Courses

Code Course Credits

VPH 110

Art Now! Contemporary Trends (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Students will investigate trends in recent art through engaging with theoretical and critical writings, in-class discussions, presentations by artists and critics, and visits to galleries and museums, such as the new contemporary wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the DeCordova Museum, and Mass MoCA.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar and History Conerstone Requirements.Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

4

VPH 111

Boston Buildings: Inside and Out (First-Year Seminar)

Offered: Fall Semester

Boston is home to many exquisite private urban dwellings: Paul Revere House, the Harrison Grey Otis House, the Gibson House, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Gropius House. In addition Boston boasts some of the most cutting edge public buildings such as the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, and Boston City Hall. This course will introduce students to Boston’s private living spaces and how they reflect the people who lived in them and its historic public buildings that reflect the city who commissioned them. On site visits, guest curators and critical readings will all contribute to a new understanding of Boston architecture.

Prerequisite(s): Open to First-Year Students only.
Fulfills the First-Year Seminar Requirement.

4

VPH 181

History of Art I (History Cornerstone)

Offered: Spring Semester

This one-semester survey explores major developments in art and architecture from Antiquity through the 19th Century, considering historical events and ideological shifts which contributed to the stylistic changes. Trips to Boston museums enhance class content.

Fulfills the Writing in the Disciplines and History Cornerstone requirements.

4

VPH 184

Introduction to Arts Administration

Offered: Fall Semester 2015

The course will introduce students to the many facets of arts administration in the visual and performing arts. Topics to be investigated will include: the role of arts in society; management strategies; funding venues; and legal and ethical issues in the arts.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

VPH 209

History of Photography

Offered: Fall Semester

History of Photography is a general survey of photographic practice from 1839 to the present. Through lectures, exhibition viewings, class discussion and student-led presentations, students will explore the aesthetic, social and conceptual underpinnings of the medium throughout the last 170 years.

3

VPH 211

Philosophy of Architecture

Offered: Not Offered 2013-2014

For description, see PHL 264.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Philosophy Course

3

VPH 212

Aesthetics

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

For description, see PHL 283.

Prerequisite(s): One 100-Level Philosophy Course

3

VPH 214

The Age of Cathedrals

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Examines the rise of the Gothic Cathedral from its roots in the Ottonian and Romanesque periods. Great European Cathedrals like Chartres, Notre Dame, Strasbourg, Salisbury, are discussed in detail.

Fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions requirement.

3

VPH 215

Early Renaissance Art: Italy and the North

Offered: Fall Semester

Introduction to the art of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in Italy and the North. Students explore different types of art such as altarpieces, civic art, and court art. Artistic exchanges between Italy and the North are examined, and the role that patrons, the economy, and the military played are investigated.

3

VPH 217

Early Modern Art: 1900-1945

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Some of the most profound innovations in art occurred during the first half of the Twentieth Century. In this course, students study major developments including Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism, Dada and Surrealism in terms of style and theory and within cultural, social and political contexts. A trip to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City enriches classroom curriculum.

3

VPH 218

Art Since 1945

Offered: Spring Semester

Major movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Super Realism, Neo-Expressionism as well as works which go beyond traditional media (earthworks, video art, performance art, digital imaging). Day trips to museums and galleries complement class material.

Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

VPH 220

From Bernini to Vermeer: Art of the Baroque

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Survey of the visual arts in Italy, France, Spain, Flanders, and Holland during the Seventeenth Century. Students consider some of the world's most evocative and emotionally stirring art that was shaped by the demands of monarchs and popes. Also explored are cultural, religious, and scientific factors which influenced changes in artistic style and technique.

3

VPH 225

Art of the City: Greece and Rome

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Urban architecture, sculpture and painting in Greece and Rome. All aspects of city life during Antiquity will be explored: religious, civic, domestic, and social. Students will gain a deep knowledge of life in the ancient world through the study of its cities and citizens.

3

VPH 227

Modern American Architecture

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course examines twentieth and twenty-first century architecture in America and its European roots. Through classroom instruction via digital images, readings and field trips, students will focus on issues such as function, style, technology, urbanism, and regionalism in order to understand the forces that shape modern architecture.

3

VPH 228

American Architecture: From Colonial Times through the 19th Century

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Historical survey of American architecture of the 17th through 19th centuries. Various styles of architecture and building types will be studied in the context of location, function, materials and technology.

3

VPH 229

Topics in Non-Western Art

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Examines the traditional and contemporary arts of various non-western cultures, focusing on a particular culture each time the course is offered. Specific cultures to be studied include: Indian, Chinese, Japanese, African, and Native American.

3

VPH 314

Masters of the Renaissance: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

An in-depth study of the works of these three High Renaissance artists, the evolution of their respective styles, and the environment in which they worked. Specific scholarly issues are discussed in student presentations.

3

VPH 317

Art and Psychology

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

The relationship between works of art and scientific inquiry into the human mind. Artworks which reflect psychological content are discussed in depth (for example, psychoanalytical interpretations of Van Gogh's paintings; Surrealist painting and Freudian theory). Therapeutic uses of art are explored in a workshop with an Art Therapist.

3

VPH 330

Topics in European or American Art

Offered: Spring Semester

Investigates focused topics in American art and culture from the Colonial period to the present. The topic will change each time the course is offered. Possible areas to be explored include: The "Other" in America; Jazz Age and Depression Art and Culture; Modernist/ Postmodernist Architecture. Recommended for Art History and American Studies concentrators.

Course may be taken twice as long as topics differ. Course may be applied to the American Studies program.

3

VPH 332

Museology

Offered: Spring Semester

This course explores the history, theory, philosophy, and practice of museums. Students will study exhibition approaches and strategies of display; collection development and conservation; and educational programming. Visits to Boston-area museums will enhance class material.

3

VPH 440

Exhibitions and Collections: An Inside Look

Offered: Fall Semester

An inside look at the art world. Visits to art galleries, museums, auction houses, and corporate and private collections acquaint students with a variety of art institutions and professions. Students curate an exhibition at the Cushing-Martin Gallery: they visit artists' studios to choose work; organize the exhibition; hang work in the gallery; write a catalogue and press releases; and plan a reception.

Capstone course for Art History Concentration.

3

VPH 441

Research Seminar in Art History

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

Examines specific topics in Western art, applying art historical methodology and critical approaches to in-depth research with primary and secondary sources. Topic will change each time the seminar is offered. Students will produce an extensive research paper and give an oral presentation. Strongly suggested for Art History majors and minors.

Prerequisite(s): VPH 181plus one 200 level and one 300 level art history courses.

3

VPH 475

Internship in Fine Arts

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

An internship in a professional arts institution provides students with invaluable experience in the field. An intern typically works 8-10 hours per week on site. Internships are available at various galleries, museums and companies.

3