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Honours Art History (60 credits)

Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

Students are encouraged to apply for this program after their first year of study at the University and after completion of no less than 12 credits in Art History. Admission is on a competitive basis. While the Faculty of Arts regulations require a minimum CGPA of 3.0 for Honours programs, the Department requires in addition a program GPA of 3.30 for admission into the program and the awarding of Honours.

In addition to the completion of the Honours requirements, students must complete at least a minor concentration in an academic unit other than the one in which the Honours requirements are satisfied. (For students completing a second degree in the Faculty of Arts, this regulation is waived.)

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • ARTH 305 Methods in Art History (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : An introduction to the main methodologies used in the analysis of the work of art: formalism, iconography/iconology, semiotics, structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminism and postcolonialism.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Abigail Shapiro, Tomasz Grusiecki (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: Any 200-level Art History course, or by permission of the instructor.
    • Restriction: Restricted to students in the Major, Minor, Honours and Joint Honours programs in Art History.
  • ARTH 400 Selected Methods in Art History (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : A seminar course dealing with methodological and historiographical issues in Art History.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Amelia Jones (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ARTH 305, or permission of instructor
    • Corequisite: ARTH 401
    • Restriction: For Honours and Joint Honours Art History students only.
  • ARTH 401 Honours Research Paper (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : An Honours research paper written in consultation with an academic advisor.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Amelia Jones (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: ARTH 305, or permission of the instructor.
    • Corequisite: ARTH 400.
    • Restrictions: For Honours and Joint Honours Art History students only.

Complementary Courses (51 credits)

Students select their complementary courses as follows:
A maximum of 15 credits may be at the 200 level.
A minimum of 6 credits must be at the 400 level or above.
45 credits should be selected from at least six of the eight Art History course fields.
6 credits should be taken in a language other than English or in courses in one or two related disciplines selected with the written approval of the academic adviser.

I. Theories and Methods

  • ARTH 310 Postcolonialism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Examines selected art historians who respond to postcolonial theorists and analyse how paintings, sculpture, buildings, and visual culture participated in or resisted European imperialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 351 Vision and Visuality in Art History (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : An interdisciplinary investigation on how works of art construct the visual experience and on how they are received by the viewer.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 352 Feminism in Art and Art History (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : A consideration of the impact of feminism on recent art history, focusing on the examination of gender constructions in art and theory.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

II. Ancient to Medieval

  • ARTH 204 Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Surveys the arts from late Antiquity to the fourteenth century in Western Europe. Focuses on the body and space to introduce artistic and architectural concepts, practices, and styles from the late Roman, Byzantine and Carolingian empires to monastic and royal patronage of the French Kings.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Cecily Hilsdale (Fall)

  • ARTH 209 Introduction to Ancient Art and Architecture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Survey of ancient art and architecture: pre-historic Europe, ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Focus is on issues of political power, gender, sexuality, race, the formation of individual and group identities, and the relation between the body and social space.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 215 Introduction to East Asian Art (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Introductory survey of some of the major developments in the visual arts of Japan, China, and Korea. Emphasis will be placed on the diversity of artistic traditions in East Asia and the intersections among these traditions.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Jeffrey Moser (Winter)

    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or who have taken EAST 215.
  • ARTH 314 The Medieval City (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Towns and cities in the Middle Ages as architectural entities, their urban planning and development; main building types, profane and ecclesiastical: castle, defence works, town halls, houses, cathedrals, churches and monasteries; the role architecture played in forming a society.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Jean-Sébastien Sauvé (Winter)

  • ARTH 340 The Gothic Cathedral (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Prerequisite: reading knowledge of French.) An introduction to the Gothic cathedral: architecture, sculpture, and stained glass. Also considered is its genesis, its construction and its historical environment. Although main emphasis will be on French cathedrals of the 12th and 13th centuries, their development in England, Germany and Spain will also be represented.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Mailan Doquang (Winter)

  • ARTH 357 Early Chinese Art (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Survey of Chinese art and visual culture during the pre-imperial and early imperial periods (1500BCE-900CE). A wide range of visual images and media (painting, architecture, inscription, funerary art) will be examined in the historical context of the rise and development of the empire.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: One 200-level Art History or East Asian Studies course, or by permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or who have taken EAST 357.
  • ARTH 425 Arts of Medieval Spain (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : This course examines the arts of medieval Spain from the late antique 'barbarian' invasions through the fifteenth century. Within this broad span, particular attention will be paid to key themes, including historiography, the centrality of pilgrimage for shaping artistic practice, and the concept of 'convivencia' among Christians, Muslims, and Jews.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Any 300-level course or permission of instructor.

