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Colour and Form in Historic Gardens

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

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Formal landscapes have been designed over the centuries using a combination of plants and structures, according to fashion and taste. All manner of schemes will be examined from pergolas to fountains and parterres to Gloriettes. Examples will be drawn from a wide range of European gardens from the Roman period onwards.

Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in the design of landscapes in historic gardens.

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:

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

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