CUL245 - Introduction to Art History

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Subject Title
Introduction to Art History

Subject Description
This course is designed to examine various aspects of art and art history and its influence on our lives. Through an examination of art from before the written word to the post-modern world we live in today, students will be introduced to both the continuity of human concerns and the changes that have taken place in artistic style, forces, beliefs and experiences. Our focus will be on European art and whenever possible, North American art.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Arts and Humanities category.  If you have taken CUL710 - The World of Art you cannot receive a General Education credit for CUL245.

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

1. develop critical skills which will enable the student to analyze and understand art.
2. learn to research and understand a variety of cultural and historical artistic expressions.
3. learn to read images as text
4. make educated and informed decisions about how a work of art communicates in various ways throughout time.
5. read, write and speak about art in a knowledgeable way.
6. identify, analyze and contextualize various artistic styles and time periods.
7. conduct formal analysis and college-level research.

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.

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.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.