Course detail

History of Design

FSI-YDDAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course is concerned with the development of design, applied arts and arts and crafts in the 20th century.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Basic orientation in development of modern applied art, main styles and personalities, application of styles to the contemporary creation.


Development of visual arts, arts and crafts and design from the beginnings to the beginning of the 20th century (see the "History of Visual Art" courses and the "Visual Art and Design of the 19th Century" course).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

BAUER, Alois, 1998. Dějiny výtvarného umění. Olomouc: Rubico. ISBN 80-858-3925-3.
BEARD, Lee, 2012. The art book: new edition. 2nd ed. (rev., expanded and updated). London: Phaidon Press. ISBN 978-0714864679.
BEARD, Lee, 2012. The art book: new edition. 2nd ed. (rev., expanded and updated). London: Phaidon Press. ISBN 978-0714864679.
GOMBRICH, E.H. The story of art. 16. ed. London: Phaidon, 1995. ISBN 9780714832470.
HORSHAM, Michael, 1994. '20s and '30s. London: Grange Books. ISBN 18-562-7642-2.
PIJOAN, José. Dějiny umění 9-12. Praha: Odeon/Euromedia, 1986/2004
KOLESÁR, Zdeno, 2004. Kapitoly z dějin designu. V Praze: Vysoká škola umělecko-průmyslová. ISBN 80-868-6303-4.
RILEY, Noël, ed. Dějiny užitého umění: vývoj užitého umění a stylistických prvků od renesance do postmoderní doby. Praha: Slovart, c2004. ISBN 80-7209-549-8.
SPARKE, Penny. A century of design: design pioneers of the 20th century. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's, 1998. ISBN 9780764151224.
LUCIE-SMITH, Edward. Artoday. London: Phaidon, 1995. ISBN 978-0714832012.
MALIVA, Josef. Doteky s uměním a časem. Brno: Vysoké učení technické, 1996. ISBN 80-214-0822-7.
POLLY, Polly, 1988. '50s and '60s. Secaucus, N.J: Chartwell Books. ISBN 978-155-5213-244.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The exam verifies global orientation and knowledge of the development in the applied art and design of the given period and relationship to the previous development and to the present. The exam consists of written and oral parts. According to the article No. 13 of Study and Examination Rules of Brno University of Technology ECTS evaluation degree scale is used. The course is evaluated with the following grades: ECTS EVALUATION DEGREES / PTS. RATING / NUMERIC RATING: A / 100 - 90 / 1 / Excellent; B /89 - 80 / 1,5 / Very good; C / 79 - 70 / 2 / Good; D / 69 - 60 / Satisfactory; E / 59 - 50 / Sufficient; F / 49 - 0 / 4 / Failed.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


Orientation in history and theory of applied art and design in the 20th century.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The attendance in lectures is recommended.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-PDS , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1 Development of arts and crafts before the WWII;
2 Development of arts and crafts after the WWII;
3 Bauhaus;
4 School of Art in Zlín;
5-6 Industrial design in the 1st half of 20th century;
7-8 Industrial design in the 2nd half of 20th century;
9 Personalities of the European design;
10 Personalities of design outside Europe;
11-12 Personalities of the Czech design;
13 The newest trends in design.