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Landscape Architecture MA // MLA

These two new, creative and reflective Master's degrees consider interventions in the landscape through imaginative design, strategic thinking and technical knowledge.

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Highlights

  • Work with a team of landscape architects, researchers and built environment professionals to inform your creative design practice 
  • Develop a detailed knowledge and understanding of the potential of the landscape architecture profession 
  • Learn in The Bartlett’s unique studio culture, enjoying interdisciplinary opportunities across the faculty and UCL

About

With design-led teaching and learning, these two Master's programmes allow students to progress towards a career as a landscape architect. Students work to put their theories into practice from week one, researching through speculative design.

In both programmes, Design Studios form a core component, giving students the opportunity to work independently or in groups to develop their own approach to landscape architecture. Within the Design Studios, tutors present unique, rigorous, challenging and even radical intellectual positions, providing a strong identity for students to use as the basis for developing their own approach to the contemporary study of landscape architecture.

Students refine their communication skills during seminar presentations, written work, crits and exhibitions and a series of workshops and classes are available to students to help them gain integral skills, from planting and horticulture to VR and mixed reality modelling. 

Landcape architecture design teaching, for both MLA and MA students, is complemented with history and theory lectures, seminars and readings, examining the interdependence of thought, action and form in history, society, culture and geography. 

Landscape architecture is available to study in two degrees at The Bartlett, taught over either one or two years

  • Our Landscape Architecture MA is taught full-time over one year, for students who already have a UK landscape architecture undergraduate degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard;
  • Whereas Landscape Architecture MLA is taught full-time over two years, acting as a conversion programme for students without a landscape architecture undergraduate degree.

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Landscape Architecture MLA

This is a two-year Master's degree which empowers students without a landscape architecture undergraduate degree or background to pursue a career as a landscape architect.

The first year is a preparatory year, as students entering the programme will typically be new to the discipline of landscape architecture. The second year has a strong design research focus, with a major design studio project and research project complementing each other and giving students the platform to produce highly developed portfolios upon graduation. 

Modules 

Year 1

History and Theory of Landscape Architecture (30 credits)

A wide-reaching module that introduces and locates the discipline and addresses the history of landscape architecture practice and its evolution in the UK and internationally. Site visits to a range of seminal projects encourage students to think reflectively and critically about the nature of these projects and their historical and geographical contexts. 

Landscape, Inhabitation and Environmental Systems (30 credits)

This module sets out the discipline of landscape architecture in relation to physical and natural processes and anthropogenic impacts, looking at its relationship to resource systems, ecology and climates, hydrology and geology and topography.

Students explore case studies to examine key aspects of landscape appraisal and environmental assessment, planning and design strategy, and the integration of these matters into coherent landscape architecture projects. Landscape architecture detail is addressed, relating seasonality to materials, horticulture, soft and hard landscaping.

Landscape Design 1 (15 credits)

The first of three design studio-based modules providing students with an introduction into: landscape and site appraisal via site visits; processes of making and forming natural and constructed landscapes via introductory lectures and design projects; techniques of landscape representation and design processes. 

Landscape Design 2 (15 credits)

This design studio module builds on the work undertaken in Landscape Design 1, developing use of precedent studies, landscape appraisals and evaluations for a specific site.

Landscape Design 3 (30 credits)

This third and major design module builds on the work undertaken in Landscape Design 1 & 2, particularly studies of site and the aims, ambitions and processes of design strategies. Students envisage and develop a landscape design for a specific site using multiple design scales, drawing and modelling it in ways appropriate to the chosen proposal. The module explores many landscape architecture dimensions in depth to reach high-level design inspiration, strategic thinking and technical resolution.  

Year 2

Landscape Architecture Practice and Theory (15 credits)

This module undertakes a critical review of contemporary landscape architecture and the ideas and interests that underlie it. It locates the discipline of landscape architecture within the broader professional realm, both in the UK and internationally. Conventional and innovative modes of practice are explored and students develop critical work on the status of landscape architectural practice and the profession, with reference to selected case study organisations and projects. 

Landscape, Ecology and Urban Environments (30 credits)

This module addresses the role that landscape architecture can play in synthesis of urban environments to help tune and fundamentally change the nature of the ‘urban metabolism’. Innovative historical and current case studies are interrogated in detail to reveal key aspects of their urban landscape context, design strategies and implementation. 

Landscape Thesis (45 credits)

Following initial workshop sessions on research methods and research methods submission, students write a thesis on an area of particular interest to them within the field. Each student's thesis is expected to use critical reasoning skills to create an argument, supported by graphic evidence and appropriate research. 

