2016–17 Catalog courses

The courses listed here are those published in Calvin College’s current academic catalog. Not all courses are offered in the current year.

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Visual Culture

This course focuses on how meaning is made through our visual environment. Students study a wide range of visual forms from contexts including architecture, art history, popular culture and advertising, in order to gain a better understanding of how our contemporary experiences and identities are informed and shaped by images. This course will introduce students to visual images and critically examine their various uses in contemporary culture. Class time is a combination of image analysis, image production, lectures, screenings, field trips and student presentations. Intended for first and second year students. No prerequisite. Materials fee.

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Internship in Visual Commun

A practicum in which students work a minimum of ten hours per week for one semester in an architecture related field under the supervision of a professional designer or design consultant. Students are required to record their experiences (e.g., journaling) and meet regularly with an instructor on campus to address the lessons learned. To enroll in this course, students must submit a written proposal to the chair for approval. Prerequisite: ARCT103 (ENGR181 is highly recommended to obtain computerized drawing capacity to work as a drafter in an architecture firm).

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Independent Study

An advanced course providing opportunities for

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Independent Study

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Intro to the History of Art I

This course surveys the history of the visual arts from the Paleolithic era to the Renaissance. Although this course concentrates primarily on the development of the historical and religious traditions of Europe, the artistic traditions of nonWestern cultures are also addressed. The course is intended for first and second year students.

  • Course code: ARTH-101
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
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Intro to the History of Art II

This course is a historical survey of the visual arts in Western and non-Western civilization from the Renaissance to the present. It is intended for first and second year students

  • Course code: ARTH-102
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
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Early Christian & Byzantine Arts

A historical study of the form and function of visual images in the early Christian and the Byzantine traditions. Special attention will be given to the rise of the cult of saints, to the veneration and destruction of religious icons, and to the relationship between sacred images and the imperial court. Slide lectures and class discussions, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

  • Course code: ARTH-232
  • Credits: 3
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Medieval Art

A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Western Europe from 400 to 1400. Special attention will be given to the relationship between art and the crusades, to tensions between monastic orders, and to the role of visual images in various kinds of mysticism. Slide lectures and class discussions, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

  • Course code: ARTH-233
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
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Northern Renaissance Art

A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Netherlandish and German cultures from 1400 to 1550. Special attention will be given to the rise of naturalism, to the relationship between art and religious devotion, and to the emergence of an art market. Jan van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, and Albrecht D?rer are some of the major artists studied. Slide lectures and class discussions, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

  • Course code: ARTH-234
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Italian Renaissance Art

A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Italy from 1300 to 1550. Special attention will be given to the emergence of linear perspective, to the relationship between art and humanism, and to the invention of artistic genius. Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo are some of the major artists studied. Slide lectures and class discussions, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

  • Course code: ARTH-235
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Baroque and Rococo Art

A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Western Europe and the American colonies during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Special attention will be given to relationship between art and the Catholic Reformation, to the rise of nationalism and modern science, and to the emergence of philosophical aesthetics. Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Watteau are some of the major artists studied. Slide lectures and class discussions, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

  • Course code: ARTH-237
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
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Nineteenth-Century Art

A historical study of the form and function of nineteenth-century art in Western Europe and the United States, from neo-classicism to impressionism. Special attention will be given to the relationship between art and the politics of revolution, to the cultural implications of industrialization, and to the search for scientific objectivity. David, Delacroix, Goya, Courbet, Manet, and Monet are some of the major artists studied. Slide lectures and class discussions, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

  • Course code: ARTH-238
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
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Modernism and the Arts

A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Western Europe and the United States from 1880 to 1960. Special attention will be given to the rejection of optical naturalism, to the emergence of psychoanalysis, to the World Wars, and to the development of modernism in various intellectual circles. Van Gogh, C?zanne, Matisse, Picasso, and Pollock are some of the major artists studied. Slide lectures and class discussions, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

  • Course code: ARTH-239
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Contemporary Art

A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Western Europe and North America since 1960. Special attention will be given to the collapse of modernism, to the revolution in digital technologies, and to contemporary issues concerning race, cultural identity, and gender. Slide lectures and class discussions, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

  • Course code: ARTH-240
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: both
  • Pre-requisites: Take ARTH-102.
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Asian Art

A historical study of the form and function of visual images in Asian Cultures. Special attention will be given to India, China, and Japan. Students will address the relationship between visual images and political, religious, and social developments in Asia, including the spread of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Slide lectures and class discussions, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

  • Course code: ARTH-241
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Art of the Americas

A historical study of the form and function of visual images in pre-Columbian and Native American cultures. This course will concentrate on cultural developments before contact with Western civilization, but issues of cultural interaction between Native American and immigrant European cultures will be addressed. Slide lectures and class discussions, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

  • Course code: ARTH-243
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
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African and Oceanic Art

A historical study of the form and function of visual images in the African and Oceanic (Polynesian, Melanesian, and Australian Aboriginal) cultures. Special attention will be given to the relationship between religious commitments and artistic practices within these cultures. Slide lectures and class discussions, a research paper is required. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above.

