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Object Analysis Assignment

Course Title: FdA Interior Design

Unit Title: Visual Culture and Theory

Year/level:Year 1 / Level 4


Assignment Title: Object Analysis (Term1)

Hand-in method: Student to manually submit through Hand-In office


Aims / Context:


This unit introduces you to many of the important themes in the development of ideas in interior design and visual culture in general. It will provide a chronological framework, that enables you to locate the range of processes, institutions, and technologies that rely on and produce visual culture within a specific historical, social and cultural context. Common to all VCT components will be the concentrated focus on methodology, analysis and contextualisation.



Assignment Brief:


Term 1: Object Analysis


Select an object for analysis. The object should relate to the topics discussed in lectures. Please seek approval for your choice of object from your seminar tutor.


After undertaking library research on the object and using the handouts and suggested reading list in this handbook, write a 1000 word essay with image of your chosen object

Learning outcomes:


On completion of this unit you will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the significant social and cultural developments in relation to design within a historical context.

Demonstrate a basic understanding of the key issues, themes and critical debates that inform the study of Visual Culture and Theory.

Indicate an awareness of how visual and material culture is conceived, received and appropriated.


Assignment criteria / format:

The 1000 word essays should be written in paragraphs and structured according to the essay writing guidelines given in PPD. Your essay must be submitted with a bibliography (not included in the word count) listing the sources you consulted in your research and using the Harvard Method.



The criteria being assessed in these essays are: 1. Research; 2. Analysis; 3. Subject Knowledge; 6. Communication and Presentation (see below)


Essential Reading

Barnard, M. (2001) Approaches to understanding Visual Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrove.

Berger, J. (1972) Ways of Seeing. Penguin.

Mirzoeff, N. (2002) The Visual Culture Reader. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.

Woodham, J. (1997) Twentieth Century Design. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


N.B. Fuller additional reading will be included in unit handbook


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