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Postgraduate Course: Placement 1 at Ecole Nationale Superieure du Paysage (ENSP),Versailles (ARCH11209)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typePlacement AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits50 ECTS Credits25
SummaryENSP specialises in project-orientated design teaching in studios. Emphasis is placed on the physical, geographical and human uses of the landscape.

Attention is focused on the opportunities inherent in to the site, its surface topography and hydrology, as well as invisible relationships such as the dialogue with history. We strive to develop our thinking by understanding a 'sense of place' and this approach is fundamental to our ethos as we conceptualise and select projects.
Course description The placement covers the following core courses:

Post Workshop Studio
Studio 7: What Countryside?
Forest Management
Construction and Infrastructure
Art Studio

The workshop is an introduction to the theme of the semester, i.e. the changing nature of the French countryside. The post-workshop course compares cultural differences in agricultural policies and landscapes, and covers French landscape policies. 'What Countyside?' encompasses a studio based project which will enable students to find new design models. 'Constructions and Infrastructure' will teach students how to express project requirements to technicians. The art studio develops drawing, conceptualisation and interpretative skills.

During this placement, students will investigate the role of the landscape architect when faced with an extensive terrority. The studio project will initiate reflections on large-scale sites (commune or group of communes), presenting similar issues to those addressed in social and ecological sciences for projects on diagnostic and territorial challenges. A debate on ideas with designers, ecologists, sociologists and geographers will precede the site work. The selected site will question the image of the countryside on the edges of our extended cities. Not truly rural, but far from our suburban cliches, the site will provoke questions on its metamorphosis, and on the role of the landscape architect as the interlocutor in our time of urban agriculture, urban development, and sustainable development.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Travel and accommodation costs during the placement
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  1
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 500 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 490, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 10, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Each course will be assessed separately, by a combination of group-work, presentations and the student¿s studio work.
Feedback This course is delivered by ENSP (Versailles) not UoE. Students of The University of Edinburgh will therefore receive the same feedback as their peers within the visited institution.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Gain knowledge and understanding of large scale contemporary landscape issues, such as sub-urban expansion themes, agrarian transformation in rural and sub rural areas as well a project-orientated understanding of the agricultural and natural dynamic in the French 'Cantons' (districts).
Reading List
To be provided by ENSP.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Modelling, design and language skills
Special Arrangements This is an umbrella course to cover the 50 SCQF credits undertaken by European Masters in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA), who choose ENSP for their first placement. Please note that students will be taught and assessed in French.
KeywordsEuropean Masters,Landscape Architecture,placement
Course organiserMs Lisa MacKenzie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5797
Course secretaryMs Amy O'Hehir
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