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Art History Courses (AH) - Upper Division Courses

364. History of Ceramics 1900 to Present (3)

Survey of ceramic art in the United States from 1900 to the present. Consideration of American ceramic art within the context of contemporary art history, and of significant ceramic works in relation to modern and postmodern movements in art.
Letter grade only (A-F).

365. History of Prints and Drawings (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Historical survey of prints and drawings, with emphasis on technical and stylistic developments and on the role played by these media in relation to other arts through the 20th century.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 365. Letter grade only (A-F).

400./500. 19th Century Photography (3)

Prerequisite: AH 111B or consent of instructor.
Examination of 19th century photography.
Letter grade only (A-F).

401./501. American Art to 1900 (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B or consent of instructor.
Survey of American art from the time of European settlement to roughly 1900 with special focus on cultural, political, and historical contexts. Combines slide lecture with discussion of primary and secondary readings.
Letter grade only (A-F).

408./508. Early Christian and Byzantine Art (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Architecture, mosaics and sculpture of Rome, Ravenna and Constantinople from the decline of the Roman Empire to the end of the Byzantine era.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 408 or 598B. Letter grade only (A-F).

409./509. Romanesque Art (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, or consent of instructor.
Arts of Northern Europe from Merovingian through the Romanesque periods.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 409 or ART 598C. Letter grade only (A-F).

410./510. Gothic Art (3)

Architecture, sculpture, and painting in western Europe from the 12th through the 14th centuries, with special attention to the construction and decoration of the great cathedrals, and to the development of new approaches to style and content in the figural art of the 14th-century Italy.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 410 or ART 598D. Letter grade only (A-F).

411./511. 20th Century Photography to the Present (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
History of 20th and 21st c. photography. Emphasis on critical issues ranging from the fine art print to photo-based arts, from the "truth" of documentary to constructed realities. Study of the camera's impact on modern and postmodern visual culture.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 411 or ART 511. Letter grade only (A-F).

415./515. Issues in Art History: Theory and Practice (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A or AH 11B, Art Major or consent of instructor
Theoretical and practical considerations in the discipline of art history, specifically issues relating to art interpretation, classification, valuation, and circulation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

416./516. Greek Art (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Survey of Greek Art from beginnings in Aegean period through late Hellenistic period. Key monuments of architecture, sculpture, painting, vase-painting, and so-called minor arts discussed relative to contemporary theories, criticism, and history. Focus on techniques and materials of various arts.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 416 or ART 598E. Letter grade only (A-F).

417./517. Roman Art (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Survey of Italian arts before the Romans, including indigenous art of the Italic peoples and the Etruscans, and Roman Art from early Republic to Age of Constantine. Discussion of major art forms of architecture, painting, sculpture and so-called minor arts.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 417 or ART 598L. Letter grade only (A-F).

423./523. Early Renaissance Art in Italy (3)

Examination of stylistic and technical developments of fifteenth-century Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture, as well as interaction of cultural, social, and religious developments with visual arts. Special attention to the revival of classicism, and influence of private patrons.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 423 or ART 598F. Letter grade only (A-F). Course fee may be required. Information on fees related to this course can be found here.

424./524. High Renaissance Art in Italy (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Examination of 6teenth-century Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture, emphasizing that of Florence, Venice, and Rome. Historical, cultural, religious, and theoretical framework. Special attention to works by a handful of major artists (Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, and the Mannerists).
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 424 or ART 598G. Letter grade only (A-F).

425./525. Northern Renaissance Painting (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Examination of artistic developments in Northern Europe, particularly Flanders, France, and Germany, from the 14th century through 16th century. Historical, cultural, and religious and theoretical framework. Special attention to iconography, and the changing role of the artist in society.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 425 or ART 598H. Letter grade only (A-F).

426./526. Baroque Art in Spain, the Netherlands, and England (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Examination of intertwined political and artistic situations in Netherlands (Flanders and Holland), England and Spain during seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Emphasis on relationship between Rubens and Velasquez, contrast between Rubens and Rembrandt, and Flemish influence in England.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 426 or ART 598J. Letter grade only (A-F).

427./527. Baroque Art in I5taly, France, and Germany (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Explores birth of Baroque in Rome, and role of Counter-Reformation in shaping artistic genres in Italy and France in early 17th century. Covers influence of Versailles court of "Sun King," Louis XIV, in late 17th and early 18th centuries, especially in independent Teutonic states.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 427 or ART 598K. Letter grade only (A-F).

430./530. Introduction to Curatorial Practices (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Study of contemporary art display theory/practice including exhibition typologies, curatorial models, and recent transformations in museums, galleries and the art market. Designed for Museum and Curatorial Studies Certificate students and others interested in studying museum practices within a broader context. Not open for credit to students with credit in AH 435B/535B.
Letter grade only (A-F).

431./531. History of Museums and Exhibitions (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B or consent of advisor and instructor.
Study of history of art museums and how displays reflect social and cultural conditions and political ideologies. Attention to controversial exhibitions, and recent transformations in the field.
Class is required of students seeking Museum Studies Certificate and those pursuing MA with emphasis in Museum Studies. Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 435; AH 435, AH 435A, or AH 535A. Letter grade only (A-F).

