Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to: 

  1. evaluate key art, design and philosophical design movements and their influence on the development of the discipline
  2. analyse local contexts for Interior Design, identifying national and international influences
  3. examine the methodologies and communication techniques of key practitioners that can be applied to the design process
  4. recognise regional challenges and opportunities available in the international design industry.
    • Bauhaus
    • Mies vander Rohe
    • Frank Lloyd Wrightcreativity
    • Eames and the cold war
    • Matta - Clark and the situationists
    • Verturi and Pomo
    • Contemporary practice: Sustainability
    • Contemporary practice: Information Techonology
    • Towards future practice
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online materials

      • Printable format materials
      • Online Assessment
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links


Note: Level 2 units normally assume an introductory level of prior knowledge in this area, e.g. from studying related Level 1 units or other relevant experience.

Special requirements

No special requirements

Students will explore and debate regional and international design history and theories and their contextual influences and examine key art, design and philosophical movements and their external influences through the identification of key practitioners and their methodologies. Opportunities and challenges within the realms of creative practice in each region will be identified.

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  • Case Study (30%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Group Research Presentation (30%)