Course Description

This course surveys the history of design in Europe and North America from the very first prehistoric tools to the modern day products and structures. Significantly, from the mid eighteenth century onwards, these regions were swept by a series of economic, political and social revolutions that dramatically transformed the structure of society, resulting in the increasing importance of design. Covering a wide range of fields, including art, architecture, interior, industrial and graphic design, we will examine works of design as outcomes of the larger cultural, economic and political forces.

Course Details

Upon successful completion of the History of Design course, you will be able to:

  • Identify how design is affected by its cultural and historical context
  • Identify and discuss key figures, events and trends in the history of design
  • Analyze works of design and primary source materials to determine their historical significance as well as their relevance for contemporary issues
  • Research, analyze and apply theoretical concepts in the field of design
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Online Asynchronous
Sep 10, 2024 to Nov 04, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $529.00
Potential Price Adjustments
Reading List / Textbook
No required Textbook
Section Notes

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post the course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information about D2L, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Of note: there are mandatory live sessions included in this course.

The live sessions dates and times are to be Determined.

To fully participate in the live sessions, students will need: an internet connection, a reliable headset with microphone, and a webcam.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students registered on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Students unfamiliar with online learning are encouraged to take our free Digital Skills for Learning Online course.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more courses within the Visual Design Certificate.

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