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COMM 120
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Course Objectives: 
This course aims to analyze the art history and aesthetic concept chronologically. Within the frame of this course where art and aesthetics’ main definitions are made, ideas related to art movements are questioned, traditional art forms (painting, sculpture, language, and performance), contemporary technological applications and aesthetic teachings are discussed.
Course Content: 

Students analyze, compare, and discuss the artistic activities of historical periods, life styles and thinking habits in the frame of aesthetic teachings while setting relations between them. Students are also expected to gain knowledge and analytical thoughts around the notions of art movements and changes upon aesthetics over time.

Course Methodology: 
1-Lecture, 2-Interactive Lecture
Course Evaluation Methods: 

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Course Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes Program Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1. Constructs links between art and aesthetics. 1,2 1,2 C
2. Gains the ability to build an efficient art view. 1,2 1,2 C
3. Links artistic and cultural knowledge and values, and builds an analytic approach accordingly. 1,2 1,2 C
4. Learns methods of research, reading, and presenting in order to analyze the works of art; its elements, application fields, rules, principles, foundational notions, and historical context. 9,10 1,2 C
5. Applies the gathered scientific knowledge regarding cultural assets upon contemporary issues when necessary. 5,9,10 1,2 C


Course Flow

Week Topics Study Materials
1 Acquainting with the students / Knowledge upon the class schedule / Requesting class materials  
2 Art and Aesthetics İsmail Tunalı, Greek Aesthetics: Part 2 Art Philosophy, P.69-129
3 Ancient Art and Aesthetics / Early Christian and Byzantine Art / Islamic Art Platon, Sokrates, Aristoteles, Platinos
4 Medieval European Art and Aesthetics The Pre-Renaissance period Aesthetics in the Middle Ages, Augustinus, Thomas Aquinas

E.H. Gombrich, The Story of Art, Chapter 1, Chapter 2

5 15th and 16th century: Discovery of Reality /

Modern Age (Renaissance) Art (1453-1789) and Aesthetics

Chapter 12-18
6 16th-18th century: Some Art Movements After Renaissance and After / Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo Aesthetic understanding of Baumgarten Chapter 12-20
7 Late 18th century: Break with Tradition / Neo-Classicism, Romance Empirism / British experientialism (Hutcheson, Hume) and German idealism (Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel) and Friedrich Schiller, Nietzsche's aesthetic approaches

Chapter 21-23

8 Mid-term Exam/Assignment  

Modernism, 19th Century Art Movements and Aesthetics / Society, Art and Aesthetics

According to the 17-19th century Leibniz, Baumgarten and British experimenters, aesthetics, the influence of Hegel in the 19th century, the aesthetic aestheticists who emerged in the second half of the 19th century (spiritual and social scientific research)
10 19th Century Art Movements / Realism, Barbizon school, Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Art and Craft Chapter 24-27
11 Postmodernism, Art and Aesthetics: The 1930s Accepted of the Peak of Art / 1960s from Modernism to Postmodernism / Computer Technologies and 1990s. Postmodern aesthetics / Feminist Aesthetic Theory
12 20th Century Art Movements / Basic Concepts of Today's Art Concept: Minimal Art, Conceptual Art, Fluxus, Earth Art, Performance art, Happenning, Video Art Avangard aesthetics / Machine aesthetics / Meta aesthetics
13 Media Art / New Media Art / Effects of Technological Transformations on Aesthetic Conception Digital Aesthetics / Lev Manovich, Christiane Paul, Bruce Wands
14 Forms and Classes of Digital Art / Digital Art: Digital Sculpture, Digital Installation and Virtual Reality, Performance Music and Sound Art, Digital Animation and Video, Software, Database and Game Art, Net Art Digital Aesthetics / Relational / Experiential Aesthetic Theory / Emotion Aesthetics / Political Aesthetic Theory
15 New Media Art in Turkey Ali Mihrabi, Bager Akbay, Candaş Şişman, Genco Gülan, Osman Koç, Selçuk Artut sanatçıları ve Today’s Art festival kurucusu Olof Van Winden
16 Final exam / Assignment  


