Ontario College of Art & Design

Course Calendar

COURSE DESCRIPTION

VISA 3B01
Issues in the Arts of Africa (NOT OFFERED IN FALL/WINTER 2011-12)
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including 1.0 credit of second-year liberal studies (including 0.5 VISC credit).
(NOT OFFERED IN FALL/WINTER 2011-12)
This course is a selective survey of the art, architecture and material cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. Students will examine a variety of media and forms, such as sculpture, painting, architecture, performance and personal decoration, within the social contexts of sub-Saharan African culture, religion, ritual, ceremony, politics and institutions. Among the themes discussed will be people’s relationships with the natural world and spiritual realms, the role of the arts in establishing and maintaining social status, as well as politics, gender, and identity issues. Through a critical examination of issues of colonialism and post-colonialism, the contemporary role of African art in the international art world will be addressed.
Course was last updated May 31, 2011 - 11:29 AM