Discovering the art and architecture of London's churches

Course Dates: 26/04/17 - 31/05/17
Time: 11:00 - 13:10
Location: OS - Off Site

London has many fascinating churches to explore. See them on a series of guided visits and discover beautiful stained glass, surprising interiors and architecturally important structures by notable architects.


What is the course about?

The course will focus on a series of visits to several London churches and sacred spaces where we will look at and consider the various important elements which make up a church and religious space. We will consider how the architectural space, along with the art, ornaments and decoration, enhance and reflect the religious aspect of the buildings.
Discover the stories, legends and patronage associate with many churches sacred spaces. Tutor: Dr Richard Plant.

What will we cover?

• How churches have been built through the ages and the function of their elements
• The function and role of architectural space and religious decoration
• How to read stained glass and other ornamentation.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Identify at least five elements which contribute to the construction and the role of the church through the ages.
• Describe the function and role of architectural space and religious decoration.
• Analyse stained glass and other ornamentation.

What previous students have achieved on this course:
“A much wider and deeper knowledge of church architecture and art.”

“I have a greater understanding of ecclesiastical architecture.”

“I have learned a lot about the churches of London that I had not known before.”


What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is open to all. No prior knowledge is required other than a general interest in art and design

You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, hand-outs and health and safety information and will be invited to take part in group discussion. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with guided visits and discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All church visits are free with the exception of visit to Southwark Cathedral where entrance costs £5.50.
There will be walking involved so please wear comfortable shoes. You might wish to bring an umbrella.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Book your place

Course Code: VB488

Wed, day, 26 Apr - 31 May '17

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £149.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £91.00
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