When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Elaine Lewis
  • Course Code W22PDGB13A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Explore architecture and design from 1850 to 1980 and discover the revolutionaries whose ideas and works secure their place in design history. We will look at architecture and design development in Russia, Europe and North America, the context and implications culturally, politically, socially, and technologically. We will reflect on the contribution of design practitioners during peacetime and wartime, such as Voysey, Le Corbusier and El Lissitsky; looking at important cultural events such as The Festival of Britain. We will study the contribution of each to dominant design throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, their aesthetics and context in terms of building and design.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Develop a taste and appreciation for late nineteenth and twentieth century architecture and design
  • Be familiar with key visual characteristics and design principles of architects, designers and movements of the period
  • Have an awareness of the development in architecture and design after 1850
  • Speak about the historic context, motivations and rationale of architects, designers and movements from 1850 to 1980
  • Recognise key design works


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    You will learn through power point presentations, videos, student research, group activities discussions and debates. Some homework will set to share in class. In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular and detailed feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements. This course will be accessible to you if you have no prior knowledge of art and design and is open to learners with varying backgrounds.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This class is based at our Waterloo site.

    What you need

    You will find it helpful to bring paper and pen for making notes.

    What you can do next

    We offer a range of long and short courses in art history at Morley and cover a range of periods and subjects of interest. You may like to opt for a lecture based programme in the college or one where you visit galleries and study the art and artefacts in situ. You can browse our full programme by searching "art history" on our website.