A Survey of the Decorative Arts

ARCH X 443.16
This course is an intensive study of the history of decorative arts with an emphasis on practical applications in contemporary interior design.
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About this course:

This course is an intensive study of the history of decorative arts with an emphasis on practical applications in contemporary interior design. This course is designed to give students a deep understanding of both the academic and practical aspects of historical decorative arts. Students will learn not only mastery of vocabulary and an understanding of styles, but also the social forces and technological developments that shaped the history of design. Other practical applications that the course will teach include a) incorporating antiques into contemporary interiors; b) using reproductions of past styles; and c) creating modern adaptations from earlier periods and styles, all of these being integral skills of any working interior designer.  There will be some daytime field trips in place of scheduled classroom lectures. These are to further enhance the material covered in the lectures and to acquaint the students with resources they will be using in the future as working designers.

Suggested Prerequisites

It is advisable that you complete the following (or equivalent) since they are prerequisites for A Survey of the Decorative Arts.

X 427.8A and X 427.8B History of Environmental Arts: Parts I and II. Enrollment limited. This course is equivalent to Cal Poly Pomona INA 661. This is a required course in the Master of Interior Architecture degree program.

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What you will learn.

  • Gain a mastery of vocabulary and an understanding of styles
  • Analyze the social forces and technological developments that shaped history
  • Create modern adaptations from earlier periods and styles
  • Understand the academic and practical aspects of historical decorative arts
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