ARC1401 - Introduction to architectural and visual cultures - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Arts


Dr Leonie Cooper and Dr Daniel Palmer

Not offered in 2017


This unit introduces visual and spatial language, and their relationship to a larger world of ideas and modes of expression. Visual and spatial language are analysed in relation to technical, aesthetic, and ideological frameworks. The reasons behind stylistic development are sought within the framework of the history of ideas, from the political and social to the economic. Diverse forms of art, architecture and design are analysed to offer an appreciation for the connections between cultural production and larger processes of change. In tutorials students are given opportunities to develop visual and verbal skills for engaging in contemporary discourse on art, architecture and design.


On successful completion of this subject, students should have developed:

  1. A basic appreciation of architectural history and theory as modes of critical thinking, relevant and applicable to contemporary architectural design and discourse
  2. A basic understanding of architectural history and theory as interrelated disciplines
  3. Basic knowledge of key historical epochs in architecture as they relate to theoretical themes and cultural contexts
  4. Basic knowledge of key theoretical themes as they relate to architecture within historic contexts


Essay (1500 words): 25%

Essay (2000 words): 50%

Visual test (1 hour): 25%

Workload requirements

Two 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial and 9 independent study hours per week

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Chief examiner(s)