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 2022 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 2022 Registration Period
- Clark Atlanta University
March 28 – TBA August 2022
- Morehouse College
April 4 – TBA August 2022
- Spelman College
April 4 – 16 August 2022
Fall 2022 Courses
Need more information about the courses, schedule an advising meeting with Dr. Finley.
SAVC 141 Art History I: Pyramids to Cathedrals
9 a.m. – 9:50 a.m., MWF
Dr. Abayomi Ola
This foundational 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.
African American Art
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 pm., TR
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.
The Black Female Body in Visual Arts
1p.m. – 2:15 p.m., TR
This lecture focuses on the history and discourses of the black female body as a figure of representation, sexuality, resistance, agency and identity in American visual culture. Organized thematically, with examples drawn from painting, sculpture, photography, film, popular culture and mixed media installations from the antebellum era to present day.
SAVC 255 Writing and Criticism in Art History
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., TR
This course focuses on writing for declared or potential art history majors. Students develop strong writing skills through close analysis of key art historical texts. They are taught to strengthen essential skills required in the discipline of art history, including archival research techniques and critical analysis based on visual and written evidence.
SAVC 312 Unmasked: African Art Past and Present
1 p.m. – 1:50 p.m., MWF
Dr. Abayomi Ola
This introductory level course surveys the arts of Africa, from ancient times to today, highlighting the art of ancient African cities and kingdoms to the art of African liberation movement and urban centers. Students are introduced to the work of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists, who have emerged from colonial and postcolonial African contexts since the 1950s, to consider how colonialism, political independence, Pan-Africanism and other socio-political forces shape the artistic practices of artists of Africa and its Diaspora.
Art History Thesis
The Art History Thesis is required for all Spelman College graduating seniors and is intended to serve as a “capstone” experience. This course gives students an opportunity to conduct supervised research and adapt to the rigors of study in the field of art history. Students should complete all of their major core requirements before enrolling in this course. The student and professor devise a meeting and writing schedule culminating in a written presentation of an art history research thesis.
Introduction to the Object
9:25 a.m. – 10:40 a.m., TR
Dr. Chad Dawkins
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.
Seminar in Curatorial Practice
10 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. F
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.
Theory and Criticism in Exhibition Practice
3 p.m. – 5:40 p.m., W
Dr. Chad Dawkins
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.
- 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.