Survey of Decorative Arts 2
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGHI 5102
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
This course traces significant developments in the history of decorative arts and design from 1800-2000 in Europe and America. Interiors, ceramics, metal work, graphics, fashion and furniture will be discussed and situated within their cultural, social, and political context. Lectures will consider how taste, gender, technology, new materials, patterns of production and consumption, and changing ways of life have impacted the design and reception of things. Readings will come from both primary and secondary sources, and new approaches and methods in the study of the history of design will be discussed. By the end of the semester, students should have developed a broad visual vocabulary and should be able to critically engage in the major debates affecting decorative arts and design over the last two centuries.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Masters degree in History of Decorative Arts and Design majors only.