Focus on: modern design
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VB722
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This one-day course will study key European Early Modernist design movements that emerged as a response to the devastation of WW1. We will consider the contribution of each to the establishment of a dominant international design aesthetic in the mid-twentieth century, charting its design principles in relation to iconic products such as Le Corbusier's 'Citrohan'.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Design movements including Russian Constructivism, De Stijl, the Bauhaus, Purism and Scandinavian Modern.
• Materials, visual characteristics and design principles, such as standardisation and longevity
• Design practices including furniture and graphic design.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Discuss the historic context, motivations and rationale of the European Early Modernist design movements.
• List key visual characteristics and design principles of the modernist movements.
• Assess the successes and failings of International Modernism.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with slide presentations and group discussions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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VB809 - Art in the 1920s and 1930s: architecture and design.
Dr Rachel Sanders received her MA and PhD in History of Art from University College, London. She has taught at a number of institutions and currently lectures on the history of art and design at City Lit and Oxford Brookes University. Her research interest is early twentieth-century American political paintings and cartoons. She has published a number of articles on her research specialism and is currently writing a book on New Masses magazine.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.