History of Design 1851-1990

Ref: C2225455

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 looking at the origins of design and the industrial revolution - the 18th Century, the 1851 Crystal Palace and Universal Exhibition, the Arts and Crafts movement and its aftermath, Bauhaus 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. 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 everyday 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 how 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

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 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?

  • 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

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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History of Design 1851-1990

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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