Celtic art and architecture (online) ADED11998E

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

Short Description

This course examines the development of Celtic art and architecture across Europe from the Bronze Age to the early medieval period (c. 1200 BCE - 900 CE). Students will explore the imagination and socio-cultural identities of early Celtic peoples through close analysis of their artwork and common architectural styles, including studying a range of artistic artefacts on different media (such as metalwork, sculpture, wood, and manuscripts) and cross-examining important domestic, religious, and defensive sites.


Block 4, Weeks 1-5

2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Tuesdays, 18.00-20.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Commentary exercise on a piece of Celtic artwork (500 words) (50%)

Commentary exercise on one example of early Celtic architecture (500 words) (50%)

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide students with the unique opportunity to study complementary aspects of ancient Celtic history and culture

■ Introduce the comparative visual analysis of primary artefacts and site descriptions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

Recognise patterns common to ancient and medieval Celtic artwork

Identify specific ancient and early medieval Celtic architectural structures and their functions

Evaluate art historical evidence and archaeological evidence.

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.