III. 1400 - 1700 (Early Modern)

  • ARTH 207 Introduction Early Modern Art 1400-1600 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Survey of the visual culture of early modern Europe (1400-1600), including selected works in their historical context and the uses of visual forms in the formation of identities across various social spheres and geographical locations.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 223 Introduction Early Modern Art 1600-1700 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Survey of the visual culture of early modern Europe (1600-1700), including selected works in their historical context and the uses of visual forms in the formation of identities across various social spheres and geographical locations.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 324 Sixteenth-Century Art in Italy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Investigation of the arts during a pivotal century of conflict and an expanding image of the world. In this early modern context of state formation and religious reform, the course focuses on patronage of the Italian courts, the rising status of the artist, and new uses for visual imagery.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 358 Later Chinese Art (960-1911) (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Survey of art and visual culture in later imperial China from Sorlg to Qing dynasties. A broad range of media (e.g. painting, calligraphy, print, architecture) will be examined to explore the development of literati aesthetics and its intersections with the arts of the court, the temple, and the marketplace.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: One 200-level Art History or East Asian Studies course, or by permission of Instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken EAST 358.
  • ARTH 367 Italian Renaissance Art 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Exploring art history of Renaissance Florence, focusing on the role played by the Medici in fostering the arts as patrons. Study of the development of Florentine art and architecture against complex social and economic forces that shaped humanist culture and Renaissance taste.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • This course will be given in Florence, Italy, as part of McGill's Summer Study in Italy Program. For specific details about the course content, please consult Prof. B. Wilson, Dept. of Art History and Communication.
  • ARTH 435 Early Modern Visual Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : A study of the works of Rubens, Van dick and Velasquez.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: one 300-level Art History course recommended, or by permission of the instructor.
  • ARTH 473 Studies in 17th and Early 18th Century Art 04 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Studies in 17th and early 18th century art.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

IV. 1700 - 1945

  • ARTH 205 Introduction to Modern Art (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : The course is an introduction to the modern period in art history which begins around 1750. It examines the development in both painting and sculpture and relates to changes in the social and political climate of the times.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Samantha Burton (Winter)

  • ARTH 226 Introduction to Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Paintings, prints, sculpture and architecture produced in Europe in the 'long' eighteenth century, with an emphasis on major artists. Themes include the teaching of art and its display, the emergence of 'publics' for art, and eighteenth-century aesthetics.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Matthew Hunter (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ARTH 334.
  • ARTH 323 Realism and Impressionism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : The course is an investigation into Realism and Impressionism, the principal artistic movements between ca. 1840 - 1880.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Mary Hunter (Fall)

  • ARTH 334 Eighteenth Century European Art (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : A study of European painting and sculpture within the climate of social, economic, philosophical and political change in 18th-century Europe. The focus is on France, Italy, Germany and England from the last days of the Baroque to the Age of Revolution.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ARTH 226.
  • ARTH 335 Art in the Age of Revolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : The course deals primarily with European painting from the late 18th to the middle of the 19th century. Emphasis is placed on the relation of art to the political, social and intellectual transformations of the time. Major figures, such as David, Goya, Canova, Friedrich and Delacroix are considered.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 337 Modern Art and Theory to WWI (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : The beginnings of modern art in Europe. Major figures and movements from Cézanne to Picasso are considered.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 338 Modern Art and Theory: WWI - WWII (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : An examination of the historical avant-garde (dada, soviet constructionism, and surrealism), Duchamp, and abstraction up to Abstract Expressionism. Examines how post-WWI art practices negotiate the intertwining of aesthetics and revolution, art and mass culture, modernism and modernity, imagined and material space, gender and sexuality, horizontality and verticality.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: one 200-level Art History course recommended, or by permission of the instructor.
  • ARTH 474 Studies in Later 18th and 19th Century Art 03 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Any 200-level Art History course or permission of instructor
  • ARTH 479 Studies: Modern Art and Theoretical Problems 04 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Studies in modern art and theoretical problems.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: Any 200-level Art History course or permission of instructor

