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Art History Minor

Sarah Thompson, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-4459, setfaa@rit.edu

In the art history minor students explore the history of art, architecture, craft, design, photography, and aesthetic theory across multiple cultures, eras, and intellectual perspectives. Art historians examine a society’s artistic production, analyzing form, content, and process to better understand how art expresses meaning within specific cultural contexts. Students completing this minor will be able to use art historical and related methodologies to evaluate works of art, formulate a history of artistic styles, analyze art in relation to its historical setting, and engage with the world of contemporary art. The minor's emphasis on writing and critical thinking complements any academic program while the inclusion of visual analysis, historical context, and theoretical approaches to artistic production make this a useful addition for students seeking careers in areas such as the fine arts, education, design, communication, game design, museum and gallery work, or digital humanities.

Course
Prerequisites
ARTH-135 Survey of Western Art and Architecture: Ancient to Medieval
ARTH-136 Survey of Western Art and Architecture: Renaissance to Modern
Electives
Choose five of the following:
   ARTH-221    Contemporary Design Issues
   ARTH-311    Art of Italy: 1250-1400 
   ARTH-312    Art and Architecture of Italy: 1600-1750 
   ARTH-317    Art and Architecture in Florence and Rome: 15th Century 
   ARTH-318    Art and Architecture in Florence and Rome: 16th Century
   ARTH-345    History of Architecture, Interiors, and Furniture I
   ARTH-346    History of Architecture, Interiors, and Furniture II
   ARTH-364    Art in Paris: Monuments, Museums, Modernity
   ARTH-366    18th and 19th  Century Art
   ARTH-368    20th Century Art: 1900-1950
   ARTH-369    20th Century Art: Since 1950
   ARTH-373    Art of the Last Decade
   ARTH-378    Baroque Painting in Flanders
   ARTH-379    Renaissance Painting in Flanders
   ARTH-457    Art and Activism
   ARTH-392    Theory and Criticism of 20th Century Art
   ARTH-521    The Image
   ARTH-541    Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome
   ARTH-544    Illuminated Manuscripts
   ARTH-550    Topics in Art History
   ARTH-554    Late Medieval Art
   ARTH-558    The Gothic Revival
   ARTH-561    Latin American Art
   ARTH-563    Modern Architecture
   ARTH-566    Early Medieval Art
   ARTH-568    Art and Technology: From the Machine Aesthetic to the Cyborg Age
   ARTH-571    Extreme Abstraction
   ARTH-572    Art of the Americas
   ARTH-573    Conceptual Art
   ARTH-574    Dada and Surrealism
   ARTH-576    Modernism and Its Other
   ARTH-577    Displaying Gender
   ARTH-578    Edvard Munch
   ARTH-581    Realism and the Avant-Garde in Russian Art
   ARTH-582    Medieval Craft
   ARTH-583    Installation Art
   ARTH-584    Scandinavian Modernism
   ARTH-586    History of Things: Studies in Material Culture
   ARTH-587    The Gothic Cathedral
   ARTH-588    Symbols and Symbol-Making: Psychoanalytic Perspective on Art
   DDDD-302    History of Digital Graphics
   GRDE-205    History of Graphic Design
   GRDE-322    Women Pioneers in Graphic Design
   GRDE-326    20th Century Editorial Design History
   IDDE-221    History of Industrial Design
   IDDE-223    History of Modern Furniture
   PHAR-211    History and Aesthetics of Photography I
   PHAR-212    History and Aesthetics of Photography II
   PHIL-303    Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics
   PHIL-313    Philosophy of Film
   PHIL-314    Philosophy of Vision



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The art history minor combines courses from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. It provides studio art majors with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of art history as they refine their own work and prepares them for possible careers in academia, galleries, and museums.

Requirements:
The art history minor is an option available only to students enrolled in BFA programs in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Three courses from each college are required.

Prerequisites:
2039-225 Art and Civilization I
2039-226 Art and Civilization II
2039-227 Art and Civilization III

College of Liberal Arts
Electives
Choose three of the following:
0505-421 Introduction to Museums and Collecting
0505-422 Art Materials: Panel Printing
0505-423 Art Materials: Photography
0505-424 Legal and Ethical Issues for Collecting Institutions
0505-425 Display and Exhibit Design
0505-436 Women’s Stories and Films
0505-437 Forensic Investigation of Art
0505-438 Conservation of Cultural Materials
0505-443 Images of American Life
0505-444 American Painting
0505-445 Issues in American Art
0505-446 American Film of the Studio Era
0505-452 Special Topics*
0505-467 American Film Since the 1960s
0505-468 Art of India and Southeast Asia
0505-469 Art of China, Korea, and Japan
0505-480 Women and the Visual Arts
0505-487 Special Topics: Art of Islam†
0505-491 Traumatic Images
0505-500 African-American Art
0505-504 Memory/Memorial/Monuments
0505-505 Art in the Age of the New Deal
0505-506 Museums of Art and Design
0505-507 Landscape Transformed
0505-516 Queer Looks

* Special Topics (0505-452) may include any of the following: American Architecture, Queer Looks I, Queer Looks II, Harlem Renaissance, Visual Culture, Reading Images, Traumatic Images, Art of Dying.

† Special Topics (0505-487) may include the following: Persian/Turkish/Mughal Traditions or Art of Islam: Arabic Tradition.

College of Imaging Arts and Science
Electives
Choose three of the following:
2039-300 History of Design
2039-306 Architecture, Interiors, and Furniture History I
2039-307 Architecture, Interiors, and Furniture History II
2039-308 Architecture, Interiors, and Furniture History III
2039-310 History of Crafts
2039-315 Pre-Columbian Art
2039-330 Philosophy of Art
2039-335 15th Century Art and Architecture in Florence and Rome
2039-340 Symbols and Symbol Making
2039-345 16th Century Art and Architecture in Florence and Rome
2039-355 Latin American Art
2039-360 18th and 19th Century Art
2039-365 20th Century Art (1900-1950)
2039-368 Scandinavian Modernism
2039-375 20th Century Art Since 1950
2039-376 Renaissance Painting/Flanders
2039-385 Installation Art
2039-390 Native American Art and Culture
2039-395 Theory and Criticism of 20th Century Art
2039-410 The Art of Art History
2039-415 Thinking About Making Art
2039-425 Public Art/Public Space
2039-430 Dada and Surrealism
2039-433 What Is Postmodernism?
2039-435 Art of the Last Decade
2039-438 Body in Art
2039-440 Conceptual Art
2039-450 Pop Art and Pop Culture
2039-452 Art and Activism
2039-459 Art of Central Italy 1250-1400
2039-469 Baroque Rome
2039-553 Special Topics*

* Special Topics (2039-553) may include any of the following: Gothic Art in Europe, Russian Art, Arts and Crafts Movement, Castles and Cathedrals, Global Visual Culture, Streamlining America, The Gothic Revival, Displaying Gender, The Russian Avant Garde 1850-1960, Passion for Porcelain.