Architectural Finishes

Subject ABPL90301 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

20 hours: 10 hours of lectures; 10 hours of class work.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 120 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None specified.
Corequisites: none specified
Recommended Background Knowledge: none specified
Non Allowed Subjects: none specified
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Prof Miles Lewis


Environments and Design Student Centre
T: +61 3 8344 6417/9862
F: +61 3 8344 5532
Subject Overview: The investigation and conservation of painted, stencilled, grained, gilded and papered surfaces and other decorative building elements.
To impart skills in the documentary investigation of finishes, the use of the microscope in investigating paint colours, the sampling and identification of wallpapers, and related matters.
Assessment: Four practical, laboratory or documentary exercises which will take place during the intensive teaching period culminating in written reports of 1500 words or equivalent: each 25%.
Prescribed Texts: Miles Lewis & Alison Blake, Exterior Paint Colours, Melbourne, 1983 [1977];
C C Oman & Jean Hamilton, Wallpapers: A History., London, 1982;
Phyllis Murphy, Decorating with Wallpaper c.1840-1914, Melbourne, 1987.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • the use of the microscope in paint investigation;
  • the sampling of wallpapers;
  • the use of documentary sources on decoration
Related Course(s): Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture
Master of Planning and Design (Architectural History & Conservation)CW

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