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




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

ARTH1008 student, 2017-2018

“I also appreciate that this course offers me chances to step out of the classroom and appreciate art in a broader sense, e.g. tutorial about calligraphy, visiting PACE and AAA.”

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

“I can learn something interesting in every lecture as every one of them was very informative.”

ARTH1008 student, 2017-2018