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Art History

What is the Art History specialization?

The Art History specialization at Barry University is designed to give you the knowledge and skills to understand art works, artists, and art movements from all periods and places in history. The Barry Art History program is the only one in South Florida to offer courses in World Art, a foundation of study that integrates the art of Europe and America into a global perspective. The program is organized to provide you with a balance between broad backgrounds in art and history and specialized areas of study, including individual, self-directed independent study, culminating in the Senior Seminar.

A significant component of the program is the Senior Paper and Senior Presentation, created as part of the Senior Seminar. Working individually with your advisor, you will select a research topic and write an analytical paper about it from multiple perspectives. You will then present a shortened version of the paper to the arts community on campus, showcasing your achievement.

What are the Program’s resources?

In addition to small class sizes, a committed faculty, and personalized attention, Barry offers you the latest in digital images, from a continually expanding image archive. The Art History classroom is equipped with digital projection, internet access, video and DVD projection, and a display collection illustrating the history of photography. Art History classes are taught using power point and frequently incorporate images specially taken on location in the U.S. and internationally for use in teaching. Digital review images are made available to each student enrolled in a class. In addition, you will have access to the Department’s extensive image archive of the history of world art should you wish to utilize
it for your class work.

What can you do with an Art History degree?

The Art History program prepares you for careers in art museums, commercial galleries, and advanced graduate training for teaching Art History or professional art writing. The success of the program is evident in the achievements of its graduates. Graduates have obtained professional positions at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, and at leading commercial art galleries. Other graduates have completed master’s degrees in Art History from schools such as the University of Amsterdam
(Netherlands) and the University of Miami. Several graduates are currently enrolled in graduate school, including Dartmouth College.

ART HISTORY CORE (21 credits) 

ART 101B2D Design3 credits
ART 114Art Appreciation3 credits
ART 329World Art I: to 14003 credits
ART 330World Art II: since 14003 credits
ART 359AIndependent Study: Art History3 credits
ART 408Medieval Monuments3 credits
ART 487ASenior Seminar: Art History3 credits


ART HISTORY CORE (3 credits)

ART 409Renaissance Art3 credits
ART 410Art in the Age Of Rembrandt 3 credits


ART HISTORY CORE (3 credits)

ART 41119th Century  European Art3 credits
ART 41720th Century Art3 credits


ART HISTORY ELECTIVES (12 credits)

ART 320History of Western Art II 3 credits
ART 415History of Graphic Design3 credits
ART 423Contemporary Art3 credits
ART 459AIndependent Study: Art History3 credits
ART 499AInternship: Art History3 credits
PHO 203Basic Photography3 credits
PHO 206Digital Photography3 credits
PHO 420History of Photography3 credits
PHO 421History of Photography, Film & Art3 credits


ART HISTORY COGNATE COURSES (6 credits)

COM 366History of the Moving Image3 credits
ENG 449Film Theory & Criticism3 credits
HIS 308History of Asian Civilizations3 credits
HIS 383History of Latin American Colonial Period3 credits
HIS 384 Latin American National Period3 credits
PHI 313Philosophy of Art – Aesthetics3 credits
PHI 360Asian Philosophy3 credits
SOC 306Sociology of Art3 credits
THE 103World Religions3 credits
THE 303Comparative Religion3 credits


Course descriptions

ART 101B 2-D Design Back to table
Introduction to basic two-dimensional design concepts, theory and techniques through the study of the principles and elements of art. Color theory and linear perspective will be introduced. (Special fee)

ART 114 – Art Appreciation Back to table
An introduction to the study of art using examples from prehistory to the contemporary world. The course will emphasize how to analyze art critically by introducing the student to the foundations of visual form, such as color theory, perspective, the various media, etc. It will also serve as an introduction to the methods and practice of art history as a discipline, in order to understand historical art and architecture. The course is designed to create a foundation for intermediate and advanced art history courses.

