Teaching Art History to Design Students

Gul Kacmaz Erk, E. Selen, C. Wilson

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    Art History is often seen as a mandatory core course in the curricula of design programs but it is rarely tailored to the needs and goals of such programs. Instead, the traditional chronological organization of lecture topics, invariably beginning with the “Venus of Willendorf” (c. 25,000 BC) is presented in order to impart to the students a supposed holistic “big picture.” This essay outlines the re-structuring of a two-semester first-year faculty-wide introductory art history course, entitled “History of Art and Design,” in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design at Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey. The course was re-configured from a conventional chronologically-presented (time-oriented) lecture series to a thematically presented (topic-oriented) lecture series more relevant to the students of the faculty – architecture, interior architecture, graphic design, industrial design, and fashion design students.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)65-72
    Number of pages8
    JournalThe International Journal of the Humanities
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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    • Teaching Art History
    • Design Curricula

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