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HA 111
History of Western Art and Civilization: Ancient Prehistory through the Middle Ages
3 credits
Presents the history of Western art and civilization from Paleolithic times through the Middle Ages. Illustrated lectures stress political, economic, and social conditions as reflected in architecture, painting, and sculpture. (G5: Western Civilization; G7: Humanities)

HA 112
History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era
3 credits
Presents the history of Western art and civilization from the early Renaissance to the modern era. Illustrated lectures explore painting, sculpture, and architecture in relation to pertinent religious, political, economic, and social conditions. (G5: Western Civilization; G7: Humanities)

HA 121
Cities and Civilizations: The Eastern Mediterranean World, c. 3000 BCE - 1000 CE
3 credits
Students examine the art and civilization of the ancient to medieval eastern Mediterranean (including western Asia) from a non-Western perspective. Illustrated lectures and discussions survey the cultures, societies, and arts of the great urban centers of antiquity up to the Crusades. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 212
Renaissance Art
3 credits
Conducted in Florence, this course presents an in-depth study of Italian Renaissance painting, sculpture, and architecture from the late Middle Ages through the early Baroque. (G7: Humanities)

HA 213
Rome: A Cultural History in Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture
3 credits
Conducted in Rome, this course examines the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture from antiquity to the present. Through field trips, lectures, and discussions, students are introduced to style, iconography, technical innovation, geography, and the cultural, social, economic, and political forces that have shaped Rome's visual arts. (G5: Western Civilization; G6: Arts; G7: Humanities)

HA 214
Art In New York

3 credits
Selected studies in the history of art, utilizing resources available in New York City. Critical and historical investigations arise from direct study of art and architecture. (G6: Arts; G7: Humanities)

HA 215
History of Menswear

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 112
Surveys the history of men's costume in the West, from its foundations in ancient and medieval costume to the late 20th century, through illustrated lectures and visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Costume Collection at The Museum at FIT. (G7: Humanities)

HA 216
American Indian Art and Civilization

3 credits
A study of the art and culture of American Indians, from Alaska to the border of Mexico, from prehistoric time to the present. Students study architecture,carving, painting, pottery, rituals, textiles, and the dramatic changes in American Indian art and culture due to the violence of colonization. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 217
History of Avant-Garde Film

3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: LA141 or HA112
A survey of major moments in avant-garde film from 1895 to the present, this course contextualizes the films as exemplars of the art and literary movements with which they are associated. Students examine them as expressions of the historical and philosophical periods of their production. (G7: Humanities)

HA 221
East Asian Art and Civilization

3 credits
Introduces major characteristics of East Asian civilizations through a survey of traditional art and architecture. Illustrated lectures survey artistic traditions in relation to historical, religious, and social aspects of these civilizations. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 223
African Art and Civilization

3 credits
Surveys cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. Illustrated lectures present art and architecture in relation to history, religion, economic conditions, and social and political structures. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 224
Pre-Columbian Art and Civilization

3 credits
Surveys civilizations of Latin America prior to the arrival of Columbus. Illustrated lectures focus on art, architecture, and performance in relation to economic conditions, history, and religion. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 225
Art and Civilization of India

3 credits
Introduces major characteristics of the Indian civilization through a survey of its traditions of art and architecture. Illustrated lectures survey artistic tradition in relation to historical, religious, and social aspects of this civilization. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 226
Art and Civilization of the Islamic World

3 credits
This course examines the art and civilization of the Islamic world, from the birth of Islam in the seventh century CE to the present. Students are introduced to the spiritual, philosophical, and sociopolitical factors that led to the formation of this multiethnic style. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 227
Archaeological Excavation in Israel

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 111 or HA 121 or approval of the instructor
Excavate an archaeological site in Israel and learn archaeological methods "on the job." Attend illustrated lectures three evenings a week, learning about the history, archaeology, and art of the eastern Mediterranean. Travel to Jerusalem and other sites, independently or on organized field trips. (G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 231
Modern Art

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 112
Presents the history of Western art from the 19th century through the mid-20th century in the context of cultural history. (G7: Humanities)

HA 241
History of Photojournalism
3 credits
This course surveys the history of photojournalism as a modern mode of visual communication, and the global political and social history it represents. Students further develop their visual literacy, knowledge of modern history, and understanding of the functions of mass and social media.

