Art History Courses
An introductory survey of art and culture designed to equip students to look purposefully, critically, and contextually at images and events, mindful of the ways that meaning is produced and perceived.
Survey of traditions and major developments in visual expression in the West, prehistory through Medieval period. Art studied in context of its cultures; techniques of visual analysis. Offered for four credits only to Honors students.
Traditions and developments in visual expression in the West, Renaissance through twentieth century. Art in context of its cultures; techniques of visual analysis. Offered for four credits only to Honors students.
Introductory survey of the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora, focusing on the visual culture of cross-cultural contact within Africa and beyond.
An introduction to the history and development of Egyptian artistic style in architecture, sculpture, painting and the applied arts; historical, social and religious background.
The myths of the Greeks as they appeared on painted vases, and the strategies of visual storytelling employed.
Monasticism as a driving force in medieval culture; art and architecture produced by and for Christian religious communities, A.D. 300-1400.
Survey of art and architecture of Islam from its origins in the seventh century to the Ottoman Empire.
Students examine specific issues related to art history.
Introduction to European art and architecture from 1780 to 1900; survey of major developments in 19th century painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography.
Introduction for studio art majors: ideas and styles of modern art. The gap between those who make art and those who write about it. Access to the discipline of art history through tracing the origins of a variety of contemporary art practices.
The history of Athens as an urban center in antiquity. Public monuments, buildings and landscape as reflecting the city's aspirations and fortunes.
Art and architecture in western Europe, 1050-1250. Development of Romanesque and Gothic styles in architecture, painting, and sculpture.
Art and architecture from Giotto to Botticelli; transformation of late medieval art prior to Black Death, classical revival in Florence; North Italian artists such as the Bellinis and Mantegna.
Students examine specific issues related to art history. Offered for undergraduate credit only.
Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes.
Cooperative arrangement between the art history program and the Detroit Institute of Arts, in which the student applies art historical training to a current project or exhibition in the museum.
Supervised advanced reading and research in the history of art.
Required for all majors.
Readings, discussion, and research paper on special topics in art history; topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes. Graduate students undertake research paper in addition to other assignments.
Students write a substantial research paper on subject determined by the student in collaboration with his/her professor. Offered for undergraduate credit only.
Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes .