MSU Billings Catalog

ARTH - Art History

ARTH 150 Introduction to Art History. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Surveys world art from prehistory through the present day with the objective of developing a critical understanding of art forms in their historical and cultural context.

Department: Art

ARTH 160 Global Visual Culture. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Examines visual culture, which includes painting, sculpture, photography, the Internet, performance, cinema, advertising, and television, as our primary means of communication and of understanding our postmodern world. Explores the effects of global visual culture on specific cultures and societies. Special emphasis on the importance of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and the body in visual culture.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Art

ARTH 321 Renaissance & Baroque Art. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall (even years)

Prerequisite(s): ARTH 150 or consent of instructor.

Surveys the major artistic developments in Europe from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. In addition to examining the stylistic evolution of Renaissance and Baroque art, this course also addresses the relationship of cultural production to social customs, intellectual trends, political systems, and religious beliefs. Emphasis on the works of Jan Van Eyck, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo daVinci, Michelangelo, Albrecht Durer, Titian, Caravaggio, Artemisia Gentileschi, Bernini, Rubens, Velazquez, and Rembrandt.

Department: Art

ARTH 342 Modern Art. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring (even years)

Prerequisite(s): ARTH 150 or consent of instructor.

Surveys major developments in European and American art from the late eighteenth century to the present. Focuses on the aesthetics and philosophies of modernism and postmodernism and their cultural and political contexts.

Department: Art

ARTH 352 Visual Theory & Criticism. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall

Prerequisite(s): ARTH 150, WRIT 101.

Covers reading, research and discussion of the thought of historic and contemporary art critics and theoreticians, relating them to the practice of creating art.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Art

ARTH 436 The History of Women in Art. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall (odd years)

Prerequisite(s): WRIT 101; Preferred background ARTH 150.

Provides a thematic and chronological survey of women as creators, collectors, and the subject of art, beginning with the medieval period and finishing in the present day. Emphasizes the institutional and ideological factors that have made it difficult for women to achieve equal status in the arts, the Women’s Art Movement of the 1970’s, and contemporary feminist art.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Art

ARTH 439 American Indian Art. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Fall (even years)

Presents an overview and analysis of Native American art forms, techniques, and traditions. Background and interpretation of traditional and contemporary styles and symbols important to both tribal and individual expression. Includes discussion of tribal arts and crafts associations, markets and exhibitions, and federal laws.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Art

ARTH 451 Contemporary Art. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring (odd years)

Prerequisite(s): WRIT 101; Preferred background ARTH 150.

Surveys developments in the world of art since 1970.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Art

ARTH 455 Art & the Environment. 3 Credits

Term Typically Offered: Spring (even years)

Prerequisite(s): WRIT 101 or ENST 210; Preferred background ARTH 150.

Explores the relationship between artistic expression and the natural environment from a cross-cultural and historical perspective. Emphasis on landscape painting, architectural site planning, earthworks, land art and the impact of environmentalism, eco-feminism and holistic worldviews on contemporary art production.

Lecture Hours 3

Department: Art

ARTH 492 Independent Study. 1-5 Credits

Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor and department chairperson.

Provides outstanding students an opportunity to explore material not covered by regular Art courses.

Lecture Hours 1-5

Department: Art

ARTH 494 Seminar/Workshop. 1-5 Credits

Provides advanced students an opportunity to intensively investigate topics pertinent to the field of Art.

Lecture Hours 1-5

Department: Art

ARTH 495 Practicum in Art. 1-5 Credits

Prerequisite(s): consent of instructor.

Provides experience in a responsible appointment as an assistant in some specialized area of the Art Program.

Lecture Hours 1-5

Department: Art

ARTH 498 Internship/Cooperative Educ. 1-9 Credits

Provides university credit for a work experience in the area of Art supervised by faculty. Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).

Department: Art