An introduction to the British manor house ADED11973E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 5
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The British manor house provides an ideal way to explore the art and culture of a particular period. Historically the manor house was the house of a feudal lord of a manor, with one of its key features being its great hall. Beginning with Hardwick Hall (1590-1597) and ending with Castle Coch (1871), this five-week course will explore their architecture, art, and history, placing them with the context of their period.


Block 3

2 hours per week for 5 weeks, weeks 6-10

Tuesday, 10.00-12.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Visual test (written assessment): formal and contextual analysis of 2 works/buildings, 25 minutes for each analysis, approximately 350 words each (100%) An alternative assessment can be arranged for students whose disabilities would prevent them performing satisfactorily in the visual test.

Course Aims

This course aims to:


■ Introduce students to the architecture and art of five key examples of British manor houses

■ Place these buildings and their art in their architectural, artistic, historical, and cultural contexts

■ Encourage students to use secondary sources such as printed and online resources to evaluate their significance in relation to art and architecture.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify key examples of architecture and art associated with the British Manor house. 

■ Discuss the architecture and art of the British manor house and its social and cultural contexts, using appropriate vocabulary.

■ Compare and contrast the variety of architectural and art styles employed in in these buildings

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.