Advanced Landscape Design 1 (30 credits)

This is a preparatory module that establishes a site context and areas of interest that each student intends to advance further in the Landscape Design Thesis module. A range of Design Studios are offered to students, each of which has its own pedagogical stance with regard to landscape design and formulates a project brief within the aims and outcomes of the module including:    

  • Landscape appraisal
  • Processes of making and forming natural and constructed landscapes
  • Development of aims and ambitions, intentions and targets, and design strategies
  • Detailed design proposals
  • Techniques of landscape representation 
Advanced Landscape Design 2 (60 credits)

In this module, students use their previous studies and knowledge from field trips to develop a project for a site. They address areas of interest and undertake appropriate research whilst developing a complex, contextual landscape design to a level appropriate to a graduating masters project. Students are expected to demonstrate an advanced level of skill and expertise, further developing selected areas of knowledge particular to the individual brief and site.


Landscape Architecture MA

This is a one-year Master's degree for students looking to pursue a career in landscape architecture who already have UK Landscape Architecture degree, or overseas equivalent. 

Landscape Architecture MA has a strong design research focus, with a major design studio project and research project complementing each other and giving students the platform to develop impressive portfolios upon graduation. 

Modules 

Landscape Architecture Practice and Theory (15 credits)

This module undertakes a critical review of contemporary landscape architecture and the ideas and interests that underlie it. It locates the discipline of landscape architecture within the broader professional realm, both in the UK and internationally. Conventional and innovative modes of practice are explored and students develop critical work on the status of landscape architectural practice and the profession, with reference to selected case study organisations and projects. 

Landscape, Ecology and Urban Environments (30 credits)

This module addresses the role that landscape architecture can play in synthesis of urban environments to help tune and fundamentally change the nature of the ‘urban metabolism’. Innovative historical and current case studies are interrogated in detail to reveal key aspects of their urban landscape context, design strategies and implementation. 

Landscape Thesis (45 credits)

Following initial workshop sessions on research methods and research methods submission, students write a thesis on an area of particular interest to them within the field. Each student's thesis is expected to use critical reasoning skills to create an argument, supported by graphic evidence and appropriate research. 

Advanced Landscape Design 1 (30 credits)

This is a preparatory module that establishes a site context and areas of interest that each student intends to advance further in the Landscape Design Thesis module. A range of Design Studios are offered to students, each of which has its own pedagogical stance with regard to landscape design and formulates a project brief within the aims and outcomes of the module including:    

  • Landscape appraisal
  • Processes of making and forming natural and constructed landscapes
  • Development of aims and ambitions, intentions and targets, and design strategies
  • Detailed design proposals
  • Techniques of landscape representation 
Advanced Landscape Design 2 (60 credits)

In this module, students use their previous studies and knowledge from field trips to develop a project for a site. They address areas of interest and undertake appropriate research whilst developing a complex, contextual landscape design to a level appropriate to a graduating masters project. Students are expected to demonstrate an advanced level of skill and expertise, further developing selected areas of knowledge particular to the individual brief and site.


Key information

Entry Requirements 

We normally require a second-class undergraduate degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard for Landscape Architecture MLA. 

For Landscape Architecture MA, candidates are typically expected to have a landscape architecture degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. 

Application Deadline

Applications for both programmes are now open and close on Friday 26 July 2019 for 2019 entry.

Please note, The Bartlett's programmes are oversubscribed and candidates are advised to apply as soon as possible. 


Fees and funding

Fees: Tuition fee information can be found on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Funding: For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding section of the UCL website.


Staff

Laura Allen
Laura is Professor of Architecture and Augmented Landscapes, and is Co-Director of the Landscape Architecture programmes. 

Mark Smout
Mark is Professor of Architecture and Landscape Futures, and is Co-Director of the Landscape Architecture Programmes.

Tim Waterman 
Tim is a landscape architect and theorist whose research explores the interconnections between food, taste, place, and democratic civil society. 

Ana Abram
Ana is a licensed landscape architect and urbanist who bridges her work between academia, research and practice. She runs Design Studio 1 with Maj Plemenitas.

Maj Plemenitas
Maj is an innovator, researcher and academic, focused on cross-scale design in architectural, urban and landscape context. He runs Design Studio 1 with Ana Abram.

Cannon Ivers
Cannon is a landscape architect whose award-winning professional work includes urban parks, education and business campuses, public spaces and shared private courtyards in the UK and internationally. He runs Design Studio 2 with Alexandru Malaescu.

Alexandru Malaescu
Alexandru is an urban designer and architect with a proven record of delivering a wide range of projects at various scales. He runs Design Studio 2 with Cannon Ivers.


Accreditation

These programmes have secured Landscape Institute (LI) Candidate Accreditation status and are progressing to apply for full LI Accreditation status upon graduation of the first cohort.

Find out more about the Landscape Institute

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Contacts 

Admissions enquiries: 
Thea Heintz 

Programme enquiries: 
Professor Laura Allen and Professor Mark Smout

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