Postgraduate Course: Building Description (AREA11014)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a lecture-based module with occasional local field walks.
Chief styles of western architecture; vocabulary of western architecture; descriptive writing; sketching;
The course introduces students to the main styles and building types of western architecture, with special reference to Scotland, with a particular focus on classical, medieval, modern, vernacular and industrial subjects. Delivered through lectures and short field walks, its aims are firstly, to develop skills of close observation, and secondly, to acquire a vocabulary of architectural description.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Display a knowledge of architectural terminology and a knowledge of the main styles and building.
- Demonstrate an ability to accurately describe buildings in written and graphic form.
- Display organisational, verbal and presentational skills specific to building description.
|R B Close, J Gifford and F A Walker, The Buildings of Scotland, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire, New Haven, 2016, 785-812 (or any other Buildings of Scotland volume) |
G L Pride, Dictionary of Scottish Building, Edinburgh, 1996.
J Summerson, The Classical Language of Architecture, London, 1963 (and later editions)
J S Curl, Encyclopaedia of Architectural Terms, Shaftesbury, 1997
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Familiarity with the main styles and building types of Western architecture.
Ability to describe and analyse buildings concisely.
Skill in close observation of buildings.
|Keywords||Description; analysis; style; building type; periodicity; fixtures and fittings.
|Course organiser||Dr Miles Glendinning
Tel: (0131 6)51 5789
|Course secretary||Mrs Rosie Hall
Tel: 0131 651 5802