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Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Contemporary

This collection contains the California Open Educational Resources Council (CA OER) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Contemporary (common course-id ARTH 120), one of the top 50 college courses identified for inclusion in the California Open Online Library for Education (COOLforEd).

C-ID Number: ARTH 120

General Course Description: ARTH 120

This course provides an overview of art and architecture from the Renaissance to the Contemporary period.

Minimum Units: 3.0


Prerequisite(s): None

Corequisite(s): None

Advisories/Recommenations: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in English Composition (C-ID ENGL 100)

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify, examine, and assess representative works of art and 
    architecture from the Renaissance to the contemporary period employing appropriate art historical terminology
  • Analyze, discuss, and differentiate works of art and architecture in terms of historical context and cultural values
  • Analyze, discuss, and distinguish the roles of art, architecture, and the artist from the Renaissance to the contemporary period.


  • Written essays and/or research projects
  • Essay exams

Methods of evaluation may also include:

  • Classroom discussions
  • Objective exams
  • Projects and presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Classroom writing Assignments
  • Group Assignments

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Smart History
    Smart History (Open (Access) Textbook)
    Now hosted by Khan Academy, smART History is a free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even... More
  • Boundless Art History
    Boundless Art History (Open (Access) Textbook)
    The Boundless Art History textbook is a college-level, introductory textbook that provides an overview of the culturally... More
  • Art History
    Art History (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This is a free, wikibook on the topic of Art History. General topics include: * 1 Theories of art * 2 Art and class * 3... More
  • Art and Contemporary Critical Practice: Reinventing Institutional Critique
    Institutional critique is best known through the critical practice that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s by... More
  • Art History Resources
    Art History Resources (Reference Material)
    A huge resource of Art History starting at the prehistoric era and ending in the 21st century. Asian and African art are... More
  • A Text-Book of the History of Painting
    A Text-Book of the History of Painting (Open (Access) Textbook)
    This textbook provides concise teachable history of painting for class-room use in schools and colleges. In treating of... More