Jordan College of the Arts
Art Program

ART105, 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).

Content/Skill Development:

  • Memorization of broad art historical framework to support all other Art + Design coursework.
  • 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 others.
  • Development of respect for cultures other than one's own.

Media/Technology skills:

  • Information literacy (research skills; develop the ability to locate accurate information on the internet)
  • Respect of copyright law in the production and display of artwork on the internet.
  • Google Drive fosters collaboration and Pinterest is used to document online research.
  • Students choose materials or media for each project (so course is flexible/adaptable to students' career focus)
  • May include software of the students' choice, from Photoshop and Powerpoint to InDesign, Illustrator, GameSalad and Adobe Premiere.

Key Student Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course students will:

  • 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 + design

Gallery of Works created in Art105: