Introduction to Visual Culture: A survey of art and visual
culture from around the world from prehistory to postmodernism,
this course also presents an introduction to a variety of methods
by which art and visual culture are customarily understood. It is
designed to explore the relationship between art history and
history, and between objects and key episodes in political, social
and intellectual history. This course has a combination of exams
(to measure content acquisition) and projects (to allow students to
apply and synthesize what they've learned).
- Memorization of broad art historical
framework to support all other Art + Design
- Course project and portions of each
exam (with optional alternative final) allow students to create
works of art and design pieces to apply and synthesize what they've
learned, resulting in portfolio-ready work.
- Emphasis on finding one's own voice
and personal style while deriving inspiration from the work of
- Development of respect for cultures
other than one's own.
- Information literacy (research
skills; develop the ability to locate accurate information on the
- Respect of copyright law in the
production and display of artwork on the
- Google Drive fosters collaboration
and Pinterest is used to document online
- Students choose materials or media
for each project (so course is flexible/adaptable to students'
- May include software of the students'
choice, from Photoshop and Powerpoint to InDesign, Illustrator,
GameSalad and Adobe Premiere.
Key Student Learning
By the end of this course students
- Demonstrate an understanding of the
intellectual underpinning of art + design in terms of history,
process and theory.
- Demonstrate innovative thinking,
craft and sophistication in terms of aesthetic and technical
application of materials and processes of art +
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