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This course tells the story of the Bauhaus, the twentieth century’s most influential school of art and design. Its curriculum became a blueprint for later design education and its stellar practitioners created a canon of modernist products in all fields of visual art…

  • Learn from our world-class experts wherever, whenever: watch lectures live or view the recording later in your own time.

  • Time to explore: 12 hours of lectures over six weeks.

  • Consolidate your learning: download lecture notes, copies of the presentations, and additional study materials from our secure Microsoft Teams learning environment.

  • Join the conversation: share your perspective with your fellow students, and support each other in your further enquiries outside of class time.

  • Learn at your own pace: lecture recordings and study materials are available for six weeks after the course ends, so you'll never miss a minute.

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Portrait of Course Director Professor Greg Votolato

Course Director
Professor Greg Votolato

Professor Greg Votolato is a regular contributor to the V&A’s learning programmes and to Oxford University’s MSt in Design History. His books include American Design in the Twentieth Century; Transport Design, A Travel History; Ship; and Car plus many essays on architecture, fashion, set design, furniture and industrial design.

Consistently high standard both lecturers and material. I really enjoyed the course! Previous V&A Academy Student

Course overview

From our kitchens to our phones, cars and clothes, the appearance of today's world is deeply influenced by the Bauhaus, that unique, short-lived experiment in art and design education which flourished in Germany from 1919 until its closure by the Nazis in 1933.

Its founder, architect Walter Gropius, established a radical pedagogical programme that evolved during the school's turbulent history but ultimately influenced the teaching and the nature of art and design around the world. Charismatic Bauhaus artists, designers, crafts people and architects included, Mies van der Rohe, Johannes Itten, Josef and Anni Albers, Gunta Stolzl, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Marianne Brandt, Oscar Schlemmer, Wassily Kandinsky and Marcel Breuer.

This course will trace the school’s background and history, introduce its complex educational theory, meet its fascinating cast of characters and discuss the classic objects designed and made there. Lectures will explain the diaspora that followed its closure and describe how the school's ideas spread in response to the political, social and economic forces of the time.

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Online course: Bauhaus

21 February 2023 - 28 March 2023


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