Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5319. Introduction to Art History Methods and Theories

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

This seminar focuses on developing visual analysis, critical reading, and writing skills by exploring the historiography and most theoretically relevant methods of Art History and Visual Culture. Taught by the full complement of art history faculty and museum and gallery professionals, focus varies with instructor. Possible topics include: social history, gender, sexuality, psychoanalysis, formalism, aesthetics, post-structuralism, post-colonialism, critical race studies, media, and technologies.

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5320. Issues in Art Criticism

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics in visual arts criticism, including art criticism debates, practices, writing art criticism, and the impact and use of social networking media. Components vary. May be offered online or as seminar.

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5321. Historiography of Art History

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Philosophical, theoretical, cultural and historical issues that underwrite art historical methods

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5330. Curatorial Practices

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Open to graduate students only.

Grading Basis: Graded

Issues facing curators working in the arena of contemporary art today in a globalized art world.

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5340. Advanced Studies in Museum and Exhibition Practices

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: ARTH 5321 and ARTH 5322 (RG3506).

Grading Basis: Graded

Contemporary and theoretical issues in museum and exhibition practices directed toward their application in various internship contexts. Components vary. May be offered online or as seminar.

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5370. Issues in Contemporary Art

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: Open to graduate students in Studio Art and Art History, others with instructor's permission (RG 4371).

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical and theoretical issues in twentieth and twenty-first century art production and reception including modernism, postmodernism, feminism, technology, and globalization.

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5383. Special Topics in Art History

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Seminar focusing upon a special, limited topic in the history of art. The content will vary from semester to semester.

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5392. Independent Study

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Independent study in Art History.

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5397. Museum Studies Internship

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Internship practicum in museum, gallery, or other curatorial context.

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