MLA Landscape Architecture

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Conditions Applicants are required to hold a degree from this or other approved university or awarding body with at least 2ii Honours standard or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject (eg. architecture, planning, environmental science and management). In exceptional circumstances, candidates without a first degree must be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning. A minimum IELTS score of 6 is required for students whose first language is not English. All applicants are required to submit a portfolio of work experience for consideration of the admissions committee, accompanied by a statement of intent to support their application, and will normally be required to attend an interview. Both the portfolio submission and the interview seek to demonstrate that the applicant has a serious interest, application and potential for ability across the range of subjects in the discipline. In the case of overseas students, digital portfolio and telephone / internet interview is permitted.
  • Academic title
    MLA Landscape Architecture
  • Course description
    Duration and Mode of Attendance

    The MLA comprises a course of study over two academic years full-time, or four years part-time.

    The Programme

    Fundamentally concerned with people and place, landscape architecture is the design profession for the external environment, from natural to urban landscapes and from intimate to global scale.

    The core concerns of the Master of Landscape Architecture programme are design and sustainability, to generate and advance the students’ competence and understanding of the forces that impact, shape and sustain our external environment. Design projects and modules take in plants and planting, landscape construction, history, theory, ecology, environmental assessment, professional context, policy and law, and economic development and regeneration. Essential skills will be developed in communication, presentation, research and culminate in a design thesis project. The Master of Landscape Architecture is offered as a professional award (subject to accreditation by the Landscape Institute) constituting part of the route to Chartership as a Landscape Architect. The MLA is for post-graduate students with no prior experience of training in landscape architecture and comprises two stages.

    Structure and Content

    The Landscape Architecture programme is structured in two stages, each of which comprises 50% design studio taken in parallel with modules in core and associated subjects. The MLA may be taken as either a Full Time or a Part Time programme of study. Overall credit: 240

    Stage 1 constitutes a ‘foundation’ or ‘conversion’ stage for those without a previous degree in landscape architecture, where subject areas which may initially seem distinct are brought together as the year progresses. Stage 1 is designed to accommodate wide differences in students’ backgrounds and previous training. Some students bring advanced graphic skills to the course but no knowledge of horticulture; others may have degrees in botany or environmental science, but have yet to develop their design skills.
    Content of Stage 1:
    -Landscape Design Studio 1 (30 credits): What is landscape? Fundamentals of Landscape Design.
    -Landscape Elements – Planting (10 credits)
    -Landscape Elements – Construction 1 (10 credits)
    -Landscape Ecology and Management (10 credits)
    -Landscape Design Studio 2 (30 credits): Landscape Planning and Ecology
    -Landscape Elements – Construction 2 (10 credits)
    -Landscape Professional Context, Policy and Law (10 credits)
    -Research Environment (10 credits)

    Stage 2 develops the study of landscape architecture, with an emphasis on integrated and complex issues of practice, and can be thought of as a programme of professionalisation and specialisation built upon the comprehensive foundation of Stage 1.
    -Landscape Design Studio 3 (30 credits): complex project
    -Landscape Design Thesis Studio (20 Credits)
    -Landscape Design Thesis (10 credits)
    -60 credits of elective modules from amongst the following:
        Interrogating the Cultural Landscape
        Environments, Heritage and Culture
        Cultural Context 1 & 2
        How Design Thinks
        Figuring the City – Elements of Urban Design
        Principle of Urban Design
        Principles pf GIS
        Construction Management
        Property Investment and Development
        Sustainable Development
        Environmental Impact Assessment
        Biodiversity Management

    Careers And Postgraduate Opportunities

    The programme is designed as a key component of post-graduate provision in the School of Architecture and Design and the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment. The knowledge gained from this professional degree will support a broad range of employment opportunities in the landscape and environment spectrum, as well as facilitating the route to further research.

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