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This course explores approaches of grandeur in architecture and interior design. While ‘iconic’ is a term typically applied to twentieth century aesthetics, it considers the notion of the iconic within both past and recent contexts, shining spotlights on specific examples of grand innovation in both house and home. Beginning in the seventeenth century and reaching the millennium, participants are immersed in evolving academic and fashionable styles. In each period, and selectively international in scope, exemplary and archetypal house and home case studies are highlighted, from the Baroque, Neo-Palladian, Neo-Classical, Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts styles towards, by the end of the course, the grand designs of Modernism and Post-Modernism.

This course includes:

  • Certificate of participation upon completion of the course.
  • Eight-week term, with a half-term break;
  • Faculty-led lecture with time for questions and discussions each week;
  • Wine receptions with faculty and fellow participants each term;
  • Learning in the Institute's historic Georgian townhouse campus at the heart of Bloomsbury.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Evening Course: 6.30-7.45pm.

    Dates: 28 January; 4, 11, 25 February, and 3, 10, 17, 24 March 2020 (term break 18 February).

    Venue: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 30 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3EE.
  • Faculty


    Elisabeth Bogdan, Faculty & Subject Leader: History of Design, Decorative Art and Design, London
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    £475 (£425 if enrolled by December 4, 2019).

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    Payment by credit or debit card only. If you prefer to pay by wire transfer or cheque, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041.
  • Course Timetable

    Course Timetable

    Course timetable coming soon.
  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact: or T +44 (0)330 128 1041

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