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Interior Design 355

DSNI 355: History of Interior Design II

Prerequisite: DSN majors have a 2.5 in-major GPA; non-majors or permission of instructor.

Credit Hours: (3)

A broad overview of the design of interior spaces and furnishings from the Victorian period to the present.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Students explore the relationship of the interior environment to architecture, culture, technology and economics by examining the design of interiors from Victorian period to the present. Specific topics of study are: stylistic analysis of interior spatial design, interior architectural details, furnishings and textiles; relevance of historical knowledge to current trends in interior design; and an introduction to historic preservation. This class also provides:

1.) Opportunities for developing knowledge of other cultures. (2f)
2.) Opportunities for critical listening skills. (4i)


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

This course’s content is explored through lecture-based learning utilizing a variety of media. Assigned readings, writing activities, videos, in-class discussion, group work and projects will be used to reinforce and expand on information regarding the history of interior design from ancient Egypt to the Victorian period.  


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate the…

1) Ability to express ideas clearly in oral and written communication. (6b)
2) Understanding of the social, political, and physical influences affecting historical changes in design. (8a)
3) Ability to identify movements and periods in interior design and furniture. (8b)
4) Ability to identify movements and traditions in architecture. (8c)
5) Ability to identify stylistic movements and periods of art. (8d)
6) Ability to use historical precedent to inform design solutions. (8e)
7) Awareness of the diversity of world cultures and their influence on the history of interiors. (2f)
8) Competency in identifying major design styles in interiors, furnishings and textiles from the Victorian period to the present.
9) Skill in sketching as a tool for observation, analysis and communication. (6c)
10) An awareness of how design needs have historically varied for different socio-economic populations over time. (2c)
11) Ability to discuss and analyze spatial definition through a historical perspective. (9c)
12) Understanding that social and cultural norms may vary from their own and are relevant to making appropriate design decisions. (3a)


Assessment Measures

Assessment measures include exams, reports, and projects.


Other Course Information

None


Review and Approval

01/2011