AR298 History of the Designed Environ:Antiquity to Mid-19th Century

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AR 298 History of the Designed Environ:Antiquity to Mid-19th Century


FA 2011 HO


Beasley, Soodie (Ardus)


Adjunct Faculty, Art & Design


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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Office Hours

before and after class; by appointment

Daytime Phone

323.244.8303 (cell)

Other Phone

816.437.8330 (office)


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Semester Dates

August 15 - December 9

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:10 PM



Credit Hours


A History of Interior Design

Author: Jeannie Ireland: 

Hardcover: 624 pages

Publisher: Fairchild; illustrated edition edition (October 1, 2008)

ISBN-10: 1563674629

ISBN-13: 978-1563674624

Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.3 x 1.7 inches

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Course Description:
AR298 History of the Designed Environment: Antiquity to Mid-19th Century: Students will study architecture, interiors, furniture and the decorative arts in the context of the history of Western culture. Students will understand the impact the built environment of the past have on our current environment and design practices. Connections will be made between past and present and between art, literature, film, architecture, and interior design. The study begins with antiquity and progresses through mid-1800. 3:0:3 @

Educational Philosophy:

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the elements and characteristics that define the periods of design of the built environment from ancient times to the mid-nineteenth century.
  2. Recognize the work of key designers of each design period or style.
  3. Connect the design of the built environment to its context: historical events, geographical area, culture, religion, art and literature.
  4. Explain how knowledge of the design of the past enriches current design practices.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Discuss the value of an original versus that of a reproduction.
  2. Speculate on the historical context and reception of a structure or an interior..
Core Assessment:
  • Test covering text and related readings, lectures, and discussions  (outcomes 1-4)
  • Tests identifying visual images (outcomes 1,2)
  • Completion of research assignments (outcomes 1,2)
  • Completion of core assessment project:  a research project with oral presentation (outcomes1, 3 and 4)

Class Assessment:

Assigned Readings and Class Discussions

Attendance and Participation


Final Project

Written Assignments accepted for extra credit


Class Participation = 50 points

Exams (3 @ 50 pts each) = 150 points

Final = 100 points

TOTAL = 300 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).

Exams missed with a valid excuse (approved by instructor in advance) can be made up in the testing center.

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

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


No cell phones

No checking email or facebook during class

Dates for exams and assignments are subject to revision!!

This is an intensive reading class. You are asked to read the appropriate sections of your textbook for the subjects listed.

In case of illness or emergency, the instructor must be notified prior to class by sending an email or leaving a message.  With this prior notification, individuals are allowed 1-1/2 (one and a half) absences from class if absolutely necessary, i.e., illness, emergency.

Additional absences will hurt your grade dramatically.  Your final semester grade will be lowered 5% for each additional absence.

ATHLETES contact me to let me know if away-games will take you out of class.

These readings should be completed prior to the class for which they are assigned.

Academic Honesty: 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. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:






August 16


Environmental Design:
An Introduction






August 23



Pgs 29-60 (pgs 40-60)



Classical Civilizations: Greece

Pgs 69-99 (pgs 78-99)





August 30


Classical Civilizations:  Rome

Pgs 101-132



Early Middle Ages/ Vikings and Celts






September 6



pgs 187-211


Review notes and readings assigned


Review handout (emailed)

September 13






Late Middle Ages: and Gothic

Pgs 213-237; 242-243





September 20


Renaissance Italy

Pgs 245-271



Renaissance France: Francis I, Henry II, Louis XIII

Pgs 273-283



(we’re not covering Spanish, Portuguese, German or Russian renaissance, but please feel free to read)



Renaissance England -Tudor Elizabethan/Jacobean




Review time line






September 27


Baroque Italy




Baroque France: Louis XIV

404-406; 410-418



Baroque England: William & Mary and Queen Anne

408; 426-427





October 4


Baroque in America



Review notes and readings assigned

Baroque Netherlands










October 10-14








October 18






Rococo: Regence to Louis XV

pgs 418





October 25



Pgs 429-431



France: Louis XVI

Pgs 431-434; 443-447





November 1


Georgian England: George I
Robert Adam: George II

Pgs 424-438; 449-451



… in America






November 8







pgs 447-449

November 15


George III
Chippendale, Hepplewhite, Sheraton






November 22





Geo IV: Regency

Pg 437 + Handout





November 29

Review notes and readings assigned

Antique Art & Furniture Market
preparations for final






December 6





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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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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