Histories of Design 1851 – 1990

Ref: C2224576

We will start by looking at the impact industrialisation made on the home. Then we will discuss what Design is and how to ask questions about any object, particularly a chair. We will then enter a chronological set of sessions on the Arts and Crafts movement and its aftermath, Bauhas design and the modern movement, Art Deco and the Moderne and the USA. We will then look at post war design and the advent of consumerism. We will go on to examine the relationship between Pop art and design and then Post modernism. In the process we will discuss nationalism and design, the role of advertising, the woman's place in society and globalism.

Course aim

This course takes art history outside of the art gallery to the street, the shop and the home. We will look at the changing factors, which shape the objects that are used on an every day basis.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Create a time line of developments in chair design
  • Identify the work of 3 major designers
  • Discuss ways the idea of 'home' changes over time

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

Histories of Design 1851 – 1990 Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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