Course Title: Furniture Styles and Movements

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5111

Course Title: Furniture Styles and Movements

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 22.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Design (TAFE)


Course Contact: Julian Pratt

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4820

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Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge required to describe major historic periods of furniture styles from classical through to contemporary.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

VBK204 Furniture Styles and Movements

Learning Outcomes

1. Outline the major historical periods of furniture design
2. Describe the social and technological factors affecting furniture design in specific historical periods
3. Describe major design schools which have affected modern furniture design

Overview of Assessment

1. Slide test - A one hour slide recognition based assessment
2. Test: open book - A multiple choice test based on the design periods covered in first semester slide lectures
3. History Research task: Egyptian to 20th century - A research report with illustrations documenting how historical design movements have influenced contemporary furniture designers (1980- present)