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