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Art and Style in Garden Making

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

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From Tudor times to the twentieth century great themes have dominated garden style: horticultural artifice in topiary and knots, intimacy and public display, private space and the park, entertainment and theatre, games, feasts and festivals. These recurrent elements will be studied across the centuries in their social context using the visual and written sources which record them.

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Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in finding out more about art and style in garden making, and developing a deeper understanding of the inter-relationship between landscape/garden design and the social and political history of Britain from 1500 to 1914.

Learning and Teaching

There will be illustrated lectures, discussions, and student led investigations into specific gardens.

Coursework and Assessment

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.

Assessment will take the form of a 2000 word essay or equivalent coursework, which provides a case study of a landscape feature, showing an in depth appreciation of style and content.

Reading suggestions

Notes and suggestions for appropriate books will be provided by the tutor at the first session.

Background preparatory reading:

One of the classics: Derek Clifford – A History of Garden Design. 1962.

More recently of general interest:  Jane Brown – The Pursuit of Paradise. 1999.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on

(029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

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. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.

Further Information

A range of further information can be found on our web site or in Choices.  This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.