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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.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    3 July - 27 August 2019
    8 weeks of instructor guidance

    We offer our online courses throughout the year with sessions starting every 4-6 weeks.
  • Faculty


    Ann BellAdjunct Faculty, MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design, New York

    M.A., Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture, Bard Graduate Center
    B.A., Art History, Hunter College City University of New York

    Ann Bell is an art historian and lecturer. Her research interests include French society under the rule of Louis XIV and the history of theatre, with a focus on the commedia dell'arte. She lectures on the fine and decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, and the Bard Graduate Center. Additionally, she teaches courses in design history and writing at the New York School of Interior Design.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: France in the 18th Century

    • Louis XIV

    • Interiors in Rococo Style

    • The Luxury Market in France in the 18th Century

    Week 2: Neoclassicism, French Empire, and English Georgian Styles

    • Marie Antoinette, Late Neoclassicism, and the Fall of the Monarchy

    • Transitional Style: Post-Revolutionary France & the Directoire

    • England in the 18th Century

    Week 3: The Industrial Revolution and Victorian Style

    • The Crystal Palace Exhibition

    • John Lockwood Kipling

    • The Aesthetic Movement (1860s-1890s)

    Week 4: Design Reform in the 19th Century

    • Lord Leighton House

    • English Arts and Crafts Movement

    Week 5: Fin-de-siècle and Early 20th Century Design

    • Art Nouveau in France

    • Art Nouveau in Belgium

    • Other European Expressions of Art Nouveau

    Week 6: Modernism & The Emergence of Interior Design as a Profession

    • The Chicago School

    • The Bauhaus (1919-1934)

    • Marcel Breuer's House in the Museum Garden at MoMA

    Week 7: Art Deco, Le Corbusier, and Art Brut

    • Art Deco

    • Le Corbusier

    • Art Brut

    Week 8: Mid-20th Century Design & Design Today

    • Hans Wegner & Scandanavian Modern

    • Mid-Century Modern Charles & Ray Eames

    • Design Today

  • Getting Started

    Getting Started

    SIA Online Community, our learning and networking space, opens two weeks before the course begins. This space provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and introduce yourself to fellow students from around the world.
  • Course Fees And Enrollment

    Course Fees And Enrollment

    Tuition includes 8 weeks of instructor guidance and an additional 90 days to review the course at your leisure.

    Terms and Conditions

    Online courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.

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  • Certificate Of Completion

    Certificate Of Completion

    For each course successfully completed, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor, Non-Degree Programs
    Tel: 212-897-6644 or Request Information


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