Course Contents at a Glance

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The following list shows a summary of the topics covered in this course. To see all of the course pages, visit the Table of Contents.

Module 1: Elements and Principles of Design

  • Form and Content
  • Elements of Design
  • Principles of Design
  • Types of Representation

Module 2: What Is Art?

  • Art as a kind of communication and expression of culture
  • Purposes of Art
  • Aesthetics
  • Perception and Value
  • The Ongoing Definition of Art

Module 3: Context and Perspective

  • Perspective
  • Subjective vs. Objective Analysis
  • Context
  • Critical Modalities
  • Cultural and World Perspective
  • Symbolism

Module 4: Periods in Art History

  • Key Characteristics of Art: Prehistory
  • Key Characteristics of Art: Age of Faith
  • Key Characteristics of Art: Renaissance through Baroque
  • Key Characteristics of Art: Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
  • Key Characteristics of Art: 1900 to the Present
  • Compare Artworks—Similar Period
  • Compare Artworks—Different Periods and Cultures
  • Historical Influence of Art

Module 5: Fine Art Media and Technique

  • Two-Dimensional Arts
  • Three-Dimensional Techniques
  • Architecture
  • Time-Based Art
  • Digital Technology

Module 6: Research, Communicate, and Evaluate Arts Information

  • Evaluate Source Materials
  • Document Sources