Landscape Architecture major

Landscape architecture is primarily concerned with the quality of the environment. It focuses on all aspects of landscape and land use planning, design and management; the restoration and rehabilitation of disturbed environments; and the design and management of outdoor spaces to create exciting, functional and attractive environments that will contribute to the life of the community. The Landscape Architecture major shares a number of units with the Architecture major. As such, cross-disciplinary content, collaboration and learning are key features of these majors. Other points of distinction include an emphasis on discovery through drawing; grounding in cultural landscapes and integration of culturally diverse content; engagement with contexts that are local, regional and international; and an embedding across learning areas of a deep appreciation for sustainability. By studying this major you will develop essential skills in critical thinking, providing you with a strong understanding in the practical, as well as the theoretical, art of landscape design. It will provide you with the foundation to pursue a professional postgraduate qualification in Landscape Architecture. Landscape architects work on a variety of scales, ranging from major regional projects to smaller urban developments which include industrial, commercial, institutional, recreational and residential environments.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) design projects which take a philosophical and ethical position in regard to the sociopolitical, ecological and aesthetic roles of landscape architecture; (2) apply historical, theoretical and technical knowledge to design; (3) produce designs which illustrate a basic working knowledge of plants, materials and construction techniques; (4) negotiate and resolve complex site planning issues and developmental programs; (5) display an active engagement with experimental design processes and self-directed research; (6) work productively in collaborative and trans-disciplinary situations; and (7) communicate at a sophisticated level in verbal, visual and written modes.

Degree-specific major

Landscape Architecture can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Landscape Architecture is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • one Level 2 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings
Co-requisites:
ARLA0001 School of Design Workshop Induction
Incompatibility:
IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals, LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings
S1 ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation
Incompatibility:
IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ARLA1030 Structures and Natural Systems
Incompatibility:
ARCT1030 Structures and Natural Systems
S1 LACH1010 History and Theory of Landscape Architecture

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ARLA2001 Design Studio—Future Making
Prerequisites:
ARLA1000 Groundings (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals
and
LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio--Groundings)
and
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation)
Incompatibility:
IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 2—Making, IDES2040 Future Making
and
LACH2001 Landscape Architecture LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations
S1 LACH2030 Site Manipulation
Prerequisites:
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation)
and
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings)
Complementary units
Take the following complementary unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations
Prerequisites:
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation) and ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals)

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 LACH3000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Expansions
Prerequisites:
LACH2030 Site Manipulation, LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations (formerly Landscape Architecture Studio 3)
and
LACH2000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Considerations (formerly Landscape Architecture Studio 2)
S2 LACH3001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Resolutions
Prerequisites:
LACH2030 Site Manipulation, LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations (formerly LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio 3)
and
LACH2000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Considerations
S2 LACH3030 Plants and Landscape Systems
Prerequisites:
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings
and
LACH2030 Site Manipulation
or
one of the following: BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology, EART1104 Discovering Earth (formerly Introduction to Geology), EART1105 The Dynamic Planet, SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Landscape Architecture degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-LDARC

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Landscape Architecture degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-LDARC-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Landscape Architecture can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Landscape Architecture can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Landscape Architecture second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings
Co-requisites:
ARLA0001 School of Design Workshop Induction
Incompatibility:
IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals, LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings
S1 ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation
Incompatibility:
IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ARLA2001 Design Studio—Future Making
Prerequisites:
ARLA1000 Groundings (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals
and
LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio--Groundings)
and
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation)
Incompatibility:
IDES2000 Integrated Design Studio 2—Making, IDES2040 Future Making
and
LACH2001 Landscape Architecture LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations
S1 LACH2030 Site Manipulation
Prerequisites:
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation)
and
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings)

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 LACH3000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Expansions
Prerequisites:
LACH2030 Site Manipulation, LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations (formerly Landscape Architecture Studio 3)
and
LACH2000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Considerations (formerly Landscape Architecture Studio 2)
S2 LACH3001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Resolutions
Prerequisites:
LACH2030 Site Manipulation, LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations (formerly LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio 3)
and
LACH2000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Considerations
S2 LACH3030 Plants and Landscape Systems
Prerequisites:
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings
and
LACH2030 Site Manipulation
or
one of the following: BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology, EART1104 Discovering Earth (formerly Introduction to Geology), EART1105 The Dynamic Planet, SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Landscape Architecture can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-LDARC

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Landscape Architecture can also be taken as a degree-specific major.