What is the course about?
An introduction to the art, sculpture, architecture and culture of the classical civilisations of ancient Greece and Rome.
What will we cover?
Every lesson will focus on a different theme which may include: portrayals of ‘imperial’ power in classical architecture; reflections of the ancient Greek heroic code in classical Greek art and culture; depictions of women through the male prism of classical art; competitive consumption and display amongst classical elites; depictions of non-Greek and Roman peoples in the classical period, and the 'borrowings' of early Christian imagery from the art and culture of the classical world.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- locate examples of classical Greek and Roman art, sculpture, architecture in the context of the classical world, with a basic knowledge of key developments across the era.
- contribute to a discussion about the main function, meaning and purpose of art and architecture in classical Greek and Roman culture and society.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course, and little or no prior knowledge of ancient Greek or Roman history or art, sculpture or architecture is required.
However, in order for you to follow simple written and verbal instructions in English that will support presentations during classes; make the most of the hand-outs that will support each class, and for you to take part in group discussions a GCSE-level grasp of reading and speaking English is recommended. Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through presentations using visual images, student contributions, class discussion and quizzes.
At the end of the course, you will be invited to make a short presentation to your fellow learners on a piece of classical Greek and Roman art, sculpture, architecture that interests you (support in preparing this will be available and there may also be a class visit to a museum or site of relevant interest during the course). We would welcome discussing with you how we can actively help you to get the most from this course, should any of these teaching elements present any potential challenges for you.
You will be invited to do some very light reading outside of classes and you may wish to undertake some of the suggested further reading that will be made available on class hand-outs each week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. However, you may wish to bring a pen to make notes during classes, and you may like to buy, or borrow from a library, some of the books suggested on the hand-outs that will support each class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You will be able to continue with RA142 "Further themes in classical art, sculpture and architecture" in Term 2.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details