29 July 2022
Architecture and Interpretation
This course is about how we interpret and represent architecture and is ideal for students who are new to the subject and to the UK. It is an opportunity to explore some of the rich and varied history of architecture in England. You will immerse yourself in the buildings, designs, construction methods and materials whilst learning about the people who lived and worked in Nottingham.
This course begins with an orientation to Nottingham to help you appreciate the city’s cultural and industrial heritage. The castle and caves of Nottingham bring to life a wealth of architectural history. They represent the darker side of the city’s past and how people lived and worked through good times and bad, above and below ground. Wollaton Hall (Wayne Manor in Batman: The Dark Knight Rises) will be visited as an example of Elizabethan grandeur, along with a host of other historic buildings. These visits will be supported by an interactive lecture programme.
After exploring some of the history of architecture in England the course will then move on to explore the concept of place through drawing. It will introduce you to the notion of drawing and design as tools for recording, reflecting and communicating ideas around architecture and the built environment.
Nottingham is a vibrant city with unique examples of architecture from the past 1,000 years. It is surrounded by countryside, villages and castles that represent some of England’s best examples of building and town planning. Think Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest, add Civil War and the industrial revolution, and you have the ideal place in the heart of England to learn about the history of architecture through social, political and technological change.
Throughout the course, you will be developing a personal project. You will explore how historic buildings are being used today, and you will create a report and visual presentation that demonstrates how you would develop one of the buildings to engage new audiences. You will identify key themes of design and materials used in architecture in the UK and use a range of source materials to produce a proposal for an architectural project. You will reference key moments in social and political history in the UK and how these impacted on the places in which people lived and worked. You will produce creative, experimental architectural drawings for a specific site in the city and produce an accompanying report that recognises opportunities and constraints.
The course will include group project work and critiques to demonstrate your artistic understanding of drawing and architecture, in addition to your personal project.
Students who have completed at least one year of an architecture or a related programme, and/or for students interested in architecture, construction and civil engineering as well as history, heritage, design, photography and art.
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
• Identify and discuss the social, historical, artistic and cultural context of architecture in Nottingham.
• Describe the relationships between historic and contemporary architecture in Nottingham
• Research and evaluate information about space and place and use it to plan and develop a response to a creative brief
• Use drawing and digital tools in a way that communicates your creative process.
Assessment – a final written and visual project and presentation of your work.
10 UK credits = 5 ECTS
GBP 1100: Early-bird discount available for students who pay the tuition fee by 31st March - £990!
Tuition fee includes course materials, our exciting social and cultural programme, support from our friendly team of student buddies, use of our GSS Hub with free drinks, and a trip to the beautiful city of Oxford.
GBP 350: Choose from on-campus or off-campus accommodation. Both offer single en-suite rooms on a self-catering basis with shared kitchen and living spaces, kitchen and bedding packs and 24 hour security/reception cover.