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

for FA 2009

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AR 390 History of the Designed Environ:Mid-19th Century to Present


FA 2009 HO


Beasley, Ardus (Soodie)


Adjunct Faculty


Post-Baccalaureate Professional Level Designation in Interior Architecture and Design; Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine & Decorative Arts;
M.A. in Art History
B.A. in Art History

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Semester Dates

August 17 - December 11

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:10 PM



Credit Hours


Jeannie Ireland: History of Interior Design

Suggested additional reading:

  • Judith Miller’s Furniture, New York: DK Publishing, Inc. (2005) 
  • John Pile's A History of Interior Design
  • Merrill and Iovine's Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam

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Course Description:
AR 390 History of the Designed Environment- Mid 19th-Century to Present: 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, furniture designers and interior designers. Prerequisite: AR298 3:0:3

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:

Dates for lectures and assignments will be subject to revision!! You are asked to read the appropriate sections of your textbook for the subjects listed. As well as any other additional readings assigned. These readings should be completed prior to class. Please study and review the material continuously. Pay attention and take notes in class. If you wait, read and cram before an exam, you will perform poorly. Show up to class. You need to see the slides and understand the information. Do not think that by copying another student’s notes from missed classes you will understand the information. One class is equivalent to two classes. Class lectures explain beyond what is in the textbook. This information will serve you well throughout your career. 

There will be three (3) ESSAYS and one final presentation (or paper).


Assigned Readings, Class Participation and Attendance = 75 points

Three (3) Essays  = 75 points EACH
Final = 200 points

TOTAL = 500 points

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% points).

Students may NOT make up projects missed because of an unexcused absence.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All cell phones are to be turned off. No secret texting underneath the desk. If you insist on bringing in your laptop to type notes, pay attention and type notes: no checking email, face book, twittering, etc. in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:






 August 18




 August 25

 Victorian England

 Chapter 18

pgs 459-479


 Victorian Era in America



 September 1


 Chapter 19

pgs 481 - 487


 & Eclecticism



 September 8

 Aesthetic Movement - England

 Chapter 19

pgs 487 - 493


 Arts + Crafts Movement -   America



 September 15

 Art Nouveau - Europe

Chapter 19

pgs 493-497

+ additional handout


 Art Nouveau - UK



 September 22

 Movie Day – LC Tiffany




 Art Nouveau – America  
 & The Emergence of  
 Modernism – Louis Sullivan





 September 29

 Movie Day – Frank Lloyd Wright –

Mini Essay Due

pgs 515-518


 part 1 and 2



 October 6

 Art Deco – France

Chapter 20

 pgs 522-526


 & America







 October 11-18








 October 20



 pgs 520


 Streamline Modern - Design
 during the Depression (1930s)


pgs 355-361

 October 27

 1940s and Hollywood

 How the Department Store  
 Fashioned the Middle Class








November 3


Danish Modern


Mini Essay Due





pgs 539
+ additional handout





 November 10

 The Mid-Century Modern House


 pgs 532 and 538


(Eichler, Neutra, Schindler)



 November 17

 1960s 1970s


pg 541





 November 24




pg 541

review: Chapters 19-21





 December 1

 Rise of the Interior Decorator - part 1

Mini Essay Due


pgs 526-528


 Rise of the Interior Decorator - part 2



 December 8




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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 "F".
  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.

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