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Undergraduate Courses – Spring 2021

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PLEASE NOTE: Regarding Prerequisites, ARH 3056/3057 are equivalent to the current survey courses ARH 2050/2051. 
3056 and 3057 no longer exist. If you see these numbers as prerequisites, 2050 and 2051 are the actual prerequisites.

gold trophy head Asante ARH 3515-01/02  Arts of Africa
Jennifer Baez
This course surveys the arts of Africa, from ancient rock art to the present. Students will examine the visual, material, and embodied expressions of cross-cultural contact and community life across Africa. Through a regional approach, the course addresses how key events such as tourism, the arrival of Islam and Christianity, and European colonialism shaped the way aesthetic objects were produced and consumed. This is a World Arts course.
ARH 4353–01 Northern Baroque Art
Dr. Robert Neuman

T/R 1:20–2:35pm
This course examines the Golden Age of painting, sculpture, and architecture in France, England, and the Netherlands, showing how such figures as Rembrandt and Vermeer encoded meaning in works of detailed realism and contributed to the rise of new subjects in art, including still life, landscape, and portraiture.

ARH 4372–01 Spanish Colonial Art I: The Habsburg Period (1492/1516-1700)
Dr. Paul Niell

This course surveys the art, architecture, and visual/material culture of Spain’s colonial territories during the period of early European expansion and Austrian Habsburg rule. It examines a wide array of visual and material expressions, including painting, sculpture, architecture, urban space, prints, ephemera, ceramics, furniture, clothing, among other things. The course considers relationships between visual/material culture and such issues as colonialism, slavery, race, and gender.
ARH 4710-01 History of Photography
Dr. Adam Jolles
This course surveys the evolution of photography from its invention in the mid-19th century to the present. We will examine photography’s amateur, artistic, documentary, journalistic, juridical, and scientific applications, and the numerous technical transformations that radically altered its historical trajectory. We emphasize the close study of images and critical texts by photographers and critics alike.

ARH 4933-01 Contemporary Arts of Africa and its Diasporas
Dr. Tenley Bick
T/R 11:35am–12:50pm
Subfields: Modern & Contemporary, Non-Western
This course is a survey of contemporary African art, conceived as the work of African artists on the continent and within its diasporas from the early years of Independence in the 1950s to the present. In addition to providing an overview of the varied practices, key themes, and central discussions within contemporary African art, this course also addresses the terms of the field through critical study of its historiography.

ARH 4933–02  Digital Media for Museums
Dr. Kristin Dowell
From interviews to guided gallery tours to social media posts, students will acquire hands-on training in media production skills while gaining professional development experience.   We explore the representational techniques, storytelling methods, and ethics that professionals employ when using media for museum exhibitions, community engagement, oral histories and cultural heritage projects.
IDS 2678-01 Apocalypse: The End of the World in Art (E-Series)
Dr. Rick Emmerson
This course studies the representation of the apocalypse in art from the Bible and the Middle Ages to the present, analyzing manuscript illustrations, films, paintings, and texts to determine why and how people thought the world will end. It examines the influence of apocalyptic beliefs on history, religion, politics, and contemporary fears of nuclear war and environmental disaster.

Undergraduate Seminars for Fall 2020

As capstone courses for the art history undergraduate curriculum, these seminars serve as an introduction to graduate study in the field. Although only one seminar is required for the major, taking multiple seminars will make you more academically competitive if you plan to continue with graduate study.


ARH 4800-01 Early Modern Prints

Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Wednesday 12:20–3:05
This course will examine some of the issues at stake in the study of prints, such as circulating fake news, early modern prints that inspired today’s social media (Facebook and selfies!), fixing categories of peoples and animals, practices of copying, centers of production, modes of collecting, the print as a work of art, and other instances of reception.
ARH 4800-02 The Art of the Medieval Body
Dr. Erika Loic
Friday  12:00–2:30 pm
What can the arts of the Middle Ages tell us about contemporary attitudes towards embodiment and different categories of bodies? In this seminar, we examine medieval representations of the body as well as objects and spaces designed to have specific effects on the body. Among other topics, we consider gender and gender expression, race and ethnicity, disability, and the role of the body in religious practices.


Recurring Foundation Courses​

ARH 2000: Art, Architecture, and Artistic Vision – Online
Dr. Sarah Buck
Liberal Studies Designation: State-Wide; Humanities & Cultural Practice Core.
NOTE: Course counts for Art History minor requirements, but not for major.
ARH 2000 is a fully-online art-appreciation course that introduces students to diverse forms of art and architecture created throughout history. Designed for remote learning since 2014, ARH 2000 is organized into weekly thematic modules that conclude with interactive assignments and discussions designed to encourage learning through role-playing, reflecting, and creating (no artistic skill necessary!). Some assignments include: create a parade float; commission a self-portrait; review a new art installation on campus for the campus paper; design a commemorative monument memorializing an important life event. By completing this course’s interactive assignments and participating in this class, students actively practice thinking about art and its relevance to the world in which we live.
ARH 2050/2051: Art History Surveys
Required for Art History majors
Making and viewing art are practices fundamental to human experience, and the historical study of art works offers a unique perspective on our social and cultural development. These introductory survey courses provide an overview of Western art history from prehistory to the late Medieval period (2050) and from the early Renaissance to the end of the 20th century (2051). We will explore major themes such as the changing status of the artist and the impact of religion, politics, and technology on the production of art.
**Sections and times vary; see Student Central Course Search.
Hunters in the Snow with FSU (with apologies to P. Bruegel) ARH 2814–01: Information Technology for the Art Historian
Jean Hudson
Wednesday 3:05–5:35pm  
Computer literacy with a twist. How to: find and manipulate images, research with scholarly precision, build a database from scratch, read articles skeptically and post them convincingly, learn any program in a weekend, collaborate as journalists and bloggers, and create footnotes that will make your professors weep with joy. Along the way we also talk about getting a job, the thrill of procrastination, the agony of copyright, and when kids should get smartphones.
  ARH 3794–01: Museum Basics
Dr. Carey Fee
Friday 9:05–11:50am
From cabinets of curiosities to virtual museums, this course addresses museum history, philosophy, practice and careers. Through readings, discussions, guest lectures, field trips to local museums and a number of short topical projects, students will develop a framework for understanding the role of today’s museums. They will also be prepared to evaluate the major issues facing museum professionals today.
  ARH 3854–01: Museum Object
Dr. Erika Loic /  Dr. Preston McLane
Monday/Wednesday 3:05–4:20pm
Art museums and galleries are currently adapting their programming to meet the needs of remote audiences and finding creative approaches to researching, acquiring, and exhibiting objects. Although cultural institutions face many challenges, they are also innovating. During this semester, students will organize an online exhibition focusing on the multimedia art of the book and explore the exciting potential that online platforms offer for active engagement with the public. Students will learn about museum theory and practices while developing the skills needed to curate, design, and launch an online exhibition.
SPC 2067: Communication for Arts & Design

Dr. Preston McLane
Lecture: Monday 12:00–12:50pm, Breakout sessions in WJB 2041 throughout week; see Course Schedule for details. 

Talking about art is cool. Good public speaking takes practice. So let’s practice by talking about art. We will focus on core concepts of art criticism – looking, describing, interpreting, and evaluating – together with broader principles of effective communication useful in your personal and professional lives. Hone your delivery of bright and perceptive remarks while earning those all-important speech credits. You will be glad that you took this class.