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.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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?
This course is suitable for all levels.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs 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 online with slide presentations and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course; these handouts will be available online/digitally for download, not printed out for you.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to purchase a notebook for taking notes. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list provided.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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