History & Theory: Ancient to Enlightenment

Bond University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    History & Theory: Ancient to Enlightenment

  • Host University

    Bond University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Architecture, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4.5 - 6
  • Overview


    This subject traces the history of world architecture from the Neolithic period up until the early 1700s, examining the theories that have evolved and shaped architecture in subsequent eras, including vernacular traditions. Significant works, architects, and contexts across the world are highlighted for future referral and precedent studies to develop the students’ design thinking skills.

    The themes above are linked to concurrent undergraduate studies in the design studio, architectural technology, environmental studies and design communication subjects. The focus is on critical analyses of architecture and on the development of appropriate written communication skills, including correct referencing. Hence, a large component of the subject is directed towards visual, oral and written expression by engaging each student to analyse a suggested topic by means of presentation, physical model and essay. The model is to be manually fabricated corresponding with the focus of concurrent studio and design communication subjects.

    Learning Objectives
    1. An understanding of design procedures, systems and the history of design methods

    2. An understanding of design precedent, critique, analysis and movements in design theory

    3. An ability to gather information and apply analysis and critical judgment

    4. An understanding of the interaction between environment, materials and structure

    5. An understanding of the history and theory of Western, non-western, regional and indigenous architecture

    6. An ability to inform action through knowledge of historical and cultural precedents in architecture 

    7. An understanding of the history and practice of urban design and issues of city planning 

    8. An ability to effect action or communicate ideas through the exercise of skills of collaboration, speaking, writing, drawing, modelling and evaluation

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.