ART-121: Art History Survey I (Pre-historic to Medieval)

Liberal Arts
Art (art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Art History Survey I (Pre-historic to Medieval)
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-081 eligible
Catalog Course Description

A survey of the development of visual arts from the pre-historic to the end of medieval period, covering major civilizations and cultures worldwide. Offers students strong background for understanding the visual art as a vehicle of communication in its functional context. Provides cross-cultural understanding through continuous critical thinking perspective. Enables students to comprehend and interpret works of art by examining the contextual characteristics of the work, its subject, functionality and the culture(s) that produced it. A field trip to a major museum and other appropriate sites is required to strengthen student knowledge.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

This course is a fundamental survey concerned with the growth of civilization and development of art in relation to history and technology. A variety of media are presented: sculpture, architecture, painting, and the applied arts. These are studied in terms of their historical context.

Core Course Topics
  1. Prehistoric Art.
  2. Ancient near East.
  3. Ancient Egypt.
  4. Prehistoric Aegean.
  5. Ancient Greece.
  6. Ancient Southeast Asia.
  7. Early China, Early Japan.
  8. Etruscans.
  9. Ancient Rome.
  10. Late Antiquity, Byzantium, Islamic Art.
  11. Ancient Americas, African.
  12. Early Medieval.
  13. Romanesque.
  14. Gothic.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Demonstrate an aesthetic awareness of art development throughout the areas of study.
  2. Discuss the development of world relationships involving art thinking.
  3. Explain basic style changes within different time periods and countries.
  4. Explain how techniques were developed in creating art imagery.
  5. Research an area of study and discuss its importance in the art work framework.
  6. Present in front of an audience the context of explored research.
  7. Explain various art ideas in relation to the political, philosophical, and religious events of each period.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Several quizzes are given throughout the course.
  • Major exams are given within the class at measurable intervals.
  • A written final examination is based on visual imagery studied throughout the course.
  • Assessing a written Research Paper with major points evaluated.
  • Assessing key concepts of Research Paper within an oral presentation in a group setting.

Gardner’s Art Through the Ages, A Global History Vol. 1, 14th Edition, Wadsworth, Cengage Learning, 2013. ISBN: 978 -1-111-77157-7

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Department approval.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2015
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date