Upcoming Study Abroad Info Meeting


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World Art II Timeline

tikitoki“What’s the difference between Baroque and Rococo?”
“What was happening artistically in Asia during the Seventeenth Century?”

There are lots of web resources to help you answer these and other art historical questions, but MSU Denver now has its own. For the last two years, students in Jessica Weiss’s World Art II courses have contributed to an interactive timeline, and it now has over 200 object reports!

Click here to check out the “World Art II: 1400-1900 Online Timeline”

Wondering what to register for?

Registration for Summer and Fall semesters is going on now! If you’re wondering what to register for we encourage you to meet with your faculty advisor or any of the art history faculty to plan your courses and make sure you’re on the path to graduation. To help you make informed decisions about the upper-division courses being offered here is a list of what is coming up for summer and fall:

Summer 2017

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ARTH 3340: Asian Art

Description: This course is a survey of the art of India, China, and Japan. It will include a study of the cultural, historical, and religious factors that have influenced the development of visual cultures in these three particular civilizations. A key theme is the interaction among cultural traditions not only within India, China, and Japan but also through international processes of trade, colonialism, and nationalism. Special attention will be placed on works found in the Denver Art Museum.

Credits: 3; Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1600 with “C-” or better; or permission of department

Fall 2017

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ARTH 3310: African Art

Description: This course examines the art of the continent of Africa and evaluates the ways it has been studied and displayed. It traces historical relationships between regions, from the shores of the Mediterranean and the Nile Valley, the west and Ivory Coast, to the central regions and east and south to the Swahili Coast and the Cape.

Credits: 3; Prerequisite(s): ENG 1009 or ENG 1010 and ENG 1020 or ENG 1021; or permission of department; Cross Listed Course(s): AAS 3310


ARTH 3421: Medieval Art

Description: This course is a study of art and culture from the 4th to the 14th centuries in Europe and the Mediterranean. The art of this period is considered within a larger social history tied to the changing and overlapping influences of various religious beliefs, political systems, and economic structures. Stylistic development, patronage, iconography, and functionality are explored in addition to considerations of materials, techniques, and aesthetic theories. The course includes the arts of sculpture, metalwork, manuscript illumination, tapestry, stained glass, painting, and architecture.

Credits: 3; Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1700 with “C-” or better; or permission of department  

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ARTH 3690: History of Communication Design                                                                            
Description: This course presents a comprehensive study of communication design using the interpretive framework of “Technologies of Change.” This framework allows focus on movements, people, places, and processes that have revolutionized society’s relationship with visual communication. Contemporary scholarship in design is contextualized with this historical framework so that recent innovations in the field may be explored. Students identify historical problems in the field of study and examine variations in scholarly interpretations of works of design.

Credits: 3; Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1700 with “C-” or better; or permission of department


ARTH 3790: Photography and Modernism

Description: This course examines relationships between photography, modernity as a social condition, and modernism as an artistic movement. The study is broad in scope, including photographs from the late 19th century through the 21stcentury, but takes a thematic approach. Case studies of particular photographs, movements, and exhibitions provide course content, and students relate images to scholarly articles on the social, aesthetic, and political context of modernism and modernity. Critical approaches to modernism, including postmodernism, deconstruction and post-colonialism, are also explored and related to contemporary practices in photographic art.

Credits: 3; Prerequisite(s): ARTH 2080 or ARTH 3080 with “C-” or better; or permission of department


ARTH 450A: VT: Critical Issues Public Art

Description: This course examines critical issues in public art, monuments, and memorials from the advent of the Art in Architecture program at the General Services Administration in 1934 to the present. The first section of the course outlines the theoretical discourses surrounding public art, including the definition of a public/publics, theories on public and private space, and issues with memory and memorialization. Students then study current scholarship on site-specific issues in public art, monuments and memorials located in the United States and beyond. Throughout the course, students consider how public art functions in the context of its local community, varying modes of interaction between artists and publics in the creation of such works, and how public art can reveal the often conflicting ideologies of the groups creating the works, and the publics they purport to represent. Site visits to local public art, monuments, and memorials will be required.

Credits: 3; Prerequisite(s): ARTH 1700 and ARTH 2080 with “C-” or better and satisfaction of Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy requirements; or permission of department)