Dec 02, 2023  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AH 2400 - Seminar in Contemporary Art

Credits: 3

This seminar course focuses on issues, art movements, and criticism from Postmodern to the present. Students investigate Postmodern and contemporary art through the writings of artists and critics, lectures, and readings. Furthermore, students will become familiar with relevant art theory and methodology; learn to conduct research within the discipline of art history; and write knowledgeably on Postmodern and contemporary topics. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to articulate Postmodern and contemporary art issues—both critically and historically—in relation to larger social and political contexts.

Prerequisites: AH 1110 - Art Historical Methods + History  

Notes: The textbook Art in Theory:1900 will also be used in AH2300 and AH3010.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Students demonstrate critical thinking skills, defined as the capacity to challenge assumptions, contextualize information, identify problems, conceptualize responses.
  • Students demonstrate writing skills, which encompasses thesis statement, organization, conclusion, grammar, syntax, and spelling.
  • Students demonstrate scholarly research skills.
  • Students demonstrate critical engagement in theory through discussion and writing.
  • Students practice formal analysis and the identification, definition, and application of the elements and principles of design as well as the various types of media found within Contemporary Art.
  • Students recognize formal art historical divisions including a broad range of artists, works, and styles from western art from the Postmodern through the Contemporary period.
  • Students recognize some of the tenets of art criticism, theory, and methodologies.
  • Students demonstrate competence in discipline-specific citation styles.
  • Analyze reading assignments through discussions and written responses.

AH 2400 Course Learning Outcome Rubric  

Required Textbooks:
ONLINE: Art in Theory: 1900-2000 - ISBN: 9780631227083

ONLINE: Themes of Contemporary Art - ISBN: 9780199797073

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