Undergraduate Course: Scottish Architecture 1650 to 1815 (ARHI10052)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course delivers a systematic survey and analysis of the development of Scottish architecture from the seventeenth century to 1815 - a particularly fruitful period of development from the earlier castellated tradition to domestic and civic forms. We will examine buildings, styles and designing, vernacular buildings and designed landscapes. There will be a strong emphasis on archival skills and interpretation and the way that different historiographies impact on our understanding. Part of the course will look at films, such as Outlander, and consider how and why Scotland's landscape and architectural heritage are represented in particular ways and how they might be improved?
Scotland's architecture is both romantic and practical, and this course takes full advantage of our tangible heritage for students to better know and understand its complexities. Students will be encouraged in seminars and site visits to participate in consultation and discussion. Site visits will offer a uniquely immediate experience of buildings, cityscapes and landscapes and their visual and physical impact on the reading of places.
The historiographical aspect will develop an authentic spirit of enquiry that transcends biases and received opinions, and the course offers a model for students to examine their own national heritages. The methodologies and analytical skills taught are transferable to other contexts and so the course will appeal to a diverse and inclusive community of oversees and home students - an aim compatible with ECA's desire to attract and disseminate knowledge to international students and researchers.
Students will give around 5 tutorial presentations throughout the semester, and a typical course structure would be likely to include:
1. Introduction, course programme and Castellated tradition
2. Vernacular materials and built forms
3. Site visit to Stirling - building analysis
4. Seventeenth century - developing domestic forms
5. Scottish Historical Landscape - local and international
6. Cities from 1650 to 1750. The archival record
7. Site visit to Haddington - urban analysis
8. Enlightenment and urbanism 1750-1815. Glasgow and Edinburgh
9. Historiographies in architecture and landscape
10. Interpreting Scottish architecture in the 21st century - new media
11. Revivalism and Romanticism
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History of Art/Architectural History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) at University/College level.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
External Visit Hours 8,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Seminar presentation and accompanying report (1000 words) to be given between weeks 4 and 8 - 40%.
Essay (3,000 words) to be submitted between weeks 8 and 11 - 60%,
||Essay plan to be submitted as formative assessment between weeks 3 and 7 with written feedback given within 15 days. Verbal feedback in one scheduled on-to-one tutorial.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Acquire knowledge and understanding of the history of Scottish architecture.
- Acquire ability to think critically about historical sources.
- Acquire skills and knowledge for accessing research resources for landscape and architectural research.
|Brown, Marilyn Scotland's Lost Gardens: from the Garden of Eden to the Stewart Palaces, RCAHMS, 2012|
Dunbar, J.G, Scottish royal palaces: the architecture of the royal residences during the late medieval and early Renaissance periods, East Linton, 1999
Glendinning, M., MacKechnie, A., MacInnnes, R., History of Scottish Architecture from the Renaissance to the present day, Edinburgh University Press, 1996
Howard, D., Scottish Architecture: Reformation to Restoration 1560-1660, Series, Architectural History of Scotland, Edinburgh University Press, 1995
McKean, Charles, The Scottish Chateau: the country house of renaissance Scotland, Stroud, 2001
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||In line with level 10 of the SCQF, the course confers the following Graduate Attributes. Students will:
Make judgements where information is limited or comes from a range of sources (Characteristic 3).
Present or convey, formally and informally, information about specialised topics to informed audiences and to their peers (Characteristic 4).
Exercise autonomy and initiative in obtaining information and in evaluating research activities (Characteristic 5).
Work with others to bring about change, development and new thinking (Characteristic 5).
|Course organiser||Ms Margaret Stewart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5788
|Course secretary||Ms Helen Wallace
Tel: (0131 6)51 5775