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Administrative Unit: Visual Arts and Music
Course Prefix and Number: ARTS 111
Course Title: Art and Ideas I
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Survey of world art from prehistoric through medieval periods. G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbooks used in the course.

History of Art
By Janson, H.W. (Abrams-Prentice Hall)
Art Across Time
By Adams, L.S. (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To explore the artistic styles from the Ancient World through the Middle Ages.
  • To investigate the meanings of the art works encompassed by these periods.
  • To distinguish one style from another and to discern implied meanings, given the context of a particular civilization.
  • To trace the stylistic development within a given culture.
    Measurable Learning
  • Identify key monuments from each cultural period.
  • Identify the stylistic characteristics from each period.
  • Describe and explain the meaning of the artifacts from each period.
  • Trace stylistic development within each given culture.
    Topical Outline:
  • The Ancient World:
    - Egyptian
    - Near Eastern
    - Greek
    - Roman
  • The Middle Ages:
    - Early Christian
    - Romanesque
    - Gothic

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Date: February 26, 2009
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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