Online College Course

Art History II

Art History II

Sophia's Art History II course helps you master fundamentals of art history from the Renaissance to modern times. In this course, you will explore art exhibits, analyze buildings and architecture, and examine art in everyday life. NOTE: Art History I is not a pre-requisite for this course. Full Description

3 semester credits

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Category: Humanities

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Art History II

Course Description
Sophia's Art History II course helps you master fundamentals of art history from the Renaissance to modern times. 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 must complete 15 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 3 Milestone assessments (these 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 the Renaissance through modern times
  • 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

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

NOTE: Art History I is not a pre-requisite for this course.


292 Student Reviews
by LAQUANA M. on June 16, 2020
There is a LOT to cover in this course, but do not forget that "CTRL + F" will serve you well! It helped me complete the course in 2 days. I suggest downloading and saving each of the 3 glossaries, as well as each of the 3 Unit Tutorials. If you are trying to take advantage of the free courses thru July 31st, then this one I'd suggest!
by Lauciana m. on June 23, 2020
This class was so fun and I had fun learning about art by, the way I do love art and I passed with 81% not a big deal but, I'm proud of myself. I wish it could have been a 100%.Big ups to Sophia Learning for giving me this free class during this pandemic!
by Jennie C. on June 10, 2019
Good course, interesting, not dry material
by Marta Z. on May 12, 2019
I really enjoyed this class. Lots of great information. Now, I want to go to Italy to see some of the arts I learned during this class😊 Overall, highly recommend. Thank you Sophia! I wish Sophia had the Bible Studies class available too... I think that was my last course I was be able to complete through Sophia learning system.
by Sean B. on February 29, 2020
Answers were not aligned with materials in tutorials.
by Jordan A. on April 24, 2020
Simple and straightforward. I was able to complete the class in three days with a few hours dedicated a day. The challenges are easy but the milestones really require attention to the text. Easy enough though.
by Michael B. on September 16, 2019
I very much enjoyed this class. Informative and interesting. Great follow up to Art History I. A note for Ian McConnell, whose video tutorials I particularly enjoy, for his personal enrichment of one particular piece of art. In Challenge 2, Unit 1.2.8, The Feast of Saint Nicholas, you described the scene seemingly not understanding the context. The gifts of a doll for the girl and a birch rod for the crying boy are very appropriate, and quite telling, for the Feast of Saint Nicholas, December 6th. In the cultural tradition of the region, on the 5th of December, the eve of the Feast, children put their shoes outside in expectation of Saint Nicholas filling them with gifts as he visits overnight. If a child has been good, they will receive a gift, i.e. the doll, as a reward for their behavior. If a child has been bad, they will receive a switch, i.e. the birch rod, for their parents to beat them with so they will be better behaved in the new year. Enjoy!
by Ryan T. on June 25, 2020
Another great course, had to rest an extra day before I finished the last unit because Postmodern "Art" is just so terrible. Let me be clear, the material is clear and easy to understand, but Postmodern as a style is literally just bad.


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