Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Mid-century modern: house and home ADED11790

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The post- World War 2 period was a time of innovation, optimism and dreams. Many of Europe's cities and towns had suffered devastating destruction and, in the wake of this, a wave of modernist design, architecture and art was used to rebuild our homes and our dreams. We will explore the period from the late 1940s to the end of the 1960s, looking at artists, architects and designers such as Isamu Noguchi, Alver Alto and Lucienne Day, how they were influenced by the events of the period, and how they went on to reshape our world then and still do today.


Block 3

Weeks 1-5

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Tuesdays, 13.00 - 15.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide an introduction to key aspects to mid-century modernist aesthetics 

■ Study in detail important works by key artists, designers and architects

■ Set these works within the broader historical, cultural and social developments of their time

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate familiarity with the aesthetics of mid-century Modernism.

■ Contextualise key artists, designers and architects work within the period.

■ Discuss how the work of the selected artists, designers and architects were influenced by previous periods and how their work influenced future generations.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Not applicable to a non-credit bearing course