Survey of Western Art

Course NameSurvey of Western Art
Course CodeART100
DescriptionThe course presents an introductory survey of History of the Western Art from the Paleolithic era to the last large art style of Baroque, with an overlap to the present day. The scope of the course is broad, focusing on a limited set of major examples which will document the most important pieces in the eyes of the art historians. The course will not be, however, about memorizing names and dates. It will rather try to expose students to the beauty of art and deepen their historical understanding. It will allow them to observe pieces of art in their context of time and specific meaning, as well as an artistic value. Students will sharpen their visual skills and learn to apply their knowledge to works of art that they may have never been exposed to before.
There will also be scheduled field trips to the art museums in Prague to see and admire the works of art face to face.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
-Learn to appreciate and enjoy art.
-Identify art styles and relate them to their historical context.
-Further develop skills in the analysis and interpretation of works of visual art.
-Recognize and start to explain changes in art over the ages, and understand how these changes reflect and illuminate wider changes in society.
-Further develop / strengthen writing skills in the analysis and interpretation of works of art.
SchoolSchool of Journalism, Media, and Visual Arts
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS