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Postgraduate Course: History of Landscape Architecture (ARCH11168)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIndicative course content
An introduction to the history of landscape architecture

a) to provide an introductory education in 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;
b) to enable students to make make critical assessments of past designs in their context;
c) to help students acquire a vocabulary of prototypes or solution types which will assist in the design studio.

Mode of delivery
Lecture series, student led seminars, and tutor led study tour.
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:  23
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 16, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3, External Visit Hours 28, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 50 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment for this module is through a seminar and an essay. You will be invited to choose from one of a range of options/eras that will be made available to you during Semester 2, to analyse and compare a set of (usually two) projects from the same era, through your essay and seminar. At least one project will be a well-known example of its design ┐type┐. Other projects may be less well-known projects of the same period/style. Your seminar and essay should be a critical comparison/analysis of the projects and should demonstrate an understanding of the context for each in time and place.
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 an understanding of the historical development of the profession and the characteristics and context of different landscape design styles, traditions and movements.
  2. Analyse, and compare particular case studies of historical landscape design practice, demonstrating a broad understanding of the selected historic styles and contexts, and of the design elements and vocabulary typical of them.
  3. Discuss principles, techniques and practices from history as precedents for contemporary practice.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to present a succinct and critical understanding of the case studies allocated for assessment purposes, using oral and visual presentation skills.
Reading List
Some of the 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.
Beyond the few items listed below, 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.
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. All assessment is individual, based on a seminar presentation and essay. A study tour in late April/early May allows students the opportunity to visit some historic examples of British landscape design.
Course organiserProf Catharine Ward Thompson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5827
Course secretaryMrs Margaret Dingsdale
Tel: 0131 651 5803
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