AUC Cross-registration

The Atlanta University Center Consortium member institutions share a long-established history of collaboration that allows students, faculty and staff to benefit from an expanded and enhanced educational environment. The Consortium has operated a program of cross-registration which provides expanded academic opportunities by allowing undergraduate students the option of enrolling in undergraduate academic courses offered at any of the AUC member colleges.

The Fall 2020 AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies courses are offered through the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College. Students from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College or Spelman College interested in cross-registering for courses should consult with their major department and campus registrar. The registration period for each AUC institution is provided below.

Fall 2020 Registration Period

  • Clark Atlanta University
    April 24 – August 18
  • Morehouse College
    April 20 – August 18
  • Spelman College
    April 24 – August 18

Fall 2020 Courses

Need more information about the courses, schedule an advisement meeting with Dr. Finley or Dr. Webb Binder.

Art History - SAVC 141 Ways of Seeing: Pyramids to Cathedrals, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm MW

Ways of Seeing: Pyramids to Cathedrals
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm MW
Professor: TBA

This course examines the art and architecture of the ancient world, focusing on Egypt, the Near East, and the Classical Greek and Roman world and Europe from about 2000 BCE to CE 1400. It also studies African and Asian art traditions that emerged during that period.

Art History- SAVC 230 Global Foundations of Modern Art, 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm TR

Global Foundations of Modern Art
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm TR
Dr. Yasmine Espert

This course begins with the premise that the history of European and American modern art, which arose out of seventeenth century Enlightenment ideals, is incomplete without an examination of the African, Oceanic, Indigenous and other global influences that prompted the Impressionists to emulate Japanese woodblock prints and catalyzed Picasso and Braque’s exploration of Cubism in the early twentieth century.

Art History-SAVC 243 African American Art, 9:25 am - 10:40 am TR

African American Art
9:25 am – 10:40 am TR
Dr. Bernida Webb-Binder

This survey examines multiple forms of visual art production by African Americans from 1619 to the present. It begins with an overview of the Middle Passage and slavery in relation to African American traditions in the decorative arts, architecture and archaeology through the end of the eighteenth century. Nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century topics demonstrate how printmaking, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and time-based media engage both art historical movements and historical trajectories of freedom, civil rights and social change.

Art History- SAVC 302 Satires in African and African Diaspora Arts, 9:00 am - 9:50 am MWF

Satires in African and African Diaspora Arts [Writing Intensive Elective]
9:00 am – 9:50 am MWF
Dr. Abayomi Ola

Explores manifestations of satires in the visual arts of Africa and its Diasporas. Topics to be examined include: satires that subvert gender, racial or sexuality bias; satires that challenge hierarchies of artistic representation; and satires that address local, national or global environmental concerns.

Art History- SAVC 320 Framing Art Histories, 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm MWF

Framing Art Histories
1:00 pm – 1:50 pm MWF
Dr. Abayomi Ola

This foundational theory and methods course explores the practices and methods of the discipline of art history. Students investigate key questions, interpretative approaches, institutional structures and modes of dissemination that define the study of art history.

Art History- SAVC 493E Directed Studies - Art History

Directed Studies – Art History [Art History Thesis]
TBD* Professor sets schedule
Dr. Bernida Webb-Binder

This course is open to majors and minors who wish to engage in independent study in areas that course offerings do not cover in depth. Under faculty guidance, the student engages in comprehensive reading, writing and discussion. Faculty permission is required.

Curatorial Studies- SAVC 235 Introduction to the Object, 9:25 am - 10:40 am TR

Introduction to the Object
9:25 am – 10:40 am TR
Dr. Yasmine Espert

This foundational course for the curatorial studies minor introduces a common vocabulary and conceptualization for discussing works of art. It provides a shared frame of reference for all students who are interested in the field of curatorial studies. Using exhibitions and works from the permanent collections of AUC institutions as case studies, students examine the role of institutions, curators and other museum professionals.

Curatorial Studies-SAVC 305 Seminar in Curatorial Practice, 10:00 am - 12:40 pm F

Seminar in Curatorial Practice
10:00 am – 12:40 pm F
Dr. Bernida Webb-Binder

This course introduces curatorial methodologies and strategies for developing a broad range of exhibitions (monographic, thematic and permanent collection shows, media-based and interactive projects, etc.). It examines how museums produce knowledge, considering the ways in which art history and visual culture studies have been informed by museum collection and display policies. This course is designed for students who are curious about curatorial projects and curating practices.

Curatorial Studies- SAVC 435 Theory and Criticism in Exhibition Practice, 3:00 pm-5:40pm W

Theory and Criticism in Exhibition Practice
3:00 pm-5:40pm W
Dr. Cheryl Finley

This advanced seminar explores the ways in which our contemporary understanding of art, history and culture is constructed and informed by public display in museums, galleries and the global landscape. Using a series of case studies, it considers issues of representation, display, reception and wider social contexts in which art and culture are experienced in museums and public spaces.

Course Catalog

Registration Guidelines

  • Students must be financially cleared to be considered for Cross-Registration
  • Students are no longer required to obtain the instructor’s signature from the host institution
  • Students will be restricted to registering only for courses published in the Cross-Registration Schedule of Courses Supplement
  • Students who do not receive approval to Cross-Register will not have access to the Learning Management System (LMS) of the host institution: Morehouse uses BlackBoard; Clark Atlanta University uses Canvas; Spelman uses Moodle.
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