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Art History (ARTH) Courses

ARTH 300 Art Appreciation

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312, AND ENGWR 300 or ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC (ARTH 300 & 480 combined: maximum credit - one course)
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • C-ID:C-ID ARTH 100
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course is a survey of the history and analysis of the visual arts, including drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, and additional media. It offers a foundation for understanding art across time and in diverse cultures. Field trips to art galleries or museums may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • critically evaluate the basic elements of an artwork.
  • distinguish the techniques and materials used in the creation of art and architecture.
  • differentiate between art historical periods.
  • identify the functions of art and roles of the artist in diverse cultures.
  • evaluate art and architecture using formal analysis and art historical vocabulary.
  • compare and contrast different art historical methodologies.

ARTH 302 Art: Stone Age Through the Middle Ages

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • C-ID:C-ID ARTH 110
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course is a study of the architecture, sculpture, and painting of the ancient Near East and Europe from the Stone Age through the Middle Ages. Art works of each period are discussed and related to respective cultures. Field trips and/or individual visitation to art galleries and museums are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • analyze major periods of art from the Stone Age through the Middle Ages.
  • critique individual works of art from different periods.
  • compare the quality and importance of different works of art from the same historical period.

ARTH 308 Renaissance Tradition in Art

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • C-ID:Part of C-ID ARTH 120
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course is a study of painting, sculpture, and architecture of European and U.S. cultures from the 14th century early Renaissance to the mid-19th century. Outstanding art works of each major period are discussed, analyzed, and placed within historical context. A field trip to an art museum or art gallery may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • compare and contrast the visual artistic developments of Western cultures from the 14th century to the mid-19th century.
  • analyze important works of art from each of the major periods presented.
  • compare significant stylistic innovations from different artists and historical periods.
  • compare the roles of art and artists within Renaissance and later societies.

ARTH 310 Modern Art

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • C-ID:C-ID ARTH 150; Part of C-ID ARTH 120
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course covers 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century art forms including painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe and America. Styles discussed include Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, and the major movements of the 20th century. Post-Modern art is also discussed. A field trip to an art museum or art gallery may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • identify major works of art and architecture from the Neoclassical period to the contemporary period.
  • discuss and distinguish styles and stylistic changes in art from the Neoclassical period to the contemporary period.
  • interpret and evaluate art and architecture from the Neoclassical period to the contemporary period within their cultural and historical contexts.
  • formulate and analyze meanings and functions of art and architecture from the Neoclassical period to the contemporary period.

ARTH 318 History of American Art

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; or ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course covers art in America from initial European contact to the present day. Topics include initial images of the New World made by Europeans; early art and architecture that reflects a synthesis of Native and European traditions; Colonial and early American art, architecture, and decorative arts; 19th-century portraits, landscapes, and history paintings; and regional and later modernist American art of the twentieth century. This course emphasizes the influence of European traditions as well as the history of a variety of cultures in the present day United States, the variety of styles and patrons in the country, and the way in which cultural values find expression in art, architecture, and decorative arts. An individual or group field trip to a museum or art gallery is required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • recall and identify major works of art and architecture created in America from the 15th century to the present day.
  • compare and contrast art objects created in America from the 15th century to the present day.
  • critique and analyze American art, architecture, and decorative arts based on aesthetic and functional qualities.
  • identify and interpret sources of influence for American art, architecture, and decorative arts.
  • synthesize American cultural values and their artistic expressions.
  • describe how historical, social, or political contexts can be seen in the styles or types of art objects coming from specific American regions or eras.

ARTH 322 Art History of the Non-Western World

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is a survey of art history throughout the Non-Western world. It covers the architecture, sculpture, and painting of the peoples of India, Africa, Asia, the Americas, the Arctic, Australia, and Oceania. The time period spans from the Stone Age to the 18th century. Field trips and/or individual visits to art galleries and museums are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • analyze the different visual arts styles of Non-Western cultures.
  • discuss and describe the diversity in art throughout the world.
  • compare the aesthetic motivation and cultural purposes of various art forms.
  • compare traditional multicultural and international art periods.

ARTH 333 Introduction to Islamic Art

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course surveys the art and culture of the Middle East. It focuses on Islamic art and architecture and provides fundamental information on the formation of Islamic art, its history, and philosophy. It includes visual examples from Arabic, Persian, and Indian cultures.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate the influential elements in the formation and production of Islamic art considering the social, political, and historical backdrop against which Islamic art flourished, including the role of the unorthodox interpretation of Islam relating to artistic endeavors.
  • demonstrate an awareness of the critical issues within the field of "Islamic art" such as the use of the term “Islamic” in Islamic art and the application of methodology in the interpretation of the art.
  • demonstrate knowledge of and comparatively analyze examples of the various branches of the art and architecture and the relating arts, for example the art of the book, calligraphy, and book illumination as part of the art of the object, religious and secular architecture, and the building decorative arts as seen in the realm of architecture.
  • analyze the mutual impact of Islam and other cultures both in the East and the West and identify the elements of mutual appropriation in their visual art.

ARTH 334 International Contemporary Art

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course is a worldwide survey of trends in art, including painting, sculpture, and architecture since 1980, with an emphasis on the diversity of contemporary global cultures. New art mediums, such as video, computer, street art, and performance art are highlighted. This course focuses on social and political commentary in art. A field trip to a local art exhibition may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • appraise representative artists and artworks from a number of different world cultures.
  • analyze current trends in painting, sculpture, photography, film, architecture, and new visual art mediums.
  • evaluate an artwork's visual elements as well as its social or political content.
  • critique the effectiveness of postmodern artworks.
  • analyze current controversies and legal matters in art as well as artists' changing roles as participants in contemporary society.

ARTH 335 Survey of Photography

  • Same As:ARTPH 345
  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area I; CSU Area C1; IGETC Area 3A
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This course is a survey of photography. It explores the evolution of the photographic medium, its impact on art, culture, and history from the inception of photography to current trends. This survey covers various genres, including fine art, journalism, science, and social media. Field trips may be required. This course is not open to students who have completed ARTPH 345.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • analyze the different photographic genres throughout history.
  • compare the different visual art periods and styles of photography.
  • describe and discuss the cultural impact of photography on society.
  • evaluate the influence of photography on other artistic mediums.
  • identify significant artists and their influence on the history of photography.

ARTH 499 Experimental Offering in Art History

  • Units:0.5 - 4
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2021

This is the experimental courses description.