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Applied arts

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

Applied aesthetics is the application of the branch of philosophy of aesthetics to cultural constructs.

The fields of industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design, decorative art and functional art are considered applied arts.

Industrial Design is an applied art whereby the aesthetics and usability of products may be improved.

Graphic Design is the applied art of arranging image and text to communicate a message.

Fashion Design is the art dedicated to the creation of wearing apparel and lifestyle.

Interior Design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment.

The decorative arts are traditionally defined as ornamental and functional works in ceramic, wood, glass, metal, or textile.

In a creative context the fields of architecture and photography are considered applied arts.

Architecture (in Greek αρχή = first and τέχνη = craftsmanship) is the art and science of designing buildings and structures.

Photography is the process of making pictures by means of the action of light.


In medieval Japanese culture there was no distinction between fine art and applied art merely a general conception of the "beautiful."

In Western culuture, since the Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of 19th century, the applied arts have grown in importance and recognition. The Arts and Crafts Movement was a reformist movement, at first inspired by the writings of John Ruskin, that was at its height 1880-1910.

Perhaps the best known school of applied art is Bauhaus. Bauhaus is the common term for the Staatliches Bauhaus, an art and architecture school in Germany that operated from 1919 to 1933, and for the approach to design that it developed and taught.

The above text is quoted from StateMaster - Encyclopedia: Applied art

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