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This 8-week intensive course aims to provide a foundation in the knowledge and skills of art history. It will provide an introduction both to the history of modern and contemporary art and to the fundamentals of art historical practice and scholarly research. Over eight weeks the course moves from examining the rise of Impressionism in modern 19th century Paris, to looking at the impact of globalization on art practice in the 21st century. You will become acquainted with key figures such as Manet, Picasso, Duchamp and Koons, as well as important styles and movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, Pop and Minimal Art. Each week, online discussions and activities will lead you through the relevant themes and problems of a particularly period while also introducing skills such as formal analysis, bibliographic research, argumentation and application of theory.

If you have taken Impressionism to Conceptualism or Introduction to Contemporary Art with Morgan Falconer please contact for academic advice before registering for this class.

By the end of this course:

  • You will understand and use key terminology used in art history.
  • You will describe and analyse works of art from a range of periods and styles.
  • You will recognise and describe styles and periods in modern western art history, from the 1860s to the present day.
  • You will analyse, synthesise and develop an argument on art works and artists.
  • You will critically evaluate evidence from a range of scholarly sources relating to art works.
  • You will carry out research into art works and artists.
  • You will write and communicate in a range of ways about art and artists.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    January 17 - March 13, 2017

    Online orientation opens on January 10, 2017.
  • Faculty


    Morgan Falconer
    PhD, University College London; MA, Courtauld Institute of Art; BA, University of Leeds

    Morgan Falconer is a critic and art historian. He has written about contemporary art for publications including The Times (London), The Economist, Frieze, The Village Voice, and Art in America. His recent publications include Painting Beyond Pollock (Phaidon, 2015), a history of painting after 1945, and The Art Lovers’ Guide to New York, a guide to the city’s art collections (Rizzoli/ Thames & Hudson, 2011).

    Click here to read "A Conversation With Morgan Falconer".

    Teaching Assistant: Vanessa Troiano
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Click here for the course brochure
  • Online Orientation

    Online Orientation

    Our online orientation operates the same way as the course, giving you the opportunity to become familiar with the technology and the dynamics of online teaching and learning. Participation in the  orientation is not required, but it is strongly encouraged as students who complete the experience have a better chance of success. The orientation is available one week prior to class and remains open for you to use as a resource.
  • Course Fees And Enrollment

    Course Fees And Enrollment

    $1860 ($1685 if booked before December 20, 2016)

    Registration Fee: $15

    This course is closed for registration. Please contact for more information.

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  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

    For further information, please contact:
    Claire Hoover, Program Manager of Online Learning
    Email: or Request Information Tel: +1.212.897.6644

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