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VISA 1121: A Survey of Western Art II

A continuation of VISA 1111, this humanities course, considers the history of artistic development from the Renaissance to the modern period in Europe and North America.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the principal components of a painted image, statue, monument, or building using specialized terminology.
  • Call upon a basic knowledge of the art historical periods, styles and movements in the painting, sculpture and architecture of Europe and America from ca. 1300 to ca. 1980.
  • Understand the painters, sculptors and architects from this timespan and these regions who are considered exemplary and why.
  • Formulate a sense of the functions performed by their works.
  • Acquire an emerging skepticism towards "official histories" and a willingness to question received traditions.

Course topics

  • Unit 1: The Renaissance in Italy and the North
  • Unit 2: The High Renaissance, Mannerism, and the Reformation
  • Unit 3: The Baroque
  • Unit 4: Rococo to Realism
  • Unit 5: The Emergence of Modernism in Art
  • Unit 6: The Expansion of Artistic Modernism
  • Unit 7: Modernist to Post-modernist

Required text and materials

The following textbook would have been purchased in VISA 1111. Students who did not take VISA 1111 and/or don't already own the required textbook, will need to purchase it. To do so, please contact Enrolment Services at or 1.800.663.9711 (toll-free in Canada), 250.852.7000 (Kamloops, BC), and 1.250.852.7000 (International).

  1. Kleiner, F. S. (2020). Gardner’s art through the ages, A global history (16th ed. Vol. I). Cengage Learning.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-337-69659-3

The following material is required for the course:

  1. Kleiner, F. S. (2020). Gardner's art through the ages: A global history (16th ed., Vol. II).: Cengage Learning
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-337-69660-9


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.

Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 20%
Assignment 3 25%
Final examination (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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