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The MA Historic Designed Landscapes, validated by the University of Essex, is part of a wider landscape and conservation post-graduate programme run at Writtle College. The course may be studied full or part-time tutors will be happy to advise part-time students on an appropriate route. Individual modules may be taken as part of a CPD programme. The focus of the Masters course is the historic designed landscape created as a result of interactions of natural and cultural components in our environment over time. Deliberate planned human interventions creates but can also destroy aesthetic compositions and there is a need to assess and understand the impact of change. This can only happen if there is a body of knowledge surrounding these landscapes. The course therefore aims to apply principles of informed conservation management to historic designed landscapes. The course will allow students to advance their knowledge of historic, managerial and technical issues as well as gain an understanding of the political and social influences operating in the heritage sector. They are encouraged to develop a questioning, rigorous and systematic approach to their studies and from this develop a coherent approach to understanding the past to inform future care, use and development of historic sites. The cultural, social, economic and environmental values of these landscapes at local, national and international level are explored together with the skills needed to conserve and champion such landscapes. The conservation of historic designed landscapes is characterised by a multi-disciplinary approach focusing on strategies, policies and plans that are driven by a complex of internal and external factors. This is reflected within the learning and assessment of modules students are encouraged to seek solutions to challenges by working across traditional boundaries. Some modules are specific to this course but others are shared with other related post-graduate programmes which enhances the learning experience. It provides an opportunity to work with, study alongside and collaborate with students from other discipline areas which provides a realistic reflection of the workplace where they will contribute their skills to multidisciplinary teams. A workshop approach focused upon realistic historic designed landscape projects is used to explore and develop issues. Sessions include a mix of formal lectures, contextualisation session, seminars, guest speakers, visits and open learning workshops. Students are encouraged to develop critical self-awareness and are guided to use relevant information in an appropriate and effective manner. Students are also encouraged to bring experience and needs from their workplace in to their studies. The course is able to draw from the body of knowledge and expertise that exists within the landscape related areas at the College for example landscape management, ecology, design, landscape history and conservation, and information technologies. Members of staff are active in research and consultancy, which underpins the degree with a strong sense of academic rigour and validity. The College has well-developed links with relevant external organisations such as English Heritage, Garden History Society, Landscape Institute and County Gardens Trusts particularly Essex, and established contacts at many historic sites. The course team therefore is able to draw upon these links with industry. The College has excellent facilities and resources to support postgraduate provision as well as several historic landscapes within easy reach of the College.

The MA Historic Designed Landscapes, validated by the University of Essex, is part of a wider landscape and conservation post-graduate programme run at Writtle College. The course may be studied full or part-time tutors will be happy to advise part-time students on an appropriate route. Individual modules may be taken as part of a CPD programme. The focus of the Masters course is the historic...

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