This course is designed to introduce students to the foundations of western art history. It could be said that all art is indebted to the past, and so it is imperative that we are aware of our inherited art historical legacy, and understand how this legacy is still very much alive in the world around us: in painting, sculpture and architecture.


This course will develop students’ visual analysis skills, encouraging a critical awareness and understanding of the visual arts, which can be applied to students’ own practices and future studies. Student participation is welcomed and encouraged in this conversational environment through class discussions and debates.


Over the course of nine weeks, we will travel from Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, follow the fall of the Roman Empire to the often overlooked art of the so-called ‘Middle Ages’. We will trace the emergence of Christian art from its humble beginnings in Roman catacombs to glittering Gothic cathedrals and mosaics.We will explore the early Renaissance, where artists began to break free from Byzantine traditions.


This will lead us into the diversity of the Renaissance itself, where artists looked back to Antiquity and re-interpreted Classical concerns to suit their own purposes.


No prior experience of art history is necessary, and all are welcome.







Course Code: AAH115

Tutor: Linda Yang

When: Monday 3.00 - 5.00pm

Dates: 2 February - 30 March 2015  

Duration: 9 Weeks 

Maximum Enrolment: 14 


Cost: $195  BOOK NOW



Caravaggio ' Incredulity' 1602
Rubens 'Susanna and the Elders' 1609
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