VAFA195 Non-Western Art History

Department of The Arts: Art History

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA195 Non-Western Art History
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
Museum trip is mandatory.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course surveys the art and architecture of India, China, and Japan, from the earliest times to the 19th century. Indian art is presented in the context of Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic traditions. Relationships between Chinese and Japanese art are examined. Influence in Islamic and Western culture is also explored.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. recognize the major art historical periods of Non-Western art (India, China, and Japan);
    2. describe the forms of Non-Western art using appropriate art historical vocabulary (i.e., perform a formal analysis);
    3. identify and explain the subject matter of a work of art;
    4. interpret the possible meaning of a work of art within an appropriate and arguable context (as appropriate, explain how Non-Western art has a relationship with Western art based on cultural contact and exchange); and
    5. apply research skills using library resources and/or scholarly Internet sites
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The topics in Indian art include Prehistoric Indian art, Early Buddhist art, Gandhara period, Kushan period, Gupta period, South & North "Medieval" periods, and Islamic Indian art. The topics in Chinese art include the Neolithic period and Shang Dynasty, Zhou Dynasty and Warring States period, Quin and Han Dynasties, Six Dynasties period, Tang Dynasty, Northern and Southern Song Dynasties, Yuan Dynasty, and Ming Dynasty. The topics in Japanese art include Prehistoric period, Asuka and Nara periods, Heian period, Kamakura period, Muromachi period, Momoyama period, and Edo period. Students learn in class and through museum visits. Mastery of basic terminology used in the study of visual art forms is emphasized.
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. required exams that include essay questions
    2. required museum paper with proper use and citation of research materials
    3. optional quizzes
    4. optional writing assignments
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Slides, video, digital technology, and supplementary readings are selected by instructor. Instructor-selected textbook. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 1/2010; Revised 2/2011; Pre-req added 12/2014; New Core 8/2015