May 22, 2019  
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog 
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ART 250 - Art History: The Western Tradition

3 Credit Hours

A study of the nature of Art, according to the Western tradition, and the comparison of a variety of art expressions through texts, videos and direct observation. Field trips to museums and art galleries are part of the course. Writing about art experiences will also be an important component of this course. This course is recommended for Art majors.

Prerequisite(s): COM 121  or COM 122  

Semesters Offered: Fall/Spring Online Only


A survey of Art introduces students to the cultural and visual history of mankind through examination of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Meaning in art and expressive intent in art-making are important components of understanding art.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify works of art which are considered to represent the greatest achievements of Western Civilization

  2. Evaluate form, technique, and style used in production of art works

  3. Identify how world view influences art, artists, and patrons in each period viewed

  4. Use writing, discussion, and library research to analyze how historical changes influence concepts, movements, artists, and patrons in art

  5. Critique verbally, and in writing, artworks viewed at local art galleries or museums using a formal, stylistic or contextual analysis

  6. Identify major geo-political and religious transformations in Western civilization as they relate to the art and architecture from pre-history to the Renaissance period

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