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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.


163 Student Reviews
by Ryan N. on April 24, 2017
Tough course, definitely take the right notes
by Michael R. on April 7, 2017
Glad to be done with this one, very thick and time consuming. Lots of specifics to remember as far as artists and artworks during the exams. Overall, still doable.
by Marlene L. on April 7, 2017
Very boring and challenging. I suggest to take the class with the teachers. The videos were filled with a lot of information.
Sophia replied on April 11, 2017

Hi Marlene -- congratulations on successfully completing the course. While we always hope our students enjoy their experience, there are times when the subject matter does not appeal to the student. In this case, we know you worked hard to complete the course earn the credits. Congratulations!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Charles B. on April 7, 2017
Wow Art History was never this much FUN!
by Tim S. on April 1, 2017
Not an overly difficult course, just a lot of information to cover. Print the Practice Milestones and take all the area specific quizzes. Some of the material is confusing so pay close attention to timelines and styles.
Sophia replied on April 3, 2017

Hi Tim— Congratulations on your successful course completion! This is a rigorous college-level course, so some of the material is indeed challenging. This is why we welcome you to reach out to our Learning Coach team, who can help you with any questions you have concerning the material. Congratulations again on completing the course!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by NICOLE P. on March 23, 2017
This is a difficult and time consuming course for a gen ed for a nursing degree.
Sophia replied on March 23, 2017

Congratulations Nicole on your successful course completion. Introduction to Art History is a fulfilling course for many learners, albeit a challenging subject. We offer two other Humanities courses that may help meet the requirements for nursing programs: Approaches to Studying Religions, and Introduction to Ethics. Thank you for studying with Sophia and best wishes from our team!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Christena L. on March 19, 2017
I've seen a lot of reviewers complaining about the difficulty of the course. Sure, the questions are very challenging. Some of them are subjective, and I've missed questions that I have submitted for review based on the subjective nature as well as sometimes contradictory information found in the tutorials. Overall, however it was a very good course and anyone who can read and analyze and think critically, should not have a problem passing every challenge and milestone, especially since you are allowed to use the website for all milestones and challenges.
by Collin B. on March 14, 2017
great! challenging


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