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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Theory 1A (ARCH08047)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers an introduction to landscape architecture history in different epochs and geographical regions. It has a particular focus on European history and it includes a week-long study tour of English examples of landscape design.
Course description This course offers an introduction to landscape architecture history in Europe and to key historical elements in other parts of the world, normally including North America and Asia. It is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and a study tour of English landscape designs.

The Introduction to History of Landscape Architecture covers the early beginnings; the hydraulic civilizations of Mesopotamia, Persia and Egypt; the classical and the mediaeval gardens in Europe; expressions of the Renaissance and Baroque in garden design; 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; gardens of the Arts and Crafts Movement; and a short overview of contemporary trends in landscape design. It also takes an international perspective to cover key design traditions in one or more of the following: northern India, China, Japan and North America.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Landscape Architecture
Additional Costs Study tour attendance will incur accommodation, travel and garden entry costs to be met by students. This is likely to be around 225-250.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, External Visit Hours 40, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 133 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Study Tour notebook (30%)
Essay (70%)

One single submission containing two distinct components (100%):
a) Study Tour notebook due in Examination Period;
b) Final submission of 3,000-word essay due in Examination Period.
Both components are marked against all three LOs. Students have to pass all LOs. All LOs weighting are weighted equally.
Feedback Formative feedback will be given during the external field study visit, after an initial hand-in of study tour notebooks, and via tutorials.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of selected historical styles, traditions and movements in architecture and landscape architecture, and of the design elements and vocabulary typical of them.
  2. Undertake visual analysis in the field in a structured manner and represent this through the medium of sketching, notes and brief commentary, including comparative analysis of historic examples of architecture and landscape architecture.
  3. Demonstrate development of written communication skills via a critical and reflective approach to understanding particular historic landscapes and associated buildings, and the key theories and principles they exemplify.
Reading List
Available at Resource Lists @ Edinburgh
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and critical understanding of some of the key features, concepts and terminologies of landscape architecture historical precedent.

Ability to research, analyse, explore and interpret examples of historical precedent

Record different aspects of the designed landscape visually
Course organiserDr Francisca Lima
Tel: (0131 6)51 5862
Course secretaryMrs Karen Biggar
Tel: (0131 6)51 5803
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