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Design/Art 550

DSN 550: International Art History I

Prerequisites: Graduate standing in MFA, either Studio Art or Design Thinking.

Cross-Listed: ART 550
              
Credit Hours:  (3)


The first of two online core art history courses. Students will investigate key moments in history that affected art and design, focusing on prehistory through the Renaissance period.


Detailed Description of Course

The first of two online core art history courses. Students will investigate key moments in history that affected art and design where certain events and/or ideas caused a dramatic shift in the way art was conceived or the way our knowledge of the world changed and ultimately affected art and design. The time frame will focus on prehistory through the Renaissance period.  It will focus on seminal points in time where new ideas, often resulting from novel situations or cultural collisions, generated definitive changes in the directions of art and design.  This course will not only let students learn about key moments in history that affected art and design, but will also let them explore such moments to understand how these shifts came about, how future shifts might occur and what altered thinking may arise from them.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course will be online. Students may have access to online lectures, readings, discussion boards or other developing online technologies.


Goals and Objectives of this Course:
At the conclusion of this course, the student must be able to:
    1. use historical precedent to inform art and design solutions;
    2. define the major social, political and physical influences affecting historical changes in art and design;
    3. demonstrate how those historical changes affect current applications;
    4. express ideas clearly in oral, written and graphic formats;
    5. identify periods and stylistic movements of art and design
    6. understand the elements and principles of design;
    7. compare and contrast styles within the time period;
    8. process information using convergent/divergent thinking and analysis and synthesis strategies;
    9. understand professional ethics;
    10. understand contemporary issues;
    11. identify and understand social and cultural differences, and apply them to new contexts;
    12. understand the research process; and
    13. work with team structures and dynamics.


Assessment Measures

May include but are not limited to writings, presentations, and discussion threads on reading assignments.


Other Course Information: None