Art History

Art History Before 1450

VAFA191

This survey course covers painting, sculpture, and/or architecture from the Paleolithic period through the age of Gothic cathedrals. Students gain a formal understanding of ancient, classical, and medieval art. They interpret selected examples of Western art using a variety of analytic methodologies, including cultural, religious, social, political, and/or economic context.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Art History After 1450

VAFA192

This survey course covers painting, sculpture, and/or architecture from the Renaissance through Impressionism. Students gain a formal understanding of Western art by major artists of the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. They interpret selected examples of art using a variety of analytic methodologies, including cultural, religious, social, political, and/or economic context.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

History of Modern Art

VAFA193

This survey course covers painting, sculpture, and/or architecture from the late-nineteenth century up to the present. Students gain a formal understanding of major twentieth-century stylistic movements. They interpret selected examples of Modern art using a variety of analytic methodologies, including cultural, religious, social, political, and/or economic context.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

American Art History

VAFA194

This survey course covers the history of American painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and other significant arts and crafts from the settlement period to the present. Students gain a formal understanding of American art. Students examine American art from cultural, social, and economic perspectives.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Non-Western Art History

VAFA195

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.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Graphic Design History

VAGD190

This graphic design survey course covers visual communication since the Middle Ages, focusing on the period from the Arts & Crafts Movement through Postmodernism. Students gain a formal understanding, and they interpret selected examples using a variety of analytic methodologies, including cultural, religious, social, political, and/or economic context.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or better or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

The Art of Independent Cinema (formerly COMC141)

VACV141

Students examine films made outside of the film industry, which fall into three genres -- experimental, documentary, and animated. Particular emphasis is given to form and technique and how they are used to express meaning. The course traces the development of alternative cinema from its beginnings to the present.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

The Art of Theatrical Cinema

VACV142

Students examine the art and craft of the narrative cinema as it has developed from the beginning of film history to the present. Feature films are analyzed for their visual and story elements, as well as their historic, cultural, religious, political, and economic context.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

History of American Furniture

VAFW190

Students analyze American furniture in the context of craft, elements of style, connoisseurship, historical influences, connections to European and Eastern traditions, socio-economics, regionalism, pattern books, and related domestic architecture.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Writing Placement Test score of 6 or COMP107 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

History of American Architecture

HIST198

A survey of American architectural styles with emphasis on Bucks County's role in this development.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None