AFD216 - Applied Art History

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Subject Title
Applied Art History

Subject Description

This is a one semester course in which Western Art History is studied through a combination of formalist, contextual, stylistic, and iconographic methods.  Western Art is also placed within a larger global artistic environment.
The overall intent is to help inform and further develop the student?s own visual works.
Art works will be examined through an analysis of form; that is, the artist?s use of visual elements and principles, tools and techniques.
The art works will also be examined in the context of their time. Each artist?s motivations and inspirations will be discussed in the context of the world within which they lived and created.
Through this study, students will additionally gain an understanding of iconographic methods  through the analysis of symbols, themes, and subject matter in the visual arts.
In order to gain appreciation for the many forms of art to which we have access today, one must understand the fundamentals of art as a universal human language. This course will provide an understanding through observation, analysis, discussion and hands-on  studio assignments.
?Learning by doing? in a studio environment is a very STRONG component of this course.
In the studio, students will explore hands-on, the materials, processes, and techniques used by artists.
Through assignments and in-class exercises, the course further strongly addresses independent research and presentation skills.

Credit Status
Art Fundamentals Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively a broad knowledge of a range of imagery and visual work from across Western art history, visually, orally and in writing
  • Communicate effectively a knowledge of the influences of other selected global cultures on Western history
  • Utilize the elements and principles of design in their own personal artworks.
  • Analyze works of art through the implementation of universal language, terms and definitions.
  • Develop a personal creative direction using a variety of design/visual techniques discussed.
  • Express a clear and unique message using a concept driven project.
  • Select artworks and styles from history that will positively impact the student’s own artistic direction.
  • Produce a diverse portfolio of developed work.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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