INTR-280: History of Design - Antiquities to Present

Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development
Building Sciences
Interior Design
Academic Level
Course Subject
Interior Design
Course Number
Course Title
History of Design - Antiquities to Present
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Surveys the chronological history of architecture, furniture, and interiors from Ancient Egypt to the present. Emphasizes the relationship between major cultural, political, social, and economic events upon significant movements in architecture and design.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

Provide students with the historical context necessary to recognize period style movements in architecture, furniture and interiors throughout the course of Western Civilization. To foster a deep appreciation of the influence major historical, philosophical and social movements had upon 19th and 20th Century architecture and design. To name and identify period style motifs, architectural terminology, furniture and furnishings from Ancient Egypt through the 21st Century.

Core Course Topics
  1. History of architecture, design, furniture and styles and how each was impacted by the socio-economic, political, religious and cultural conditions of the era.
    • Significant historic eras to include Ancient Egypt and Greece; Roman and Byzantine Empires; Early Christian and Gothic influences; English, French and Italian Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism; American Colonial, Victorian and revivals; Evolution of the Modern Movement, Arts and Crafts, International Style, Art Deco and Postmodernism.
  2. Introduction to architecture, design, furniture and styles of China, Japan, India and the Middle East.
  3. The impact of culture, politics, aristocracy, philosophy, geography, religion, economics and access to resources on art, architecture, interiors, furniture and furnishings from Antiquities to the present.
  4. Significant and influential historic buildings, structures, churches, engineering innovations, interiors, furniture, gardens and landscapes.
  5. Define terminology and classify architecture, interiors, and furniture by motifs and design elements for each historical period.
  6. Noteworthy architects and designers and their influences on significant historic movements and trends.
  7. How to convey a recognizable historic era through furniture, furnishings, architectural elements, materials, color schemes, and 3-D drawings of the interior.
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Identify the impact geographic, socio-economic, political, religious and cultural conditions of significant historic periods had upon art, architecture, interiors and furniture from Antiquities to the present throughout Western Civilization.*
  2. Recognize and identify elements of art, architecture, interiors and furniture in Non-Western Civilization.
  3. Analyze the influence historic motifs, art, architectural elements, engineering innovations, materials, furniture and furnishings had on later period styles, movements and contemporary trends.*
  4. Classify furniture pieces by historical period or movement.
  5. Define and apply appropriate terminology relative to architecture, interiors, furniture, and furnishings for each period style and movement.
  6. Identify significant architects and designers and assess their influences on interior design in the 19th and 20th Centuries.*
  7. Produce a period style residential interior space highlighting motifs, architectural elements, furniture, furnishings, color schemes, and materials associated with a recognizable historic era.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement
  • Exams
  • Research Project:
    • Written research paper, PowerPoint and Presentation Board


General Education Categories
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Humanities
MTA Categories
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2014
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2014