Theory and Method in the Study of Architecture and Art OpenCourseWare: Free Graduate Level Art History Course by MIT

Published Jan 21, 2009

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At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) website, there is an Architecture OpenCourseWare class that focuses on the Architecture debates of the past and studies their impact on the debates that exist or are emerging today. The class, called 'Theory and Method in the Study of Architecture and Art,' could help someone pursuing a Master of Science in Architecture Studies. The OpenCourseWare offers reading lists to help students find their voice while writing about the history of Architecture.

Theory and Method in the Study of Architecture and Art: Course Specifics:

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Graduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes No

Theory and Method in the Study of Architecture and Art: Course Description

In this seminar-style class at MIT, students focus on writing about art history as it loosely pertains to Architecture. Students are encouraged to find their writer's voice and thus enhance their writing in all other disciplines. This class was originally taught by Professor Caroline Jones. The class calendar is broken into three sections. The first covers how Architecture was influenced by the ideas of Georg Hegel, Immanuel Kant and many other thinkers. The second focuses on critiquing various forms of art, and the third continues with the critiquing of art exhibits, television, print advertising and segments of film. The course ends with a look at how all these art forms relate to the theories examined in the first section.

The online class material is free and offers class assignments, reading lists that include student suggestions and a list of topics for the course's final research paper. To learn more about this Architecture and art course, visit this art history theory and methods page.

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