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ART 296LA Topics in Art: Architectural History of New York City - Learning Community

May be used toward NYC Studies Concentration/Minor. New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Inquiry and Exploration.

Course Description: This course will trace the historical development of NYC through its workplaces and its architecture. Issues such as civic culture and higher learning; recreation, commerce and the urban landscape; urban planning; decline and revival in the 20th century will intertwine with an analysis of the great achievements of modern architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries. Field trips are an essential element of this LC, and will include visits to neighborhoods, Times Square, and individual buildings.

3 credits

ART 296PA Web Design: Learning Community

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV.

Course Description: This course will examine the social context in which art is produced, distributed and received. The class will investigate the process through which individuals become defined as artists, will examine the "art industry" that distributes and commodifies art products, and will explore the tension that characterizes the relationship between art and commerce. We will also investigate and observe the role that social factors--including class background, level of education and in gender--play in influencing one's taste in art. Finally, the class will investigate the role that art has played in promoting social change, and will examine this specifically with respect to performance art, digital art and ephemeral art.

3 credits