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Art of Asia
Course: ARH201

First Term: 2024 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Introduction to the origins and historical development of art in Asia, with emphasis on Asia’s major sub-regions including West, Central, East, South, and Southeast.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Examine symbols, images, objects, and structures in the art of Asia. (I-IV)
2. Apply art historical terminology in written and oral communication. (I-IV)
3. Attribute works of art to their geographic region, the culture of origin, and historical period. (II, III, IV)
4. Analyze artworks within their cultural context using critical thinking and visual literacy skills. (I-IV)
5. Critically compare and contrast works of art from differing artists, periods, and/or regions. (II, III, IV)
6. Explain cross-cultural influences and adaptations of styles/movements between the major cultural traditions as well as within their respective cultural spheres of influence. (I-IV)
7. Debate art historical scholarship, issues, and controversies. (I-IV)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Approaches to the Study of Art of Asia
   A. Concepts
      1. Applying art historical terminology
      2. Function of art and artists (or lack thereof) in various cultures
   B. Art Historical Investigation
      1. Developing visual acuity
      2. Style, form, and content
      3. Archeological and anthropological evidence
      4. Methodologies and theoretical frameworks
   C. Other sources for understanding
      1. Religious frameworks
      2. Colonial histories
      3. Geographical and environmental factors
   D. Art Historical Scholarship, Issues, and Controversies
      1. Cultural heritage and identity
      2. Patronage, collecting, and repatriation
      3. Restoration and preservation
      4. Innovation and creativity
II. South and Southeast Asia
   A. Early Indian Art
   B. The Medieval Period
   C. The Early Modern Period
   D. Modern and Contemporary Periods
   E. Southeast Asia
III. East Asia
   A. China
      1. Neolithic Period and Early Empires
      2. Six Dynasties, Sui and Tang Dynasties
      3. Five Dynasties, Song and Yuan Dynasties
      4. The Ming and Qing Dynasties
      5. 1912 to the Present
   B. Korea and Japan
      1. Korea
      2. Japan from Prehistory to the Asuka Period
      3. The Nara and Heian Periods
      4. Kamakura, Muromachi, and Momoyama Periods
      5. Edo Period to the Present
IV. West and Central Asia
   A. Early Islamic Art
   B. The Medieval Period
   C. The Early Modern Period
   D. Modern and Contemporary Periods
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: June 27, 2023

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