Course Summary
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40 hours (self-paced)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Art Appreciation or Techniques Of Art


The course objective is to provide an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections, including a brief study of art history, and in-depth studies of the elements, media, and methods used in creative thought and processes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and describe the elements and principles of art
  • Compare and contrast different methods, mediums, and materials artists use to create two- and three-dimensional works of visual art
  • Interpret examples of visual art using analytical skills
  • Identify the processes and materials involved in art and architectural production
  • Explain the role and effect of the visual arts in societies, history, and other world cultures
  • Connect formal attributes of art with their meaning and expression
  • Articulate the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic themes and issues that artists examine in their work
  • Utilize information to locate, evaluate, and communicate about visual art in its various forms

General Course Topics:

  • Defining art
  • Process and training of who makes art
  • Finding meaning in art
  • The elements and principles of visual language in art
  • Artistic media
  • Architecture
  • Our world in art
  • Myths, dreams, and spirituality in art
  • Art in the western world
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations

Minimum Passing Score:

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