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N Visual Arts
NA Architecture
NB Sculpture
NC Drawing, Design, Illustration
ND Painting
NE Print Media
NK Decorative Arts
NX Arts in General

Art Appreciation (ARAP1100)


An introductory course emphasizing the acquaintance and enjoyment of the arts.


During this course, students will:

A. demonstrate through written and/or verbal means an understanding of historical and contemporary forms and time periods of visual arts.

B. demonstrate the relationship between styles and cultures and how each affect the fabric of humanity.

C. develop a basic knowledge of art media and the meanings of the vocabulary of art.

D. interpret works of art through analysis of content, structure and style and will form and defend judgments about works of art.

Suggested Art Databases

  • Academic Search Complete
    Contains more than 6,100 full-text periodicals, including more than 5,100 peer-reviewed journals. Offers indexing and abstracts for more than 10,100 journals and a total of 10,600 publications: including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
  • Arts of the United States
    Contains over 4,000 images of works important to the study of the history of art in the United States. The pieces, dating from the 17th century through the 20th, include architecture, decorative arts, painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, and stage and costume design as well as Native American art and artifacts.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art
    The world's most comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of western art. Includes articles from over 1,200 journals.
  • CAMIO: Catalog of Art Museum Images Online
    Provides online access to high-quality art images from around the world contributed and described by leading museums, spanning the following categories: Photographs, Prints, Sculptures, Paintings, Decorative Arts, Posters, Costumes, Utilitarian Objects, and Jewelry.
  • Films on Demand
    Consists of 7,000 video titles (77,000 segments) in Humanities & Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Health, and Science. Also includes the new collection of United Newsreels which includes an additional 260 titles (1,250 segments).
  • Research Library
    Provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects and includes full-text access for thousands of titles: including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.

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