History of Design to 1830 Course Description and Course Competencies

The course description and competencies are provided by the Art Institute International Minnesota.  The course must follow the description and students must demonstrate completion of all competencies.

Course Description

This course explores the evolution of furniture interiors and design from the ancient world to 1830 and discusses the major cultural, political, social and economic factors that affect the design of material culture and the relationship of furniture and interiors to significant movements in art and architecture.  It includes the history of the profession of interior design and contributions of interior designers to the development of the profession.  The course also introduces students to major architectural developments, including various architectural movements.  (No Prereq. Required)

Course Competencies

  • Gain an understanding of the Antique, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and French periods of furniture and architecture as they relate to the socioeconomic conditions of the times
  • Recognize historical motifs which relate to Antique, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and French periods furniture and architecture
  • Recognize and classify Antique, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and French periods furniture pieces by period or designer
  • Develop the appropriate vocabulary which relates to the furniture, architecture, and motifs of the Antique, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and French periods
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