Introduction to the arts of Asia: past and present

Lecturer: Yeewan KOON

6 credits

This survey course introduces major themes in art from early formations of Asian civilizations to the twenty-first century. Students investigate the various forms of art production in China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia with an emphasis on the means by which art creates meaning in diverse Asian cultures. Themes include issues such as patronage, personal style, artistic autonomy, art institutions and collecting practices.

100% coursework




“Amazing overview and analysis of visual language in art combined with historical journey of Asia, great for beginners in both art or history or art history, super interesting to broaden perspective and learn how different fields come together and can be gathered from art pieces, as well as techniques of actual art creation.”

ARTH1008 student, 2021-2022

“We got the opportunity to learn a lot insights as to how to analyze works of art. The opportunity to attend art conversation and M+ museum is very special and I look forward more of these interesting events in the later advanced ARTH class.”

ARTH1008 student, 2021-2022

“Very informative and accessible to non-art students.”

ARTH1008 student, 2017-2018

“It inspired me to do further reading and visit interesting galleries in my own time.”

ARTH1008 student, 2017-2018

“Great coverage of Asian art history that intrigues students who are new to Asian art. It covers a broad range in terms of time periods and regions. I was able to build a good foundation of Asian art history to prepare for more advanced courses.”

ARTH1008 student, 2017-2018