Master of Landscape Architecture
Experiment beyond boundaries
Landscape architecture is about working with open spaces and built environments engaging with natural systems and human cultures. As a creative and contemporary practice, it is always growing and evolving.
Our Master of Landscape Architecture teaches you to use design to expand possibilities, not memorise fixed definitions.
The course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
What will you do?
- Explore and extend your capacity for creativity.
- Share design studios with students across the School of Architecture and Built Environment.
- Learn to work with advanced ecological, construction and landscape technologies.
- Develop your own position on current disciplinary, social and political issues.
- Undertake individual design projects.
- Apply and advance your learning through internship electives.
- Undertake immersive overseas studios.
- Engage with the many industry professionals who teach and tutor in classes as well as extra-curricular activities.
Where could it take you?
- You might work in government or private practice finding solutions to pressing societal challenges.
- This degree qualifies you to begin the journey to registration as an RLA (Registered Landscape Architect).
- Collaborate with engineers, architects, policymakers, artists and others in the design professions.
- Design exterior spaces at a variety of scales and for various clients and users, both public and private, from innovative playgrounds, dynamic waterfronts, thoughtful memorials and special-use gardens to local, regional and national parks and critical infrastructure projects.
Note: This program is offered in semester mode with intakes in February and July.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 3CM016 Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
Additional Entry RequirementsApplicants without a GPA of 4.2 or better or with a degree from another institution MUST submit a portfolio of their work to the School of Architecture and Built Environment.
For mid-year entry students, you may not be able to have the choice of all your electives and will be allocated to the remaining electives.
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) with a GPA of at least 4.2 (out of 7.0).SATAC Code: 3CM016
CRICOS 059318B Intake February and July
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry Requirements
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Architectural Design or equivalent with a 60% or higher average + portfolio of work and CV.
Additional Entry RequirementsA Curriculum Vitae, academic transcript and submission of a portfolio will be required for applicants who are not graduates of the Bachelor of Architectural Design Studies program of the University of Adelaide.
The portfolio shall be printed on A3 in hardcopy and submitted in electronic form. All CAD drawing files are to be supplied as PDF's in a single document not exceeding 100MB. Consider the legibility and the hierarchy of your images and text. The portfolio is used to assess design skills and knowledge and should demonstrate familiarity with a range of design processes and media. Representation media should ideally include, but are not limited to: Adobe Photoshop, In-Design, Illustrator, AutoCAD, Revit and other 3D packages, as well as hand drawing, sketching, painting, collage, model-making and photography of models. In addition to final rendered images, include information on the process of design and development and construction documentation if any. The folio may include material developed with others in an office/practice situation where this is clearly referenced and the applicant's contribution explained.
**Mid-year entry students may have a limited choice of electives.**/The study plans for mid-year entry are different as compared to Semester 1 intake. Note that mid-year entry students will be completing their final project in the 3rd semester instead of the 4th (final semester).
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
Annual tuition fees International student place: $37,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessGraduates are well prepared to take on such roles as:
- landscape architect
- project administrator
- project manager.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).
Degree StructureThe majority of the teaching activities are based around the design studios, which are now aligned with the school's research streams 'History, Theory and Culture', 'Design' and 'Urbanism', along with courses in advanced ecological and landscape technologies.
A new internship elective has been introduced for students to experience a working environment in a landscape architecture firm in which to observe and apply their knowledge and skills for the degree. Elective options also include the offshore studio and other courses that have a community or professional experiential learning or engagement aspect.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year1 S1 LARCH 7028: Studio Cultures: Landscape Architecture (M)
ARCH 7020: Professional Practice (M)
LARCH 7029: Advanced Landscape Architecture Technologies (M)
S2 ARCH 7034: Studio Cultures: Urbanism (M)
ARCH 7035: Critical Historical Practices (M)
* Elective x 1
Year2 S1 LARCH 7031: Studio: Landscape Architecture (M)
LARCH 7032: Advanced Ecology (M)
ARCH 7042: Designing Research (M)
S2 LARCH 7033: Final Landscape Architecture Project (M)
LARCH 7034: Final Landscape Architecture Dissertation (M)
Electives ARCH 7037: Experiential Studio: Onshore (M)
ARCH 7038: Experiential Studio: Offshore (M)
ARCH 7039: Independent Study (M)
LARCH 7030: Landscape Architecture Internship (M)
*Electives offered outside the school must be at Postgraduate level NOTE: Current students should refer to the following link for study plans and enrolment details:
Assessment takes a number of forms including written reports and essays, short in class exercises, oral presentations. Formal examinations are not used for student assessment. A capstone architecture design project allows students to demonstrate their mastery of architecture through a significant supervised study.
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Last updated: Friday, 13 Sep 2019