Objects and Spaces: Themes in Design History
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
This module presents a thematic history of designed spaces through image-based
lectures, discussions and study visits, situating in particular the emergence of the interior
The themes within this module include relations between design practices and
professions, relations between politics, labour, craft and technology, taste and display,
consumption and design, and spatial concepts within and beyond architecture. Each
session is intended to address particular ideas and practices that have shaped our
contemporary understanding of designed spaces as part of meaningful social, cultural
and economic activity.
The module engages with critical texts to allow students to examine the relationship
between theory and practice, and to develop an understanding of how designed spaces
emerge and are situated as cultural responses to modernity.
? The classical interior ? Ancient Egypt and Assyria; Greece and Rome
? Renaissance, Palladianism, Georgian and Regency interiors
? Study visit to Victoria and Albert museum (preparation for Assessment 1)
? Space analysis group tutorials
? The workshop of the world: Mass production and standardisation
? The Great Exhibition: the role of the exhibition in promoting design agendas and
? Mass consumption, shopping and the rise of the department store
? The arts and crafts movement: rejecting the modern world
? E resources and writing skills
? European proto-modernism
? Classic modernism and luxury interiors
? City walk: live interiors
? Art deco interiors
? Post-war interiors, a festival and the new moderns
? The 70s and 80s and the rise of design awareness and sustainability
? Design issues now / Assessment 2 discussion
? Reflection and review of course content, research and writing skills workshop
? Exhibiting the interior / essay tutorials
? Conserving the interior / essay tutorials
? Materiality and the interior / essay tutorials
Teaching: Image-based lectures, discussions, screenings and study visits
STUDY OPTION 1:
? Exhibition review, 1000 words (30%)
? Essay, 2000 words (70%)
STUDY OPTION 2 OR 3: Assessed essay (1,500-2000 words) (tbc)
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
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