What is the course about?
Arguably Victorian Britain never found its stylistic identity, particularly with regards to architecture. While the gothic revival dominated, other styles were simultaneously explored, largely due to experimentation with modern materials. This course will look at the variety of nineteenth century architectural practices.
Please note – there will be building visits as part of the afternoon study and this will involve some walking between destinations.
What will we cover?
• A Variety of Victorian styles
• Materials and techniques
• Social & cultural context.
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.
• Explain factors motivating architectural form and aesthetics
• Discuss architectural works within their context (e.g. social, political, religious, artistic).
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 presentations, group discussions, and guided visits.
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. Please wear comfortable footwear and bring an umbrella or waterproof clothing.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You might also be interested in:
• VB317: Key London architects: Hawksmoor - Sat, 03/06/2016
• VB821: Shock of the new: contemporary architecture in London - Sat, 17/06/17.
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