Recommended Sources

Textbook E.H. Gombrich, The Story of Art, 

İsmail Tunalı, Estetik, İsmail Tunalı, Grek Estetik’i

Norbert Lynton, The Story of Modern Art, 1980,1989 Phaidon Press Limited, 

Çeviri: Norbert Lynton, Modern Sanatın Öyküsü, Remzi Kitapevi, 2004, 3. baskı

Additional Resources Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Look at student website about Guillaume Appolinaire and Surrealism http://pages. emerson.edu/courses/fall99/ma547

Simon Penny, "Consumer Culture and the Technological Imperative: The Artist in Dataspace' Pierre Levy, "The Art of Cyberspace"

Anne Balsamo, "On the Cutting Edge"

John G. Hanhardt: "De-Collage/Collage: Notes Toward a Reeaxamination of the Origins of Video Art"

Heiner Stachelhaus: 'The Expanded Concept of Art"

Don Slater, "Domestic Photography and Digital Culture"

Estetik, Avner Ziss, Avangard Kuramı, Peter Bürger

1940’tan Günümüze Sanat - Varlık Stratejileri, Jonathan Fineberg.

Adnan Turani, Çağdaş Sanat Felsefesi

G. Skirberkk&N.Gilje, Antik Yunan’dan Modern Döneme Felsefe Tarihi

İsmail Tunalı, Felsefenin Işığında Modern Resim/Modern Resimden Avangard Resme

John Perry Barlow "Censorship 2000"

Serpil KAPAR, Günümüz Görsel Sanatında Çağdaşlık Analizleri ve Estetik Teoriler/Analysıs Of Contemporaneıty And Theorıes Of Aesthetıcs In Today’s Visual Arts

Aysun Cançat, Yeni Medya Sanatı Üzerine, Atatürk Üniversitesi Güzel Sanatlar Enstitüsü Dergisi

Journal of the Fine Arts Institute, (GSED), Sayı/Number 40, ERZURUM 2018, 165-178

Orhan Cebrailoğlu, Modern/Postmodern Sürecinde Plastik Sanatlarda Estetik Arayışlar ve Sanatçının Avangard Tutumu Esthetic Reseraches At Plastic Arts And The Avangarde Manner Of The Artists On modern/Postmodern Period, GÜ, Gazi Eğitim Fakültesi Dergisi, Cilt 29, Sayı 1 (2009) 127-139

W. F. Haug, Küreselleşmenin Motoru Olarak Meta Estetiği, , Çeviri: Emir H. Ülger, Dört Öge-Yıl 4-Sayı 9-Nisan 2016, http://static.dergipark.org.tr/article-download/45cf/48c8/6b6f/imp-JA27R...?

Ebru WINEGARD, Dijital Medya Teknolojilerinin Sanatın Ve Tasarımın Yaygınlaşmasındaki Yeri Ve Önemi, http://nek.istanbul.edu.tr:4444/ekos/TEZ/ET000489.pdf

Michael Kelly, Estetik Ansiklopedisi, 2014


Material Sharing

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Mid-terms 1 100
Total   100
Contribution of Final Examination to Overall Grade   60
Contribution of In-Term Studies to Overall Grade   40
Total   100


Course’s Contribution to Program

No Program Learning Outcomes Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Uses technical and academic knowledge accumulated in visual communication design field for authentic projects.         X
2 Designs 2 and 3 dimensional creative products considering the aesthetic rules.           X
3 Employs efficiently the technical innovations required by the professional field.   X      
4 Analyses problems related to the field starting from the concept and develops appropriate projects for the targeted audience.     X    
5 Behaves according to the national and international professional ethical principles.       X  
6 Builds awareness to universal and social problems by developed projects and offers solutions to them.   X      
7 Gains sectoral experience by compulsory internship, relates academic knowledge with field experience.     X    
8 Grasps the importance of interdisciplinary working by lifelong learning mind-set and collaborates with different teams.     X    
9 Develops concepts and puts forth innovative and authentic works to enrich the cultural and artistic accumulation related to the field.         X
10 Transforms the creative ideas into moving and interactive visual expressions, executes multi-dimensional designs.          X



Activities Quantity Duration
Course Duration  14 3 42
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14 3 42
Students Reading 14 2 28
Mid-terms 1 3 3
Final examination 1 3 3
Total Workload     118
Total Workload / 25 (s)     4,7
ECTS Credit of the Course     5