Art History Minor (30 units)

*Visual Arts majors and minors must complete twelve (12) additional Art History/Theory elective units unique to the Art History minor.

Lower Division Requirements

ART 241 Global History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

A survey of the history of western art from prehistoric times to the Renaissance. Lecture and slides.

ART 242 Global History of Art: Renaissance to Present

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

A survey of the history of western art from the Renaissance in the Fifteenth Century in Italy to the Twentieth Century in America. Lecture and slides.

Lower Division Electives

Complete six (6) units from the following

ART 201 Principles of Design and Color

Units: 4. Offered: Fall, Spring.

An introduction to the principles of two-dimensional design and color theory and their use as tools for effective visual communication.

ART 203 Print Making I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall.

This is a studio course designed to facilitate the creation of original prints using a variety of printmaking techniques. Methods such as monotype, relief (woodcut, linoleum), and intaglio will be explored. Additional Lab Fee. Prerequisite: ART 201 and ART 204.

ART 204 Drawing I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

This course is one of the foundation courses that develop the perceptual and technical skills for effective drawing. Presents drawing as an essential tool for visual expression. May be repeated once for credit. This course is also recommended for general education.

ART 225 Sculpture I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall.

Basic elements of sculpture. Creating forms in clay, plaster, paper and multi-media techniques.

ART 232 Ceramics I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

Introduction to working with clay, using pinch, coil, slab and wheel; applying glazes, exploring decorating techniques using oxides. History of clay as an art form.

ART 283 Painting I

Units: 4. Offered: Fall.

Projects introduce traditional painting methods in oils or acrylic paints. Applied studio work, slide lectures, group discussions, and field trips are possible. May be repeated one time for credit. Prerequisite: ART 201 or ART 204.

Upper Division Requirements

Complete three (3) units from the following

ART 351 Museum Studies

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

The course will examine the pivotal role that the curators play in museums, and the ways in which the expanding art- world functions today. It will introduce students to aspects of museum work, with an emphasis on the role of the fine arts curator and curatorial theory and how this can integrate with becoming a professional arts administrator. May be repeated one time for credit.

ART 430 Art and the Bible

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

A study of the dynamic relationship, which has historically existed between the content of Biblical texts and visual art, with consideration also being given to select examples of music and literature.

Upper Division Electives

Complete twelve (12) units from the following

ART 345 Nineteenth Century Art History

Units: 3. Offered: As offered.

A study of the major developments in the visual arts in Europe from David to the first Impressionist show in 1874. Lecture and slides.

ART 346 History of Modern Painting

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

A study of the development of modern painting from the French Impressionist movement to the present day in the United States. Lecture and slides.

ART 347 Contemporary Art History

Units: 3. Offered: As offered.

This course critically examines visual art and design on a global scale from 1945 to the present. We will consider art in the broader framework of “visual culture” which includes performance, installation, print media, video and propaganda. Prerequisite: ART 241 or ART 242

ART 361 Art of Latin America

Units: 3. Offered: As offered.

As an introduction to the ancient Americas, this course will focus on seven major cultures in Mesoamerica (Olmec, Teotihuacan, Maya, Aztec) and Andean South America (Chavín, Moche, and Inca). The course concludes with the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century and a brief analysis of new visual forms produced in response to new social, political and religious contexts. Prerequisite: ART 241 or ART 242

ART 371 Art of Southeast Asia

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course covers the development of art in India and Southeast Asia (i.e., Cambodia, Thailand, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, and Indonesia,) from pre-historic periods to the present. Prerequisite: ART 241 or ART 242

ART 381 Women in the Arts

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

This course will focus on women both as the subjects and the creators of art. It will be organized chronologically and thematically. This will involve a historical survey of women artists and their artistic contributions, as well as an examination of the religious, mythological and secular images of women in art. Extensive attention will be given to the creation, modification and persistence of these images throughout history, due to their respective religious, social, economical, psychological and intellectual conditions. Prerequisite: ART 241 or ART 242

ART 385 Film as Visual Art

Units: 3. Offered: As offered.

Film as Visual Art is a study of masterworks of cinematic art with an emphasis on visual aesthetics and cultural influences. The class will examine selected International cinematic classics, focusing on the film’s director, or ‘auteur’. The French idea of “camera as style” (pen) will be explored through the film director’s use of camera angles, composition, editing and lighting will be explored will be deconstructed, in a manner consistent with traditional forms of visual art. Also under consideration will be the way that these visual elements stand in dynamic/creative tension with the visual culture of their national origin or context. Included in this would be fashion, art, politics and philosophy.

ART 412 Topics in Art History

Units: 1-4. Offered: As offered.

Projects in Art History topics of current interest not normally covered by established courses. Content variable. May be repeated twice for credit with change of topic.