V. Contemporary Art (1945 to Present)

  • ARTH 202 Introduction to Contemporary Art (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : A critical survey of contemporary art and theory, from 1945 to the present focusing on pivotal issues such as anti-war politics, feminism, sexual diversity, AIDS awareness, discourse of multiculturalism, debates about modernism and postmodernism, post colonialism, technology, and globalization.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 336 Art Now (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Recent art practices from the 1980's to the present - installation art, new media arts (video, digital and internet art), recent developments in performance, photography, and painting. Introduces students to the key fields of research of current art: postmodernism, representation, visuality, identity, embodiment, sexuality, memory, (bio)technology, intermedia, and globalization.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: One 200-level Art History course or by permission of the instructor.
  • ARTH 339 Critical Issues - Contemporary Art (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : A critical examination of contemporary art from Abstract Expressionism to Pop art, Minimalism, Conceptual art, Land art, and Body art. Focuses on the development and critique of modernism, the dematerialization or art, the blurring of art and popular culture, the artist as shaman, temporality, and aesthetic redefinitions of subjectivity.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Amelia Jones (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: one 200-level Art History course recommended, or by permission of the instructor.
  • ARTH 356 Modern & Contemporary Chinese Art (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Examination of modern Chinese art and visual culture from the 1920's to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the formation of the artistic avant-garde in the 20th century and its relation to socialist and post-socialist mass culture.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students taking or who have taken EAST 356.
  • ARTH 440 The Body and Visual Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : An examination of modern and contemporary redefinitions of corporeality in art, theory and visual culture. The course focuses on the dissemination of the body in the context of late capitalism and ongoing developments of image, information and biotechnologies. Interdisciplinary perspective establishing a dialogue between art and science.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ARTH 510.

VI. Sites of Visual Culture

  • ARTH 300 Canadian Art to 1914 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Canadian art from the pre-contact period through the colonial and nation-building centuries until the onset of the First World War. Emphasis will be placed on the diverse cultural influences that have been brought into contact in Canada.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 302 Aspects of Canadian Art (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : An examination of selected subjects relevant to a specific period of art in Canada.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 321 Visual Culture of the Dutch Republic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Examination of the functions of visual culture in merchant capitalist society, and the changing status of art, artists and patrons after the Protestant reformation. A wide range of visual imagery (from Rembrandt and Vermeer to popular culture) will be linked with 17th-century economic, historic, religious, colonial, scientific and literary developments.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Engeline Vanhaelen (Fall)

  • ARTH 325 Visual Culture Renaissance Venice (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Distinctive visual culture in the context of Venice's singular topography and reputation for licentiousness and toleration.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: one 200-level Art History course recommended, or by permission of the instructor.

VII. Medium and Media

  • ARTH 326 Studies in Manuscript and Print Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : Positing a dynamic relationship between manuscript and print culture and social experience, this course focuses on new forms and uses for printed imagery before the electronic age. Issues to be addressed include: the relationship between word and image, reading and viewing practices and visual and textual transmission, the history of the book and the consequences of technological change.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: one 200-level Art History course or by permission of the instructor.
  • ARTH 360 Studies in the Photographic (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : The course provides an introduction to the history of photography while considering its relation to major movements in the history of painting from the time of the invention of photography, in 1839, to the present day.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

  • ARTH 457 Brushwork in Chinese Painting (3 credits)

    Offered by: Art History & Communication Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Art History : The seminar takes an in-depth look at the function and meaning of the brushwork in traditional Chinese painting. Analysis of paintings will be combined to close readings of theoretical texts in translation.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Jeffrey Moser (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: At least one EAST or ARTH course or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students taking or who have taken EAST 457.

VIII. Selected Topics

Note: In addition to architectural courses given by the Department, program students are encouraged to consider courses given in the School of Architecture and the departments of East Asian Studies and Philosophy which may, upon consultation with the Department, be regarded as fulfilling part of the requirements.

  • ARCH 250 Architectural History 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : The study of architecture in relation to landscape, urban form and culture, from Antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Ricardo L Castro (Fall)

    • (3-0-6)
  • ARCH 251 Architectural History 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Architecture (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Architecture : Overview of early 20th century architecture with emphasis on a thematic approach to buildings and cities, architects and ideologies. The lectures will examine the origins, development and impact of canonical figures and buildings of Modernism.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Adrian Sheppard (Winter)

    • (3-0-6)
    • Prerequisite: ARCH 250
  • EAST 303 Current Topics: Chinese Studies 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: East Asian Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Asian Language & Literature : Consideration of important issues in Chinese Studies. Content of the course will vary from year to year.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Jennie H Chang (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Restriction: Departmental approval required
  • PHIL 336 Aesthetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An introduction to issues central to aesthetic theory; the nature of aesthetic judgment, perception of the aesthetic object, the nature of the art object.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Maxime Doyon (Winter)

  • PHIL 436 Aesthetics 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An advanced discussion of issues in aesthetics.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: David Davies (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 336 or written permission of the instructor
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