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The Artistic House HISTART5090

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Culture and Creative Arts
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Using the domestic house as a lens, this course will provide a geographical and intellectual context for the emergence of a modern style across Europe in the period 1890-1918 while taking into account artistic developments throughout the 'long 19th century'. Students will be asked to reflect upon the dialogue between Glasgow and other key centres of Art Nouveau, and explore the reciprocal networks between Glasgow artists, architects and designers and the Continental counterparts.



Normally 2 hours weekly, lectures and seminars with some study sessions and visits

Requirements of Entry



Essay (90%), 3-4,000 words

Oral presentation (10%) 10 minutes

Course Aims

This course seeks to:

■ introduce students to the interdisciplinary features of the artistic house in Scotland and continental Europe between circa 1850 and 1918

■ evaluate cultural connections between Scotland and different European countries to compare/contrast responses to the brief for an artistic house

■ provide an intellectual framework for the emergence of a modern style within the context of the artistic house and its wide range of architectural features and design objects

■ foster an understanding of the artistic house as an environment in which historical figures lived and performed their identities and everyday lives through material culture

■ contextualise the relationship between architecture, landscape and the domestic interior

■ train students to work closely with historic objects (buildings, interiors, artworks, furniture, applied arts etc.) and impart technical skills that enable the student to handle objects, identify materials, techniques and stylistic features and engage with conservation issues

■ introduce students to the University's, the City's and Scotland's premier historical sites and archival resources to develop an in-depth intellectual engagement with works of art, architecture and design in their historical contexts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate a sound knowledge of key debates and key figures in the study of the domestic interior since 1850, commanding a thorough understanding of the discourses and conventions in the scholarly literature

■ evaluate the appropriateness of interdisciplinary methodologies and research approaches to their study

■ show independence and creativity in thinking about the artistic house and the historical time period covered by this course

■ articulate ideas and opinions on the field of study at a sophisticated level in both verbal and written form

■ demonstrate written communication skills to the level which will enable them to transfer such skills to other relevant contexts

■ effectively articulate their ideas and critically evaluate their own work

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.