Design and protect inspiring and resilient landscapes
Landscape architecture is the design profession which shapes the public domain of the urban environment, particularly in relation to the contemporary challenges of urbanisation, migration, sustainability and climate change.
Landscape architecture is taught as a powerful way of thinking and a vocation. As a student of the landscape architecture programme, you will become a creative problem solver, be able to draw on a depth and range of knowledge and skills. The vocational aspects of landscape architectural education at UNSW Built Environment equips you with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed for the implementation of landscape design at site, urban and regional scales.
The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree provides you with an academic education and practical experience leading to professional qualifications in landscape architecture. As well as learning in a studio environment, you will use the campus and its local landscapes as your working lab. You will learn from academics, as well as industry practitioners. The course comprises of 90 days of work experience, giving you industry contacts and experience, and making you a highly employable graduate.
The interdisciplinary subjects will teach you to work with fellow students from other disciplines, just as you would in real life practice. You also will have the opportunity to take part in some international studios should you wish to increase your knowledge at a global level.
As a student of the Landscape Architecture degree, you will learn to recognise and respond to landscape systems. You will learn how to rejuvenate the urban environment and design public spaces that are safe, beautiful, healthy and vibrant.
What is Landscape Architecture?
Landscape architecture is a big-picture, broad reaching discipline which plays a significant role in shaping the public domain of the urban environment, particularly in the face of the challenges of global urbanisation and climate change. Landscape architects engage in design projects which aim to balance the protection of ecosystem health with cultural diversity and social equity. They operate at a range of scales, from site to metropolitan region, integrating design with technology and engineering to create and sustain inclusive, beautiful and resilient landscapes. Landscape architects play leadership roles on multidisciplinary teams engaged in complex urban projects. High profile local urban projects, such as Sydney Park and Barangaroo Reserve in Sydney, are just two examples of the transformative impact that landscape architecture has in contemporary cities.
The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) is a 4-year program consisting of 28 courses, an optional thesis (in replacement of 2 courses), and work experience. (192 Units Of Credit/UOC).
The program includes:
- 8 Design Studio Courses
- 13 Core Courses
- 2 Interdisciplinary Courses (BEIL)
- 2 General Education Courses (choose from other faculties)
- 1 Prescribed Elective Courses (choose from within Landscape Architecture)
- 1 Thesis. This may be replaced by 2 Open Elective Courses (choose from within UNSW Built Environment)
- 90 days work experience
The work experience component of the Landscape Architecture degree is 90 days. A minimum of 40 days must be completed in landscape industry work, and a minimum of 40 days must be completed in a design office. This normally takes the form of employment during long student vacations supervised by a landscape architect, landscape contractor or nursery.
Key Areas of Study
Landscape Architectural Design
Landscape Architectural History and Theory
Landscape Architectural Technology
Natural and Cultural Systems
For course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook.
The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the internationally recognised Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA). Once you graduate and complete work experience, you may qualify to become a registered Landscape Architect.
As a Landscape Architecture student, you can gain access to AILA FRESH, a network which supports and develops recent graduates in the transition from university to finding their professional feet. It enables university and high school students to get a running start in the profession before they graduate.
Landscape architecture is a design profession with a long tradition and increasing relevance in meeting the challenge of creating sustainable and beautiful environments in urban and rural settings.
Landscape architects combine knowledge of art and science to plan, design and manage natural and built environments which conserve and celebrate ecological relationships, cultural values and symbolic associations.
Studying Landscape Architecture at UNSW Built Environment means you will gain a wide range of skills.
From design and visual communication, to plant knowledge, innovative materials and groundbreaking technologies, environmental legislation and landscape management to legal issues, contracts, ethics and tendering, our course engages you in the knowledge and practical skills to give you the opportunity to work in diverse career streams such as:
Start your own practice, planning new developments or private estates
- Planning, designing and managing parks and public infrastructure
- Designing green roofs and vertical gardens for sustainable buildings
- Designing and building recreation facilities such as golf courses, sports grounds, playgrounds and theme parks
- Planning subdivisions and town centres
- Creating urban designs such as public squares, waterfronts, pedestrian paths and cycleways
- Ecological design that minimises environmental stress
- Longest established, accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program
- UNSW Australia ranks in the top 100 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2016-2017)
- UNSW Graduates are the most hired by LinkedIn's top 30 most in-demand employers in 2015
- UNSW has invested over $1.2 billion in student facilities and accommodation
- Member of prestigious Group of Eight (Go8)
- Strong industry links and partnerships
- In the 2015 Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) , UNSW was rated as the equal-top university nationally in Built Environment and Design. Its rating in Urban Planning research was also the joint highest in Australia.
“During the course I’ve been able to develop the technical skills and knowledge to creatively transform urban landscapes that enhance the quality of life of local communities.”
Kara Lena Virik: Student, Landscape Architecture