ART-123: History of Modern Art

Liberal Arts
Art (art History)
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
History of Modern Art
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 major visual art forms, techniques, styles, movements, and personalities of the nineteenth, and twentieth/twenty-first centuries. Explores architecture, sculpture, painting, printmaking, graphic design, and non-traditional art forms of the modern and post-modern era. Offers broad knowledge for understanding the visual art and its societal function. Presents learning tools to comprehend and interpret works of art by examining the contextual characteristics, subject matter, functionality, and the culture(s) that produced the artwork. A field trip to a major museum and other appropriate art sites is required to strengthen student’s knowledge.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

This survey course is designed to develop understanding and appreciation for modern visual art and architecture from the late nineteenth century to the present (impressionism to post modernism). The course concentration examines the evolution of artistic styles and their relationship to technology and civilization. A variety of media will be explored including painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, and architecture.

Core Course Topics

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. The Origins of Modern Art
  2. Impressionism and Post Impressionism
  3. Art Nouveau and the Beginnings of Expressionism; Expressionism in Germany; Cubism; Early Twentieth Century Architecture
  4. Western Europe during World War 1; Futurism; Dadaism; De Stijl; Bauhaus; Surrealism
  5. American Art Before World War II
  6. American Art Before World War II
  7. Abstract Expressionism
  8. Nouveau Realisme and Pop Art
  9. Modernism in Architecture
  10. Conceptualism and Activist Art
  11. Minimalism
  12. Post-Modernism
  13. Contemporary Art and Globalization
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Discuss the development of world relationships involving art thinking.
Explain basic style changes within different time periods and countries. Explain how techniques were developed utilizing art concepts.
Explain and understand individual artistic styles.
Present in front of an audience the context of explored research. *Research an area of study and discuss its importance in the art world framework.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Student evaluations will consist of:

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

See department for required text and course materials.

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