About the Course
This course will analyse in detail a selection of works of Byzantine art and architecture while also relating them to the social and artistic history of the Byzantine empire. The works will range widely across Byzantine material culture, using examples of architecture, monumental art, metalwork, ivories, icons and illuminated manuscripts. The material studied will be different from that used in previous courses with this title, and each of the five two-hour sessions will be self-contained. Each student receives a booklet of materials (pictures and texts) for general discussion in the classes. The course will clearly complement previous Byzantine teaching at Morley, but it will also be accessible to those without prior knowledge of Byzantine art and architecture.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Familiarity with works of Byzantine art and architecture
Awareness of changes in the forms and styles of Byzantine art and architecture over time
Awareness of the links between Byzantine art and architecture and its social/historical context
Awareness of the functions of art and architecture in Byzantine society
Class format and activities
The two-hour session is divided into different activities: informal talks with PowerPoint projection (questions and observations are welcome); group discussions based on images and primary written sources.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
There are no entry requirements. The course will complement previous Byzantine teaching at Morley, but it is not necessary to have done earlier courses in order to participate in this one; it will be accessible to those without prior knowledge of Byzantine art or history.
What you need to know before you enrol
Many of the Art & Design studios have limited accessibility. If you have restricted mobility please contact the Art & Design Administrator on 02074501934 or Learning Support on 02074501835 before enrolling.
You will need to look at images on a large screen, generated by a digital projector, and to read texts. You will not be expected to do any work outside the class unless you wish to (for example, you might want to read items from the reading list you will be given, but not doing this will not stop you from gaining from the course).
What you will need for your class
A notebook is useful.
What you can do next
After doing this course, you might want to do further courses in Byzantine or medieval art and history. You should also find visits to places with Byzantine objects (British Museum, British Library, Victoria and Albert Museum) more interesting because you will know more about such objects; this of course also applies to visits to Byzantine sites (in Turkey, Greece and Italy)
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.