Art History & Architectural History at Texas A&M University

Courses in art & architectural history at Texas A&M University are offered through the Department of Architecture. Undergraduate students majoring in the College of Architecture (Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban & Regional Science, Construction Science) as well as other colleges at Texas A&M may pursue a minor in art & architectural history. The minor is an excellent complement to many fields of study and is available to all university students who have an interest in history and historic preservation. Upper level courses for undergraduates and graduate students provide the historical and theoretical foundation for advanced study in the built and virtual environments and are also open to students in related fields (art, history, anthropology, international studies, etc.).


COURSES - FALL 2007

ARTS 149 Art History Survey I (Prof. Glowacki)

ENDS 149 Survey of Architectural History I (Prof. Klein)

ENDS 150 Survey of Architectural History II (Prof. Paul)

ENDS 250 History of Modern Architecture (Prof. Campagnol)

ARCH 345. History of Building Technology (Prof. Geva)

ARCH 434 The Role of Sculpture and Painting in Ancient Architecture (Prof. Glowacki)

ARCH 489 Greek Cities and Sanctuaries (Prof. Klein)

ARCH 639 Twentieth Century Architecture: Theory and Practice (Prof. Deyong)

ARCH 644 Seminar in Art & Architectural History: Gothic Structure & Design (Prof. Paul)

ARCH 649. Advanced History of Building Technology (Prof. Geva)


COURSES - SPRING 2008

(To be announced soon.)


Course Descriptions from the 2007-2008 Catalogue:

ARTS 149. ( ARTS 1303) Art History Survey I. (3-0). Credit 3. Survey of architecture, painting, sculpture and the minor arts from prehistoric times to 14th century.

ARTS 150. (ARTS 1304) Art History Survey II. (3-0). Credit 3. Survey of architecture, painting, sculpture and the minor arts from the 14th century to the end of the 19th century.

ARTS 329. Texas Art History. (3-0). Credit 3. The development of visual arts in Texas; an examination of art movements, artists and major works exhibiting a broad range of artistic techniques. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of degree coordinator.

ARTS 330. The Arts of America. (3-0). Credit 3. Survey of painting, sculpture, crafts and architecture of prehistoric America to the present; emphasis on art as a record of cultural, economic and social evolution. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of degree coordinator.

ARTS 335. The Art and Architecture of Rome. (3-0). Credit 3. Rome as a microcosm of western civilization; a survey of western architectural and art history from antiquity through the Baroque; a focus on the Eternal City's buildings, paintings, mosaics and sculptures exploring criteria, methods, goals and results of major architectural and artistic movements and the people involved. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of degree coordinator.

ARTS 349. The History of Modern Art. (3-0). Credit 3. Chronological development of late 19th through 20th century art; emphasis on key artists, paintings, sculpture, photography and architecture. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of degree coordinator.

ARTS 350. The Arts and Civilization. (3-0). Credit 3. Investigation of the image of work of selected periods in terms of criticism, aesthetic rationale, specific masters and social significance by going beyond historical chronology. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.

ARTS 445. Byzantine Art and Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3. A critical and historical investigation of Mediterranean art and architecture from the third century to the middle of the fifteenth century; emphasis on the artistic achievements from the late antique Mediterranean and the Byzantine Empire; investigation of architectural decoration, public monuments, cultural diversity and controversies over images. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.


ENDS 149. (ARCH 1301) Survey of Architectural History I. (3-0). Credit 3. A survey of the history of architecture and the human-designed and built environment from the prehistoric to the 14th century; origins and the evolution of ideas related to the question of creativity in art and architectural objects and plans that make up the total scope of the designed environment.

ENDS 150. (ARCH 1302) Survey of Architectural History II. (3-0). Credit 3. A survey of the history of architecture and the human-designed and built environment from the 14th century to the present.

ENDS 250. History of Modern Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3. Development of modern architecture in the 20th century; materials, structure, social and economic changes as well as architectural theory. Prerequisites: ENDS 149 and 150 or approval of degree coordinator.

ENDS 329. The American House I. (3-0). Credit 3. Pre-industrial domestic architecture in America; analysis of prototype based on contemporary documentation with an emphasis on vernacular building types and native arts; vision of the ideal life of the period as evidenced in original drawings and place within the framework of variants that impact form (climate, economics, socio-cultural factors, materials and technology). Prerequisite: ENDS 150.


ARCH 345. History of Building Technology. (3-0). Credit 3. Chronological development of civilization and building technology from prehistoric cultures to present; classic and modern materials, structural devices past and present, machine-produced products, prefabrication, construction methodology and servicing.

ARCH 430. History of Ancient Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3. Architecture of antiquity, examining stylistic, structural and theoretical advancements in building, beginning with Mesopotamian and continuing with Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. Prerequisite: ENDS 149 or approval of degree coordinator.

ARCH 434. The Role of Sculpture and Painting in Ancient Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3. Interrelationships of architecture, painting and sculpture in the ancient world including Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete, Greece and Rome. Prerequisite: ENDS 149 or approval of degree coordinator.

ARCH 437. Great Medieval Cathedrals. (3-0). Credit 3. Interrelationships of architecture, sculpture and stained glass, technology and construction, function and form, society and patronage in the great period of medieval building. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of degree coordinator.

ARCH 440. History of Renaissance Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3. Renaissance architecture in Europe and America. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.

ARCH 441. Baroque and Rococo Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3. The investigation of the history of architecture, the arts and society, and major creative individuals from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries. Prerequisite: ENDS 150 or ARTS 150 or approval of degree coordinator.

ARCH 442. Art and Architecture of Islam. (3-0). Credit 3. An introduction to the art and architecture of the Mediterranean, Near Eastern and Central/South Asian territories under Muslim rule prior to circa 1700 CE. Prerequisite: ENDS 149 and ARTS 149; approval of instructor.

ARCH 638. Architectural Theory—Renaissance Through 19th Century. (3-0). Credit 3. Review of architectural theory and practice from the 15th to 19th centuries with emphasis on the classical tradition, its transformations in France and in Great Britain and Germany; aspects of this evolution. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ARCH 639. Twentieth Century Architecture: Theory and Practice. (3-0). Credit 3. Background and exploration of Modern Architecture, including consideration of region, materials, structure and style, as well as the social and economic factors that influence architectural form and content; discussion of the work and writings of 20th century architects and architectural theorists. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

ARCH 644. Seminar in Art and Architectural History. (3-0). Credit 3. Advanced topics in art and architectural history emphasizing methods of analysis and development of theory; topics vary each semester. Prerequisite: Visualization Graduate Classification or approval of instructor.

ARCH 649. Advanced History of Building Technology. (3-0). Credit 3. Readings and discussion of current topics in history of building technology; development of understanding the importance of materials and methods of construction to the creation of historical forms. Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.


URL: http://www.tamu.edu/faculty/archhist/
Last updated: 11 October 2007
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