The Mission of the Art History department is to create a transformative educational program devoted to both the theory and practice of Art History.

Learning Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes of the Art History Department express the kinds of things (abilities, knowledges, and values) that students can expect to
be taught and to learn in the Art History program and its courses. At the end of their course of study, students will be able to:

  1. Explain how history corresponds to art and art to history in oral presentations and written work.
  2. Discuss different forms of art in an informed, analytical, and visually critical way in oral presentations and written work.
  3. Discuss the idea and effects of visual culture, particularly within the fields of media and design.
  4. Evaluate works of art from different points of view, through their own analysis and the use of primary and secondary texts.
  5. Contextualize twentieth-century art, in terms of historical, social, and political events and ideas in oral presentations and written work.
  6. Demonstrate a comprehension of the concept of Modernism and its legacy in this field in oral presentations and written work.
  7. Examine critically the relationship between theory and practice in twentieth-century art, and the interaction between the two,
    in oral presentations andwritten work.
  8. Evaluate the role of museums and galleries as part of the curatorial field in oral presentations and written work.
  9. Evaluate visual, theoretical and historical information through a first-hand study of works of art.
  10. Demonstrate research and writing skills specific to the discipline of art history.
  11. Use libraries, bibliographies, catalogues and periodicals in a scholarly fashion.

For further information about the Art History department contact:

Amy Pederson, PhD
Chair, Art History Department
818.252.5198,  amy.pederson@woodbury.edu