Architectural Finishes

Subject ABPL90301 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 20 hours: 10 hours of lectures; 10 hours of class work
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Environments and Design Student Centre
Ground Floor, Baldwin Spencer (building 113)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

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.


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.
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 Design (Heritage)

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