ART 200 - History of Non-Western Art at New River Community College

Course Description

Effective: 2021-05-01

Explores art as an integral aspect of cultures from Africa, Asia, Islamic groups, Oceania, Native America, and pre-Columbian Central and South America. Increases understanding of the formal and iconographic properties of these works by examining the philosophies, social customs, and ritual practices of their cultures. The assignments in the course require the reading of scholarly articles and researched-based writing.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

General Course Purpose

This course introduces students to the art of Non-Western regions, including Africa, Asia, Islamic groups, Oceania, Native America, and pre-Columbian Central and South America. Topics covered include the exploration of artistic techniques, localized notions of aesthetics, the influence of philosophical or religious beliefs in art, and the impact of social and political commentary in visual culture. By viewing art as an extension of cultural values, the student will gain a fundamental understanding of artwork from these regions of the world.

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Major Topics to be Included

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