Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
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.
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.
- Landscape architecture
Standard entry requirements
- Australian Year 12 qualification, AQF Diploma, or equivalent qualification at the required level. Applications may be considered based on the results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) if students lack academic qualifications but have extensive professional experience. 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. Assumed knowledge Mathematics and English. Design and Technology, Visual Arts are recommended.
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.
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.
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Career options include landscape architect, land management professional, regional planner, urban designer, educator and policymaker.