Mid-century modern: house and home

Key facts

  • Cost: £90
  • Credits: 0


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. 

Areas you'll explore include: 

  • The key aspects of mid-century modernist aesthetics 
  • Important works by key artists, designers and architects 
  • The broader historical, cultural and social developments of their time. 

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the aesthetics of mid-century Modernism. 
  • Be able to 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. 

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history and in particular design, architecture and modernism.  


5 Credits at SCQF level 7 (level 1 at undergraduate study)  

Can contribute towards a CertHE in art history.  

Mode of study

A mixture of lectures/seminars delivered live on Zoom.  


Can contribute towards a CertHE in the history of art. 

Find out more

The University holds open days throughout the year where you can meet with staff to discuss our short course provision. Find out more about University of Glasgow open days