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C09079v3 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) (BLArch(Hons))
CRICOS code: 080270D
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus


The first intake for this course is in 2017.

Course intended learning outcomes
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Professional recognition
Other information


The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) is available to students enrolled in the UTS Bachelor of Landscape Architecture who have attained a qualifying WAM across the first three years of their course. The course provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced work in subject areas related to landscape architecture and prepares them for postgraduate research. The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is designed to develop skills in design, construction and management associated with natural and built landscapes.

This degree is for those who are passionate about sustainability, ecology, urban environments and design. Equipped with the applied knowledge of how successful public spaces can help bind complex city environments, students learn to create sustainable and cohesive places. Through intensive design studio projects, students develop creative, practical and resilient design solutions that combine both art and science. This combination is essential to balancing environmental needs with those of contemporary society and culture. Students are poised to become design professionals who can creatively address key challenges of contemporary society including climate change, urban densification and biodiversity loss.

To teach the necessary design strategies, tools and methods, the degree focuses on global cities, notably in Europe and Asia. This focus is manifested in case studies, design and planning theory, technical analysis, and global study tours. A strong international focus is balanced by in-depth study of the local environment to ensure that ecological thinking is applied to city landscape design.

The honours stream allows students to work at a higher level of academic study in a relevant area of interest. UTS offers graduates the opportunity to apply to the Master of Landscape Architecture (approved for offer from Autumn 2017).

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Demonstrate and contribute to the practice and profile of landscape architecture through leadership: self-initiate, evaluate and inspire through the creation of innovative and defensible design solutions.
A.4 Pursue a practice of landscape architecture that is responsive to the social dimensions and requirements of public life and space.
A.5 Elucidate sophisticated professional and ethical positions that exemplify sound environmental stewardship and cultural sensitivities.
C.1 Work autonomously and as part of a team to produce high quality landscape architectural projects, policies, designs and publications.
C.2 Distil and fluently communicate landscape architectural theory and practice through appropriate and engaging visual, written and verbal means.
C.5 Demonstrate advanced creative and scholarly work and communication excellence.
C.6 Demonstrate future leadership, both within the profession and the broader community through new explorative and collaborations via working individually and in teams through interdisciplinary collaboration.
I.1 Adapt and apply landscape architectures design methodologies through bold, inventive and exploratory projects that address contemporary environmental, ecological and societal challenges.
I.2 Articulate and define a position on the role of the landscape architect in the future development of the natural and built environment through the development of a body of competent work across diverse project scales.
I.3 Create projects that demonstrate mastery of the profession of landscape architecture and career readiness including understanding of construction methods, materials and detailed design documentation.
I.4 Envisage future practice possibilities through dynamic methodologies, design creativity and inventiveness.
P.1 Demonstrate skills in managing a variety of landscape architectural projects of differing scopes, locations and contexts from inception to completion.
P.2 Cultivate a landscape literacy that includes the ability to read or analyse landscapes through appropriate methods including site visits, observation, mapping and analysis.
P.3 Produce contextually-appropriate practice that considers interconnected local, regional, national and international scales informed by ethics, societal and environmental challenges and politics.
P.4 Interpret and respond to design briefs through a creative, iterative and aspirational approach toward the creation of accurate, measurable and visual design solutions.
P.6 Apply a working knowledge of the key principles, theory and methods of landscape ecology and demonstrate the translation of ecological design principles into landscape architecture and planning across small and large scales.
P.7 Apply knowledge of soil and plant health and practice judicious selection of endemic and exotic planting species in landscape architecture design projects.
P.8 Apply a variety of professional knowledge and skills in landscape science and technologies including: site and topographical manipulation; landscape construction and materials; and, hydrology.
P.10 Demonstrate knowledge of current landscape architectural professional practice and adhere to relevant industry operational and construction standards, laws and statutes; acknowledging the implications of legislative, policy and planning requirements.
P.11 Produce multi-scalar design solutions and use scholarly methods through future design and implementation methodologies and interdisciplinary work as new professional leaders.
R.4 Pursue a critical approach to disciplinary and design practice that is both responsive to historical precedent and is projective.
R.5 Author scholarly and/or professionally applicable research and critical thinking through the formulation of research and evidence-based design solutions.

Career options

This course equips graduates with critical thinking, creativity and the skills to engage across the expanded field of landscape design; take up leading roles in the design of all landscapes in urban and rural contexts; and pursue roles in land management and stewardship, architecture, and urban design.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

Students enrolled in the third year of the UTS Bachelor of Landscape Architecture are eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) if they have attained an overall weighted average mark (WAM) of 70 or more in the first three years of the course.

Students enrolled in the UTS Bachelor of Landscape Architecture who have attained an overall WAM of between 67.50 and 69.99 in the first three years of the course must provide the following additional material in order to be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours):

  • a digital portfolio in PDF format consisting of the applicant's architectural projects from previous studies, and professional and creative work
  • a two-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience, and
  • a personal statement of no more than 300 words in PDF format addressing the applicant's reasons for wishing to undertake the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours).

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a full-time basis only, over two sessions. The maximum course duration is three sessions.

Course structure

Students complete 48 credit points, comprising one 12-credit-point coursework subject, one 12-credit-point preparatory honours thesis subject, two 6-credit-point professional practice subjects and two 6-credit-point electives.

Course completion requirements

STM91202 Core subjects (Landscape UG) 168cp
CBK90284 Sub-major/Electives 24cp
Total 192cp

Course program

The example program below is for a full-time student who completes the first three years of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture commencing in Autumn session, followed by the fourth year of the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours).

Year 1
Autumn session
11171 Landscape Architecture Studio 1: Forming   6cp
11172 Landscape History and Theory 1   6cp
11205 Architecture and Landscape Cultures   6cp
11214 Architectural Design: Architectural Communications   6cp
Spring session
11173 Landscape Architecture Studio 2: Making   6cp
11174 Landscape History and Theory 2   6cp
11170 Landscape Tectonics   6cp
11208 Architectural Design: Architectural Communications 2   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
11175 Landscape Architecture Studio 3: Grounding   6cp
11176 Territory   6cp
11185 Contemporary Issues in Landscape Architecture   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
11178 Landscape Architecture Studio 4: Civic   6cp
11182 Urbanisms   6cp
11183 Landscape Ecologies   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
11181 Landscape Architecture Studio 5: Infrastructures   6cp
11186 Landscape Infrastructure   6cp
11177 Botany for Landscape Architecture   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
11184 Landscape Architecture Studio 6: City   6cp
11179 Landscape Urbanism   6cp
11180 Landscape Architecture Technology   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
11191 Advanced Landscape Architectural Design Studio 1   12cp
11504 Architectural Practice: Research Cultures   6cp
11565 Thesis Research   6cp
Spring session
11194 Advanced Landscape Architectural Design Studio 2   12cp
11501 Architectural Practice: Advocacy   6cp
11187 Landscape Architecture Honours Thesis Project   6cp

Professional recognition

The course has received preliminary accreditation by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. Full accreditation will be sought in 2017, six months before the graduation of the first student cohort.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building