  • Course code: ARTH-245
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: both
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Independent Study-Art History

Independent study of topics of interest to

  • Course code: ARTH-390
  • Credits: 1
  • Semester: Interim
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Museum Studies

An advanced course providing opportunities for studying the theory and practice of museum education and/or exhibition curatorial development and installation. Prerequisites: five courses in Art History and permission of the instructor.

  • Course code: ARTH-393
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
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Methods in Art Historiography

A capstone seminar for all juniors and seniors majoring in art history, the course aims to provide an understanding of the development of art history as an academic discipline and the major methodological approaches available for engaging art objects. Special attention is paid to connecting these methodological issues to the rest of the art history curriculum including the integration of ethics and faith commitments. In preparing students for future work in art history, the course strives to hone critical thinking skills and instill in students a richer appreciation of the stakes of intellectual positions.

  • Course code: ARTH-397
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
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Symposium

Presentation of student research, required of senior art history majors.

  • Course code: ARTH-399
  • Credits: 0
  • Semester: Spring
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Architectural Comm & Concept Design I

This is an introductory architecture class that consists of a design studio and an architectural drawing class. The goal of this course is to provide students with a solid foundation for architectural design and communication. Students are directed to understand the basic design elements and principles; and experience architectural design in an architectonic way through studio work. Students are also introduced to architectural language. Conventional architectural drawings such as orthographic, paraline and perspective drawings are integrated with studio work. As this is an introductory course, students are encouraged to learn about the local architectural scene through field visits. Also listed as Engineering 103. Materials fee.

  • Course code: ARCT-103
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall
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Architectural History I

A survey of the history of architecture from the Paleolithic era to the Renaissance. Although this course will concentrate primarily on the development of the historical and religious traditions of Europe, the development of non-Western traditions prior to 1500 will also be addressed. Slide lectures and class discussions. Intended for first- and second-year students.

  • Course code: ARCT-201
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Fall
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Architectural History II

A survey of the history of architecture from the Renaissance to the present. Although this course will concentrate primarily on the development of the historical and religious traditions of Europe, the development of non-Western traditions after 1500 will also be addressed. Slide lectures and class discussions. Intended for first and second-year students.

  • Course code: ARCT-202
  • Credits: 4
  • Semester: Spring
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Architectural Design II

A continuation of architectural design 103, introducing pre-architecture students to more complex issues of architectural design, communication, and problem solving. Course projects and discussions help students to experience architecture as a multidisciplinary field involving philosophical, geographical, cultural, and sociological issues as well as design issues. Also listed as Engineering 203. Materials fee. Prerequisite: Architectural Design 103.

  • Course code: ARCT-203
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
  • Pre-requisites: ARCT-103
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Internship in Architecture

(3) F,S, tutorial. A practicum in which students

  • Course code: ARCT-380
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Pre-requisites: ARCT103. ENGR181 is highly recommended to obtain computerized drawing capacity to work as a drafter in an architecture firm.
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Independent Study- Architecture

  • Course code: ARCT-390
  • Credits: 1
  • Semester: Interim
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Architectural Theory & Criticism

A capstone seminar course for all juniors and seniors enrolled in the pre-architecture program, which re-examines the integral relationship between architectural theories and faith commitments. Special attention will be given to contemporary criticism. Students will address ethical and religious issues as they address various methods of architectural design and practice in preparation for careers in architecture and urban planning. Imaging and verbal discussions, a course paper is required. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing. Offered even years (e.g. 2014, 2016)

  • Course code: ARCT-397
  • Credits: 3
  • Semester: Spring
CODE NAME CREDITS
ART-153 Visual Culture 3
ART-380 Internship in Visual Commun 3
ART-390 Independent Study 1
ART-590 Independent Study 1
ARTH-101 Intro to the History of Art I 4
ARTH-102 Intro to the History of Art II 4
ARTH-232 Early Christian & Byzantine Arts 3
ARTH-233 Medieval Art 3
ARTH-234 Northern Renaissance Art 3
ARTH-235 Italian Renaissance Art 3
ARTH-237 Baroque and Rococo Art 3
ARTH-238 Nineteenth-Century Art 3
ARTH-239 Modernism and the Arts 3
ARTH-240 Contemporary Art 3
ARTH-241 Asian Art 3
ARTH-243 Art of the Americas 3
ARTH-245 African and Oceanic Art 3
ARTH-390 Independent Study-Art History 1
ARTH-393 Museum Studies 3
ARTH-397 Methods in Art Historiography 3
ARTH-399 Symposium 0
ARCT-103 Architectural Comm & Concept Design I 3
ARCT-201 Architectural History I 4
ARCT-202 Architectural History II 4
ARCT-203 Architectural Design II 3
ARCT-380 Internship in Architecture 3
ARCT-390 Independent Study- Architecture 1
ARCT-397 Architectural Theory & Criticism 3