Ancient Egyptian art ADED1004E

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

We will look at the art of Ancient Egyptian tombs and temples, and the ideas and beliefs associated with them. Students are expected to learn about the basic techniques and principles of the ancient artists, as well as specific masterpieces of Egyptian art. Particular emphasis is placed on how to use artworks as a primary source for the study of the history and culture of Ancient Egypt. This course is also available online (course materials and tutor support via Moodle).


Block 3

2 hours per week for 10 weeks.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Annotated canon drawing (Week 5): 25%
 (c. 1200 words): 50%
Slide test in class: 25%

Course Aims

This course aims to

■ Introduce the principles and mechanics of ancient Egyptian art

■ Use key works of Egyptian art studied in context to explore the ideology and belief system underlying them

■ Demonstrate how artworks can be used as a primary source for the study of Egyptology.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to

■ Define and describe the key characteristics of Egyptian art 

■ Produce a scaled drawing using the principles of the Ancient Egyptian Canon of Proportion

■ Critically assess the specific detail found in primary sources (= individual artworks and archaeological sites) in the light of more general discussions to be found in the secondary sources (= modern writings and classes)

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.