436./536. Neo-Classicism to Romanticism, 1789-1850 (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Examination of Neo-Classicism, Realism, Romanticism, photography and the academic tradition in art and culture of Europe from 1789-1850.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 436 or ART 598M. Letter grade only (A-F).

437./537. Impressionism to Post-Impressionism, 1850-1900 (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Analysis of the development of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in France from 1850 to 1900.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 437 or ART 598N. Letter grade only (A-F).

438./538. Art of Early to Mid Twentieth Century (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Examination of key developments, trends, movements of the period including Abstraction, Non-Objective art, Expressionism, Dada, and Surrealism.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 438 or ART 598P.

439./539. Art of Mid to Late Twentieth Century (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Examination of key developments, trends, movements of the period including Pop Art, Happenings, Minimal Art, Art and Technology, Environmental, Concept, Performance and Video Art.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 439 or ART 598Q.

441./541. Contemporary Art in Context (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
International survey focusing on developments in art from late twentieth century to present. Examination of precedents, traditions, legacies behind current art. Consideration of critical/theoretical issues and factors influencing production and reception of current art.
Letter grade only (A-F).

444./544. History of Graphic Design (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A and 111B, or consent of instructor.
Thematic approach to Graphic Design history, with consideration of pioneering designers, movements, and cultural, social, political and technological influences in the evolution of graphic design.
Not open for credit to students with credit in AH 366. Letter grade only (A-F).

446./546. Art History Methodologies and Writing (3)

Prerequisites: Undergraduate Art History major with senior standing or consent of instructor.
Practice in writing and conducting research in art history, and introduction to various methodologies and debates within the discipline, including biography, formalism, semiotics, gender studies, psychoanalysis, Marxism, post-colonialism, and visual culture studies.
Letter grade only (A-F).

447./547. Historiography of Art History (3)

Prerequisites: Undergraduate Art History major with senior standing or consent of instructor.
Study of the history of art history as intellectual discipline. Reading- and writing-intensive seminar designed specifically for undergraduate art history majors in final year of study and for graduate students in M.A. in Art History program.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 307 or AH 307.

448./548. Western Art Theory and Criticism to the Mid-Nineteenth Century (3)

Prerequisites: Undergraduate School of Art major and AH 111A and AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
A text-based examination of western art theory and criticism up to the mid-nineteenth century.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in AH 308.

449./549. Western Art Theory and Criticism Mid-Nineteenth to Mid-Twentieth Century (3)

Prerequisites: Undergraduate School of Art major and AH 111A and AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
A text-based examination of western art theory and criticism from the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. Not open for credit to students with credit in AH 309.
Letter grade only (A-F).

450./550. Western Art Theory and Criticism Mid-Twentieth Century to Present (3)

Prerequisites: Undergraduate School of Art major and AH 111A and AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
A text-based examination of western art theory and criticism from the mid-twentieth century to the present.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in AH 310.

455./555. Traditional Art of Africa: A Thematic Approach (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Exploration from a Western perspective of the conceptual, expressive, and aesthetic aspects of traditional African art as related to its cultural context and to Western concepts of art. Focus on West Africa.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 455 or ART 598R. Letter grade only (A-F).

456./556. American Indian Art: Western Perspectives (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Exploration from a Western perspective of the historically various and changing frames of reference surrounding perception, interpretation, and consideration of Native American art through focus on selected traditions.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 456 or ART 598S. Letter grade only (A-F).

457A./557A. Pre-Columbian Art: Mesoamerica (3)

Prerequisites: AH 112 or consent of instructor.
Art, architecture, and urban planning in Mesoamerica from 1200 BCE to the Spanish conquest of 1519-1521, with emphasis on religious, political, and economic functions, as well as interpretive assumptions and methods of scholars in the field.
Letter grade only (A-F).

457B./557B. Pre-Columbian Art: The Andes (3)

Prerequisites: AH 112 or consent of instructor.
Art, architecture, and urban planning in the Andean region from 1200 BCE to the Spanish conquest of 1532, with emphasis on religious, political, and economic functions, as well as interpretive assumptions and research methods of scholars in the field.
Letter grade only (A-F).

457C./557C. Pre-Columbian Art (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, AH 112 or consent of instructor.
A survey of art and architecture in Mesoamerica and the Andean region of South America from about 1000 BC to the Spanish conquest. Special attention will be focused on the social, political and economic contexts of objects and architecture from this period, as well as on the research methods and theoretical assumptions of scholars investigating this field.
Letter grade only (A-F). Not open for credit to students with credit in AH 457.

458./558. Art of Latin America: 1800-1940 (3)

Prerequisite: AH 111A, AH 111B, AH 112, or consent of instructor.
Investigation of developments in visual culture in Latin America from the late-18th century to the mid-20th century, with special emphasis on artists in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Letter grade only (A-F).

