Architecture, Landscape Design and the Regency Imagination HISTART4004

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course is concerned with the sublime and the picturesque as defined by writings of Edmund burke and William Gilpin. It encourages students to become tourists seeking out sensational architectural and landscape experiences. The experience of visiting Gothic Revival buildings, for example William Beckford's Fonthill Abbey.


1 x 1hr lecture; 1 x 1hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. This is one of the Honours options in History of Art and my not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Available to all students fulfilling requirements for Honours entry into History of Art, and by arrangement to visiting students or students of other Honours programmes who qualify under the University's 25% regulation.

Excluded Courses





Examination (120 minutes duration) - 60%

Essay (2,500 words) - 40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ introduce students to texts central to the art, architectural and landscape history of the Regency period

■ discuss issues of taste with reference to specific patrons and collectors

■ encourage students to deepen their art historical understanding by reference to a broad range of historical materials

■ illustrate to students the exceptional resources available to them in the University Library's Department of Special Collections

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be to:

■ identify key arguments in source texts and evaluating them (particularly in seminar discussions) 

■ apply arguments to the analysis of specific architectural or landscape design case studies

■ analyse arguments that were transmitted to the general public by reference to popular literature, journalism, topography, tourism and the history of the theatre

■ assess the contribution of specific patrons, collectors and publishers on the formation of Regency taste

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.