Master of Landscape Architecture (coursework or coursework and dissertation)

Landscape Architecture is primarily a design discipline concerned with the quality of the environment. Through design practice and research, the Master of Landscape Architecture educates students in many aspects of the profession. It strives to create critical thinkers with rigorous skills in the execution of landscape architectural work across a variety of types and scales.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Landscape Architecture (coursework or coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviation
MLArch
Course code
25550
Course type
master's degree by coursework or by coursework and dissertation
Status
current / 2020
Administered by
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education
CRICOS code
074759G

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
144
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 96 points of taught units and 48 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration
3 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 144 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Professional accreditation
Master of Landscape Architecture (coursework or coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Time limit
6 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Christopher Vernon
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Students who have not completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Landscape Architecture, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, must complete conversion units to the value of up to 48 points.

Take all units (60 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ARLA4506Research Strategies in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture
Incompatibility:
ARCT4470 Architectural Research Seminar; LACH4506 Research Methodologies: New Directions in Landscape Architecture; URBD5820 Urban Design Research Methods
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S2LACH4421Australian Landscapes
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S1LACH4422Design Studio—Making (12 points)
up to 9 hours per week
S1LACH4423Landscape and Urban Ecology
lectures: 1 hour per week; seminars: 3 hours per week
S2LACH4424Design Studio—Complexity (12 points)
studio: up to 9 hours per week
S1LACH4505Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture
seminars: 3–4 hours per week
S2LACH5414Landscape Professional Documents
lectures: 2 hours per week; workshop/seminars: 2 hours per week
S1LACH5460Landscape Professional Practice
lectures/seminars and tutorials/workshops: 48 hours in total

Take unit(s) to the value of 12 points from this group (Options are intended to enhance preparation for the independent thesis. As such, units not on this list may be permitted if deemed appropriate and approved by the Faculty on a case by case basis):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2ARCT5505Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
Incompatibility:
ARCT5582 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts (GC)
35 (introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work exercises/seminars: 3 hours per week)
S1ARCT5508Practical Building Conservation
Incompatibility:
ARCT5587 Practical Building Conservation (GC)
35 (introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work exercises/tutorials: 3 hours per week)
S1ARCT5511Utopia/Disaster and Imagining the City
lectures and seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 11 weeks
S2ARCT5513Operating Systems for a New Architectural Era
36 (lectures: 2 hours x 12 weeks; tutorials: 1 hour x 12 weeks)
N/AARCT5517Architecture and the Posthumanist Subject
seminars: 3 hours per week
S2ARCT5518BIM Workflows
Prerequisites:
BLDG5000 BIM Authors or BLDG5001 BIM Authors Online
workshops: 2 hours
S1ARCT5520Drawing Resilience
Lectures and tutorials 36 hours: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks from week 1
S2ARCT5528Delivering Good Design
up to 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
S2ARCT5529Forensic Architecture
seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
N/AARCT5530The Single Family House as a Bourgeois Manifesto
seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
N/AARCT5531Suburban Cultures
seminars: 3 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
S2ARCT5536Photo Real Rendering
workshops: 3 hours per week
N/AARCT5578Building Pictures
seminars: up to 3 hours a week for 12 weeks
S1ARCT5580Advanced Architectural Animation
36 (workshops: 12 x 3 hours per week)
N/AARCT5581Key Texts
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
S1ARCT5583Introduction to Architectural Conservation
Incompatibility:
ARCT5591 Introduction to Architectural Conservation (GC)
35 (lectures: 24 hours; tutorials/site visits: 11 hours)
N/AARCT5586Australian Architecture in a Global Setting
seminars: up to 3 hours per week
S2ARCT5589Furniture Design
lectures: 12 hours; seminars/workshops: 24 hours
S1ARCT5593Furniture: from prototype to production
lectures: 12 hours; seminars/workshops: 24 hours
S1ARCT5595Digital Design Journal
1 hour per week and 1 hour online per week
S1, S2ENVT4411Geographic Information Systems Applications
The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2PLNG4401Planning Theory and Practice
Prerequisites:
enrollment in Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) and (PLNG4402 Planning Law and PLNG4404 Statutory Planning) or equivalent, .
Incompatibility:
EART4411 Planning Theory and Practice
7 hours per week—unit taught all day and comprises a mix of lectures, tutorials, workshops and/or field trips. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1PLNG4402Planning Law
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Urban and Regional Planning Honours (HON-URPLN) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560)
Incompatibility:
EART4413 Principles of Land Development and Control
4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1PLNG4404Statutory Planning
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Urban and Regional Planning Honours (HON-URPLN) or Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) or Master of Landscape Architecture (25550) or honours in the Faculty of Science
4 hours per week. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S2PLNG5403Planning and Governance
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (72560) enrolment in the Master of Landscape Architecture (25550)
Incompatibility:
EART4412 Planning and Governance
Workshops: 4 hours per week including short off-campus field visits. The total workload for the unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
enrolment in postgraduate course or honours
7 workshops running once a fortnight. This unit runs in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 and taken in either semester.
S1URBD5803Sustainability and Cities
36 hours
S2URBD5805Contemporary Urbanism
36 (lectures/seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)
S1URBD5807The Forces that Shape Cities
Incompatibility:
URBD8807 Evolution of the City
36 (seminars: 12 x 3 hours per week)

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Note: Students must choose to complete their independent design research by either dissertation or design.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2LACH5503Independent Dissertation Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
LACH4505 Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture and LACH4506 Research Methodologies: New Directions in Landscape Architecture
up to 1 hour per week (on average)
S1, S2LACH5504Independent Dissertation Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
LACH5503 Independent Dissertation Part 1
up to 1 hour per week (on average)
S1, S2LACH5510Independent Dissertation by Design Part 1 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
LACH4422 Design Studio—Making (formerly LACH4422 Design Studio/Technology: Methods and Materials), LACH4424 Design Studio—Complexity (formerly LACH4424 Professional Design Studio) and ARLA4506 Research Strategies in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Architecture
up to 1 hour per week (on average)
S1, S2LACH5511Independent Dissertation by Design Part 2 (12 points)
Prerequisites:
LACH5510 Independent Dissertation by Design Part 1
up to 1 hour per week (on average)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 144 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree with a major in Landscape Architecture, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty, are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 48 points.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) To make satisfactory progress in a calendar year a student must pass units to a value of at least half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

(2) Students who remain enrolled in a Design unit after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty in two or more teaching periods in a calendar year must pass at least one of those Design units.

(3) Students who fail a Design unit must pass that unit at the next attempt.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10.(1) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for the first time are assigned the progress status of 'Suspended' by the Faculty.

(2) Students who fail to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 for a second time are assigned the progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent which is calculated based on—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Time limit

13. Unless the Faculty approves an extension, the time limit is six years from the beginning of the semester in which the first unit is credited towards the course.