Art History Survey
1. Catalog Entry
Art History Survey
Credit hours (3)
A survey of art through a study of styles, iconography, media, and terminology within a broad cultural context. The course covers prehistory through Gothic, with an emphasis on Western art.
Note(s): This course has been approved for Goal 8, Core Curriculum credit in Visual and Performing Arts.
2. Detailed Description of Course
This is the first of two introductory courses in art history that together cover the history of Western art from Prehistoric times to the present. The course is designed for art students who will take upper level art history courses and as a core curriculum elective in the visual arts for students in other majors. The focus is on painting, sculpture, and architecture of Western civilizations. The content and style of the art in each period will be examined in key works of art. The course uses a chronological organization and covers the following periods:
1) Prehistoric Art
2) Ancient Egyptian Art
3) Ancient Near Eastern Art
4) Aegean Art
5) Greek Art
6) Etruscan Art
7) Roman Art
8) Early Christian and Byzantine Art
9) Early Medieval Art
3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
This is a lecture course, but class participation in the analysis of works of art is encouraged. Digital projection of art works and other media are used in class. This class will be conducted in strict observance of the Honor Code. Students are referred to the Student Handbook for details.
4. Goals and Objectives of the Course
At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:
Identify and evaluate ways in which the visual and performing arts reflect and communicate aspects of the human experience.
To meet this goal, students will
1) Evaluate works of art using the correct terminology and syntax associated with each medium and period covered in the
2) Identify the relationship between works of art studied and the specific historical, cultural and social contexts of those
More specific objectives may be included in the course syllabus.
5. Assessment Measures
A variety of assessment measures are used. These may include short-answer tests, comparison essay questions, short essays and other forms of analysis.
6. Other Course Information
There are no extra credit options for this course. There are no prerequisites for this class. Art majors and non-art majors may take it. The art major may use either this or ART216 for core curriculum credit.
If the student has a learning disability recognized by the Disabled Student Services Office at Radford University, he or she should advise the professor of the nature of the disability during the first week of class.
Tape recording of class lectures is not normally permitted unless the student has a learning disability recognized by Radford University and the professor receives a formal request from the Disabled Student Services Office. At his or her discretion, the professor may allow tape recording under other special circumstances.
Review and Approval
March 18, 2005
June 20, 2015