Contact Information

Contact Information
Division
Liberal Arts
Dean
Anne Fleischmann (Interim)
Associate Dean
Lynn Medeiros (Interim)
Location
Division Office
W 107, Rocklin Campus

Overview

Art history encompasses the study of visual objects from the earliest human creations to the contemporary world. We live in an increasingly visual world, and the discipline of art history provides students a framework for critically interacting with that world. Through historical surveys and introduction to critical theory, students are equipped with the skills to recognize and analyze the style, form, and context of objects in isolation and in comparison. At the core of this study is verbal and written fluency in visual literacy. Students will be able to recognize and thoughtfully scrutinize the fundamental relationships between art and production, materials, individual creativity, communication, power, value systems, and culture.

Faculty

Brenna M. Chapman

Professor, Art/Art History/Women and Gender Studies

B.A., University of California, Davis
M.A., University of California, Davis

Degrees/Certificates

Art History for Transfer

AA-T Degree

Art History is a program that provides students with an understanding of the history of visual arts and architecture. The program curriculum introduces students to the different art historical methodologies that shape the study of art of the past and present. Students examine art objects stylistically and contextually while highlighting a relationship between the object and the cultural values and beliefs of its creators. Students also explore the role of the artist, the patrons and the audience of art throughout history. The courses emphasize the fundamentals of visual analysis resulting in critical thinking and writing, as well as visual literacy.

The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Art History or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

The exact wording of the law pertaining to associate degrees for transfer may be found in Education Code Section 66746.

It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

RESTRICTION: International coursework from non-United States regionally accredited institutions cannot be applied to associate degrees for transfer.

Required Courses
ARHI 0110Survey of Western Art I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages3
ARHI 0120Survey of Western Art II: Renaissance Traditions3
ARHI 0130Survey of Western Art III: Modern through Contemporary3
ART 0004ADrawing I3
Select 3 units from the following Art History courses:3
History of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and Oceania
History of Asian Art
History of Islamic Art
Select 3 units from the following, or unused course from the preceding area:3
History of Women in Art
History and Aesthetics of Photography (also PHOT 10)
Select 3 units from the following Studio Arts courses:3
Two-Dimensional Design Foundations
Three-Dimensional Design Foundations
Color Theory
Oil Painting I
Sculpture I
Ceramics I
Printmaking I
Digital Art Studio: Concepts and Practices (also AAD 0073)
Elementary Photography
Total Units21

Courses

Understanding course descriptions

ARHI 0101. Art Appreciation

Units: 3
Formerly known as ART 10
Hours: 54 lecture
Introductory course for non-art majors offering a look at works of art through the study of theory, terminology, themes, design principles, media, techniques, with an introduction to the visual arts across time and diverse cultures. (C-ID ARTH 100) (CSU, UC)

ARHI 0110. Survey of Western Art I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages

Units: 3
Formerly known as ART 1A
Hours: 54 lecture
Survey of developments in European and Near Eastern art and visual culture from Paleolithic times through the Middle Ages, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and early Christian and Islamic cultures. Significant monuments and artworks of each major culture discussed, analyzed, and placed within historical context. Special attention paid to architectural monuments as both political and religious structures, the development of figural sculpture, and the evolving debate over the rightful ownership of ancient objects. (C-ID ARTH 110) (CSU, UC)

ARHI 0120. Survey of Western Art II: Renaissance Traditions

Units: 3
Formerly known as ART 1B
Hours: 54 lecture
Survey of developments in western art and visual culture from 1400-1850. Significant artists and monuments of each major period and region discussed, analyzed, and placed within historical context. Special attention given to the evolving status of the artist, the development of major European art institutions, and the functions of art and architecture within society. (combined with ARHI 130, C-ID ARTH 120) (CSU, UC)

ARHI 0130. Survey of Western Art III: Modern through Contemporary

Units: 3
Formerly known as ART 1C
Hours: 54 lecture
Study of the historical development of art and architecture in Europe and the United States from early-nineteenth century to contemporary practices. Significant artists and structures of each major region and period discussed and analyzed within their historical contexts with special attention given to the changing status of the artist, the development of major Western art institutions and the functions of art and architecture in society. (combined with ARHI 120, C-ID ARTH 120) (CSU, UC)

ARHI 0132. History of Women in Art

Units: 3
Formerly known as ART 1E
Hours: 54 lecture
Women in the arts in western civilization including their influence as artists and patrons as well as representations of women from ancient times to the present. (CSU, UC)

ARHI 0134. History and Aesthetics of Photography

Units: 3
Formerly known as ART 11
Also known as PHOT 10
Hours: 54 lecture
Historical and thematic survey of photography as an art form and communication tool from its invention to the present. Explores various critical perspectives including aesthetic and design principles, influential themes, periods, and photographers. Investigates technical considerations, photography's role in the development of mass culture and other societal influences. (CSU, UC)

ARHI 0140. History of the Arts of Africa, the Americas, and Oceania

Units: 3
Formerly known as ART 1G
Hours: 54 lecture
Study of various art forms of the cultures of Africa, the Americas, and Oceania from prehistoric times to the present. (C-ID ARTH 140) (CSU, UC)

ARHI 0150. History of Asian Art

Units: 3
Formerly known as ART 1D
Hours: 54 lecture
Study of the painting, sculpture, architecture and other art forms of India, China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia from prehistoric times to present. (C-ID ARTH 130) (CSU, UC)

ARHI 0155. History of Islamic Art

Units: 3
Formerly known as ART 1F
Hours: 54 lecture
Islamic art and architecture from Arabic, Persian, and Indian cultures. Formation of Islamic art, history, and philosophy. Works of art from Muslim countries and regions. Comparison with art from other major Asian religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism as well as European traditional art inspired by religion. (CSU, UC)

ARHI 0814. Art Appreciation: Identification of Various Periods of Art

Units: 0
Formerly known as ART 814
Hours: 8 to 18 lecture as scheduled
Course designed for older adults. An overview of the development of various periods of art movements. Includes impact of culture, religion, and political atmosphere on art and the identification of major works of art and artists in each period. Each class section focuses on one period or genre, such as Italian Renaissance, French Impressionism, Dutch Baroque, Arts of Islam, Feminist Art, Chinese Painting, or Art of the City. May be repeated. (noncredit)

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Differentiate and evaluate verbally or in written form a work of art (his or her own art, the work of other students, and/or historical works of art) in terms of technical and aesthetic success and historical/cultural references.
  • Analyze problem, formulate/invent idea then execute and use  appropriate techniques to build or construct a solution/project that meets assignment criteria.
  • Practice and demonstrate appropriate, safe and sustainable studio/lab practices, when inventing and producing solutions, to meet assigned project criteria.
  • Use both pre-compiled knowledge and devise alternative knowledge structures to demonstrate understanding of works of art.  Identify, analyze, and/or create images and objects which may contain multiple meanings and ways of communicating.
  •  Identify and analyze the achievements and contributions of significant artists and cultures throughout history.