• Northern Star Online Syllabus: AP Art History

    Course Outline

    Title: AP Art History

    Credits: 1.0, .5, .33, .25


    Course Number: 14910-14920

    Course Description:

    The AP (Advanced Placement) Art History Course is the study of the history of art and architecture from prehistoric times through the present, across geographical and cultural lines. The course will involve students examining works of art, architecture and the cultures, people and times that contributed to the creation of those works and structures. The broader base of study that this will entail will provide students with a very comprehensive knowledge of the development of visual art and human culture utilizing an historical context with which to investigate the material. Both online and optional in person field trips to museums and other appropriate destinations to enhance the study of art history and architecture will be included. Additional study beyond the class will be strongly encouraged to help prepare students to be successful on the AP Art History exam.


    Course Goals and Objectives:

    • Development of a broad understanding and appreciation of the history of visual arts and architecture within a historical context;

    • Exploration of the study of various media, techniques and processes;

    • Increase both cultural and visual literacy skills;

    • Establishment and expansion of critical thinking, writing and analytical skills.

    Description of Coursework :

    1. Weekly Discussion Forum / Topic engagement

    2. Chapter based reading in Gardner’s Art Through the Ages with accompanying essay and chapter question packets

    3. Examination and review of course work using the online Book

    4. Companion Site at: http://www.art.wadsworth.com/gardner12 for Gardner’s Art Through the Ages 12th Edition or http:www.art.wadsworth.com/gardner13 for Gardner’s Art Through the Ages 13th Edition:

    5. Student review of PowerPoints / podcasts and all other materials provided as part of the course

    6. Develop online art history collection utilizing Pinterest combining images,video  and text in conjunction with each chapter studied

    7. Individual research reports based on material studied in class

    8. End of section exams (3)

    AP Exam in Art History

    Students will need to register for and take the AP Exam at their local school. Consult your counselor for the procedures at your school.

    To achieve a 5 students are expected to retain about 50% of the information of the whole 2-semester series.

    Topic Outline:  

    The course is divided into two semester-credit segments (Sem A and Sem B). Both segments must be completed to cover all of the materials for the AP Art History exam. However, students may enroll for one segment or a quarter (.25), a trimester (.33), or one semester (.5) if they choose.

    1. Section 1: Ancient to Medieval

    • The period of time being covered runs from the Paleolithic through the Medieval era.

    1. Section 2: Art beyond European Culture

    • Cultures covered would include the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Southeast Asia, China, Korea, Japan, Africa, Native South, Meso and North American,  and Oceania

    1. Section 3: Renaissance to the present (most of AP test)

    • Includes the following periods: Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque, Romanticist, Neoclassical, Age of Enlightenment, development of Modernism, Modernist, 20th Century Art, Post-Modernism, 21st Century and Beyond

    For .25 credit: The course syllabus would consist of the study of art from prehistoric times through the early medieval period.

    For .33 credit: The course syllabus would consist of the study of art from all of Section I plus the study of the Ancient Near East and Ancient Egypt in Section II.

    For .5 credit Semester A: The course syllabus would consist of the study of art from all of Section I plus the study of art from the Ancient Near East, Ancient Egypt, Early South and Southeast Asia, Early China and Korea, Early Japan, the Islamic World, and Native Arts of the Americas before 1300 from Section II.

    For .5 credit Semester B: The course syllabus would consist of the study of the remainder of Section 2 as well as all of Section 3: Renaissance to the present. Completion of AP Art History in Semester A is a pre-requisite for enrolling in AP Art History in Semester B.

    Required books and/or educational materials:

    • A number of textbooks and materials are used in the course.

    • Textbook Deposit of $75 will be collected at the start of the class and refunded when all books are returned.

    • Students may purchase their own books online or elsewhere at their discretion. A list can be provided if this option is desired.

    Minimum Technical Requirements:

    Final Exam (date, time and location if one is scheduled):

    Not scheduled as of yet - based on AP CollegeBoard

    Extra Credit Options if Available:

    Not available

    Assessment of Student Work

    Grading Policy

    Steady continual progress is imperative for the successful completion of an online course. Regular participation and communication are required. Students not in regular contact with instructor/classmates will be warned. Subsequent warnings will involve parent/counselor notification. Inactivity for 15 days without contact with the program will result in withdrawal from the course.

    Grading Criteria:

    Forum participation – 10%

    Completion of chapter assignments – 35%

    Progress and completion of online art history collection using Pinterest – 20%

    Research reports – 10%

    Quizzes - 5%

    End of section exams – 20%


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    Policy for Missed Exams and Late Assignments:

    Please see NSO Policy for Late Assignments: http://bit.ly/nsolateworkpolicy

    Policy for Addressing Academic Dishonesty:

    Academic Standards

    This course has been approved by the College Board to use the AP designation. For more information on the AP approval process, please see http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/.

    Course Instructor and Communications

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