459./559. Art of Latin America: 1940-Present (3)

Prerequisite: AH 111A, AH 111B, AH 112, or consent of instructor.
Investigation of developments in visual culture in Latin America from the mid-20th century to the present, with special emphasis on artists in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela, as well as Latino/Latina artists.
Letter grade only (A-F).

460./560. Art of Mexico: 1780 to Present (3)

Prerequisite: AH 111A, AH 111B, AH 112, or consent of instructor.
Fine art, graphic art, photography, popular art, and architecture produced by artists of/in Mexico from 1780 to the present, with emphasis on historical contexts, the varied functions objects were made to serve, and debates concerning production, circulation, and/or reception.
Letter grade only (A-F).

465./565. Ancient Art of the Near East (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Near Eastern, Egyptian and Aegean art.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 465 or ART 598U. Letter grade only (A-F).

466./566. Buddhist Art of India and S.E. Asia (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Formation and development of Buddhist art in India and subsequent metamorphoses in Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia examined.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 466 or ART 598V. Letter grade only (A-F).

467./567. Hindu and Islamic Art of India (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Formation and development of Hindu art in India and the genesis, as well as transformation, of Islamic art of India compared to pan-Islamic characteristics will be examined.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 467 or ART 598W. Letter grade only (A-F).

468./568. Early Chinese Art (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Formation and development of Chinese art from third millennium to 10th century A.D.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 468 or ART 598X. Letter grade only (A-F).

469./569. Later Chinese Art (3)

Prerequisites: AH 111A, AH 111B, or consent of instructor.
Development of Chinese art from the 11th century A.D. through the culmination of the tradition and its transformation in the 2oth century will be explored.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 469 or ART 598Y. Letter grade only (A-F).

470A./570A. Japanese Buddhist Art to 1500 (3)

Prerequisite: One of the following: AH 113A, AH 113B, AH 111A, AH 111B, A/ST 393, A/ST 451, consent of instructor.
Survey of sacred architecture, sculpture, painting, gardens and decorative art from neolithic culture through Zen Buddhism, reading images in regard to religious, political and social values.
Not open for credit to students with credit in AH 470. Letter grade only (A-F).

470B./570B. Japanese Art 1500-1868 (3)

Prerequisites: AH 113A, AH 113B, AH 111A, AH 111B, A/ST 393, A/ST 451, or consent of instructor.
Analysis of secular painting, architecture, ceramics and garden design in the Momoyama and Edo periods, linking the wide variety of subjects and styles to the competing values of samurai, priest, aristocrat or merchant class patrons.
Not open for credit to students with credit in AH 470. Letter grade only (A-F).

471A./571A. Modern Japanese Graphic Art (3)

Prerequisite: One of the following: AH 113A, AH 113B, AH 111A, AH 111B, A/ST 393, A/ST 451, or consent of instructor.
Examination of painting, prints, photography and graphic design in regard to the issues of individual and national identity in an era when being modern was often linked to being Western. We also consider manga in regard to earlier modern adaptations of traditional design.
Not open for credit to students with credit in AH 471. Letter grade only (A-F).

471B./571B. Modern Japanese Plastic Art (3)

Prerequisite: One of the following: AH 113A, AH 113B, AH 111A, AH 111B, A/ST 393, A/ST 451, or consent of the instructor.
Investigation of architecture, gardens, sculpture and ceramics in light of debates over internationalism or nationalism, modernity or tradition. The political and economic implications of design choices will be highlighted.
Not open for credit to students with credit in AH 471. Letter grade only (A-F).

471C./571C. Modern Japanese Architecture (3)

Prerequisites: AH 113A or AH 113B or AH 111A; AH 111B.
Analysis of "Japaneseness" and "foreign-ness" in Japan between 1868 and 1970. Examination of Japanese creations of and reactions to "modernity" in regard to national identity as expressed in architecture and gardens. Related consideration of urbanism and nationalism.
Letter grade only (A-F).

495. Independent Study In Art History (1-6)

Independent research conducted under supervision of faculty member. Student and instructor must have on file in School of Art office signed written agreement, established at beginning of course, outlining description of work, specific tasks required, nature of final report, and basis for determining final grade.
Letter grade only (A-F).

496. Special Studies in Art History (3)

Prerequisite: AH 447 or consent of instructor.
Opportunity for extensive work with faculty supervision on individual problems in art history.
Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 units. Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 496. Letter grade only (A-F).

497./597. Seminar in Art History (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Directed individual research and group discussion concerning a topic in art history.
Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in the same semester and 9 units in different semesters. Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 497 or 611 beyond combined maximum units. Letter grade only (A-F).

498. Selected Topics in Art History (3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Topics from selected areas of Art History. Content may vary each semester.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in the same semester and a total of 12 units in different semesters. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

499Q. Special Studies in Museum Studies (3)

Prerequisites: AH 431 or consent of instructor.
Opportunity for extensive individual work with faculty supervision on problems in museum studies, including utilizing the resources of The Center for Southern California Studies in the Visual Arts.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 3 units in the same semester and 9 units in different semesters. (6 hrs. lab.) Not open for credit to students with credit in ART 499Q.


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