Module 1. HORTICULTURAL AND PLANTING DESIGN (12 credits)
Students will study plants and varieties and will acquire guidelines for their selection, taking into account the criteria that will affect the final design of gardens or landscaped areas, be it during the year or throughout the lifetime of the planting (climate conditions, soil types, longevity, seasonality). They will analyse species combinations systems based on their texture, shape or colour. Throughout the process, the maintenance requirements associated with the tree, shrub and herb strata will be taken into account, and special attention will be paid to species in the Mediterranean area. The contents will be complemented with the study of the evolution of planting design over the years. Workshops will be run to put the knowledge acquired into practice.
- Botany, plant anatomy and its use in horticulture
- Geographical distribution of plants
- Plants and their use in the garden
- Planting design
- Planting techniques
Module 2. HISTORY OF GARDEN ART (6 credits)
Students will be given an introduction to the idea of the garden as a space for leisure, art and thought throughout history. Beyond being an outdoor space in which to do everyday activities, gardens have been spaces of artistic expression, learning, places of representation and social projection.
Just like any other artistic expression, gardens are a reflection of an era, a social, economic and historic context that has evolved over time.
- Composition elements of gardens and their context
- The garden and historical, religious, philosophical and social thought
- Garden styles up to the nineteenth century
- Trends and creators in the twentieth and twenty-first century
- Gardens and heritage
Module 3. PROJECTS WORKSHOP / DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (12 credits)
Students will look in depth at landscape architecture design techniques that tackle the problems of the description and interpretation of small-format free spaces. Professional knowledge and skills will be provided that ensure mastery of the activities and problems related to the sustainable management and design of gardens.
- Project workshop
- Design and construction
Students will complete exercises throughout the module devoted to the acquisition of project tools necessary for a complete focus and for professional practice.
It is recommended that students have knowledge and skills in the graphic representation of projects (preferably digital, such as Autocad, Indesign, Photoshop).