This course is designed to increase the student's professional skills in the theoretical and practical aspects of landscape architecture so providing access to a range of employment opportunities including chartership of the Landscape Institute. Subjects are explored through contemporary urban and rural landscape design with a focus on ecological approaches.
MA Postgraduate design courses propose a new emphasis and direction for the Master's degrees based on an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and understanding. The MA Landscape Architecture follows a sequence of related theory and design projects leading to a grounded and innovative way to comprehend and find meaning in the places we live and work. Students develop advanced theoretical and applied constructs in landscape architecture, garden and environmental design.
As a studio-based design course, Landscape Architecture and Garden Design are taught through core seminars and lectures in landscape theory, landscape ecology, history and advanced design studio. The course promotes thinking in terms of place and identity, physical and phenomenal relationships at scales from the local to the regional. social and ecological systems and informs the design process in terms of function, context, meaning and form. The structure and curriculum benefit from a Professional Advisory Board from leading practitioners and is accredited by the Landscape Institute.
Core Modules must be taken and passed.
Compulsory Modules must be taken but could be condoned subject to the Rules of Assessment.
Optional Modules may be taken and could be condoned subject to the Rules of Assessment.
180 credits required for the named award MA Landscape Architecture.
These are the modules that are offered in this academic year; however, the optional modules available may be subject to change for the following reasons:
- Staff availability - for example the availability of staff to deliver specialist modules, which cannot be delivered by staff who do not have the relevant specialist expertise.
- In response to feedback and annual review processes to ensure we continually enhance our programmes. Changes in these circumstances will usually be made for the benefit of students.
- Student demand - to ensure there are adequate numbers on a module to support the provision of an excellent Learning & Teaching experience.
- The currency of the relevant module. Some modules are specified at a time when they reflect the issues that are currently topical in the subject area. They may have lost that currency by the time that the student is required to exercise the option. In the circumstances, in order to ensure that students are provided with an appropriate learning experience, those modules will be replaced by those which are relevant to the changing nature of the subject area.
The Writtle University College will endeavour to ensure that any impact on students is limited if such changes occur.
Prospective students with a first honours degree at 2.1 or above in another discipline but with significant work experience in landscape architecture or related areas will also be considered for entrance on the masters' programme.
Delivery and Assessment
The Landscape Architecture course engages in this method of teaching by organising its professional programmes through lectures, seminars, studio and site visits as a critical combination for learning. As a studio-based design course, Landscape Architecture is taught through core seminars and lectures in landscape theory, landscape ecology, history and advanced design studio. These modules are accompanied by study i.e. in professional practice, landscape construction, landscape assessment and environmental design.
The course promotes thinking in terms of place and identity, physical and phenomenal relationships at scales from site to region, social and ecological systems and informs the design process in terms of function, context, meaning and form.
Career possibilities for graduates include working for national and international landscape architectural practices, in planning, urban design or garden design practices, and working for borough and county councils, community-led outreach work and teaching in the fields of landscape design.
After Completion of Your Course...
Writtle University College offers doctoral studies for those who wish to further their academic studies. A PhD is awarded for research that takes the equivalent of 3 years full-time study and students join a thriving and enthusiastic graduate community.
For more information, visit the Landscape Institute or the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) website.
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