Undergraduate Course: Architectural History 1A: Introduction to World Architecture (ARHI08009)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course begins with an examination of Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architecture, the architecture of the Middle Ages, Islam, Pre-Columbian America, and the first great re-evaluation of Antiquity in the Italian Renaissance.
It goes on to survey the Renaissance in Britain and Northern Europe and the subsequent influence of the Italian Baroque in these areas. Later, other significant cultural traditions in the history of architecture are introduced, such as those of India, China, and Japan. Semester 1 concludes with an examination of the theoretical, cultural, and stylistic aspects of the architecture of the European Enlightenment.
Throughout the course the development of building technology and the social, religious, and political understanding of buildings are recurring themes. Excursions into the related fields of landscape architecture and urban design necessarily appear from time to time.
The course is not just a history of building styles or building technology, although both of those areas are studied. It also shows what architecture can reveal about wider developments in social, political, cultural and urban history.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Assessment 1 Drawing analysis (500 words) 10%
Assessment 2 Literature review (700 words) 20%
Assessment 3 Essay (2000 words) 50%
Assessment 4 Reflective essay (800 words) 20%
Students must achieve a mark of at least 40% on aggregate in order to pass the course. There are no Force Fails.
||Tutorial activities will offer feedback on skills necessary for success, particularly in the essay. Written feedback provided on submitted literature review.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of architecture and the related arts before c. 1800, in its artistic, social, political, and programmatic contexts.
- Locate and start to appraise critically historians' work on the history and theory of architecture and the related arts before c. 1800, in support of a reflective and informed approach to architectural history and design precedent.
- Demonstrate the development of communication skills relating to the key themes of the course.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||A weekly tutorial.
|Keywords||world,architecture,architectural history,antiquity,renaissance,middle ages,islam,greek,roman,egypt
|Course organiser||Mr John Lowrey
Tel: (0131 6)50 2314
|Course secretary||Mrs Anne Davis
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735