Course Title: History and Theory of Design for Interiors

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: History and Theory of Design for Interiors

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


320T Architecture & Design


Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Jennifer Crowley

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with an overview of interior design and decoration history from ancient times to current day, with a particular focus on Australian interiors and the impact of key genres.

Movements in architecture, art, design, decorative arts, furniture and philosophy are explored as a means to interpreting and applying their relevance to the contemporary practice of the interior designer and decorator.

You will investigate and critically analyse socio-cultural, political, economic and aesthetic considerations and their influences.

You will select a particular area of interest for discussion and reflection through written analytical pieces from periods and movements such as The Classics, The Age of Ornamentation, Aesthetic Individuals.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program outcomes:

  • Investigate and adapt knowledge of design history, theory and culture to contemporary interior decoration and design context and practice.
  • Communicate your ideas and designs through a broad range of technology and presentation techniques to a range of stakeholders including clients and releavnt industry practitioners.
  • Apply initiative to work both independently and collaboratively and perform effectively as a member of a creativee team with responsibility and accountability for your own learning and work.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify the key stylistic periods of interior design from ancient to modern times
  • Evaluate the influence of key interior design and decoration periods on contemporary practice
  • Develop a convincing argument about a key development/ style with peers and with industry.
  • Investigate, analyse, and correctly reference a broad range of sources of interior design and decoration genres and styles in digital format.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include supervised project work, audio- visual presentations, independent research and library visits, excursions to galleries, exhibitions and museums, and internet access.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Audio visual presentations, class notes in digital access format, library references for architectural and interior design and decoration, galleries, exhibitions, museums and internet access.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include a range of activities such as in-class exercises, reports, assignments and individual / group projects.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter ( summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document:;ID=ln1kd66y87rc