ART 1 COURSE FLIER

**Thank you for your interest in Art 1, Introduction to Art History at Berkeley City College (BCC). Please note this is a fully online course that has been custom developed for BCC students.


**Online classes and their wait lists fill quickly. Students on waitlists have priority to receive permission to add codes. On the first day of class only please email capelian@peralta.edu and request an add code for a specific course number.


**The 6, 10, and 14 week versions of this class are intensive and accelerated. Before you enroll in this version of the course, please consider your schedule and prior commitments.


**To communicate with your instructor, students must list an current email in Passport and Moodle . If you do not list a current address, you will not receive emails from your instructor.

**Only students can change their email addresses in Moodle and Passport/Prompt. 
Technical problems? Email online@peralta.edu

**There is no on-campus orientation.

**How to log on to the course website and begin the semester?  Scroll down and read the instructions for the correct semester at  http://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/de/ .

**How to apply to BCC and enroll? Go to BCC's enrollment system, PassportSorry no auditors.


**New to Berkeley City College or adding with an add slip on the first day of class? Read more information at BCC's A&R website.


**New to online learning? Explore the links at the Berkeley City College Distance Education / Online Courses website.

 

Course Description

 

Art 1 introduces students to the study of art history and visual cultures. We explore how historians, critics, artists and museum curators narrate and understand artistic expressions over time, especially the 20th-21st centuries. The course covers western, non-western, fine and popular images, objects and structures.  Students create detailed visual observations and learn the basics of major art history and cultural studies approaches (e.g. formalist, ideological, feminist, multicultural, and psychoanalytic, among others). Students also learn key terms and expressions within the art history and visual studies discourses. There is a strong emphasis on visual analysis. The course is completely online; there is no on-campus orientation.  

Art 1 can be transferred for UC and CSU credit. Check with your school counselor and assist.org

Also, please see relevant links at the BCC Online College Transfer Center


Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)


  • Employ the vocabulary and concepts of formal analysis (visual analysis) specific to the visual arts and art history.
  • Identify and contextualize artworks according to their formal, iconographic, and social functions.

Supplemental SLOs

 

  • learn how material culture can be relevant to its social and historical contexts

 

  • learn art and architecture history terminology

 

  • hone ability to critically evaluate art and art historical narratives from multiple viewpoints

 

  • practice detailed visual observation, digesting and synthesizing what you see and read, and presenting your arguments and analysis in writing

 

Grading, Textbooks and Requirements

 

Final course grade is based upon

 

(1)          weekly to bi-weekly quizzes or short writing assignments  in discussion forums

(2)          a midterm exam

(3)          a final exam

(4)          a 3-4 page research project on artwork in a museum you will visit in person. Project is due towards the end of the semester. 

 

Assignment deadlines are usually Tuesdays, 11:55 pm.  Students are generally given approximately 7 days to complete weekly assignments (reading and quizzes, for example) and at least 5 weeks to complete the research project.

 

Besides online reading, there is one required textbook: Laurie Schneider Adams, The Methodologies of Art : An Introduction, 2009 (ISBN: 978-0813344508) 2nd edition . One copy will be on 2-hour reserve in the BCC library. Bring your Photo ID with a current enrollment sticker to Room 124C, first floor.

I do not recommend buying an earlier edition for the following reasons: different information, page assignments on the syllabus, and images, all of which negatively affect your exam scores.

 

To succeed in Art 1, students are required to

 

(a)          have reliable and consistent access to the Internet and an email account during the entire semester

 

(b)          study more independently than in on-campus courses

 

(c)           read more than in on-campus courses (most coursework is text-based)

 

(d)          log into the course website a few times a week each week throughout the semester  

 

(e)          learn new technology as necessary for the course

 

Students Requiring Special Accommodations (PSSD): Please email your instructor formal notification of your needs before the semester begins so you can be prepared for the Week 1 quiz.