What is the course about?
Against the backdrop of regicide and restoration, fire and religious upheaval, London underwent a period of significant architectural transformation. From the introduction of Renaissance architecture into Britain, through the Baroque to Palladianism, this course will study key architects of the period, including Jones, Wren, Hawksmoor, and Burlington, looking at a variety of religious, secular, private and public buildings.
Please note – this course will include visits to a number of buildings under discussion, which will involve a considerable amount of walking between destinations.
What will we cover?
• Renaissance architecture: Inigo Jones
• Baroque architecture: Christopher Wren, Thomas Archer, James Gibbs, Nicholas Hawksmoor
• Palladianism: Lord Burlington, William Kent
• The socio-cultural context in which buildings are made.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify and describe key visual characteristics of the Renaissance, Baroque and Palladian styles in Britain.
• Discuss architectural works within context (social, political, religious, artistic).
• Explain factors motivating architectural form and style.
• 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 with slide lectures, discussion, and guided visits to buildings in London.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might wish to bring a notebook. You might wish to buy some of the books on any reading list given out in class.
This course will include numerous off site visits and students should factor in transport costs and entrance fees, including Banqueting House and St Paul’s Cathedral. (Donations will also be politely expected at many of the churches we visit). Please wear comfortable shoes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
• VB821 - Shock of the New: Post-Modern architecture in London
• VB822 - Victorian architecture in London: a clash of old and new.
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