Course code MākZ1014
Faculty Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 28 4 48
E-courses MākZ1014: Design history I
Course annotation Chronologically arranged course of lectures and seminars which introduces history of the material culture – parallels in development of scientific and technical discoveries and achievements and their influence on decorative applied art and similar fields which framed the developing of design. Within a framework of this study course theoretical and philosophical justifications of the main categories linked with Design concepts (style, function, form, image, etc.) are considered. To gain a sense of design’s multiple forms of expression and their links with side branches and overview of the world’s most outstanding designers’ works is provided.
The aim of the study course is to develop visual thinking skills and analytical approach in perceptivity of the environment; to form students’ taste and comprehension in things, processes and depictions in artistic forms.
Results Having mastered the course, students acquire the knowledge in:
□principles of development of material culture,
□links between design and side branches: architecture, applied decorative art, etc.
□main theoretical categories linked with design field
□achievements of the leading designers
Students also gain the following competence:
□to orientate themselves in the general history of design,
□to handle tasks linked with the professional practice (finding texts and pictures to complete particular task and to justify their choice)
□to prepare presentation (format - CD) on one of the digested topics of study course.
Course plan 1.Civilisation, art, society. Introduction.L2
2.Sources and ideas of the art of the 20th centuryL2
3.Material environment and traditions in turn of 19th/20th centuryL4
4.Art Nouveau. Graphic design, poster in the turn of centuries. “Street Art” L6
5.Abstractionism and constructivism.L4
6.Conservative modernismL2
7.Progressive modernismL2,S4
8.International style. New-York – 1939.L4
Requirements for obtaining credit points Active participation in 2 seminars (50%).
FInal exam - presentation of independent work - 50% .

Study programmes Art