UCAS code: VV31
Duration: 4 years
School: Edinburgh College of Art
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Architecture offers the capacity to explore wider social, cultural, and political themes. This undergraduate programme in Architectural History and Heritage is rooted in this potential and places the history of architecture, fine art, and heritage management within the context of urbanism and the cultural history of cities.
Teaching takes place through lectures, tutorials, practical demonstrations, site visits and field research. These draw on the extraordinarily rich urban context of Edinburgh itself, as well as the architectural heritage of Europe and beyond. With its unique concentration of professional architectural historians, Edinburgh offers an unrivalled breadth of study in the historic built environment. Our staff specialise in topics ranging from ancient and medieval, through the early and late modern periods, to the twentieth century, including expertise in heritage theory and conservation practice. Our programme engages with the latest research in all these areas.
The Ben Pentreath Fund allows for an annual programme trip to a major European capital for students in Years 3 and 4, providing an unrivalled opportunity to study and discuss major works of architecture in context.
The programme begins with a Year 1 introductory course covering the development of the built environment from earliest times to the present. You will also take relevant options in history, archaeology, and history of art, or any other course in the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences that suits your programme and timetable.
The programme builds up in Year 2 by broadening out to consider the city as a social and cultural phenomenon. In this year you will also take a course dealing specifically with techniques and practices concerning heritage management and conservation. As in Year 1 you will have further opportunities to take option courses from across Edinburgh College of Art and the wider College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.
You will study Texts & Theories in Western Architecture and have the opportunity to deepen your study of the built environment by taking a number of specialist option courses in the history of architecture, ranging from the Medieval period, through the early and late modern periods, into the twentieth century. In this year you will also undertake a specialist building archaeology course that will teach historic building identification and recording techniques, as well as translation and analysis of this data in digital format. In addition, you will undertake a work placement where you will gain first-hand experience of conservation in practice.
Specialist honours courses are chosen on the same basis as Year 3. You will also complete a major supervised research dissertation on a topic of your choosing.
Teaching takes place across a range of facilities all located in the Central Area.
You have access to design studios, well-equipped workshops, computer labs and libraries.
The University is investing in the ECA estate and facilities to further develop our flexible, stimulating, supportive and sustainable learning and research environment for students and staff.
Further information is available on the ECA website.
Placements comprise a core component of the programme in Years 3 and 4. This usually entails attachment to a local heritage-based organisation where experience can be gained in assessing and studying methods and strategies for managing the historic built environment.
Study abroad options are available. The programme has a dedicated exchange opportunity with architectural history at the University of Virginia in the United States, which is available to students in Year 3. Further exchange opportunities are organised in conjunction with the ESALA international student liaison officer and vary according to timing and location.
Architecture courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, studio-based projects, field trips and practical experience.
You will be assessed by a combination of coursework, exams, portfolio work and presentations.
Graduates can have careers in conservation, land management, heritage or historical consultancy, and education.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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