Looking at design: Arts and Crafts to Art Deco

Course Dates: 06/05/23 - 17/06/23
Time: 14:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Study the design reform movements – Arts and Crafts, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco – and analyse a wide range of products, including fashion and textiles, graphics, furniture and architecture within their social, historic and artistic context. Includes a museum visit.
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Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00

Course Code: VB778

Sat, day, 06 May - 17 Jun '23

Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The decorative design reform movements developed in succession as a response to the low quality consumer products that were the output of the industrial revolution, altering the social perception of consumer goods. Through an examination of a number of iconic products this course will explore the motivations, influences and ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement, the Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. This course will include a museum visit for a close-up look at design examples discussed on the course.

What will we cover?

- Arts and Crafts Movement, Aesthetic Movement, Art Nouveau, Art Deco.

- Materials, aesthetics, design principles.

- The social and artistic context of the design reform movements.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Explain the historic context and motivations behind the decorative design reforms.

- Describe the visual characteristics of the individual design reforms.

- Analyse the varied influences and artistic relationships between the decorative design reforms.

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.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

In the classroom you will be taught by lecture and slide presentation. Offsite, guided visits will also be part of your learning. You will be invited to take part in group discussion. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course and will be printed for you. Some supplementary documents will be available digitally via a Google Classroom. You will be invited to join this course's Google Classroom within one week of the course start date.

This course takes place at City Lit, in the classroom and has at least one offsite session at a London museum. Museum courses take place during public access hours. Tutors are not able to control sound levels or behaviours of visitors outside of the course group. Unless you are a wheelchair user, and have confirmed access details with us (as levels of access can vary between buildings), you will need to be able to walk to the museum, in between exhibitions and stand for some time while looking at them (you may bring your own portable stool if you have one, but we cannot guarantee access to seating offsite.) If you feel you may be impacted by these environmental variations, please inform the department on humanities@citylit.ac.uk before the course begins, to discuss reasonable accommodations we can make to assist your learning in offsite.

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.

This course will include an offsite visit and students should factor in transport costs.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

London Architecture: Victorian Era

Ancient Rome: Art and Architecture

Looking at architecture

Looking at sculpture.

Rachel Sanders

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.