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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.


120 Student Reviews
by Rhea G. on October 22, 2016
some of the questions in the milestones are unclear and unsupported by the instructional lectures. Also, some answer have to be EXACT while others do not which is frustrating.
Sophia replied on October 24, 2016

Rhea - Congratulations on your successful course completion, and earning these credits towards your degree! Yes, in this course, some questions require an exact term, especially when its an artist's name, or the title of work of art. Thank you, and we hope to see you in a future Sophia course.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Barbara K. on October 10, 2016
I found the course difficult because the video's did not cover the test questions. I had to look at all of the videos. I would suggest making an easier study guide for the final. Listing art work or places of art in an easier format. More time consuming than my nursing course.
Sophia replied on October 11, 2016

Congratulations Barbara on your successful course completion. Yes, this is a rigorous college-level course. Please remember that our Learning Coaches can help steer you to the right study content when you have any trouble finding it yourself. We hope to see you in a future Sophia course. Thank you!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Patricia D. on October 7, 2016
This is the most challenging course which I have attempted so far. Interesting, with great instructors, but lots and lots of content.
by Anne B. on October 4, 2016
Some of the tutorials could have better prepared me for the challenges and milestones. Also, I had a difficult time taking my milestone the first time. Overall, the course was good and I did learn from it. Thank you.
by Kathryn F. on September 30, 2016
Overall this was a good course. I learn better from reading, so it was difficult that I had to watch tutorials. It would be nice if there was a written tutorial with required art work shown. Also sometimes the information was not in the tutorial I watched so I had to watch a different one. It was not unusual to hear artists names or terms mispronounced. Erinn Aldana however, is great. That being said this was a difficult course to pass. I was home schooled, attended a lot of college level art classes as an adolescent, and have been fortunate to visit many of Europe's great art museums. It was still tough for me to get through this, and there are no cutting corners! It was a good refresher though, and I learned a lot so overall I'm pleased.
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.


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