European architecture in the Middle Ages 800-1500
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: VB540
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
This art history course centres on the study of the architecture of Europe at a time of rapid change. The course will introduce you to the essential elements, technical, aesthetic, religious and political of the architecture of the period. You will study the beginnings of medieval architecture, and explore the structural developments which led to some of the most awe-inspiring structures ever built, from the palace at Aachen, through the grandiose Romanesque of Durham Cathedral, to the Gothic splendours of Chartres, Amiens and Prague. We will look at not only the engineering of these great buildings, but also how they were decorated, and how they were used as places of worship.
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?
• The structural principles of medieval building
• The stylistic transformations of medieval architecture
• The ways in which medieval buildings, sacred and secular function.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Distinguish the main characteristics of Romanesque and Gothic Architecture
• Discuss the ways in which medieval buildings were built and used
• Identify a range of medieval buildings.
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 and group discussions. Handouts will be provided by your tutor to support your learning on the course.
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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VB838: Manuscripts and illumination
VB732: Romanesque and Gothic sculpture: beyond the antique.
Richard Plant is an architectural historian and lecturer specialising in the Middle Ages with a strong interest in the modern. He studied English Literature at Cambridge before going on to do his MA and then PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Since then, he has specialised in the architectural history of the Middle Ages, teaching at the Courtauld as well as UCL and Queen Mary University, London. He was Deputy Academic Director at Christie’s Education and has published on English and German architecture.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.