Applied art

Applied art

Applied art refers to the application of design and aesthetics to objects of function and everyday use. Whereas "fine arts" serve as intellectual stimulation to the viewer or "academic" sensibilities, the applied arts incorporate design and creative ideals to objects of utility, such as a cup, magazine or decorative park bench.

The fields of industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design, decorative art and functional art are considered applied arts. In a creative and/or abstract context, the fields of architecture and photography are considered applied arts. Certain aspects of education, such as teaching, are considered applied art while others are considered applied science (such as discrete evaluation and measurement). Fields of applied arts may include some of the same studies, methods and technologies of applied sciences.


Since the Arts and Crafts Movement at the turn of 19th century, the applied arts have grown in importance and recognition.

Perhaps the best known school of applied art is Bauhaus.


* Art Nouveau
* Arts and Crafts Movement
* Art Deco

See also

*The Arts
*Faux Painting
*Museum of Applied Arts, Belgrade, Serbia


*cite book | last = Herbert | first = Frank | title = The Lesson in Appreciation: An Essay on the Pedagogics of Beauty | publisher = The Macmillan Company | date = 1915 | location = Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison | pages = page 163 | url = | doi = | id =
*cite book | last = Charles Russell Richards, National Society for Vocational Education, University of the State of New York | title = Art in Industry | publisher = The Macmillan Company | date = 1922 | location = | pages = page 385 | url = | doi = | id =

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