About ARTH 006 ZRA

Introduction to the visual arts, primarily painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to present. Prerequisite: It is recommended that ARTH 005 be taken before ARTH 006.


PACE students only even after level restrictions are removed; Degree students enroll in ARTH 006 A; Total combined enrollment = 173

Section Description

This course is an introduction to the study and analysis of Western art, architecture and visual expression from the Renaissance to the present day. Focusing on major artworks and movements of the so called “Western World,” (Europe and the Americas), we will discuss concepts such as style, form, and technique. We will also explore the social, political, economic, and religious contexts that impact the the meaning and making of works of art in the past and the present. Prerequisite: None. This course is an introductory-level Art History course. It serves as the prerequisite for upper-level Art History courses, and also meets the Fine Arts and Humanities General Education requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Section Expectation

By the end of the course, students will develop the ability to identify artworks from the canon of Western art, ca. 1400 to present. They will master fundamental concepts and terminology related to major artistic and architectural styles, periods, media, materials, and techniques. They will also develop and strengthen reading, writing, critical thinking, and communication skills via assignments, activities, and discussions.


Evaluation for this course will be done via weekly discussion posts, three papers over the course of the semester on Visual Analysis, Contextualization, and a final comparison paper. Additionally, there will be three exams in the course to help students strengthen their ability to clearly, concisely, and effectively develop their writing skills. Criteria for each assignment will clearly be outlined in a rubric.

Course Dates



Williams Hall 301 (View Campus Map)


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