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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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About the programme

Landscape architecture is a creative and reflective discipline looking at interventions in the landscape through imaginative design, strategic thinking and technical knowledge. Landscape architects shape the future of cities and rural environments alike.

With design-led teaching and learning, these two Master's programmes equip 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. Landscape architecture is available to study as an MLA (Master of Landscape Architecture) conversion course or MA degree, depending on whether students have an undergraduate degree accredited by the Landscape Institute or a degree in another discipline. 


Highlights

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

Key staff

Programme Directors:
Professor Laura Allen and Professor Mark Smout
History and Theory coodinator: Tim Waterman 


Programme details 


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 develop highly developed portfolios upon graduation. 

Modules 

The programme is taught full time over two years and consists of ten taught modules.

Year 1

  • History and Theory of Landscape Architecture (30 credits)
  • Landscape, Inhabitation and Environmental Systems (30 credits)
  • Landscape Design 1 (15 credits)
  • Landscape Design 2 (15 credits)
  • Landscape Design 3 (30 credits)

Year 2

  • Landscape Architecture Practice and Theory (15 credits)
  • Landscape, Ecology and Urban Environments (30 credits)
  • Landscape Thesis (45 credits)
  • Advanced Landscape Design 1 (30 credits)
  • Advanced Landscape Design 2 (60 credits)

Entry requirements 

Students eligible for the MLA will normally have a UK first- or second-class undergraduate degree closely related to landscape architecture or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates with another qualification and appropriate professional experience may also be considered. Other suitable disciplines include:

  • Built environment studies including: architecture, urban design and planning
  • Other design disciplines, including: garden design, fashion, film, graphics, product design, etc.
  • Land or plant-based sciences including: geography, horticulture, forestry or agriculture, ecology, environmental science
  • Engineering, especially: civil, hydrological and structural engineering

Applicants will be assessed first by a design/practice portfolio and then by interview.
 

Applications open for this programme on Monday 15 October 2018 and close on Friday 26 July 2019 for 2019 entry.

We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over subscribed and competition is high. 


Landscape Architecture MA

This is a one-year Master's degree for students looking to pursue a career in landscape architecture who already have a Landscape Institue accredited undergraduate degree or similar. 

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 

This programme is taught full time over one year and consists of five core modules. 

  • Landscape Architecture Practice and Theory (15 credits)
  • Landscape, Ecology and Urban Environments (30 credits)
  • Landscape Thesis (45 credits)
  • Advanced Landscape Design 1 (30 credits)
  • Advanced Landscape Design 2 (60 credits)

Entry requirements 

This programme is open to graduates of Landscape Institute-accredited undergraduate degrees with a minimum of a second-class degree, or equivalent. On occasion it is also open to graduates of other degrees from closely related disciplines such as architecture and urban design and international students with a closely related qualification from their country who can demonstrate comparable abilities.

Applicants will be assessed first by a design/practice portfolio and then by interview.

Applications open for this programme on Monday 15 October 2018 and close on Friday 26 July 2019 for 2019 entry.
We strongly advise early application, as our programmes are over subscribed and competition is high. 


Accreditation

This programme has secured Landscape Institute (LI) Candidate Accreditation status and is 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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Contact 

Admissions enquiries: 
Thea Heintz 

Programme enquiries: 
Professor Laura Allen and Professor Mark Smout

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