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C10341v2 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Award(s): Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLArch)
UAC code: 602015 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 080269G
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 192
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Overview
Course intended learning outcomes
Career options
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Honours
Further study at UTS
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is a course designed to develop skills in design, construction and management associated with our 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.2 Demonstrate the highest professional and ethical approaches to landscape stewardship and broadly understand issues of sustainability and apply suitable societal, environmental, and professional values and solutions.
A.3 Demonstrate an understanding of ethics and cultural sensitivity in landscape architecture and practice meaningful, respectful and effective collaboration with diverse groups including Indigenous and minorities.
A.4 Pursue a practice of landscape architecture that is responsive to the social dimensions and requirements of public life and space.
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.3 Represent creative and scholarly work at a professional level.
C.4 Communicate effectively with stakeholders and allied disciplines at various stages of the design process.
I.1 Understand and adapt landscape architecture’s design methodologies through bold, inventive and exploratory projects that address contemporary environmental, ecological and societal challenges.
I.2 Articulate 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.
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 Elicit 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.5 Demonstrate to a professional level technical skills, techniques and conventions including: hand drawing, model-making; advanced digital technologies such as GIS and 3D modelling.
P.6 Demonstrate 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 Demonstrate a variety of professional knowledge and skills in landscape science and technologies including: site and topographical manipulation; landscape construction and materials; and, hydrology.
P.9 Apply information from various sources towards the delivery of robust ecosystems services through practice.
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.
R.1 Coherently situate practice and aspirations within a continuum of landscape architectural history, theory and precedent, recognising the contributions of contemporary landscape architectural issues, perspectives and methods in moulding the breadth and diversity of the discipline.
R.2 Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and use scholarly methods to create high quality landscape architectural outputs that identify and anticipate future areas of research.
R.3 Engage in critical self-reflection and create defensible and robust ideas within the discipline’s culture of critique.

Career options

Career options include landscape architect, land management professional, regional planner, urban designer, educator and policymaker.

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.

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.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and English.

Design and Technology, Visual Arts are recommended.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

The course comprises a total of 192 credit points. The normal full-time load is four 6-credit-point subjects a session, totalling 48 credit points a year for four years.

Year 1 comprises four compulsory 6-credit-point subjects a session. Years 2 and 3 comprise one 6-credit-point elective and three compulsory subjects a session. Year 4 comprises two 12-credit-point advanced studios, two compulsory 6-credit-point subjects and two 6-credit-point electives.

Course completion requirements

STM90852 Core subjects (Landscape UG) 156cp
CBK90284 Sub-major/Electives 24cp
CBK90946 Options (Landscape) 12cp
Total 192cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical full-time program.

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
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90946 Options (Landscape) 12cp  
Spring session
11194 Advanced Landscape Architectural Design Studio 2   12cp
11501 Architectural Practice: Advocacy   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK90946 Options (Landscape) 12cp  

Honours

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) (C09079) is available to meritorious students with an additional one year of full-time study.

Further study at UTS

Students who have successfully completed this course may proceed to the Master of Landscape Architecture as continuing students, provided they enrol in the next academic year after award of the bachelor's degree, or seek leave of absence for no longer than one academic year after award of the bachelor's degree (the master's has been approved for offer from Autumn 2017); students should check the UTS website and contact UTS: Design, Architecture and Building for the full details and any updates about the course).

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
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UTS: Design, Architecture and Building