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History & The Arts 

Exploring art and visual culture

What is art and how has it changed through history? How do artists create works of art? If you're interested in the place of the visual in our lives, then this module is for you. You'll look at major artworks from Raphael to Vermeer, the Pre-Raphaelites to Picasso, and at buildings from Westminster Abbey to the houses of Le Corbusier. You'll study the religious imagery and court art of the Medieval period and Renaissance; the growth of modern cities and art rooted in classical traditions; and finally look at changing approaches to art making from Manet and the Impressionists to the global contemporary. .

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Design for engineers

People encounter designed products every day: chairs, buildings, medicines, appliances, clothes, vehicles, robots and much else ? just look around you. Design is central to the creation of all these products. Designers and engineers often work closely in teams to translate ideas into useful and required products. Knowledge of the design process is essential for successful engineering. The module combines academic study with practical work online and offline and aims to introduce you to the essential skills, knowledge and practices of design.

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History & The Arts 

Bridges and Buildings: The structures of the Industrial Revolution

Dr Peter Lewis takes a look at the impact that the industrial revolution had on bridge building.

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Modernist architecture: Roots (1920-1929)

What inspired and kick-started the Modern Movement in architecture?

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CIAM (Congres Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne)

Although the CIAM would have influence over British architecture for half a century, none of the original signatories were from the UK.

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To restore or not to restore?

What philosophical issues arise during the restoration of historical sites? Professor Derek Matravers considers the arguments for and against repairing, restoring and reconstructing buildings of ruin.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Building Stories

Meet the architects and explore the stories behind some of Britain's most iconic buildings.

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