Course

The Arts of the Modern World

Faculty
Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department
Performing & Fine Arts
Course Code
PEFA 1102
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined

Overview

Course Description
This course is a historical survey of the fine and performing arts from the Renaissance to the present day. We will explore painting, sculpture, architecture, theatre, music and dance. We will consider the aesthetic intent of the arts of each era and discuss the ways that political, social and economic factors have impact on style. We will also attend live arts events and current exhibits.
Course Content
  1. Introduction
    • Terminology: The Elements of the Arts
    • Historical Background
      • Tribal Arts
      • Classical Greece and Rome
      • The Middle Ages
  2. The Renaissance
    • Humanism: Revival of Greek Ideas
    • Italy: Painting, Sculpture, Music
    • The Arts of Northern Europe
    • The Printing Press and Its Effects
  3. The Baroque Age
    • The Rise of Opera and Ballet
    • Drama: French Classicism and English Restoration
    • Baroque Art and Architecture
    • Bach and Handel
  4. The Enlightenment
    • Aesthetics and Classicism
    • Rococo Style
    • Classical Style
    • Mozart and Haydn
  5. The Romantics Age
    • Revolutions and Ideas: Rousseau, Goethe, Beethoven
    • Colour and Emotion in Painting and Music
    • Grand Opera and Theatre
    • The Bourgeois Audience
  6. From Realism to Modernism
    • Realism
    • Impressionism
    • Stravinsky and Diaghilev
    • Cinema
  7. Modernism
    • Painting and Sculpture
    • African and Primitive Influences
    • Expressionism in Music, Art and Dance
    • Women Artists
  8. From a Modern to a Postmodern  World
    • Postmodernism
    • Painting and Sculpture
    • Contemporary Performing Arts
    • Mixed Media, Improvisation and Interdisciplinary Arts
Methods Of Instruction

Lecture (4 hours per week) with audio-visual support (recordings, slides, films, videos and DVDs).

Field trips to art galleries and performing arts events.

Means of Assessment
Weekly Assignments 40%
In-Class Written Work 20%
Creative Research Project 20%
Final Exam 20%
  100%
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the successful student will:

  1. Become familiar with the general framework of the development of the fine and performing arts from the Renaissance to the present day.
  2. Develop a knowledge for each of the style periods of:
    • Formal characteristics of the style in the most prominent arts of the period;
    • The aesthetic intent of the arts of the period, and
    • Political, social and economic factors influencing the period’s style.
  3. Develop a critical awareness of the role of the arts in society.
Textbook Materials

A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.

Sporre, Dennis.  The Creative Impulse: An Introduction to the Arts.  (or similar text)

Students will be expected to pay for entrance fees to local galleries and for tickets to performing arts events.

Requisites

Prerequisites

No prerequisite courses.

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see https://www.bctransferguide.ca

Institution Transfer Details for PEFA 1102
Capilano University (CAPU) CAPU AHIS 1XX (3)
Emily Carr University of Art & Design (EC) EC AHIS 100 lev (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU ARTH 1121 (3)
Langara College (LANG) LANG ARTS 1XXX (3)
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU CA 1XX (3)
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU HUEL 1XXX (3)
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO VISA 1st (3)
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC HUMN 1XX (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV AH 102 (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC FA 1XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Fall 2022

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
33564
Tue
06-Sep-2022
- 07-Dec-2022
06-Sep-2022
07-Dec-2022
Fairbairn
Hazel
Open
PEFA 1102 050 - This course is offered in a hybrid format. It includes both online components and in-person on campus activities. Check Blackboard and your Douglas College email for specific details about on-campus dates. Students should plan to attend in person the first week of classes.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
9
26
0
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
New Westminster - North Bldg.
N2203
18:30 - 21:20