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The Arts and Crafts Garden

Level 4, 10 Credits.

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The Arts and Crafts movement sought to rethink and redesign almost every aspect of domestic life, from furniture to houses and gardens. Indeed the very structure of society would be rethought through revolutionary notions, such as socialism and vegetarianism! We focus primarily on house and garden and the overwhelming influence the movement had then, and now, on garden making.

Topics to be covered:

The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain was pioneered by a group of designers and artists at the end of the 19th Century as a reaction to industrialisation; inspired by the theories of art critic John Ruskin, designer William Morris worked with craftsmen and Pre-Raphaelite artists to promote the unity of art and design and the value of craftsmanship.

This course will look at Arts and Crafts designers, the gardens and houses and the objects they created, and the wider scope of the Movement.

We will start with Ruskin and Morris and follow how their ideas and ideals of the new back-to-basics way of living influenced the Arts and Crafts Movement. We will concentrate on gardens and the work of Jekyll, Mawson, and others, as primary influencers but we will look further! There are many other now less-known house and gardens makers that were utterly significant and have become overshadowed by these dominant names.

There are of course numerous famous Arts and Crafts gardens and houses, and many we can visit through the National Trust and English Heritage. However we will go further, discussing and viewing many less accessible private gardens that are not usually accessible though being no less significant in terms of design, influence and importance. Indeed they can be seen as being more important as often they are still held by the same families and maintained along original lines. This will be one of the highlights of the course!

Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in learning more about the Arts and Crafts movement and garden making. This course aims to enable a broad understanding of the features of gardens, and to make garden visiting a much more enjoyable and informed pleasure.

Learning and Teaching

There will be lectures, case studies and group discussions.

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. 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

Clive Aslet, The Arts and Crafts Country House: From the Archives of Country Life (Aurum Press Ltd 2011).

Jane Brown, The Modern Garden (Thames and Hudson, 2000).

Katie Campbell, Icons of 20th Century Landscape Design (Frances Lincoln, 2006).

David Cole, The Art of CFA Voysey: English Pioneer Modernist Architect & Designer (The Images Publishing Group 2015).

Wendy Hitchmough , Arts and Crafts Gardens (V & A Publications (2005).

Philippa Lewis, Everyman’s Castle: The story of our cottages, country houses, terraces,

flats, semis and bungalows (Frances Lincoln 2014).

Sarah Rutherford, The Arts and Crafts Garden (Shire Publications 2013).

Victoria Summerley, Secret Gardens of the Cotswolds ( London: Frances Lincoln 2015)

Gavin Stamp, Edwin Lutyens Country Houses: From the Archives of Country Life (Aurum Press Ltd 2012).

Jane Waymark, Modern Garden Design (London: Thames & Hudson, 2003).

Andrew Wilson, Influential Gardens: the designers who shaped 20th-century garden style (London: Mitchell Beazley 2002).

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 contacting us 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 us 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.