You must prepare a Research Essay of 2500 words demonstrating an original, critical and historically informed response to at least three works of design. This essay should demonstrate your capacity for independent research and critical thinking.
In this Research Essay, you must undertake a comparative analysis of at least three works of design. At least one work should be an historical example associated with the topics discussed in the unit. Your three chosen works of design should not be by the same artist or designer.
Consider the key formal and conceptual qualities of the historical movement in question: why were these important in the twentieth century? What do these qualities mean today? And: are the ideas that we associate with the movement in question still relevant today?
Develop your own research question based on comparing work/s of design associated with an historical design movement (ie Futurism, Art Deco, Art Nouveau etc) and at least one example of contemporary design (post 1960s).
The Industrial Revolution;
the Arts & Crafts Movement
Peter Behrens/ Weiner Werkstatte
Futurism/WWI Political Posters;
Suprematism and Constructivism
De Stijl & Bauhaus
Art Deco and American Modernism
the International Style & The Marshall Plan,
The New Look and Consumer Revolution
Politics & Pop
What influence has the Bauhaus had on contemporary architecture?
What is the relationship between the Arts and Crafts Movement and the Maker Movement?
What are the similarities and differences between historic examples of political propaganda and contemporary political advertising?
Word limit: 2500 words
12pt, double-spaced, Turabian author-date citation style
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