Bachelor in International Liberal Arts: Arts

Art Apprecionati

The course has four objectives: First, it introduces the vocabulary and concepts, principles and elements of design, color theory, and so forth, enabling an articulate discussion of art. Second, it introduces various types of art and artists, and their roles in society and religion, both historically and contemporarily. Third, it introduces basic studio terms and techniques used in printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, painting, etc. Fourth, it introduces concepts and methods toward making critical judgement for assaying the merits of various works of art. During the lectures, many important works of art are introduced as exemplars. However, the purpose is not to memorize famous names, rather, to learn to appreciate and evaluate all artworks, famous or not. Evaluation is through final examination and final critical essay.


At the end of this course, students should be able to: (i) demonstrate a reasonable command of the terms and concepts of art in critical discussion, (ii) identify principle roles and purposes of art in society, (iii) identify the techniques and terminology of various media, (iv) make informed descriptions and critiques of various works, both famous and unknown.

History of Western Art

This survey course covers the development of western art from the bronze age and Mesopotamia through the 19th Century. While the course pivots around various iconic images whose identification is required, the course focuses upon the social, political, religious, and scientific developments which shaped the evolution of western art. Evaluation is through final written examination and research paper.


At the end of this course, students should be able to identify a number of iconic images of western art, specifically noting why that work is important in terms of the social/ political/ religious/ technological developments of the period, specifically noting how the artwork encapsulates those developments.

Japanese Art

This survey course introduces the aesthetics of Japanese art, architecture and traditional crafts. While the course provides a chronological approach as a historical framework and covers masterworks from the Nara, Heian, and Kamakura periods, the course focuses upon work from the Momoyama period onward, that is, the fully developed traditional Japanese aesthetic. Beyond the identification of iconic images, salient architectural features, and objects such as those used in the tea ceremony, the course includes writings regarding Japanese aesthetics by Tanizaki, Okakura, and Hearn, among others. Evaluation is through final written examination and research paper.


At the end of this course, students should be able to: (i) identify a variety of Japanese artwork and architecture by type, use, and period, (ii) explain general principles of Japanese aesthetics using the proper terms, (iii) ask informed questions and express reasoned opinions regarding unknown works, and (iv) demonstrate an informed appreciation for the art and architecture of traditional Japan.

Traditional Japanese Handicraft

This course focuses upon traditional Japanese crafts common to life in rural Japan such as ceramics, lacquer, weaving, dyeing, carpentry, and blacksmithing, and specifically the terms, tools, techniques, uses, and lore peculiar to each. While ostensibly a lecture course, there is field research, demonstrations, and hands-on projects as well. Students will individually research a specific craft, concluding by making a presentation/demonstration, teaching to the others some command of tools, techniques, terms, and concerns of that specific craft tradition before the class.


At the end of this course, the student should be able to: (i) demonstrate a reasonable command of the general terms and techniques of a variety of Japanese crafts covered during the semester through a written exam, (ii) demonstrate a specific command of tools, techniques, terms, and concerns of one specific craft tradition.

Comparative Art Studies

The course is a survey of world art, and its place and role in a variety of societies and ethos. More specifically, it is the study of world aesthetic traditions, historical and contemporary, exploring them through exemplary objects and images. Art and design from all major cultural traditions are covered in lecture. In addition, students select a specific world art or design perspective to research, concluding with their presentation/discussion of their findings before the class.


At the end of this course, students should be able to: (i) identify and compare the salient features of objects and images from number of aesthetic and cultural world traditions, as taught through lecture, measured by examination, (ii) demonstrate and explain articulately some fundamental aesthetic principle, or societal relevance, of some specific culture foreign to them (iii) understand the historicity of globalization as seen through the spreading of arts and aesthetic traditions and the objects, images, and artifacts produced with appreciation.

Seminar (Arts)

The role of the seminar in art is to support the students’ individual research projects. Students have the responsibility to present their research at different stages of their project. Problems and challenges experienced with the research project will be discussed in the seminar (by all participants and not only by the professor). Such discussions give the presenters an opportunity to see their research from different perspectives and to learn from the advice of peers as well as from professors. Furthermore, through such interactions students may discover how to avoid problems in their own projects.


At the end of this course, students should be able to: (i) know how to analyze an issue, either in form or concept, and make constructive criticism, laying and evaluating alternatives, (ii) conduct their own research projects, and (iii) write their graduation thesis.


  • Workshop: Drawing I
  • Workshop: Drawing II
  • Workshop: Sculpting I
  • Workshop: Sculpting II
  • Workshop: Traditional Japanese Culture
  • Workshop: Calligraphy


  • Alexander Wilds
Program taught in:
  • English

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