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DESI 261

Design History

This course investigates the development of graphic design history from the mid 5th century to present day with an emphasis on the 18th to 20th centuries. Topics covered will include the following but are not limited to:

  • Illuminated Manuscripts
  • Block Printing and Movable Type in Europe
  • Graphic Design and The Industrial Revolution
  • Art Nouveau
  • The Genesis of 20th century design
  • The Modernist Era: Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Pictorial Modernism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Suprematism, Constructivism, DeStijl, The Bauhaus, The Modern Movement in America.
  • The New York School
  • The Conceptual Image
  • Postmodern Design
  • The Digital Revolution
  • Exploring Contemporary Canadian Graphic Design Firms