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A History of British Architecture

This History of British Architecture course provides an introduction to the evolution of buildings in Britain from the start of the 18th century until the post-war period. You will explore the main architectural styles, the historical and material context and how buildings were planned and used. There will be an emphasis on local examples.


We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

Styles will include the Baroque, Palladianism, Neoclassicism, the Greek Revival, the Gothic Revival, late Victorian eclecticism, the Arts & Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and International Modernism. The course will also address technologies, materials and the social context of architecture.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at people with no previous specialist knowledge, who want to know more about the history of architecture and how to ‘read’ and understand the buildings around us.

Who will be my tutor?

Andrew Foyle studied Art and Architectural History at the University of Bristol and took a Masters degree at the Courtauld Institute of Art, focussing on the architecture of the 16th to the 19th centuries. He works as an architectural historian and wrote the Pevsner ‘Buildings of England’ volume for Somerset North and Bristol (2011). Andrew teaches an art history course at Bath College and has led seminars for specialist audiences such as the Attingham House Summer School and Trinity College Dublin.

How will I learn?

Lectures using projected illustrations, questioning and group discussions with informal group activities.

What can I do after this course?

A History of Western Art

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Writing materials or tablet/laptop if you prefer

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

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Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

2 reviews for A History of British Architecture

  1. 5 out of 5

    To attempt to cover architectural history from 1690 to 1960 is an ambitious aim, but Andrew achieves a representative grounding on each of the key periods and movements with a feeling of being rushed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Interesting, informative and well taught course which has left me with a new interest in buildings and a better understanding of their history. Would very much have enjoyed a slightly longer course as there was a lot to cover in 6 weeks but it is always good to be left wanting to find out more especially as I started out with very little knowledge of the subject. I would recommend this course.

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