Course detail

History of Design

FSI-YDDAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course is concerned with the development of design, applied arts and arts and crafts in the 20th century before and after II. World War, getting acquainted with important personalities of industrial design and current events and trends in design.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

- Basic orientation in development of modern applied art.
- Basic orientation in development of design.
- Knowledge of main styles and personalities.
- Ability of application of styles to the contemporary creation.


Knowledge of the development of fine art, arts and crafts and design from the beginning of the 20th century is assumed.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

BEARD, Lee, 2012. The art book: new edition. 2nd ed. (rev., expanded and updated). London: Phaidon Press. ISBN 978-0714864679.
BAUER, Alois, 1998. Dějiny výtvarného umění. Olomouc: Rubico. ISBN 80-858-3925-3.
HORSHAM, Michael, 1994. '20s and '30s. London: Grange Books. ISBN 18-562-7642-2.
GOMBRICH, E.H. The story of art. 16. ed. London: Phaidon, 1995. ISBN 9780714832470.
KOLESÁR, Zdeno, 2004. Kapitoly z dějin designu. V Praze: Vysoká škola umělecko-průmyslová. ISBN 80-868-6303-4.
PIJOAN, José. Dějiny umění 9-12. Praha: Odeon/Euromedia, 1986/2004
LUCIE-SMITH, Edward. Artoday. London: Phaidon, 1995. ISBN 978-0714832012.
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.
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 in the form of lectures which have the character of interpretation of basic principles and theory of given discipline in the context of historical context. Teaching is supplemented by excursions.

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 individual work on the given topic and oral examination in the form of a debate. 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.


Learning outcomes of the course unit The aim of the course is to acquire knowledge in the field of history and theory of applied art and design of the 20th century. Knowledge of history and theory will help students to orientate between the historical and contemporary contexts of design, applied art and arts in the 20th century and the present.

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

The attendance in lectures is recommended.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-PDS-P Bachelor's, 2. year of study, winter semester, 2 credits, compulsory

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

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

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


- Development of arts and crafts before the WWII.
- Development of arts and crafts after the WWII.
- Bauhaus.
- School of Art in Zlín.
- Industrial design in the 1st half of 20th century.
- Industrial design in the 2nd half of 20th century.
- Personalities of the European design.
- Personalities of design outside Europe.
- Personalities of the Czech design.
- The newest trends in design.