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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

3 semester credits

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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.


115 Student Reviews
by David R. on September 25, 2016
Good Times! Super Challenging but, TOTLLY WORTH TAKING!
by Alyssa G. on September 25, 2016
Extremely hard class. Hated every minute of it. Glad it's over.
Sophia replied on September 26, 2016

Hi Alyssa -- Even though you did not enjoy the course, you are to be congratulated for your good work, and your successful course completion! Best wishes for your future studies, and we hope to see you in a future Sophia course. Thank you.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Marilyn S. on September 24, 2016
I enjoyed this class more than I thought I would. There was a lot of information, but it was fun learning something different as I am in nursing. I would take another course if it fit with my needs.
by Monica V. on September 24, 2016
There was way to much information and it was an overload. I spent more hours taking this course than I did taking 2 instructor lead courses. Just glad it is over.
by David U. on September 20, 2016
The course should be simplified with more time spent on select core concepts. There's too much information in the course, that after a while it just becomes noise, and it is easy to lose interest. After the first two milestone, my interest in this course quickly waned as I lost interest due to too much information being covered. Please streamline the course, less is sometimes a good thing.
Sophia replied on September 21, 2016

David -- Congratulations on your successful course completion. Yes, this is an introductory course that covers a broad range of periods, artists and styles. For many students, this be a fun way to get exposure to a vast world of art. We are pleased to see you did well in the course, and hope to have you in a future course with us.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Susan O. on September 20, 2016
Really interesting and I'm planning a trip to Italy so it reminded me of all the wonderful culture and things to look for.
by Walter A. on September 19, 2016
This was a tough class!!! I will have a greater appreciation for art at this point, but didn't like it much during the class. Maybe I would have like it more if I was able to get through it faster and was able to spend more time on the coarse.
by Katelin D. on September 18, 2016
This was an extremely difficult course for me. Very tedious and time consuming. Overjoyed that I am finally finished with it.
Sophia replied on September 19, 2016

Hi Katelin, Congratulations on your accomplishment! You successfully completed the course and we hope to see you again in a future Sophia course.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach


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