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.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

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

BP011 Bachelor of Environmental Design
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Landscape Architecture is a degree-specific single major comprising:

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

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ARLA1000 Design Studio - Groundings
Incompatibility:
IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals, LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings
S2 ARLA1030 Structures and Systems
Incompatibility:
ARCT1030 Structures and Natural Systems
S1 ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation
Incompatibility:
IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation
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
S1 LACH2000 Landscape Context Studio
Prerequisites:
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation
and
ARLA1000 Design Studio--Groundings
OR
URBD1000 Introduction to Urban Design
S2 LACH2001 Landscape Dynamic Studio
Prerequisites:
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation) and ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly IDES1000 Studio Fundamentals)
S2 LACH2050 Plants and Landscape Systems
Prerequisites:
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings)
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, GEOG1103 Coastal Cities: Geographical Perspectives, URBD1000 Introduction to Urban Design (ID 5037)

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 LACH3000 Landscape Synthesis Studio
Prerequisites:
LACH2000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Considerations
and
LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations
or
ARLA2001 ARLA2001 Design Studio
and
LACH2030 Site Manipulation
or
LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations
and
LACH2030 Site Manipulation
S2 LACH3001 Landscape Resolutions Studio
Prerequisites:
LACH2000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Considerations
and
LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations
or
ARLA2001 Design Studio
and
LACH2030 Site Manipulation
or
LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations
and
LACH2030 Site Manipulation
S2 LACH3003 Design through Landscape Management
Prerequisites:
LACH2000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Considerations
and
LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations
or
ARLA2001 Design Studio
and
LACH2030 Site Manipulation
or
LACH2001 Landscape Architecture Studio—Speculations
and
LACH2030 Site Doing Citizenship

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

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 Environmental Design course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP011-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. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

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