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C09079v3 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) (BLArch(Hons))
UAC code: 602020 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 080270D
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

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


The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) is a four-year honours degree 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.

Students develop the skills to creatively address the key challenges of contemporary society, including climate change, urban densification and the loss of biodiversity.

Theory combined with hands-on studio projects is key to this course. Students learn how landscape and public space can unify complex urban environments, balancing environmental needs with those of contemporary society and culture. Students apply this knowledge in studios where they develop the skills to create cohesive, practical and resilient design solutions that combine both art and science.

The degree has an international focus, exploring global and regional cities and urban environments through case studies, design research, technical analysis and global study tours.

The honours program 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 (C04270).

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.

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.

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.

UTS: Design, Architecture and Building may consider applications based on the results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) if students lack academic qualifications but have extensive professional experience. The STAT is conducted through the Universities Admissions Centre.

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

Non-current school leavers are selected on the basis of academic merit or on the basis of portfolio and interview rank.

Applicants are advised to submit an optional portfolio by Wednesday 31 October 2018.

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.


International students

International students (excluding those studying in an Australian high school) must submit an application to UTS International (in person, by mail or online) or through an accredited UTS representative.

International students with an ATAR up to five points below the minimum cut-off must submit a seven-page digital portfolio in PDF format (A4 page size) where:

  • five of the pages are digital files of scans and/or photographs of original work appropriate to the course being applied for
  • one page is a 150–200-word written submission discussing the aims and relative success of at least one of the submitted pieces of work
  • one page is a 300-word (max.) statement of intent; the statement of intent should describe the applicant's academic background and how past work experience relates to the intended field of study.

The faculty reserves the right to request a portfolio from applicants.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is four years of full-time study (or equivalent). Year 1 must be taken in full-time mode.

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 192 credit points. The normal full-time load is 24 credit points a session.

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 student commencing in Autumn session and undertaking the course full time.

Year 1
Autumn session
11119 Landscape Architecture Studio 1: Extended   12cp
11172 Landscape History and Theory 1   6cp
11128 Communications 1   6cp
Spring session
11173 Landscape Architecture Studio 2   6cp
11174 Landscape History and Theory 2   6cp
11170 Landform   6cp
11177 Botany   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
11130 Landscape Architecture Studio 3: Extended   12cp
11129 Communications 2   6cp
11183 Ecology   6cp
Spring session
11178 Landscape Architecture Studio 4   6cp
11196 Landscape History and Theory 3   6cp
11176 Territory   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
11188 Landscape Architecture Studio 5: Extended   12cp
11182 Urbanisms   6cp
11186 Infrastructure   6cp
Spring session
11184 Landscape Architecture Studio 6   6cp
11190 Communications 3   6cp
11180 Construction   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 4
Autumn session
11191 Landscape Architecture Design Studio 7   12cp
11502 Practice: Finance and Project Management   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Spring session
11194 Landscape Architecture Studio 8   12cp
11189 Practice: Research Cultures   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

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