Book Chapter


Jane Eckett

Melbourne Modern European Art and Design at RMIT Since 1945 | RMIT Gallery | Published : 2019


The impact of the post-WW2 émigré teachers at RMIT can be felt in most programmes within the Schools of Art, Design and Architecture to the present day. Each of the programmes surveyed in Melbourne Modern benefited from the professionalization instituted by the émigré staff: be that in the reforming and transformation of ‘interior decoration’ into interior design, which can now be taken as either a Degree or a Diploma, or replacing ‘art metalwork’ with an ambitious gold and silversmithing programme conceived of as fine art rather than craft, or simply leading by example, inciting students to implement a professional approach in their own practice.

University of Melbourne Researchers