ART 320 – History of Western Art II Back to table
The chronological study of Western art from the Renaissance period through the nineteenth century to modern and postmodern art. Emphasis upon stylistic and technical developments within the historical and cultural setting. (ART 319 is not a prerequisite)

ART 329 World Art I: To 1400 Back to table
An introduction to ancient and medieval art history through the chronological study of key works of visual culture throughout the world, from cave paintings to European cathedrals and Middle Eastern mosques, from the Venus de Milo to the Seated Buddha, and from Egyptian and Maya pyramids to Buddhist stupas. Emphasis will be placed on the shift from prehistoric societies to urban cultures, the rapid development of technical and aesthetic expertise expressed in local traditions, and the emergence of the world’s religions and their impact upon art.

ART 330 World Art II: Since 1400 Back to table
An introduction to early-modern and modern art history through the chronological study of key works of visual culture from throughout the world since 1400. The course will range from Mona Lisa to Japanese anime, from the Taj Mahal to Gauguin in Tahiti, and from contemporary films and videos to the art being made in the U.S. by African-Americans and by Iranian, Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants. Emphasis will be placed on the historical rise and dominance of the West beginning in the Renaissance, concurrent with the flowering of the Aztec and Inca cultures, the Ottoman empire and the Ming Dynasty, the artistic influences exchanged back and forth in the West’s interactions with Africa and Asia, and the emergence of new visual media in the modern world and the growth of artistic multiculturalism. (ART 329 is not a prerequisite)

ART 359A, 459A - INDEPENDENT STUDY: ART HISTORY Back to table
Opportunity for independent research in art history on a topic of special interest to the student. Open to junior or senior majors only, with a 2.5 GPA or higher, and all paperwork to be completed before the end of the semester preceding the Independent Study. Prerequisite: Dean and Department Chair approval required.

ART 408 – Medieval Monuments Back to table
Romanesque and Gothic art and architecture, at the height of the Middle Ages. The cathedral as the dominant artistic and cultural expression of the era will be stressed, plus the art and architecture of chivalry, the castle, the monastery, and the innovations of the Late Gothic period.

ART 409 – Renaissance Art Back to table
Art and architecture of the Renaissance in relation to the political and social structures of the 15th and 16th centuries. Emphasis upon the Italian Renaissance, with Northern Renaissance art also covered.

ART 410 - Art in the Age of Rembrandt Back to table
European art and architecture from 1600-1700, during the Baroque era. Emphasis upon the achievements of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens and Velazquez, in relation to social and intellectual developments, plus the innovations in architecture and the dominance of Versailles.

ART 411 - 19TH Century European Art Back to table
Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism in European art studied in relation to social and intellectual developments.

ART 415 – History of Graphic Design Back to table
An investigation of historical and contemporary visual communications concepts, media and images and their role in graphic design with a primary emphasis on the twentieth century. The course chronicles the events, influences, movements in history that have impacted the graphic design community. This course will begin with the invention of writing and the early cave paintings, moving through the history of printing in Europe to contemporary design theory and ideals.

ART 417 - 20TH Century Art Back to table
Art and architecture in Europe and America from Fauvism and Cubism at the beginning of the century to Postmodernism at the end. The multiculturalism of recent art will be emphasized.

ART 423 – Contemporary Art Back to table
Examination of mixed media painting, sculpture, craft, installation and performance art, and architecture, from 1960 to the present.

ART 487A – Senior Seminar: Art History Back to table
Capstone course for graduating majors, focusing on the leading theories, methods, and professional practices of art history. A senior paper will be written analyzing a work from at least three critical perspectives. Upon completion, a shortened version will be presented at a departmental colloquium. Prerequisite: graduation status.

ART 499A – Internship: Art History Back to table
Practical experience in art history within a professional setting, in most cases a museum, collection, or commercial gallery. Course offering is contingent upon the availability of an appropriate site. In some instances, the student may be responsible for developing the internship site. Prerequisite: Senior status (90+ credit hours); 2.50 cum GPA; and all paperwork to be completed before the end of the semester preceding the internship. Dean and Department Chair approval required. Art History Specialization only.

