AR390 History of the Designed Environ:Mid-19th Century to Present

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AR 390 History of the Designed Environment: Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present


FA 2006 HO


Buckingham, Leslie Lynn


Senior Instructor, Art & Design


M.A. in Art History
B.A. in Art History

Office Location

MA430C (in Interior Design)

Office Hours

by appointment


Semester Dates

August 21 - December 16

Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 2:15 PM



Credit Hours


John Pile.  A History of Interior Design.  Second Edition.  (Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley & Sons, 2005) [ISBN 0-471-46434-1].  You may use an earlier edition of the textbook, but will have to regularly check the most current edition of the book from one of your classmates in our library in order to properly prepare for tests.  Not all the illustrations or text will be available to you in earlier editions.

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Course Description:
This continuation of the study of architecture, interiors, furniture and the decorative arts in the context of Western culture begins with the aesthetic movements of the late 19th Century and progresses through the modern and post-modern movements of the 20th Century, ending with a survey of present and future design trends. Students will understand modern design movements in the context of the immense social changes that took place beginning with the industrial revolution and continuing through the information age. Students will learn to identify the work of individual 20th Century architects and furniture designers. PREREQUISITE:AR298. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, presentations, writing, creativity, examinations, and gallery/museum tours.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the elements and characteristics that define the design movements that took place from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.
  2. Connect modern design movements to their context: historical events, geographical area, culture, religion, art and literature.
  3. Recognize the work of significant interior designers and architects, classifying the work according to its place in time and the design movement it represents.
  4. Identify modern furniture, especially chairs, by the designer's name and the design movement each represents.
  5. Make connections between the design of the built environment and its impact on our personal and working lives.
  6. Identify and analyze design trends for the early 21st Century.

Core Assessment:
Test covering text, lectures, and discussions  (outcomes 1-4)
Tests identifying visual images (outcomes 3 and 4)
Completion of research assignments (outcomes 3 and 4)
Completion of core assessment project: a research project with oral presentation (outcomes1,2,5,6)

Class Assessment:

Assessment in this course is by means of:

  • Text and related readings
  • Lectures, discussions
  • Tests, identifying visual images
  • Research projects
  • Oral presentation of projects


Individual Projects 100 450-500 pts = 90-100% =A
     Oral Presentation (50 pts) 400-449 = 80-89% =B
     Final Paper (50 pts) 350-399 = 70-79% =C
Exams (3 @ 100 each) 300 300-349 = 60-69% =D
Class Participation 100 299 and below = 59% and below =F
TOTAL = 500

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized one letter grade (10 percentage points).  Exams missed with a valid excuse (approved by instructor in advance) can be made up in the testing center.  Students may NOT make up quizzes or exams missed because of an unexcused absence. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Please turn cell phones and pagers off during class.  Students who disrupt class with these items will be asked to leave and could suffer appropriate penalties for tardiness (see attendance policy).  While the instructor will ask for students' opinions of some of the art presented in class, please be respectful.  Loud, abusive, and disrespectful commentary will not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Pay attention in class. Dates for exams and assignments are subject to revision!! You are asked to read the appropriate sections of your textbook for the subjects listed. These readings should be completed prior to the class for which they are assigned.





August 22




August 24


Chapter 12

pgs 247-265

August 29




August 31


Chapter 13

pgs 267-281

September 5




September 7


Chapter 14
Art Nouveau

pgs 283-299

September 12




September 14


Chapter 15

pgs 301-321

September 19




September 21




September 26


Chapters 12-15


September 28


Chapter 16
The Emergence of Modernism

pgs 323-347

October 3




October 5




October 10


Chapter 17
Art Deco & Industrial Design

pgs 349-361

October 12




October 17




October 19




October 24


Chapter 18
Spread of Early Modernism in Europe

pgs 363-371

October 26




October 31


Chapters 16-18


November 2


Chapter 19
Modernism in America

pgs 373-385

November 7




November 9


Chapter 20
The Ascendancy of Modernism

pgs 387-405

November 14




November 16




November 21




November 23




November 28




November 30


Chapter 21
Contemporary Design

pgs 407-439

December 5




December 7




December 12


Chapters 19-21


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "W".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
In case of illness or emergency, the instructor must be notified prior to class by leaving an email message. With this prior notification, individuals are allowed 2 absences which will be recorded as Excused. Additional absences will hurt your grade dramatically.  Your final semester grade will be lowered for each additional absence from class.  

A professional and respectful attitude toward the instructor and fellow students is expected.  Two instances of the following will count as one absence:  tardiness of more that 10 minutes, leaving before class is dismissed, falling asleep in class, and other class disruptions(i.e. phone calls, etc.).  These will be noted and reflected in the final grade.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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