Edinburgh College of Art

Architectural History and Heritage - MA (Hons)

Edinburgh College of Art
In Edinburgh

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Typology Master
Location Edinburgh (Scotland)
Duration 4 Years
Start Different dates available
  • Master
  • Edinburgh (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available

Architecture has the capacity to help explore wider social, cultural, political and economic themes. Our undergraduate programme in Architectural History and Heritage is rooted in this potential and places the history of architecture and fine art within the context of urbanism and the cultural history of cities.

The programme comprises two years of general study and two years of specialist, Honours-level study. You will develop a broad understanding of the field, including knowledge of heritage and conservation issues and practice, and have the opportunity to look in depth at particular periods, movements and theories of architecture and the wider built environment from ancient times to the present.

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Edinburgh (Midlothian/Edinburghshire)
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Lauriston Place, EH3 9DF


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· What are the objectives of this course?

Thanks to the generous benefaction of Mr Ben Pentreath, the MA Architectural History and Heritage programme offers additional financial support to students undertaking dissertation research in their fourth year of study, allowing travel to explore a building, city, and/or archive anywhere in the world. The Ben Pentreath Fund also makes possible our annual student trip to a major European capital to look at and study noted buildings in context.

· Who is it intended for?

Our students follow a number of routes on graduation. Some opt to continue their studies at Masters and doctoral level, either in Architectural History and Heritage or a related subject. Others move into architectural conservation, or to work in museums, libraries and galleries. In teaching the skills of critical analysis and the presentation of arguments based on a close reading of the available evidence, the course offers a valuable foundation for a wide range of careers, and our students have been successful in many areas.

· Requirements

If you'd like to study on an undergraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder get information on what to expect after you apply find out about fees find out where to go for further advice and guidance

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What you'll learn on the course

Architectural Drawings
Architectural Technology
Architectural Desktop
Architectural Modelling
Architectural Drawing
Rchitectural history
Historic Environment
Theoretical development

Course programme

Programme structure

The first two years of study (‘Pre-Honours’ years) offer a rich and extensive overview of the history of architecture and urbanism from across the globe. You will be part of a vibrant community of up to 300 students, drawn from all areas of interest and expertise across the University. These include architecture, history of art, languages, history and classics, English literature, civil engineering, and many more.

In these years, you will survey the history of architecture and urbanism worldwide, including major buildings and cities of the ancient world, of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam, of European society and culture, as well as the major transformations affected by industrialisation and technological innovation coming into the twentieth century.

In Year 2 you will also learn specific approaches to the professional recording, assessment and management of historic buildings and their material fabric.

In addition to core courses, you will choose from a number of elective-based courses from across the University of Edinburgh.

  • Year 1 studies
  • Year 2 studies

In Years 3 and 4 (‘Honours’ years), you will have the opportunity to develop and refine your interests by choosing to study specialist, Honours-level courses drawn from an extensive list covering the medieval world; Islamic art and architecture; the European Renaissance and its global contexts; the eighteenth- and nineteenth-centuries, including Georgian and Victorian architecture and their reverberations worldwide; and Modern architecture in Europe, Russia, and the British Isles.

Third year students will also study the history of the theoretical development of architecture from ancient times to the present, and take a practical course on the archaeology of buildings.

You will have the opportunity to undertake an internship with a museum, archive or historic environment agency, including National Museums Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, The Cockburn Association, and Edinburgh World Heritage.

In Year 4 you will write a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choosing.

  • Year 3 studies
  • Year 4 studies

All Honours options are 20 credit, semester long (11 week) courses.

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