Academics . Courses
Art & Design History I: Ancient-18th Century
Intended to introduce students to art history through the study of major art concepts, theories, and historical events from the ancient Greek and Roman periods to Europe of the Enlightenment. The approach is both chronological and thematic. Offered fall.
Art & Design History II: 18th Century-1945
Covers major movements and ideas in European and American art and design history to the mid-20th century. Students are provided with a firm grounding in the debates and theories of modernity and modernism in art. Prerequisite ACD 103. Offered spring.
Art & Design History III: 1945-Present
Course No. ACD 203 Credits: 3.0
Faculty David Hart | Gary D. Sampson | Indra Lacis | Rita Goodman
Prerequisite(s) Art & Design History II: 18th Century-1945 | Art & Design History I: Ancient-18th Century
Examines influential artists and related concepts of art and design from around WWII through the first decade of the new millennium. Discussions focus especially on critical distinctions and meanings of modern, postmodern, and contemporary art, design, and visual culture. Prerequisites ACD 103 and 104. Offered fall.
Course No. ACD 487 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gary D. Sampson
What is "interactivity"? A recent publication is titled Total Interaction, but what does that mean? In this course we will look closely at the history, theory, and practice of the interactive as a facet of contemporary art, design, and media culture. We will explore thematic zones or territories of the interactive both real and imagined, including: cybernetic systems, sci-fi and popular culture, visionary design, interactive animations and massive multi-player games, convergent technology, responsive environments, and "A.I." (i.e., artificial intelligence). A previous course in modern and contemporary art or visual culture is assumed for all participants. Visual Culture Emphasis course.
Art History, Theory, Criticism Emphasis: Senior Research Paper
Course No. ACD 415 Credits: 3.0
Research paper required of seniors pursuing the Visual Culture Emphasis. Not open as an elective. Offered spring. Pass/fail.
Art of China
Course No. ACD 365 Credits: 3.0
The primary goal of this course is to explore the art and culture of China (including mainland China and Taiwan). Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of the art will be stressed in class. In order to understand Chinese art and civilization, we will look at art objects from terra-cotta pottery of the Neolithic period, bronze vessels, Buddhist murals and sculptures of the Tang era, literati paintings and imperial tastes of medieval China up to contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists and performing arts will be also discussed in this course. As the semester progresses, some additional readings may be assigned. Visual Culture Emphasis course.
Art of East Asia
Course No. ACD 373X Credits: 3.0
This lecture/discussion-style course is to explore the art and visual culture of East Asia, focusing on Japan and China. Political, religious, social, and visual aspects of the art will be stressed in class. In order to understand art and civilization of these two countries, we will look at art objects from ancient archeological objects, medieval architecture, to modern and contemporary art. Subjects such as women artists, performing arts and animation will be also discussed in this course. Visual Culture Emphasis course.
Art of Mesoamerica
Course No. ACD353.1 Credits: 3.0
In this course we explore the fascinating and advanced civilizations that were in existence in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize before Western Europe began its voyages of discovery. We study the different cultures from the Olmec to the Aztec with special emphasis on the very sophisticated Maya civilization. Their complex hieroglyphic language has yielded in recent years to decipherment and Maya history has been recreated. We look at their art, architecture and crafts as well as their unique calendars and cosmology. We watch the indigenous American civilization come into being, develop and mature, only to be devastated by the Spanish Conquest. The class involves lectures and discussion. We have a mid-term, a special project or major paper, and a prepared final. The Institute's library is particularly rich in this field and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History also has an interesting collection. Visual Culture Emphasis course. 3 credits.expand collapse
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