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If you're in my classes at Central TAFE then you're in the right spot - our cyberspace class notice board. All information contained herein is unofficial and not necessarily shared by TAFE :)

Here, we can share urls (website addresses), book titles, info about assignments and anything else that you might need to access from home.

Unit: Design and Cultures 1
Could perhaps also be called "A Very Brief History of Modern Design" or even "Nearly a Hundred People Who Made Our Stuff Today Look Like It Does".

The design styles we'll be covering this semester are:

Wk 2 - The Industrial Revolution - Design Pioneers
Wk 3 - High Victorian Style
Wk 4 - Aestheticism and the Japanese Influence
Wk 5 - The Arts and Crafts Movement
Wk 6 - Art Nouveau in the UK, and in Vienna & Germany
Wk 7 - Art Nouveau in France, Belgium & Spain and in the USA
Wk 8 - European Modernism
Wk 9 - Dutch De Stijl and Italian Futurism
Wk 10 - Russian Constructivism
Wk 11 - German Bauhaus
Wk 12 - Art Deco and Streamline Style
Wk 13 - The International Style

You can choose any one of the above styles for your Tutorial Presentation.

Other weeks cover:

Revision Week 14
Revision Week 15 - Art Deco Written Assignment Due
Test Week 16
Feedback Week 17 - Weeks 18-19 for Re-Assessments

For Official Handouts (eg Delivery Schedules etc) ask in class for a current version to be printed for you.

Non-Official Class Handouts will be posted here for you to access any time.

Although I'll be providing a bunch of web links, I also expect you to research books. You know, those big heavy things made of processed trees. To the left are links to the LRC (Learning Resource Centre, our library here at Central TAFE) and also to the statewide government library system's complete catalogue.

The Alexander Library in particular is an amazing resource, and although you can't take books out (it's a reference library only) it's just across the road, has loads of comfortable seating and is air conditioned. They have heaps of videos as well as books.

Remember, all sources you use for tutorial presentations AND the assignment must be referenced according to the Harvard Referencing System. A booklet on this is available for 2 dollars from the student bookshop, or a 7 page booklet is available for free online courtesy of Bournemouth University in the UK at:


There is also free information regarding Harvard Referencing available online through the LRC (see Central TAFE link).

If you have problems with any aspect of the course, please talk to me about it in our tutorial session. If you have Dyslexia, language difficulties or any other personal circumstances that make the standard coursework difficult for you, I may be able to find other ways for you to demonstrate your Competency in the Learning Outcomes other than the standard course assessment tools.

This unit is traditionally considered one of the most difficult to pass. There's a LOT of information to become familiar with in a short space of time, and you will only manage it if you put in some effort to researching based on what I've given you - in your own time. Just coming to the lecture will NOT be enough for you to pass in this unit. Remember, you have to pass all units to get into the next year of the course, so if you are having difficulties, talk to me about it as early as possible.

My emphasis as we go through each of these periods will be on Design for Industry and Furniture, as those are the courses you're doing this unit as a part of. Although other streams of design such as graphic design, fashion, photography, architecture, interior design and Fine Art will be mentioned in passing, they will not be covered in detail. I encourage you to develop an awareness of each of those other streams for your chosen styles when you do your assignments, even though I've largely neglected them here due to lack of time and space. They are important in terms of contextualising the period, so please consider them.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions or if you have any great websites to share with the rest of the class: kat@retrokat.com

See you all in class...

meow & ciao,

kat =^..^=

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