What is the course about?
This course will explore the history of Western architecture from Gothic to Post-modern, through the analysis of key examples by innovative practitioners. We will employ traditional approaches to architectural study, considering the relationship between form and function, materials and developing styles. We will also examine the social, political and cultural contexts of design and aesthetics.
What will we cover?
- Visual characteristics, stylistic developments and interrelationships from Gothic to Post-Modern
- Functional concerns and their impact on form
- Materials and processes
- The influence of social, political and cultural contexts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify and describe key visual characteristics of a variety of styles.
- Participate in discussions around architectural works within context (social, political, religious, artistic).
- Explain factors motivating architectural form and aesthetics.
- Analyse and evaluate architectural works on the basis of function.
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
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, handouts and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught with a short lecture, slides, discussions, and guided visits.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There will be walking involved so please wear comfortable shoes. You may wish to bring an umbrella.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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