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They Made a Garden

Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.

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

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Writers, Painters, Sculptors and Designers have all sought to chronicle and seek inspiration from the garden. Looking beyond Giverny and Little Sparta, our analysis starts with the Bloomsbury Group and proceeds through to contemporary garden making, in which artists have sought to further express themselves and create their own private paradise.

Topics to be covered:

Artists, writers and sculptors gardens throughout garden history are studied, the gardens they create and or write about, or paint. Gardens that are well known, such as those created by Beatrix Potter or Thomas Hardy will be analyzed, yet many others publicly and privately were creating gardens and we look at many of these, both throughout Great Britain and Europe and America.

We go on a grand tour of gardens created by painters from Monet at Giverny to Charles-François Daubigny, both the gardens and their paintings will be discussed along with many that may even surprise you.

Representation of gardens both in art and writing will be analyzed, as will their importance throughout garden and landscape history.

Sculptors and sculpture, particularly throughout the twentieth century will be discussed, highlighting the work of Moore and Hepworth and their importance as part of modern garden design.

Stephen Spender, David Hockney, Gerrit Rietveld; diverse artists stylistically, but examples of the many significant artists that have in some way influenced or painted representations of gardens. We look at their work and several others in relation to gardens.

We study many of the great water colourists of the Edwardian era. Their significance in the early days of photography in recording many gardens and in some cases the gardens they themselves are involved with.

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.