This course offers a foundation in the visual arts, elements, styles, and critical analysis for beginning art students. Emphasis is on identifying and explaining styles of visual arts from various cultures, eras, and places. The course focuses on the interpretation of art to understand meaning, and the ability to make critical judgment based on principles of art. Students learn to communicate ideas and expression through their own creative work in a two-dimensional, three-dimensional, video, and other time-based media.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
Topics and Objectives
Defining the Visual Arts
- Differentiate the visual arts from other art forms of creative expression.
- Define aesthetics and the aesthetic eras.
- Explain the role of visual art as a cultural value.
Understanding How the Visual Arts Communicate Meaning
- List the elements and principles of visual arts design.
- Identify the basics of visual arts composition.
- Analyze and interpret a work of visual art.
- Evaluate the quality of an artwork based on the elements and principles of visual design.
Differentiating the Visual Arts Media
- Compare the skills needed for drawing and painting.
- Explain how sculpture and architecture shape the environment.
- Distinguish form and function in crafts and decorative arts.
Distinguishing the Historical and Aesthetic Eras of the Visual Arts
- Compare the function of visual art in the ancient and classical eras.
- Recognize the way aesthetic values evolved through art historical eras.
- Analyze how neoclassical ideals precipitated the aesthetics of romanticism.
Conceptualizing Visual Art in the Modern Era
- Identify the artistic and aesthetic movements in the late 19th and early 20th century.
- Explain the influence of new technologies on the visual arts.
- Describe how art communicates meaning, aesthetic awareness, and cultural value.
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Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether or not credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.