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Art and Architectural History (ARTH) Courses

ARTH 5010 [1.0 credit]
Art and Its Institutions

The institutions of art and art history, the archive, the social institutions of art and their mediations. Gender, Aboriginal culture, commodification, reception, technology, memory and subversive tactics are addressed. Canadian contexts are emphasized.
Precludes additional credit for ARTH 5000.

ARTH 5011 [0.5 credit]
Graduate Practicum

Practical on-site work in the collecting institutions of the National Capital Region (as available), including a written assignment. The practicum coordinator and the on-site supervisor jointly determine the final mark. A maximum of 1.0 practicum credit may be applied towards degree requirements.
Includes: Experiential Learning Activity
Precludes additional credit for ARTH 5001.

ARTH 5012 [0.5 credit]
Directed Readings and Research

Students pursue topics in art and its institutions, which they select in consultation with the graduate faculty of the program.
Includes: Experiential Learning Activity
Precludes additional credit for ARTH 5002.

ARTH 5112 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Historiography, Methodology and Criticism

Historiographical, methodological, and critical issues in the history of art and criticism in Canadian and/or international contexts.
Precludes additional credit for ARTH 5102.

ARTH 5113 [0.5 credit]
Perspectives on Pre-Modernity

Issues in premodern art and institutions of art production, and critical theory in light of current concerns and new research.

ARTH 5114 [0.5 credit]
Feminism and Gender

Art and its institutions in terms of critical issues of feminism and gender studies. Topics include the questioning of the canon, sexuality, the gaze, queer theory, the body, and the use of art as a means to communicate issues of public significance.
Precludes additional credit for ARTH 5104 and ARTH 5106.

ARTH 5115 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Modern and Contemporary Art

The production and reception of modern and contemporary art in light of current concerns in Canadian and/or international contexts.
Precludes additional credit for ARTH 5105.

ARTH 5117 [0.5 credit]

Art and the interrelationships among the artist, architect, patron, critic and public in the context of the contribution of art and its institutions to the articulation or constitution of communal identities in Canadian and/or international contexts.
Precludes additional credit for ARTH 5107.

ARTH 5210 [0.5 credit]
Topics in Indigenous Art

The creative production, aesthetic culture, and reception of selected indigenous peoples in pre-contact, historic, and/or modern time, drawing on postcolonial and critical theory.
Precludes additional credit for ARTH 5200 (no longer offered), ARTH 5204 (no longer offered), and ARTH 5303 (no longer offered).

ARTH 5218 [0.5 credit]
Museum Studies and Curatorial Practice

Aspects of museum practice, history and theoretical discourse will be examined in a classroom setting, or the preparation, realization, and/or study of an exhibition in an Ottawa-area museum.
Precludes additional credit for ARTH 5207 and ARTH 5208.

ARTH 5403 [0.5 credit]
Architecture and Its Institutions

Specialized topics examine theory and practice of architects, architectural historians and critics from historical and contemporary perspectives in Canadian and/or international contexts.

ARTH 5500 [0.5 credit]
Photography and Its Institutions

Photographic practice and reception with emphasis on social, political and cultural contexts and theoretical approaches to the study of photographs in Canadian and/or international contexts.

ARTH 5777 [0.5 credit]
Art Exhibition Studio

This course is a hands-on examination of art exhibition practices that includes site visits and a series of workshops designed to help students create an exhibition proposal for submission to the Carleton University Art Gallery or other space.
Includes: Experiential Learning Activity

ARTH 5788 [0.5 credit]
Directed Art Exhibition

Selected students will be offered the opportunity to put on an exhibition in the Carleton University Art Gallery, in another venue on campus or online.
Includes: Experiential Learning Activity

ARTH 5800 [0.0 credit]
Carleton Art Forum

Students are required to participate as audience members or presenters in scholarly and art community activities such as professional talks, symposia, conferences and art gallery events. The course will be graded as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory based on participation and engagement.
Includes: Experiential Learning Activity

ARTH 5908 [1.0 credit]
Research Essay

An examination of an approved topic that is in an area of departmental specialization.
Includes: Experiential Learning Activity

ARTH 5909 [1.5 credit]
M. A. Thesis

Includes: Experiential Learning Activity

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Summer session: some of the courses listed in this Calendar are offered during the summer. Hours and scheduling for summer session courses will differ significantly from those reported in the fall/winter Calendar. To determine the scheduling and hours for summer session classes, consult the class schedule at