Students pursuing the Minor in Art History through the College of Art and Design supplement their core education with exposure to influential artistry originating from cultures across the civilized world.
The Art History minor allows students to expand their cultural literacy in the fine arts, by studying artistic works and theory from an expansive range of cultures, global locales and historical periods. College of Art and Design students expand on the Art History curriculum provided through their program requirements only require six additional credits to earn a a minor in this discipline.
Students outside the College of Art and Design are required to complete 12 departmental credits, in courses focusing on art in Western civilizations, as well as modern theory and practice in design, photography and animation. Elective courses encourage Art History minors to pursue study of artistic works in Africa and Asia, as well as landmark periods in American art and new media.
This course introduces students to the main currents of contemporary critical theory, including phenomenology, post-structuralism, and deconstruction. Discussion focuses on artists working in mediums of painting, installation art, performance art, new media, cinema, and poetry. Readings offered in the course help students to become active in analysis and critical response.
Examining selected case studies of artistic practices from different historical eras, in a range of cultures across the content, the Arts of Africa course analyzes how different worldviews contribute to shaping diverse aesthetic models. The class also examines the choice of specific formal and technical means, and how art plays a crucial role in rituals of transformation, regeneration, power and identity.
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Julia Kirchmer, Studio/Art History Major, Arts Management Minor, Class of 2013 - “It’s important for an artist to understand what’s come before. To make it new, you have to know what you’re departing from.”
Susan Ashbrook, Art History Faculty - “Effective learning requires engagement with the material. By exploring the work of artists of the past and recent past I hope to bring their accomplishments to life for students in a meaningful way that can inform and enrich their own endeavors. In today’s world critical perspective is essential for success in the arts as it is in most careers.”