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Art History I

Art History I

Sophia's Art History I course helps you master fundamentals of art history from prehistoric times to the Renaissance. In this course, you will explore art exhibits, analyze buildings and architecture, and examine art in everyday life. Full Description

  • Guaranteed Credit Transfer to Thomas Edison State University
  • 3 semester credits at Thomas Edison State University
  • Thomas Edison State University Equivalency: Art of the Western World (ART-166)

Category: Humanities

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Sophia's Art History I course helps you master fundamentals of art history from prehistoric times to the Renaissance. In this course, you will explore art exhibits, analyze buildings and architecture, and examine art in everyday life.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You'll complete 15 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 3 Milestone assessments (this are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course you'll be able to:

  • Describe the basics of art history
  • Recognize movements that have been significant in art history
  • Identify methods used to evaluate artwork
  • Characterize the art and architecture from prehistoric times through early Renaissance
  • Analyze various works of art according to specific criteria
  • Understand the cultural significance of various works of art
  • Recognize characteristics or ways to identify art from different regions of the world


203 Student Reviews
by mia b. on December 9, 2019
Very informational and easy to read!
by Michael H. on December 9, 2019
This is a tough course, allow some time to get it done
by Lisa S. on December 7, 2019
Art History class was very informative and interesting. It has really enlighten my perspective and I have a greater appreciation for art history. I will recommend others to take tis course. The coaches and staff are very encouraging and really supports the students. They are extremely helpful, supportive, compassionate and really listens to the students.
by chyna s. on December 3, 2019
my first sophia course i learned alot!!!! it definetley was A LOT of information! very overwhelming. i passed the class with a 90% and knew nothing about art before the class. i also finished this class in 15 days.
by Thomas N. on December 2, 2019
Well developed class that teaches the basics of evaluating works of art, architecture, and cultural influences.
by stella v. on December 1, 2019
Great course! Pretty easy course as long as you read the material. Take special note of artworks and artist. I was able to finish this course in 3 days!!!!
by Vienna S. on December 1, 2019
Very good instructor! Only feedback I can give is to research a little more the difference between Catholicism and Christianity. Much of the art depicting Mary as divine, the prayer to saints, the relics, etc. are all expressly Catholic and actually considered idolatry to Christians who do not practice or accept any of those things as legitimate forms of reverence or worship. The lumping of it all under the Christian faith doesn’t accurately reflect much of what was in this course being expressly Catholic ideals and beliefs.
by Elijah T. on December 1, 2019
This is my 10th Sophia course and I liked this class. Pretty easy class, even got done in three days. I would recommend it.


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