Art History

Albany

Classes

ARH 209: American Art

Class Program
Credits 3

A survey of American arts from Colonial times to the present. Painting, sculpture, and architecture will be studied in terms of the development of America as a nation.

Prerequisites

ARH 205 & ARH 206

ARH 214: Contemporary Art History

Class Program
Credits 3

This slide/lecture/discussion course introduces the student to the principal trends and significant artists and artworks in the visual arts since 1945.

Prerequisites

ARH 307

ARH 220: History of Photography

Class Program
Credits 3

A course that traces the development of photography, the technical aspects of photography, photography as a medium of social comment, a recorder of data, an extender of human perception and knowledge and photography as an evolutionary art form.

ARH 301: History of Architecture & Int Design I

Class Program
Credits 3

A study of architecture, furniture, and the decorative arts from Ancient Egypt through the Industrial Revolution. This course will require research, writing and discussion. (Equivalent to ISD 301).

Prerequisites

ARH 205 & ARH 206

ARH 307: Modern Art & Criticism

Class Program
Credits 3

The art of the 19th and 20th centuries will be explored in depth staring with the Romantic era. The course will emphasize the major schools as well as the major artists of the 20th century within the context of period styles, stylistic progress, social history and art critical response.

Prerequisites

ARH 205 & ARH 206

ARH 320: History of Graphic Design

Class Program
Credits 3

This course is a survey of the history of graphic design.  It traces the development of the tools of communication for the inception of writing through to present times, with an emphasis on 19th through 21st century design.  The course also covers the impact of social, political and cultural changes on visual communication.

Prerequisites

ARH 205 & ARH 206

ARH 333: Contemporary Art Criticism & Theory

Class Program
Credits 3

Students will study art and art criticism of the contemporary period by focusing in depth upon select artists from across the globe. These artists are chosen for their diversity of media approaches, periodization and culture. The artists will be studied with a variety of methodologies and theory reflective of postmodern culture.

Prerequisites

ARH 307

ARH 341: Issues and Ideas in World Art

Class Program
Credits 3

This lecture and discussion course will explore significant topics in Western and non-Western art. Each semester the course is offered, students will focus on a particular culture and learn to analyze the visual systems that express characteristic ideas and values. Each student will undertake an independent research project. The final class project will result in a comprehensive Web based publication and will include both text and images. May be repeated for credit.

ARH 348: Special Topics

Class Program
Credits 3

The department occasionally offers special courses in art history covering areas and topics not otherwise included in the curriculum. Students may enroll in this course more than once as topics change.