Istanbul - a short survey of its art and architecture ADED11241

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Byzantium or Constantinople, a bridge between Europe and Asia and a melting pot of cultures. Istanbul connects with Classical Greece, the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and provides many fascinating areas of study. Exploring some notable architectural and artistic riches and putting them into a historical context will serve to demonstrate a uniquely varied cultural legacy and its continuing significance and attraction.


Block 1: Friday, 13.00-15.00 (weeks 1-5)

This course will not be delivered in the current academic session.


Requirements of Entry


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Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To introduce the geographical location of and historical background to the many significant buildings in Istanbul, both Christian and Islamic.

To introduce some of these monuments, and something of the wide variety of artistic treasures they contain. To place these monuments into a historical context including the early stages of Christian art and the Islamic influence found in some Venetian buildings.

To examine the crucial role this city has played in keeping classical art and techniques alive will be explained.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Identify the various types of architecture and understand how the "Orders" work.

Recognise something of the key elements of art historical "styles".

Critically analyze how the legacy of cultural influences formed the Istanbul we can see today.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits