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Art History, Visual Art and Theory, Faculty of Arts

ARTH: Art History

Not every course is given every year. For details of current offerings, consult the departmental website at www.ahva.ubc.ca. Students wishing to take fourth-year seminars should normally have had a closely related third-year course and are advised to check with the instructor in this regard. Credit will be given to either the current ARTH listing or its former FINA equivalent.


ARTH 101 (3) Ways of Seeing: Introduction to Visual Studies
Drawing on examples from across history and around the world, this course deals with the role of the visual in society, culture, and everyday experience.
ARTH 102 (3) Crisis and Contradiction in Art and the Built Environment
Concepts and issues critical to the understanding of art and its histories in a global context.
ARTH 225 (3) Art in Europe to the Sixteenth Century
A selective survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture.
ARTH 226 (3) Art in an Era of Global Expansion
A selective survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the 16th century to the emergence of the modern era.
ARTH 227 (3) Art and the Visual Environment in the Modern and Post-modern Periods
A selective survey of visual art, architecture and other visual media since 1900.
ARTH 251 (3) Asian Arts: From Chinese Warriors to Bollywood Posters
A thematic examination of Asian arts, such as historic, religious, and secular painting and sculpture to contemporary visual culture.
ARTH 253 (3) Asian Architecture: Sacred and Urban Spaces
Select built forms in Asia, such as temples, tombs, palaces, cities and gardens, and their relations to cultural, social and political systems.
ARTH 261 (3) Pre-Hispanic Arts of Central and South America
The relevance of various arts to social institutions in ancient societies of Peru and Mesoamerica.
ARTH 262 (3) Native Arts of North America
Men's and women's arts produced by Aboriginal Peoples of North America from pre-contact times to the present.
ARTH 300 (3) Seminar on Methods and Approaches in Art History
Theories, problems, and literature in the study of art history. Required of all Major and Honours students in art history. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 310 (3) Art and the Christian Transformation of the Roman Empire
Visual culture and the rise of Christianity; social, political and religious contexts of art, including diverse viewing practices and cultural frameworks. Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 310 or ARTH 330.
ARTH 311 (3) Art in the Early Medieval West
From pagan adornment to Christian devotion to service of Christian or Islamic rule (AD 500 - 1000). Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 311 or ARTH 331.
ARTH 312 (3) Medieval Art in the Age of Monasticism
Art in Western Europe between 1000 and 1200; the role of monasteries as leading institutions and patrons of art and large scale architecture. Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 312 or ARTH 332.
ARTH 313 (3) Art, Church, Society and their Margins in the Later Middle Ages
Diversification of the arts and architecture with the expansion of patronage in late medieval society. Credit will be granted for only one of ARTH 313 or ARTH 333.
ARTH 319 (3) The Archaeology of Ancient Iraq and Syria: Babylon and Beyond
An overview of the archaeology of the ancient Near East, with special emphasis on the civilizations of Mesopotamia, from the appearance of the first cities (c. 3400 BCE) to the end of the Persian period (c. 330 BCE).
Prerequisite: NEST 101 is highly recommended.
Equivalency: NEST 319.
ARTH 320 (3) Art and Architecture in Spain and the New World (1500-1700)
Role of visual art and culture within Catholic Spain and colonial Latin America is surveyed, with emphasis on transculturation from mudejar to mestizaje.
ARTH 321 (3) Early Modern Italian Art and Culture (ca. 1350-1550)
Visual art and culture within the social, political, and religious contexts of the Papacy and the city-states.
ARTH 322 (3) Early Modern Italian Art and Culture (ca. 1550-1700)
Focus primarily on Rome as the center of artistic, cultural, economic, and religious power in the seventeenth century.
ARTH 323 (3) Northern European Art and Culture I (1400-1600)
Early Modern painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts from the great devotional triptychs, through the Reformation, to the emergence of a secular art.
ARTH 324 (3) Northern European Art and Culture II (1600-1700)
The role of visual art within Early Modern court cultures, commercial urban centres, and emergent nation states.
ARTH 325 (3) Ancient Egypt: The Archaeology of the Land of the Pharaohs
The material remains of the ancient Egyptians from monumental tombs and temples to the artifacts of daily life; the development of Egyptian civilization from the rise of the first rulers to its incorporation into the Roman Empire.
Equivalency: NEST 304.
ARTH 329 (6) Greek and Roman Art
Emphasis on the architecture, sculpture, painting, and decorative arts of Greece and Rome.
Equivalency: CLST 330.
ARTH 338 (3) Visual Culture in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution (1715-1830)
Art, architecture, and social space in Europe and America: redefining gender, identity and nation in the era of industrialization and political change.
ARTH 339 (3) 19th-Century Art and Social Space
Ideologies of gender, class, race, ethnicity, and economics in 19th-century European and American visual culture.
ARTH 340 (3) 20th Century Art and Culture: The Triumph and Demise of Modernism
A critical survey of western art and cultural production from the turn of the century to the development of Pop Art.
ARTH 341 (3) 20th Century Art and Culture: The Postmodern
A critical examination of international visual art and culture from the 1950s to the present; the role of art in consumerist society and the emergence of postmodernism.
ARTH 342 (3) Latin American Art: Modern and Contemporary
Analyses of specific works and texts will emphasize visual inventions and meaning in the light of recent theoretical debates
ARTH 343 (3) Art and Photography in Canada to 1920
Art, artists, and art institutions from the establishment of the French and English colonies to the founding of the Group of Seven: issues of race, wilderness, and colonial expansion.
ARTH 344 (3) Art and Photography in Canada, 1920 to the Present
Art movements and art institutions from the landscape paintings of the Group of Seven to the photo-conceptualist practices of the Vancouver school.
ARTH 345 (3) History of Photography: Archive, Spectacle, Reality
History and theory of photography, from the competitive context of invention in the 1830s to contemporary uses in social media.
ARTH 346 (3) Architecture in Europe: Building the Fabric of the Modern State (1715-1837)
The role of architecture within the development of the modern state. A survey of broad cultural dynamics, particular building projects and design careers.
ARTH 347 (3) Architecture in Europe: Modern Paradigms of Design (1837-present)
An examination of new requirements imposed on architecture by the consolidation of a capitalist economy, industrialization, new technologies and scientific methods.
ARTH 348 (3) Architecture in North America: Colonial Projects and Disruptions (1605-1867)
The role of architecture in the imposition of European governance within North America; the modification of received conventions in relation to topographical, ethnic-religious and political factors.
ARTH 349 (3) Architecture in North America: Independent Design Idioms (1867-present)
The emergence of a distinctive architecture that superseded British and European agendas; the growth of private and public patronage and the establishment of modern design and practice.
ARTH 350 (3) Grounding the Islamic Image
Contextualizing the complex language of images in the Islamic world.
ARTH 351 (3/6) d Art and Architecture in the Islamic World
A thematic study of visual arts, architecture, and objects from the Islamic world.
Corequisite: RELG 341
ARTH 352 (3) Historic India: Images, Temples and the Construction of Indian Art History
North and South Indian art and architecture with an emphasis on Buddhism and Hinduism.
ARTH 353 (3) Nepal and Tibet: Art, Ritual and Performance
Art of the Himalayan region situated within social and religious practices, festivals, and performances.
ARTH 354 (3) Mughal India: Art, Architecture and the Spectacle of Empire
The complex relationship of Mughal imperial architecture and painting with those of the Hindu Rajput courts.
ARTH 355 (3) Modern and Contemporary India: Art in Colonial and Independent India
The development of a new Indian art during the colonial period and nationalist movement; the construction of India's contemporary visual culture.
ARTH 357 (3) Chinese Art and Architecture: Patronage and Collecting
The commission, production, preservation, and transmission of Chinese monuments and artworks focusing on the court and questions of cultural policies. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 358 (3) Chinese Art for the Afterlife
Close analyses of Chinese tomb objects and tombs as spatial constructs in their historical, ritual, and social context.
ARTH 360 (3) Chinese Painting: Word and Image
Analyses visual narratives and relationships between painting, calligraphy, and poetry in court and literati painting.
ARTH 361 (3) Chinese Modern and Contemporary Art
Chinese art and its global entanglements from Qing Encounters to the 21st century.
ARTH 362 (3) Art in Japan: Objects and Spaces
Changing relationship between art objects and the built environment in the Japanese archipelago, in its social and historical context.
ARTH 363 (3) Art in Japan: The Problem with Painting
Key debates in the history of painting and its institutionalization.
ARTH 368 (3) Art in Japan: Print Media
Historical and theoretical questions concerning the development of print media in Japan, from Edo period woodcuts to the advent of digital technologies.
ARTH 369 (3) Art in Japan: Modern Visual Culture
Self and community in the art and visual culture of modern Japan.
ARTH 370 (3) Arts of Mexico's Early Peoples
Pre-Aztec monumental and portable arts of the Olmec, Zapotec, Teotihuacan and Classic Veracruz peoples.
ARTH 371 (3) Arts of the Aztec period in Mexico
Symbolic meanings and political agendas of Aztec architecture, sculpture and manuscript illustration investigated using Spanish accounts.
ARTH 372 (3) Maya Public Ritual Arts
Architecture, sculpture, costume, and visual productions associated with Maya public ritual, including the ancient ball game and modern cofradía dances.
ARTH 373 (3) Maya Arts of Everyday Life
Social context and meaning of the Maya's elaborate architecture, sculpture, mural paintings, jewelry, ceramics, figurines, and textiles, ancient and modern, of residences from humble to palatial.
ARTH 376 (3) Arts of the Northwest Coast Peoples: The North
The histories, historiography and cultural diversity of the Northern Northwest Coast region; persistence and innovation in the arts in communities, and in cross-cultural and market spheres.
ARTH 377 (3) Arts of the Northwest Coast Peoples: The South
The histories, historiography and cultural diversity of the Southern Northwest Coast region; persistence and innovation in the arts in communities, and in cross-cultural and market spheres.
ARTH 380 (3) Art as Technology
Relationship between artistic practice and media, examined through a history of paradigm shifts in technology.
ARTH 382 (3) Is Art History Queer?
Issues in the history of art through the lens of queer theory.
ARTH 397 (3/6) d Special Topics
ARTH 410 (3) Seminar in African Art
Key debates in the art of Africa and the African diaspora This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 429 (3/6) d Studies in the Art and Archeology of Greece and Rome
ARTH 432 (3) Seminar in the Art of the Middle Ages
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Equivalency: ARTH 431, ARTH 433.
ARTH 435 (3) Seminar in Early Modern: Renaissance
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 436 (3) Seminar in Early Modern Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 437 (3) Seminar in Early Modern: 17th Century
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 439 (3) Seminar in 18th & 19th-Century Visual Culture
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Equivalency: ARTH 438.
ARTH 440 (3/6) d Seminar in Modern and Contemporary Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 442 (3) Seminar in Contemporary Latin American Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 443 (3) Seminar in Canadian Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 445 (3) Film and the City
The complex interrelations between film and the city; dominant urban theories, film technologies and viewing practices and the intersections between them. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 448 (3) Seminar in North American Architecture
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 450 (3) Seminar in Art in the Islamic World
Key debates in the field of art and architecture in the Islamic World.
ARTH 455 (3) Seminar in the Art of South Asia
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Equivalency: ARTH 457, ARTH 458.
ARTH 458 (3) Seminar in Chinese Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Equivalency: ARTH 451, ARTH 452.
ARTH 459 (3) Seminar in Chinese Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Equivalency: ARTH 451, ARTH 452.
ARTH 464 (3) Seminar in Japanese Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Equivalency: ARTH 453, ARTH 454.
ARTH 471 (3) Seminar in Pre-Hispanic Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Equivalency: ARTH 463, ARTH 465.
ARTH 476 (3) Seminar in North American Aboriginal Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Equivalency: ARTH 469.
ARTH 479 (3) Performance Actions and Approaches
Advanced performance art practices and research methodologies. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Equivalency: VISA 479.
ARTH 480 (3) Visual and Digital Media Theory
A thematic examination of key arguments in visual and digital media theory, focusing on developments in lens-based and digital media in relationship to twentieth-century and contemporary artistic practice.
ARTH 490 (3) Art History Internship
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. Prerequisite: ARTH 300 and departmental approval. Interested students may contact the department for details on how to proceed.
ARTH 499 (6) Honours Essay
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 531 (3/6) d Studies in Early Medieval Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 533 (3/6) d Studies in Medieval Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 535 (3/6) d Early Modern: Renaissance
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 537 (3/6) d Early Modern: 17th Century
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 539 (3/6) d Studies in 19th-Century Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 540 (3/6) d Studies in 20th Century Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 543 (3/6) d Studies in Canadian Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 548 (3/6) d Studies in Architecture
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 550 (3) Studies in Art in the Islamic World
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 551 (3/6) d Studies in Chinese Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 553 (3/6) d Studies in Japanese Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 555 (3/6) d Studies in South and Southeast Asian Art
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 561 (3/6) d Studies in the Indigenous Arts of the Americas
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 571 (6) The Methodology of Art History
Required of all art history graduate students. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 577 (3/6) c Directed Reading
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 599 (6) Master's Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
ARTH 649 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

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