3 semester hours) Usually art works and performances are encountered in specific ritualized spaces designed for them and exerting strong influence on their character. The course will address such spaces critically from the point of view of architecture, theories of display, and concepts of ritual spectatorship. (3-0) T

HUAS 6330 Studies in the Visual Arts (3 semester hours) Explorations in various forms of the visual arts. The course may focus on a specific form (e.g., painting, sculpture, film, photography) or interrelations among visual forms. Emphasis will be on the understanding of the creative process underlying the finished work. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6375 Imagery and Iconography (3 semester hours) The study of the visual image and its use. Topics may include the nature of the visual image, our perception and interpretation of visual images, the relation of the visual to the verbal image, and the ways in which visual images are used in art to shape our imagination. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 6 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 6377 Critical Theory and the Visual Arts (3 semester hours) A mapping of the relations between the visual arts and new critical theories from structuralism to post-structuralism. Focus will vary but may include semiotics, deconstruction, feminism, or psychoanalysis. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 6 credit hours.) (3-0) T

Courses Available to PhD students only

HUAS 7305 Advanced Topics in Art History (3 semester hours) Advanced studies in one or more arts of various places and historical periods. (May be repeated for credit as topics vary to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) T

HUAS 7380 Advanced Topics in Aesthetic Studies (3 semester hours) Advanced study of particular themes, topics, and issues in the various disciplines that constitute aesthetic studies. (May be repeated as topics vary for credit to a maximum of 9 credit hours.) (3-0) R