Introduction to the HumanitiesBack to Course Guide
The course examines the creative achievements of humanity in order to increase the student’s awareness and understanding of his/her unique value.
UPON COMPLETION OF THE COURSE, THE STUDENT WILL BE COMPETENT IN:
- Defining the term humanities.
- Tracing the historical background of major periods in the humanities.
- Discussing the elements of art for each of the arts media.
- Discussing the principles of design for each of the arts media.
- Discussing the major aesthetic theories that have influenced the creation and evaluation of Western Art.
- Discussing the assumptions and interests the viewer brings to a work of art which may influence appreciation of the work.
- Researching the human need for art and the importance of art to the life of an individual.
- Describing the sources of art subjects.
- Analyzing the aesthetic concepts that influence the production of specific works of art.
- Analyzing a work of art in terms of form, content, function, medium, style and organization of elements.
- Describing the various artistic media, including two and three-dimensional design, theater, opera, film, and architecture.
- Writing a formal critique that describes, analyzes and evaluates the aesthetic qualities of a work of art.
- Recognizing how an artist’s style influences the creation of the work of art.
- Appreciating works of art as universal icons of human consciousness.
- Describing how a work of art affects the viewer emotionally and intellectually.