AHIS 211 - History of Design (LS)

This course is a survey of the use of designed images and text, emphasizing media and practices relevant to all visual communication design specialties. Considering designed artifacts as aesthetic objects and agents of cultural transformation, it historically contextualizes the continuities and ruptures that lead to modern and contemporary design practices. Specific themes will include:

  • the parallels and contrast presented by premodern practices for contemporary design
  • the impact of 20th century cultural and social revolutions on design
  • the professionalization of design as a practice in the period after 1945
  • the development of digital technology
  • the contemporary challenges to design of globalization and sustainability

Course Credits:


Course Prerequisites

AHIS 101 (AHIS 110) and AHIS 100 (AHIS 120) or consent of the Chair in consultation with the instructor.


A30030Alford, Sarah
2:00pm - 4:50pm room: ONLINE


A40012TBA, Instructor
Monday, Wednesday
1:00pm - 4:00pm room: ONLINE