About the Course
Explore the history of architecture in London, from just after the Norman invasion in 1066, through to the Edwardian period, and discover the origin and evolution of the London look in architecture. Examine the rare surviving remains of medieval London, and understand the dramatic impact of the Great Fire of London in 1666 on the architectural style of the city. Look at the work of some great names in British and world architecture, including Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren, the Adams Brothers, A.N.W. Pugin and Aston Webb, and see how different stylistic movements have washed over the city, from the arrival of the Normans in the eleventh century, to the arrival of early modernism in the twentieth century.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Gain a basic framework for the historical development of architecture in London between 1066 and 1900, and have some understanding of the relationship of this development to architectural ideas elsewhere in Britain and Europe
Examine some of the relationships between architects, patrons and institutions
Describe at least five key characteristics of the style of LondonÆs historical architecture
Be able to identify and correctly name at least six architectural features on London buildings
Gain confidence in asking questions and taking part in group discussion
Class format and activities
Most of this course takes place on the streets of London, where we will look at the actual buildings of the city. Students will be encouraged to ask questions and make comments during sessions. The tutor will provide details of buildings seen, and help place them in a context as to their origins, history, comparisons with other buildings and use at different periods in time.
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.
No previous knowledge of art or architectural history is necessary. However, students will need a good understanding of verbal English. The course includes site visits to buildings elsewhere in London. This means there is a need to be able to reach these sites, move around them and, where necessary, pay entrance fees they might charge.
What you need to know before you enrol
This class involves walking around the streets of London, looking at key buildings.
What you will need for your class
You will need to bring a pen and paper for notes.
What you can do next
We offer a range of long and short courses in art history at Morley and cover a range of periods and subjects of interest. You may like to opt for a lecture based programme in the college or one where you visit galleries and study the art and artefacts in situ. You can browse our full programme by searching "art history" on our website.
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.