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The English Landscape Garden Revisited

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

Available Dates:

This course is currently not being offered in the academic year 2015 - 2016.

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We will take a critical look at the iconic eighteenth century landscapes of Brown, Kent and Bridgeman, the much maligned arcadian creations that swept away the great formal gardens, both here in Britain and throughout Europe. Our study of the original significance of English landscape gardens will allow us to discuss their influence on the modern landscape makers of today.

Topics to be covered:

The work of Bridgeman, Brown and Kent will be discussed, and their significant influence upon contemporary park and landscape design. Furthermore we will look at the magnificent legacy of the landscapes they created and whether they fulfill the incredible vision these men could only have dreamt of.

We will also study the incredible influence the English landscape movement had abroad, particularly northern Europe, and many of these gardens will be looked at.

The work of contemporary landscape makers such as Jencks and Wilkie will be further analyzed as will the creation of many parks and estates both in the UK, and elsewhere internationally.

The history and development of the great formal gardens of Europe: Versailles, Het Loo and others will be looked at and their significance in shaping garden design and history will be further analyzed.

Numerous restoration projects of these gardens will be examined, as will modern counterparts such as Waddesdon.

The romance and significance of the picturesque movement will be looked at and in particular the significance of Humphrey Repton upon the country house garden. Further we will study the development of town parks. Whilst we will also study in particular the significant work of John Claudius Loudon and his significance both for modern park sand suburban gardens.

As always, these gardens will all be studied from a modern perspective, with the legacy and influence being discussed throughout the course.

Who is this course for?

Anyone interested in learning more about the making of the modern garden. 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.

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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.