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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Art and Design
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Gippsland First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Robert Nelson


The development of furniture and interiors in various epochs, ranging from Egypt to postmodernism, with frequent references to non-European cultures. Comparisons are made between such developments and the other arts, including literature and music.


On successful completion of this unit, students will:

  1. have a sound knowledge of key epochs of interior design and furniture;
  2. appreciate and express lucidly and imaginatively the historical correspondences between the styles of furniture and architecture generally;
  3. appreciate historical correspondences between the styles of interiors and other art forms-such as sculpture and painting-with insight and discernment;
  4. possess critical opinions and inspirational insights concerning the aesthetic, symbolic and functional merits of historical exemplars;
  5. be able to identify or conjecture the social values that interiors and furniture have represented, and discuss the systems of authority to which they belonged;
  6. have a readiness to combine imaginative responses concerning the character of spaces and pieces of furniture with historical knowledge and learned opinion about them;
  7. appreciate, and have opinions about, heritage issues and relate such opinions in a systematic ethical argument.


Take home test 10%
Seminar Paper 2000 words 30%
Essay 3000 words 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Robert Nelson

Contact hours

3 hours lecture/tutorial contact and 9 independent study hours per week


TAD1101, TAD1102