HA 299
Independent Study In History of Art and Civilization

Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum)
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Liberal Arts

HA 311
Medieval Art

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 111 or HA 112 or approval of chairperson
Presents the history of Western art and civilization from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance. Illustrated lectures present architecture, painting, and sculpture in relation to pertinent religious, economic, and social conditions. (G5: Western Civilization; G7: Humanities)

HA 312
Women In Western Art From The Late 18th Century to The Present

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 231
Students examine the role of women as creators and, to a lesser extent, subjects of art from the 18th through the 20th centuries. This course focuses on the contributions of selected women artists and touches on issues related to the depiction of women in Western art. (G7: Humanities)

HA 314
History of American Art

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 112 or equivalent, or approval of chairperson
A history of art in America from the the early colonial period to the early 20th century. Illustrated lectures present painting, sculpture, and architecture in relation to pertinent religious, political, economic, and social conditions. (G7: Humanities; G10: American History)

HA 315
Ethnographic Film

3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: HA 112
This course focuses on the history and nature of ethnographic film in describing and defining diverse world cultures. Topics addressed include the origins of ethnographic texts and images in the context of medieval European travel and trade, and the multiple genres of ethnographic films made from the 1920s to the present. (G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 316
The Bauhaus

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 112
This course is a study of the history and development of the influential German art, design and architecture school; the artists and architects who served on its faculty; and the body of work produced there from 1919 to 1933, and in Chicago from 1938 to 1949.

HA 331
Contemporary Art and Culture: 1945 to the Present

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 231 or approval of chairperson
Presents the recent history of Western art and culture. Illustrated lectures present artistic developments in relation to pertinent ideas and events in contemporary culture. (G7: Humanities)

HA 332
Modern Architecture

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 112
Traces the development of architecture in Europe and the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. Illustrated lectures present architectural developments in relation to pertinent ideas, events, and technological innovations. (G7: Humanities)

HA 333
Contemporary Photography and New Media

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 343 or HA 231
This course explores globally produced photographic works made since the mid-1960s. Emphasis is on key themes and genres, and on the works’ historical and theoretical contexts. In addition to conventional photography, the course covers “new media”, such as video, installations, projections, and computer-assisted and internet-hosted photography.(G6: Arts; G7: Humanities)

HA 342
History of Textile Design

3 credits Prerequisites: two semesters of History of Art and Civilization
Illustrated lectures survey patterned textile design throughout the world from antiquity to the mid-20th century. (G7: Humanities)

HA 343
History of Photography

3 credits
A history of photography from its beginnings to the present day. Illustrated lectures present a chronological survey that focuses on photographers, technical advancements, and aesthetic considerations in the context of pertinent ideas and events. (G7: Humanities)

HA 344
History of Western Costume

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 112
Illustrated lectures present the historical and social development of Western costume, from antiquity to the present, in the context of the history of art and design. (G7: Humanities)

HA 345
History of Industrial Design

3 credits
Prerequisites: two History of Art and Civilization courses (HA 111, HA 112, or HA 231), or equivalent and approval of instructor, or (for Home Products Development students) HA 112
Surveys the development of design for commercial production from antiquity to the modern era in a cultural context. Illustrated lectures address major theories, leading contributors, and examples of work that reflect technological and artistic achievements in the field. (G7: Humanities)

HA 346
Twentieth-Century Fashion and Art

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 231
A survey of 20th-century fashionable dress in the context of the history of art and design, with emphasis on the work of leading fashion designers. Students study garments and accessories in the collection of The Museum at FIT, as well as photographs, fashion illustrations, and films.

