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Catalog Course Search Details

 Course Title:   Introduction to Art: D

 Title Abbreviation:   INTRO TO ART (D)

 Department:    ART

 Course #:    141

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    500703

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of the visual arts as a form of communication that links culture and artistic development.


Prerequisite: Appropriate placement or grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL 099.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Humanities, Required for certificate  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
U of W X
WSU 101

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the relationship of art to history and culture.
  2. Distinguish and identify form and content.
  3. Analyze works of art by identifying subject matter, themes, composition and media.
  4. Correlate a relationship between individual experiences and the role of the artist and art within culture.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.6 Recognize, comprehend, and use visual communication appropriate to a given context.

7. Aesthetics & Creativity

Definition: Interpreting human experience through engagement with creative processes and aesthetic principles.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
7.1 Demonstrate an understanding of the creative process.
7.4 Demonstrate an understanding of the role of arts and creative expression in societies.

Course Contents

  1. Using lectures, texts, artist's autobiographies, videos, guest lectures and gallery and/or museum visits students will be introduced to art as an integral part of individual experience and to the relationship between individual experience, culture, artists and institutions.
  2. Using writing assignments and group work students will identify and distinguish the difference between the integral components of art, form and content.
  3. Using group and/or individual projects or essays students will demonstrate their ability to analyze art using the vocabulary of the discipline.
  4. Projects will deepen student understanding of the way history and society influence the expression of human differences. Group work or formal group presentations allow students to share their ideas and engage in supportive dialogue. Group, individual and faculty assessment will enable the student to see how their ideas are received using both academic and peer evaluation.