This 8-week intensive course is a survey of the major design styles and movements in Europe and America since the mid-18th Century. Course lectures explore the shift in design from royal or ecclesiastical patronage to designs geared towards more personal, practical, and conceptual tastes. Important design styles and movements, such as rococo, neoclassicism, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Modernism will be considered, as well as the impact of the Industrial Revolution and globalization. Additionally, this course examines the emergence of interior design as a profession at the turn of the 20th Century and explores innovations in design today. Each week will focus on a selection of case studies that will be contextualized through lectures, readings, and online group discussions.
What you will learn:
- A foundation in the history and development of interior design.
- The ability to identify and analyze the significant design styles and movements since the mid-18th Century.
- A working vocabulary to describe interiors, furniture, and decorative arts.
- An understanding of the social and political events that influence interior design.