Women Designers of the 20th Century

Ref: C2227642

This course will explore the innovative contribution made by pioneering women designers working within British Industry during the twentieth century and how, despite being predominately a role for men, they were able to achieve equal status and recognition for their contribution in fashion, wallpaper, textiles, glass, ceramics and many other areas of design. We will explore the changes in society, the impact of the Second World War and the recognition of the important role of the designer for British industry. The course will focus on designers including Lucienne Day, Marion Dorn, Enid Marx, Susie Cooper and JessieTait alongside several other less known designers

Course aim

This course will explore the innovative contribution made by pioneering women designers working in fashion, textiles, glass and ceramic design. We will discuss the work of key designers such as Lucienne Day, Susie Cooper and Enid Marx.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is fully online so you will access the course through Canvas, our virtual learning environment, and Zoom, the video conferencing software. You will need a reliable internet connection and access to a computer or internet linked device with camera and microphone.

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

  • Identify the key events in Britain during the twentieth century and how that effected design.
  • Discuss why the position as a design was predominately occupied by men.
  • Identify the factors that enabled more young women designers to make a creative impact in post war Britain.
  • Express my opinion as to why women designers worked mainly in design for the home.
  • Consider how further education and design training provided women with improved opportunities for a career in design.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

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
  • The tutor, a published author on the work of Lucienne Day and Susie Cooper, will give individual advice and guidance alongside further reading suggestions

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Women Designers of the 20th Century

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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