What is the course about?
This course looks at the work and beliefs of individual and groups of architects and designers who were involved in the Art Nouveau, Jugendstil and Arts and Crafts movement. We will also investigate importance of the cultural history, of technology and of travel around 1900 in Europe.
What topics will we cover?
After two introductory sessions on 'reading' architecture in and around City Lit and on the basics of Art Nouveau, Jugendstil and Arts and Crafts architecture and cultural history, we will embark on a classroom-based European tour investigating important local or regional variations of 1900 architecture. Later sessions will investigate interior design and the applied arts and the connections and interactions among architects and artists across Europe. It is hoped to visit at least one example of this period of architecture in London.
This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the common themes in the architecture of Europe around 1900 and the regional variations within it, the broader influences and people involved in it. It also aims to give students knowledge and confidence to investigate architecture of all kinds independently.
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- Understand the themes and variations of architecture and design in various European locations around 1900.
- Read architectural plans, details and styles
- Discuss and examine further the architecture, design and cultural history of 1900 Europe.
What level is the course?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners and for students with some architectural history knowledge.
How will I be taught?
Most sessions will combine a tutor presentation including handouts and images with a class discussion or activity. It is hoped to organise at least one visit in London.
Are there any other costs (e.g. certification, materials, equipment or books I need to buy)?
Travel to and from and possibly entrance fee for a visit (details to follow at beginning of course). Also, students might like to buy books relevant to the course.
What feedback will I get?
You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.
Will I have a chance to give my views on the course?
Yes, please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.