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Postgraduate Course: Scottish Medieval and Renaissance Architecture (HIAR11085)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA systematic survey of the development of Scottish architecture from the 11th Century to mid 17th century. There is strong focus on the social and political context and the development of the castellated tradition and its transformation to domestic and civic forms. We will examine buildings, styles and designing, vernacular buildings and designed landscapes.
Course description 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. 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, though different, 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 a tutorial presentations throughout the semester, and a typical course structure would be likely to include:

1. Introduction, pre-mediaeval buildings
2. Vernacular materials and built forms
3. Mediaeval styles, early and later Mediaeval churches
4. Tower Houses
5. Renaissance architecture forms, types and evolution
6. Church and state: Royal Palaces
7. Interiors and furnishings
8. Early Scottish Classicism public buildings in towns
9. Gardens and landscapes.
10. Historiographies in architecture and landscape


Reading list
Richard Fawcett, The architecture of the Scottish medieval church, 1100-1560 (New Haven and London, 2011
MacKechnie et al., 1996. A history of Scottish architecture : from the Renaissance to the present day, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, Chapters 1 and 2 (available online).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 4,000 word essay - 100%
Feedback Students will receive feedback on an essay plan in written form and/or through tutorial meetings
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Working knowledge and understanding of sacred and secular architecture in Scotland from the early medieval to the early modern periods.
  2. Advanced skills in researching architectural history
  3. Advanced skills in presenting own research in a variety of media.
Reading List
Richard Fawcett, The architecture of the Scottish medieval church, 1100-1560 (New Haven and London, 2011
MacKechnie et al., 1996. A history of Scottish architecture : from the Renaissance to the present day, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, Chapters 1 and 2 (available online).

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Researching, and written and verbal communication skills
KeywordsScotland Medieval Renaissance Architecture
Contacts
Course organiserMs Margaret Stewart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5788
Email: m.c.h.stewart@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Amanda Fleet
Tel: (0131 6)50 2328
Email: afleet@exseed.ed.ac.uk
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