Medieval Art and Architecture I

Duration 10 weekly meetings
Tutor Madge O'Keefe
Course code AAA17A4218A
Fee £165.00
Concessionary fee £132.00 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

Although this course has started there may still be places available. Get in touch to find out more about late availability.

A course of illustrated lectures on medieval art and architecture as seen in cathedrals and abbeys.

The course will include the following buildings:

  • Canterbury Cathedral
  • Rochester Cathedral
  • Bristol Cathedral
  • Dorchester Abbey (Oxfordshire)

Each building will be examined in depth: its history, socio-economic context, the particular aspects of theology emphasised during the various phases of its building, the influences on its art and architecture and, in the case of larger churches, of their patrons.

Learning and teaching

There will be a series of illustrated lectures, with plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion.

Coursework and assessment

Students are encouraged to keep a course diary, and have the option of writing an essay. To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects. The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

Key texts

R.Morris: Churches in the Landscape, London 1989. C.Platt: The Parish Churches of Medieval England, London 1981 or more recent reprint London 1995.

Platten, Cathedrals & Co Ltd; 1997

L. Murray: The Oxford Companion to Christian Art & Architecture, Oxford 1996.

Henry Thorold : Collins Guide To Cathedrals, Abbeys And Priories Of England And Wales, Collins, 1986.

Also, relevant volumes in the N. Pevsner Buildings of England (Pevsner Architectural Guides) series.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.


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