Tim is in the process of devising a taught MA in the Country House and its Landscape for the University of Bristol, which, if validated, will begin recruiting in March 2016 and start in October 2016. The course will include a series of intensive study days on the historical and cultural background to British country houses, gardens and landscapes, a residential weekend of visits to major masterpieces of architectural and landscape design, and sessions given by prominent historians to provide students with a secure basis in historical research methods. In addition, there will be further full-day visits to country houses, gardens and landscapes, many of which are privately owned.
The course will be designed to inform and inspire students as they embark on their own research and writing on architectural and garden history. The MA will be assessed and awarded on coursework essays, architectural reports, power point presentations and the final dissertation of 15,000 words, through which students will make their own contributions to the subject, guided by expert supervisors.
The MA can be taken full-time in one year, or part-time over two years. Lectures will all take place on the same day each week - Tuesdays - over three academic terms. The arrangement aims to make the course as accessible as possible to working students and others who can give up one day a week. The course fee will be all-inclusive, including the cost of the residential weekend and the full-day visits.
The course modules will include: Country Houses and Gardens (1580-1714); Research Skills; Country Houses (1714-1820); Eighteenth-Century Gardens and Landscapes; Twentieth-Century Architecture and Gardens; Landscape, Art and Aesthetics. There will be a Research Symposium during the course in which students can engage with academics in the field who will present new research, and the course will end with a Garden Party.
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