ART 102 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 102, History and Appreciation of Art II


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 covers the history of Western art (painting, sculpture, architecture) from Renaissance (14th Century) to Modern times. Major art movements, monuments of art, and artists will be discussed with the use of slides and selected films. This survey course will consider the works of art within the context of their individual times/places/societies.


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


IV.          Course Content:


A.               The Subjects and Vocabulary of Art History

B.               From Gothic to Renaissance: The 14th Century in Italy

C.               15th Century Art in Northern Europe and Spain

D.               15th Century Italian Art

E.               The High Renaissance and Mannerism

F.                16th Century in Northern Europe and Spain

G.               Baroque and Rococo

H.               The Enlightenment and Neoclassicism (18th, early 19th C.)

I.                  Rise of Modernism: The later 19th C.

J.                Early 20th Century

K.               Postmodernism and later 20th Century


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, and 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