HA 347
Costume and Fashion in Film

3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
This course surveys the history of costume design in films from 1895 to the present. Through screenings, museum visits, and readings, students view the work of leading costume and fashion designers and explore the connections between film and related visual art and media. (G7: Humanities)

HA 348
History of the Modern Printed Image

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 112
Students study a history of the printed image from the invention of lithography in the late 18th century to the present. Emphasis is on historical, contextual, technological and stylistic concerns, with the appropriate connections to similar developments in fine arts and graphic design. (G6: Arts; G7: Humanities)

HA 381
The Word and the Page: A History of Writing and Books (Honors)

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 112 and qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
This course covers writing from the earliest cuneiform and hieroglyphic writing systems to the mass production of writing and texts in the modern era, and the digital revolution in type and text. Students learn how and why writing developed across a variety of cultures. (G6: Arts; G7: Humanities)

HA 391
The Bauhaus (Honors)

3 credits
Prerequisites: HA 112, HA 231, and qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
A study of the history and development of the influential German art, design, and architecture school; the artists and architects who served on its faculty; and the body of work produced in Germany from 1919 to 1933 and in Chicago from 1938 to 1944. (G7: Humanities)

HA 392
The Art of Venice: Titian to Tiepolo (Honors)

3 credits
Prerequisites: HA 112 and qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
This study of Venetian history provides background for understanding the painting, sculpture, and architecture of Venice from the Renaissance through the 18th century. (G7: Humanities)

HA 393
Art and Myth In The Classical World (Honors)

3 credits
Prerequisites: HA 111 or HA 112 and qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
Illustrated lectures examine the Greek myths--and their depiction in Greek and Roman art--in relation to their social and religious contexts. (G7: Humanities)

HA 394
History of New York Architecture (Honors)

3 credits
Prerequisites: HA 112 and qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
Students explore the history of architecture in New York City. They are introduced to style, iconography, technical innovation, and geography. The cultural, social, economic, and political forces that shaped the city's buildings from the early 17th century to the present are also explored. (G5: Western Civilization; G6: Arts)

HA 395
Studies in American Indian Art and Culture (Honors)

3 credits
Prerequisite: qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
A study of the art and culture of American Indians--from Alaska to the border of Mexico, from prehistoric times to the present. Students study architecture, carving, painting, pottery, rituals, textiles, and the dramatic changes in American Indian art and culture due to the violence of colonization. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 396
Art and Patronage in the Italian Renaissance (Honors)

3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 112 and qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
This course surveys Italian Renaissance art patronage, emphasizing sociopolitical contexts and the celebration of power. Emphasis is given to patronage in courts and republics and to the merchant class, princes, and popes. The course also considers patronage of less dominant groups, such as women. (G5: Western Civilizations; G7: Humanities)

HA 397
Studies in Maya Art and Culture (Honors)

3 credits
Prerequisite: qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of dean for Liberal Arts
This is an in-depth study of Maya art, architecture, writing, weaving, and ceramics and of the way these visual forms express aspects of Maya daily life and belief from 300 BCE to the present. (G7: Humanities; G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 398
Architecture and Faith: Ancient and Islamic Cities (Honors)

3 credits
Prerequisite: qualification for Presidential Scholars Program, or 3.5 GPA with approval of Dean for Liberal Arts
This course explores the commercial, cultural and artistic development of urban cultures in the Mediterranean and Near East regions in the ancient, medieval, and Islamic periods. Major case studies include Rome, Baghdad, Cairo, Jerusalem, and Constantinople/Istanbul. (G9: Other World Civilizations)

HA 411
Western Theories of Art
3 credits
Prerequisite: HA 231
Students consider Western theories of art from antiquity to the present with an emphasis on the 20th century. They are introduced to different methods of analyzing a work of art as well as the ways in which these methods can affect a curator's decision in organizing an exhibition. (G7: Humanities)

HA 462
Art and Ethics
3 credits
Prerequisite: Two HA courses
This course focuses on how and why any work of art can become a site of ethical questioning, within the context of many historical and thematic approaches. Students read, discuss, and analyze case studies involving art and ethics, and present their own research. (G7: Humanities)

HA 499
Independent Study In History of Art and Civilization
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum)
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Liberal Arts

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