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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

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • 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

VISA 1121: A Survey of Western Art II, includes the following seven Course Units:

  • 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

This is a companion course to VISA 1111, therefore the materials package for this course will not include any materials that were required in VISA 1111, as follows:

  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.

If you did not take VISA 1111 and don't already own Volume 1 of Gardner's art through the ages, 15th edition, please be aware that you will need to purchase it. To do so, contact Enrolment Services by phone at 1.800.663.9711.

Students will receive the following:

  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.

In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50% on the final mandatory examination and 50% overall. It is strongly recommended that students complete all assignments in order to achieve the learning objectives of the course. The total mark will be determined on the following basis:

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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