- Learning to Look at Western Architecture at University of Oxford is the quintessential ‘public’ art form. The work of architects surrounds us all, every day of our lives, shaping and conditioning our experience of the world in ways which are as subtle as they are inescapable. Yet the practice of architects does not take place - and has never taken place - in a vacuum: architects continually engage with the architectural styles and practices of the past, shaping the architectural forms of the present from the vast reservoir of forms and styles bequeathed by the western architectural tradition.
- This course aims to give students an introduction and overview of that architectural tradition – enabling students to ‘read’ the architecture of the contemporary built environment in a critically informed way. Students will learn to recognise and differentiate between the major architectural styles of the western tradition – and will thus gain a greater understanding of the way that buildings are built, and why they look the way they do.
This course aims to introduce students to the broad stylistic history of western architecture, by:
- guiding them through selected contemporary and historical readings;
- helping them to recognise the salient features of the western architectural tradition, as manifested within the contemporary built environment.
By the end of this course students will be able to understand:
- the overall chronological and stylistic progressions within the western architectural tradition;
- the historical origins of the styles and forms of contemporary architecture;
- that the architecture of any period results from a complex dialogue between the needs of the present and the styles and forms of the past.
- Introduction and a starting point: Classical Architecture - Principles and Foundations:
- Gothic Architecture – Styles and Interpretations
- Renaissance, Mannerism and Baroque
- Case Study (1) – The English Baroque
- The Classical Revival: an overview of the rise of neo-Classicism
- Case Study (2): English neo-Classicism
- Nineteenth Century Eclecticism
- Case Study (3): the Victorian City
- The Modern Movement
- Today and Tomorrow – The Contemporary Built Environment
We strongly recommend that you try to find a little time each week to engage in the online conversations (at times that are convenient to you) as the forums are an integral, and very rewarding, part of the course and the online learning experience.
- 3 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
Applications not yet being acceptedEnrollment opens Mon 21 Jan 2019
DisciplinesArchitecture History Art History View 37 other Short Courses in History in United Kingdom
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- You will be set two pieces of work for the course. The first of 500 words is due halfway through your course.
- This does not count towards your final outcome but preparing for it, and the feedback you are given, will help you prepare for your assessed piece of work of 1,500 words due at the end of the course. The assessed work is marked pass or fail.
This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet.
International300 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
EU/EEA300 GBP/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
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