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Film and American Culture Studies

ARTH 204 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: An introductory study of the relationship between film and American culture. The objective is to improve one's ability to understand a film's message and to expand one's cultural awareness. Discussion covers the way one of our most popular media portrays American culture and influences our interpretation of cultural issues. Various films, filmmaking issues, and representative filmmakers' work are examined. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 204, AMST 204, or HUMN 204.

Understanding Movies

ARTH 334 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: (Formerly HUMN 334.) An analysis of one of the most important means of artistic expression of the 20th century. The goal is to acquire a deeper understanding of the aesthetic qualities of film by considering the stylistic elements of film as it has evolved throughout the century and weighing the special relationship between cinema and literature. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 334, HUMN 334, or HUMN 498D.

History of Western Art I

ARTH 372 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: (Formerly ARTH 370.) A survey of the development of the Western tradition of visual art in its various forms that examines and compares the expression of cultural and aesthetic values in different parts of the Western world from prehistory through the Middle Ages. The objective is to apply principles of visual literacy; describe, analyze, and contextualize content and elements of art; and differentiate historic periods and styles of art. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 370 or ARTH 372.

History of Western Art II

ARTH 373 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: (Formerly ARTH 371.) A survey of the development of visual art of the Western world in its various forms that examines and compares the expression of cultural and aesthetic values in Europe and the United States from 1300 to the present day. The aim is to apply principles of visual literacy; describe, analyze, and contextualize content and elements of art; and differentiate historic periods and styles of art. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 371 or ARTH 373.

History of Graphic Art

ARTH 375 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: Recommended: ARTH 204. A survey of the development of graphic design with an emphasis on the historical, technological, and sociological influences on the production of typography and the aesthetics of visual media. The aim is to recognize the philosophy of graphic arts, identify various movements within the field, and analyze the impact of graphic arts upon society. Topics include major works and artists and cultural, social, and religious movements and their impact on graphic arts.

History of Women in the Visual Arts

ARTH 478 | 3 Credits

Course Desc: A survey of the work, roles, and representations of women in the visual arts, from the 16th century to the present. The aim is to evaluate the role of women artists and assess the impact of gender on visual arts as a way to understand the complexity and diversity of human experience and culture. Emphasis is on women working in the tradition of Western art in painting, sculpture, the decorative arts, performance art, photography, and other media and on how gender affected their art and their careers.

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