TAD2203 - History and criticism of interiors and furniture 2A - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Gippsland Centre for Art and Design

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Julie Cotter


Dr Julie Cotter

Not offered in 2018


TAD1101Not offered in 2018, TAD1102Not offered in 2018




The development of furniture and interiors in various epochs, ranging from Egypt to postmodernism, with frequent references to non-European cultures. Comparisons are made between such developments and the other arts, including literature and music.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. have a sound knowledge of key epochs of interior design and furniture
  2. appreciate and express lucidly and imaginatively the historical correspondences between the styles of furniture and architecture generally
  3. appreciate historical correspondences between the styles of interiors and other art forms-such as sculpture and painting-with insight and discernment
  4. possess critical opinions and inspirational insights concerning the aesthetic, symbolic and functional merits of historical exemplars
  5. be able to identify or conjecture the social values that interiors and furniture have represented, and discuss the systems of authority to which they belonged
  6. have a readiness to combine imaginative responses concerning the character of spaces and pieces of furniture with historical knowledge and learned opinion about them
  7. appreciate, and have opinions about, heritage issues and relate such opinions in a systematic ethical argument.


Take home test 10% + Seminar Paper 2000 words 30% + Essay 3000 words 60%

Workload requirements

3 hours lecture/tutorial contact and 9 independent study hours per week

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