Visual Arts I OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Level Intro to Visual Arts Course by MIT

Published Feb 08, 2009

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How do artists communicate with their audience? In 'Introduction to the Visual Arts,' students have the chance to learn about visual language and how artists use it in the practice of their craft. Through this Bachelor of Media Arts and Sciences course offered free by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), interested students can begin the journey into the field of Visual Arts.

Introduction to the Visual Arts: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes Yes Yes Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
Yes Yes No

Introduction to the Visual Arts: Course Description

In today's art world, artists are expected to explore a variety of mediums to find the one that speaks to them. In 'Introduction to the Visual Arts,' students study modern artwork and then discuss the traditions and practices of today's artists. They examine how ideas move from concept to completion. They explore various mediums like video, puppetry and sculpture, and they discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each. Students also pursue the historical and cultural influences that continue to impact and shape today's artists. MIT Professor Joe Zane taught this undergraduate Media Arts course using scheduled lectures and required student studio work.

This OpenCourseWare Media Arts class has a reading list, some video lectures and notes, assignments and an extensive image list of student projects. For more information on this class or others offered through MIT's Media Arts and Sciences, please visit this visual arts course page.

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