Pop Culture And The Arts – arts125 (3 credits)

This course explores the interactions between the arts, advertising, media, and lifestyle and cultural trends in contemporary American society. Familiarity will be gained with the various art forms and their relationship to mass media, personal and professional life, and in particular to how they contribute to the current conception of fine art and popular culture. Students are asked to examine current trends and cultural changes, assessing both the role the arts have played in creating them and the influence these cultural trends have on art itself.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Painting in Transition

  • Elaborate on the relationship between art and popular culture. 
  • Examine the effects of social injustic on American art.
  • Explain how world events led to radical changes in art.

The Ascendancy of Modern American Art and Culture

  • Describe the relationship between art and culture. 
  • Describe the influence of modern technology on art.

Architecture and American Business

  • Trace the development of the American industrial-commercial financial complex.
  • Examine the relationship between industry, technology, and architecture. 
  • Describe the evolution of architectural styles.

Documenting the Huddled Masses - Photography in America

  • Describe the ascendancy of photography as fine art.
  • Examine the influence of photography on American culture.

Sculpture and the Individual in Society

  • Describe the relationship between cultural diversity and American sculpture.
  • Discuss the development of sculpture in the 20th century.

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