ART 101 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences Date: February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science, Humanities, Social Science, and Business Transfer


Course Number and Title: ART 101, History and Appreciation of Art I


Credit Hours: 3 Hours/Wk Lecture: 3 Hours/Wk Lab: Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description: Presents the history and interpretation of architecture, sculpture, and painting. Begins with prehistoric art and follows the development of western civilization to the present. Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: This course introduces the student to acknowledged masterpieces of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Prehistoric to the Renaissance eras. By looking at, discussing, analyzing and doing written research projects on selected works of art, the student acquires the necessary skills and confidence to actively participate in and enjoy the cultural richness of world art within its own economic/political/social/religious context.


III.           Required background: Non-developmental in reading and writing


IV.          Course Content:


A.               The Aesthetic Experience

B.               Prehistoric Art

C.               Ancient and Near Eastern Art

D.               Egyptian Art

E.               Aegean, Early Greek Art

F.                Classical and Hellenistic Periods

G.               Etruscan and Early Roman Art

H.               Roman Art, High and Late Periods

I.                  Early Christian and Byzantium Art

J.                Early Medieval Period

K.               Romanesque Art

L.                Gothic Art


V. Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI. Evaluation

A.   Develop lifelong skills of critical analysis of works of art painting, sculpture, and architecture.

B.   Understand and have informed opinions about controversies and issues concerning works of art today. These concerns, such as whether all art should be returned to country of origin, role of dealers and museums, etc. are of great cultural importance in an educated society.

B.   Explore, in this Survey course, a vast range of sources geographic, social, economic, political, religious from which important works of art were produced.

C.   Develop enhanced abilities and expertise in research skills, as well as in both written and oral communication.

D.   Acquire greater tolerance and understanding of diverse opinions, preferences regarding works of art.

E.   Discover that art history is an excellent pathway to a variety of academic and personal interests in history, world civilizations, Ancient Mythology and also Early Christian and other religious beliefs that inspired the production of works of art in this time period.

Students will be required to write systematic essays on topics as assigned by their instructor. This course also requires a research project. Students will also be evaluated by some combination of tests, quizzes, projects or other assignments as defined by faculty.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding