Course Description

Examine hidden symbols and complex layers of meaning in the structures and details of some of the world’s most beautiful buildings. Churches and cathedrals are more than just magnificent and imposing pieces of architecture. They are extraordinary buildings that express complex ideas about human life and were designed to be ‘read’ by those who attended them. Who is the figure holding a book in the stained glass window? What do the carved figures in the portal represent? Why are there four beasts in the corners of the ceiling? Topics include: a brief history of the Medieval Period; history of church buildings; architectural elements; major cathedrals in Europe; the Bible, Jesus, Mary, saints and prophets; and, sacred geometry, colours and numbers.

Course Details

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explore the rich artistic and historical heritage of the Christian world through architecture
  • Become familiar with major churches and cathedrals in France, England and the rest of Medieval Europe
  • Critically analyze architectural elements and sculpture: explain the art in terms of its historical, religious, and iconographic context
  • Build a vocabulary with which one can explore architectural features and styles

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Online Synchronous
1:00PM to 3:00PM
Sep 23, 2020 to Dec 02, 2020
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Fee before GST non-credit $315.00
Reading List / Textbook
No textbook required.
Section Notes

Classes are held online in real time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates.

This course uses:

  • Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L.
  • Zoom web conferencing software.

For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.

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