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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.


149 Student Reviews
by Paige T. on February 18, 2017
The art history course was challenging as it requires a fair amount of time to complete all the toutorials and the milestones. I also suggest taking detialed notes to study before the milestones and the ID verification exam. I did utilize the full alloted time to complete this course.
by Angela J. on February 13, 2017
There is a lot of information in this course, probably the most out of all the courses I've taken in Sophia. Just plan accordingly and you'll do fine.
by Jeramy D. on January 29, 2017
It was quite challenging, but I really enjoyed this course. My advice would be to take your time and answer every practice question. Make sure you are looking at the examples and thinking through each question. The course can be done in an accelerated pace, however it would be extremely difficult (if not impossible) to simply cram for the exam. Find your favorite instructor and watch all of the videos.
by Raco V. on January 16, 2017
The coarse was good. Art History is just not my cup of tea.
by Lillian G. on January 13, 2017
It was way too much information to absorb to the point where you can't really have any part of it stay with you. It should be divided up a little or reduced to the basics and more important details. The questions could have been worded better or related more to the material.
Sophia replied on January 13, 2017

Congratulations on your successful course completion! Yes, this a rigorous course that explores the broad history of art. Many students find this to be a great learning experience and a challenging course. Thank you for your feedback and we hope to see you in a future course with us.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by shelly c. on January 11, 2017
I did like the course.
by Mumta R. on January 10, 2017
I am giving Sophia four stars because this class is difficult and information overload for a class that is suppose to be an elective course. The milestone is stressful and unnecessary. However the staff at Sophia are amazing and very helpful, so I thank them for their pleasant attitude. Thank you Sophia staff!
by Ramon B. on January 10, 2017
Very interesting class! a lot of information but you definitely take something away from the lessons taught! support staff was very supportive and helpful! thank you Bethany and Stephanie!!


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