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Introduction to Art History

Sophia's Introduction to Art History course helps you gain mastery of the basic art history elements of the Western world from prehistoric to modern times. In this course, you will explore art exhibits, analyze buildings and architecture, and examine art in everyday life. Full Description

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This Introduction to Art History Course uses problem­-based learning that shows you how to apply your knowledge in real­-world situations. Our Many Ways™ learning model feature multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all­-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's Introduction to Art History Course helps you gain mastery of the basic art history elements of the Western world from prehistoric to modern times. In this Course, you will explore art exhibits, analyze buildings and architecture, and examine art in everyday life.

In Sophia's Introduction to Art History Course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 18 Challenge assessments and 6 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe Art History.
  • Examine Art from 22,000 BC through 400 AD.
  • Distinguish Art from 401 AD through 1450 AD.
  • Analyze Art from 1451 AD through 1800 AD.
  • Categorize Art from 1801 AD through 1900 AD.
  • Interpret Art from 1901 AD through Present.


94 Student Reviews
by Shaunda P. on June 25, 2016
Good course. I learned a lot. Good learning modules.
by Bryan D. on June 24, 2016
no interest
Sophia replied on June 24, 2016

Hi Bryan It sounds like you did not the subject matter, but you did well in completing the course, and earning credits towards your undergraduate degree. Congratulations!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Marissa B. on June 19, 2016
I just dont like Art.
Sophia replied on June 21, 2016

Hi Marissa, Congratulations on completing the course, even though Art History is not your favorite subject!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Christine M. on June 18, 2016
some of the lectures did not cover all the material needed for the milestones. I had to use multiple instructors on some of the subjects
Sophia replied on June 19, 2016

Hi Christine. Yes, many students find value in having multiple instructors teaching the course. In this course, three different instructors use different teaching methods to cover the concepts. That is a Sophia'a Many Ways to Learn model. Sometimes, one instructor's presentation is going to make more sense to you than another's. Thank you for taking the course, and we hope to see you in an future Sophia course!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Kerrie B. on June 17, 2016
It was tough but I learned quit a bit
by Jason C. on June 15, 2016
Good class
by Arnold D. on June 11, 2016
Many of the answers to the test questions were very difficult to find in the course material.
Sophia replied on June 12, 2016

Hi Arnold, Congratulations on completing the course! As you go through the Challenges in each unit, our team can help you find the right instructional content to address the questions. Unit Milestones also provide summative feedback upon completion. You can see the questions you missed and also the corresponding tutorials that teach the concept. We hope to see you in another course soon. Thank you.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Maria O. on June 10, 2016
Very informative.


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