Design evolutions: Arts and Crafts to Art Deco

Course Dates: 30/05/20 - 04/07/20
Time: 14:30 - 16:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Study the design reform movements – Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco – and analyse a wide range of products, including fashion and textiles, graphics, architecture and furniture. Includes a museum visit.


What is the course about?

The decorative design reform movements developed in succession as a response to the low quality consumer products that were the output of the industrial revolution, altering the social perception of consumer goods. Through an examination of a number of iconic products this course will explore the motivations, influences and ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

What will we cover?

- Arts and Crafts Movement, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau, Art Deco.
- Materials, aesthetics, design principles.
- The social and artistic context of the design reform movements.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Explain the historic context and motivations behind the decorative design reforms.
- Describe the visual characteristics of the individual design reforms.
- Analyse the varied influences and artistic relationships between the decorative design reforms.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with guided visits, short lectures, discussions and handouts. Includes a museum visit.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
Please note we are unable to guarantee stools in the rooms that we visit so you might have to stand and to walk between objects.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details

Tutor Biographies
Rachel Sanders

Dr Rachel Sanders received her MA and PhD in History of Art from University College, London. She has taught at a number of institutions and currently lectures on the history of art and design at Build and Oxford Brookes University. Her research interest is early twentieth-century American political paintings and cartoons. She has published a number of articles on her research specialism and is currently writing a book on New Masses magazine.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: VB443

Sat, day, 30 May - 04 Jul '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £135.00
Concession: £103.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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