ART 103 History of Modern Art

ART 103 is an online course taught in Canvas with field trips.

Instructor Contact/Course Communication

Nicole Krup Oest

Email: (preferred)

Phone: +1-415-239-3448

Office hours: Fridays 10-11 AM in Visual Arts 133A, Ocean Campus; Fridays 11 AM -12 PM in Zoom (online conferencing tool in Canvas); by appointment

Note about communication response time: I will respond to all course email and voicemail within 48 hours, Monday-Friday, exclusive of school holidays. If you do not hear back from me within 48 hours, assume I did not receive your communication and please resend it. Kindly send all communication from Canvas or your CCSF email account, include the name of the course and the CRN in your email subject line, and sign your email with your name as it appears on the course roster.

Schedule Information

ART 103-Sec 931 is a 16-week, online class.

Course start date: January 27, 2020

Course end date: May 20, 2020

Course Description

ART 103 History of Modern Art

3 units

Survey of modern and contemporary art in Europe and America from the mid-19th century through the early 21st century. Art will be discussed and analyzed from critical and historical perspectives, formal visual elements of style, and social/cultural contexts. Students will learn to identify pivotal artists, styles, and techniques and to critically analyze art within its cultural framework.

This course meets requirementsfor the AA-T in Studio Arts major, CCSF GE Area E Humanities, IGETC Area 3 Arts, and CSU GE-B Area C1 Arts, as well as specific major and general education requirements at various private and public universities. It meets the requirement for broad survey knowledge toward a B.A. degree in Art History.

Prerequisites/corequisites: none

Advisories: none

Method of grading: Only letter

Repeatability: Course is not repeatable.

Time required (units): 3 units; 52.5 lecture hours; 105 homework hours; 157.5 total hours; field trips (see also section on field trips below). The amount of time spent on homework may vary from student to student.

Location: This is an online course taught in Canvas with individual student field trips (see login information and more about the field trip in "Important dates" below).

Regular course meeting times: Asynchronous activities will occur online every week with regular deadlines.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Identify and examine formal visual elements of design and techniques in works of modern and contemporary art and architecture.
  • Evaluate and analyze works of art, applying the visual elements of design and appropriate art historical terminology, in a descriptive/critical analysis.
  • Recognize, define, and differentiate the various styles of modern and contemporary art to compare and contrast stylistic aspects and trends.
  • Examine, evaluate, and assess works of art in relation to the historical, cultural, and sociological context in which they were created.
  • Recognize and identify pivotal works of art by major artists in modern and contemporary art.

Course Syllabus

See the ART 103 course syllabus in Canvas (This is a sample syllabus only. Check back for the current syllabus when the course begins). Please pay special attention to the section on the course drop policy.

Important Dates

A midterm paper will be delivered online and due online. See the course syllabus for due dates.

A final exam will be delivered online and due online. See the course syllabus for due dates.

Field trips: Students will visit the SFMOMA either with the class or on their own for virtual field trips. See the syllabus for the class field trip date.

Follow these steps to access our online course in Canvas:

  1. Bookmark and follow this link to our online classroom in Canvas: This is where you will complete and turn in all work, interact with peers, and be able to contact me.
  2. Type in your CCSF ID for your username. Examples: W12345678 or @12345678
  3. Type in your RAM ID for your password. Find out how to do this in the RAM Instructions Google Doc. Need help with your RAM ID? Call the CCSF Helpdesk at 415-239-3711 or toll-free at 844-693-4357.
  4. Please note: You will not be able to log into the course until the course start date.

Required Textbooks

  • Free Open Educational Resources will be delivered online via links in Canvas.
  • Free library research resources such a books, articles, and online materials from databases such as EBSCOHost and ArtSTOR will be delivered online via links in Canvas.

Recommended Textbook/Further Reading

Kleiner, Fred S. Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, 15th ed. Vol. I. Kentucky: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2016. (Any edition from the past 7 years is acceptable.)

