MSt in the History of Design
This course is not open for 2014/15 admissions
This programme explores the fascinating histories and diversity of designed objects and environments created amidst the advent of modernity. The syllabus focuses particularly on the period 1851 to 1951, from the Crystal Palace Exhibition to the Festival of Britain.
The compactness of the century-long temporal frame allows for an exploration of a breadth of contexts and forms of design and craft for detailed study: decorative arts, industrial design, design for performance, the built environment and landscape design.
The case studies of the programme are pan-European (including Britain) with some comparisons with America. Core themes of the course include the rivalries between historicism and modernity; internationalist and nationalist tendencies; handicraft and industrial processes as well as the analysis of critical debates about the makers and audiences of decoration in advice literature and aesthetic writing.
The MSt involves a variety of forms of study and experience. The teaching sessions are held on monthly Saturdays over the two years (nine Saturdays per annum; three in each term except for the final term of the programme which focuses upon a Dissertation Forum weekend and individual supervisions).
Handling sessions and visits provide important first-hand experience of objects and sites; monthly individual tutorials with the Course Director between the Saturdays foster each candidate’s research skills.
- Length of programme: Part-time (taught on monthly Saturdays over two years)
- Core courses
- Materials of techniques of Design
- Historical methods
- Research project
- Optional courses
- Decoration in Modern France
- The arts and crafts tradition in modern Britain
- Design in the Machine Age
- Design, body, environment
- Visual cultures of the World Wars
- Academic writing and contemporary practice
- Medieval Period or Early Modern Period option
- Papers available to be shared with the existing MSc English Local History: The social history of English architecture, 1870–1940; The English suburb, 1800–1939; English architecture 1500–1640
- Programme specification
How to ApplyThe MSt in the History of Design admits students in every other year and
the programme is not open for admission for 2014/15 study.