Objects and Spaces: Themes in Design History

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Objects and Spaces: Themes in Design History

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Interior Design

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    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
    in modernity.

    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.

    Autumn semester:
    ? 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

    Spring semester:
    ? 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

    ? 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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