COM 366 - History of the Moving Image Back to table
This course examines the development of the media that utilize the moving visual image. The first focus of the course will be the history of cinema from the 1890s to the present. The second emphasis will be the history of television, from the early 20th century to the present. Through examination of the history of these two highly influential media, the student will gain an understanding of why and how the film and TV  industries have arrived at their current status. In addition to class meetings, students will be required to attend one weekly screening of a classic example of the medium from the period under discussion. Prerequisite: COM 200. (Alternate years, Fall).

ENG 449 – Film Theory & Criticism Back to table
Introduction of terminology and methodology for critical viewing of films. Discussion of the role of theory in film analysis. Practice in reading films as reflection social, cultural, religious, economic, and aesthetic values of the periods and countries which produce the films. Prerequisite: COM 366 or PHO 421.

HIS 308 – History of Asian Civilization Back to table
Overview of selected major Asian nations with emphasis on twentieth century developments. Prerequisite: HIS 102 or 150.

HIS 383 History of Latin American Colonial Period to 1824 Back to table
A survey of Spanish and Portuguese America from the pre-Columbian era through the end of the colonial period. Prerequisite: HIS 102 or 150.

HIS 384 – Latin American National Period from 1824 to Present Back to table
Overview of selected major Latin American nations with emphasis on twentieth century developments (i.e., revolutions, nationalism). Prerequisite: HIS 102
or 150.

PHI 313 – Philosophy of Art - Aesthetics Back to table
Philosophical study of the nature of art; relation between the various arts, concepts of beauty, the creative process, principles of art criticism, religious art, and symbolism.

PHI 360 – Asian Philosophy Back to table
The study of the major philosophies of India, China, and Japan, and ancient, medieval, and contemporary readings. Confucianism, Taoism, and other major Chinese philosophies. Hinduism and Vedantic philosophies of India. The origins of Buddhism in India, Chinese Buddhism, and Japanese Buddhism (Zen). Contemporary Asian philosophers such as Gandhi, Mao Tse-Tung, and members of the Kyoto school.

PHO 203 – Basic Photography Back to table
An introduction to photography with emphasis placed upon technical, aesthetic, and historical perspectives of this fine art medium. Camera and black and white darkroom procedures are explored. Adjustable camera required; limited number of rental cameras available. (Special fee)

PHO 206 – Digital Photography Back to table
An introduction to digital camera operation, to include manipulation of shutterspeeds and apertures as well as basic computer techniques. Emphasis is placed upon technical, aesthetic and historical perspectives of the medium of photography and digital photography as a fine art. Digital camera required (minimum of 4 Mega Pixels with shutterspeed and aperture priority options).
For non-majors only. Prerequisite: CS 180 or equivalent. (Special fee)

PHO 420 - History of Art/Photography Back to table
An art history overview of the evolution of photography from its invention in the 1820’s up to contemporary experimental work.

PHO 421 – History of Photography, Film & Art Back to table
Integration of the stylistic and technical developments in the history of photography, cinema and painting from 1839 to the present. Emphasis upon the interrelationship of aesthetic movements and cross-fertilizing influence of the different media. Analysis of classic movies as representative examples from
film history.

SOC 306 – Sociology of Art Back to table
A survey of sociological perspectives on the relationship between art and
society. Emphasis on the social production of art, the social uses of art, and
art as an indicator of social processes. Perspectives will be applied to: film, literature, music, painting, and theatre.

THE 103 – World Religions: Spiritual Experiences of Humankind Back to table
A survey of the history, beliefs, practices and contemporary influence of the major religions of the world: Primal Spiritualities, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; a discussion of the basic methods for understanding religions. NOTE: For Freshmen and Sophomores ONLY.

THE 303 – Comparative Religion Back to table
An examination of select religious traditions in cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue through comparison of scriptures, rituals, beliefs and practices.
NOTE: For Juniors and Seniors ONLY.

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