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Marking the centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus, gain a comprehensive insight into the school’s influence on modernist aesthetics and our lives today. You will unpack the school’s complex educational theory, meet its fascinating cast of characters and examine a range of classic works of design.

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Portrait of Course Leader Greg Votolato

Course Leader
Greg Votolato

Dr. Gregory Votolato is an architect, curator, teacher and writer on design, technology and culture. He is the author of American Design in the Twentieth Century, Transport Design, A Travel History, Ship, and Car in addition to many essays and articles. He teaches at the Royal College of Art and is a course director at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Greg has such an obvious depth of knowledge and delivers it in a way that is easy to listen to. 2016/17 Short Course Student

Course overview

From the buildings in which we live to the text screens on our cellphones, the look of today's world is deeply influenced by the Bauhaus, the unique, short-lived educational experiment, which flourished in Germany from 1919 until its closure by the Nazis in 1933. Its founding manifesto by Walter Gropius set out a radical educational programme that evolved during the school's turbulent history but ultimately affected art and design education in every part of the world. Charismatic Bauhaus artists, designers and architects including Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer, each of whom made significant contributions to modernist aesthetics.

This course will mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus by tracing its background and history. You will discuss its complex educational theory, meet its fascinating cast of characters and study the canon of classic objects designed and made at the school. 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.


Further information

• This course has a Half Term break on 20 February • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: Bauhaus

16 January 2019 - 27 March 2019

£380.00 - £472.00

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