Course Description

Course Name

The Art of Photography

Session: VRMU3124

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course description
This course examines the main tendencies in modern art, from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century. Students will learn about particular movements and their major protagonists, including Impressionism, Post/Neo Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Suprematism, De Stijl, Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, and Conceptualism.  
Please note that this is a reading‐intensive course.  This course may involve on‐site classes and Friday/weekend fieldtrips in Rome and Italy.

Required Textbook (subject to change)

  • Newhall, Beaumont. The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present, The Museum of
  • Modern Art, New York 1982.

Required Readings (subject to change)

  • Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. Penguin, London 1990 [1972].
  • Scharf, Aaron. Art and Photography, Pelican, London 1974 [1968].

Recommended Readings (subject to change)

  • Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida. Hill and Wang, New York 2010 [1982].
  • Cotton, Charlotte. The Photograph as Contemporary Art. Thames & Hudson, London 2009.
  • Hirsch, Robert. Seizing the light: A Social & Aesthetic History of Photography (3rd edition), Routledge, New York 2017
  • Pritchard, Dr. Michael. A History of Photography in 50 cameras, Firefly, New York 202
  • Schwarz, Heinrich.  Art and Photography: Forerunners and Influences, Rochester,
  • New York 1985.
  • Sontag, Susan. On Photography. Picador, New York 2001 [1977].
  • Sontag, Susan. Regarding the Pain of Others. Picador, New York 2003.

Entry Fees
Students must pay their own entrance fees when required

*Course content subject to change