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Undergraduate Course: Landscape History (ARCH07014)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIndicative course content
This offers an introduction to landscape architecture history in Europe and to some key traditions in other parts of the world. It has a particular focus on the British history of landscape design and culminates in a study tour of English examples from the end of April and into early May.

The course covers European landscape history, from the Moorish gardens of Spain and mediaeval gardens in northern Europe; expressions of the Renaissance in garden designs of Italy, France and Britain; the eighteenth century English Landscape Garden tradition, including the work of Kent, Brown and Repton; the Picturesque; the early parks movement in Britain; Loudon and the Gardenesque; and gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

It then takes an international perspective to cover the work of Olmsted and park design in North America; The Mughal Gardens of India; Chinese gardens; and Japanese garden design.

1. To introduce the history of landscape architecture in Europe from the 6th century to the early 20th century, and key elements of international landscape design history and traditions, to provide a context for an understanding of British landscape design history.

2. To give students the opportunity to undertake visual analysis of historic sites in the field and relate them to an understanding of landscape design history and the vocabulary of historic landscape design elements.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Pre-requisites


Prohibited combinations
Additional Costs Field trip Study tour of historic landscapes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  150
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7, External Visit Hours 28, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 85 %, Practical Exam 15 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment is based on group research followed by individual presentation of a brief Pecha Kucha style seminar and accompanying handout, and then by submission of a Study Tour workbook based on the analysis of historic landscape examples visited on the Study Tour in April/May.

Formative feedback will include comments from course tutors on your seminar presentation and handout content and peer feedback on the quality of oral and visual presentation.

The final, summative assessment includes a mark for your seminar (worth 15% of the total) and the production of the study tour workbook (worth 85% of the total).

Students must pass all learning outcomes. The aggregation of failed Learning outcomes with passing learning outcomes to generate an overall pass mark is not permitted. Failure of one learning outcome will result in a Forced Fail (FF) outcome.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad understanding of selected historic styles, traditions and movements in landscape architecture, and of the design elements and vocabulary typical of them
  2. interpret the theories and principles exemplified by historic landscapes through visual analysis, seminar presentation and production of a handout on one historic example
  3. undertake visual analysis in the field in a structured manner and represent this through the medium of sketching, notes and informed commentary, including comparative analysis
Reading List
A further, considerably more extensive reading list, indicating what is relevant to each lecture, is provided as a separate document on LEARN and notes on each lecture and details of examples illustrated will be provided at least 24 hours in advance.

Debois Landscape Survey Group, Designed Landscapes in Scotland: notes on their planting and management, Scottish Natural Heritage Review, No 82, 1997
Girouard, Mark. Life in the English Country House. Penguin Books, 1980, London
Hunt, John Dixon & Willis, Peter (Eds). The Genius of the Place : The English Landscape Garden, 1620-1820 P. Elek, 1975, London
Jellicoe, Geoffrey & Susan. The Landscape of Man, Thames & Hudson, 1975, London.
Moore, Charles et al. The Poetics of Gardens, MIT Press, 1993, Cambridge (US) and London
Moser, Monique & Teyssot, George (Eds). The History of Garden Design, Thames & Hudson, 1991, London
Steenbergen, Clemens, et al. Architecture and Landscape: The Design Experiment of the Great European Gardens and Landscapes, Prestal Verlag, Munich, 1996

Images by Catharine Ward Thompson and others of gardens used in the history lectures are available from the SCRAN website:
You have access to the full website via the University of Edinburgh, through your MyEd login. Go to then enter the name of the site, or just ┐garden┐, and (if you want to find Catharine┐s images), under the ┐Contributor┐ field, choose Edinburgh College of Art.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Landscape Institute criteria: social, economic and cultural context
Additional Class Delivery Information This course is delivered primarily through a lecture series. A study tour in April/ early May then takes students to visit some canonic examples of British landscape design. Assessment is via a preparatory seminar prior to the tour, accompanied by a handout for your fellow students, and a study tour notebook based on tasks undertaken on the tour to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the course material and sites visited.

15 Lectures offer an introduction to landscape architecture history in Europe and to some key traditions in other parts of the world.

The Pecha Kucha style seminar involves students researching historic landscape examples in groups and then each student presenting a critical analysis of one aspect of the example and contributing to an informative handout for fellow students.

Formative feedback will include comments from course tutors on the presentation and handout content and peer feedback on the quality of oral and visual presentation.

A study Tour at the end of April/early May (will visit several important historic landscapes in the south of England. Attendance is compulsory as assessment is based around critical analysis of landscapes visited on the tour.
Course organiserProf Catharine Ward Thompson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5827
Course secretaryMrs Margaret Dingsdale
Tel: 0131 651 5803
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