The rise and fall of modernist design

Course Dates: 13/01/18 - 17/03/18
Time: 14:30 - 16:40
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Rachel Sanders

Study the dominant design aesthetic of the twentieth century – its development, successes and fall from popularity. Movements will include Constructivism, the Bauhaus, Pop and Punk. Design practices will include graphics, architecture and furniture. Includes a gallery visit. #arthistory #weekendcourse #design #modernism #bauhaus.


What is the course about?

The course will study key European Early Modernist design movements that emerged as a response to the devastation of WW1. We will consider the contribution of each to the establishment of a dominant international design aesthetic in the mid-twentieth century, charting its design principles in relation to iconic products. And we will explore its demise under the aesthetic and theoretical critiques of the post-modernist movements.

What will we cover?

- Russian Constructivism
- De Stijl, the Bauhaus, Purism and Scandinavian Modern
- International Modernism
- The materials, visual characteristics and design principles of Modernism, e.g. standardisation and longevity.
- Early post-modernist design movements e.g. Pop, Psychedelia, Punk and the Memphis Group.

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

- Describe the historic context, motivations and rationale of the European Early Modernist design movements.
- Identify and describe key visual characteristics and design principles of modernist and post-modernist design movements.
- Analyse the development, and the successes and failings of International Modernism.
- Evaluate the relationship between modernist and post-modernist design movements.

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

The course is aimed at beginners; you will need no prior knowledge or specialist skills to participate.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs 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 workshops, short lectures, practical exercises, tutorials and handouts. One session wil be held at a London museum. You may wish to do some additional reading, but this is optional.

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.
The gallery visit will be free. Please note we are unable to guarantee seats on gallery visits so you may have to stand and to walk between exhibits. You might like to invest in a lightweight portable seat.

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

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See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VB287

Started Sat, day, 13 Jan - 17 Mar '18

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £249.00
Senior fee: £199.00
Concession: £152.00
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