ISBN-13: 978-1305633940

ISBN-10: 1305633946

Copies of this text are on course reserve at the Rosenberg Library. It is not the responsibility of the instructor if the reserve textbooks are checked out, nor does an unavailable reserve book entitle a student to excused late work.

Kleiner, Fred S. Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, 15th ed. Vol. II. Kentucky: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2016. (Any edition from the past 7 years is acceptable.)

ISBN: 978-1-305-64505-9

Copies of this text are on course reserve at the Rosenberg Library. It is not the responsibility of the instructor if the reserve textbooks are checked out, nor does an unavailable reserve book entitle a student to excused late work.

Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing About Art, 11th ed. New York: Pearson Longman, 2014.

ISBN-13: 978-0205886999

ISBN-10: 020588699X

Copies of multiple editions of this text are available at multiple CCSF libraries.

Required Technology

  • Reliable access to a fairly new Mac or PC with a current operating system
  • Current browser (Chrome or Firefox are preferable)
  • Reliable internet connection. Note that you have access to computers for free at CCSF. The main computer lab maintains regular hours during the semester and offers a positive study environment for completing online coursework. Find out more on the Academic Computing Resource Center website.
  • Software for creating PDFs to submit assignments

Recommended Skills

  • Basic computer skills (word processing, email, file management)
  • Basic internet skills (use of browser, searches, uploading/downloading files)
  • Time management skills and a growth mindset


How do I register in a class when I am on a wait list?

If a seat becomes available, you are notified by an email sent to your CCSF email account to register for the class. You have 48 hours (including Saturdays and Sundays) to register for the class from the time the email is sent to you. If you do not register within this time frame, you will be removed from the wait list and the seat is given to the next person on the wait list. You will need to choose “Register” from the Action pull down menu and press the Submit Changes button. See also Wait List FAQs for Students.

Drop policy

If you decide to discontinue this course, it is your responsibility to officially drop it to avoid getting no refund (after 10% of course length), a W symbol (after 20%), or a grade (after 60%). Also, for several consecutive, unexplained absences, the instructor may drop a student.

Students who fail to attend the first class (face-to-face courses) or do not log-in to an online class after the second week will be dropped from the class. It is strongly advised that if you need to miss more than one class/homework deadline in a row that you contact me to avoid being dropped from the class.

How do I prepare myself for a successful start to studying art history online?:

  • Review the course syllabus in Canvas.
  • Plan dedicated time to your online learning: This course will require about 9-10 hours of work a week (157.5 hours for the entire course). Some students may require more or less time to complete tasks, so please use this number of work hours as an estimate.
  • Plan to work fully online: We will not have any required on-campus meetings, however, you should plan to visit at least one local museum to successfully complete coursework. More information will be provided in Canvas.
  • Plan to visit one museum on your own: Please see assignment instructions in Canvas for more information.
  • Plan to ask questions. Need help? Not sure? Don’t wait to reach out to your instructor. My goal to support you and guide you to a successful completion of the course.
  • Read the article, “What Makes a Successful Online Learner” to familiarize yourself with the demands and rewards of online learning.

HELP! What do I do if I cannot login to Canvas or see this course in my dashboard?

You will not be required to log into the course until the first day of the course.

If you are having trouble logging in on the first day of class and are enrolled in the course:

We are here to help you! You can find more support tips and resources in the CCSF Online Support Center.

For other Canvas-related questions, contact the Canvas helpdesk using the Canvas support live chat. or the hotline number available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 844-592-2198.

If you added the course after the start date: You will be able to log in within one business day.

Accommodations/DSPS Statement

Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations should request them from the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) during their open hours at the locations listed on the DSPS website ( or by calling 415-452-5481 (Voice), 415-452-5451 (Telecommunication Device for the Deaf).

As your instructor, I appreciate you contacting me at the start of the semester to alert me to your DSPS accommodations so that I may do my best to ensure the course format meets your specific needs. Please note that if you require DSPS accommodations on specific assignments or exams, you must submit your documentation at least two weeks in advance of the exam date or assignment deadline.