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Programme overview

Do you want a role in the re-imagining of our urban environment and re-thinking of our cities? Landscape architects are employed for their vision and skill in transforming the spaces of everyday life, and in solving the real and serious environmental issues facing today's society. Landscape architecture brings together science, technology, art and design, in order to engage in a broad range of environmental design projects. These can involve urban design, transportation infrastructure, waterfronts and resorts, coastal, estuarine and in-land ecologies, and creating engaging and vibrant community and public spaces.

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is an internationally accredited professional programme that will prepare you for a creative practice in urban and environmental design anywhere in the world.

Highlights

  • A focus on design studio and one-on-one practice-based learning that supports your individual skills and growth as a designer.
  • Real-world learning that involves regular engagement and both collaborative and competitive work with practising professionals, including award-winning landscape architects, urban designers, architects and other related professionals.
  • Be part of international study tours and a vibrant exchange programme - important keys to understanding international practice.
  • Access to internships and merit-based awards.
  • A fully accredited degree programme, registered by the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) on behalf of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:

  • 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and
  • 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved)

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing)

3. 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau

4. Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; OR
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information, download the programme regulations

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
Visual Communication 2 (LAND5013) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce digital graphic media/techniques and develop the fundamental skills necessary for effective visual communication.
Studio 1 (LAND5021) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To introduce students to the principles of landscape architecture through investigation by design.
Landscape History (LAND5111) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore the development of landscape architectural expression through history and across cultures from earliest recorded settlement to the present day.
Visual Communication 1 (LAND5113) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce graphic media/techniques and develop the fundamental skills necessary for effective visual communication.
Studio 2 (LAND5222) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To introduce, explore and develop vocabularies of landscape architecture through investigation by design.
Studio 3 (LAND5223) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To introduce, explore and develop vocabularies of landscape architecture through investigation by design.
Earth Processes (NSCI5730) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide a scientific understanding of physical and chemical processes and their interactions which are essential to life on Earth.
CoursesCreditsAim
Architectural Representation 2 (ARCH6213) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop skills in 2D digital drawing and extend skills in physical modelling.
Landscape of Aotearoa (LAND6012) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore the evolution of Tangata and Whenua in Aotearoa New Zealand, in terms of Te Ao Maori (the Maori world view) and Western worlds.
Contemporary Landscapes (LAND6115) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To cultivate an appreciation of contemporary landscape practice and theory in Europe, America and Australasia.
Studio 4 (LAND6224) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To configure a way in which aspects of cultural production can be used as a strategy to resolve both technical and conceptual aspects of design work.
Studio 5 (LAND6225) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To reinforce and build on the range of conventions of landscape architectural production introduced in previous studios, through the generation of design strategies which address the complexity of context, site and programme. This year encourages an increasingly aware and critical application of these strategies and procedures, testing different combinations of strategies, on increasingly complex sites, operating at many levels, and a variety of scales. Design projects explore the way in which ideas about landscape, techniques and methods for dealing with landscapes and ways of communicating about design are all related to each other, and can influence the process of design.
Landscape Planning Assessment and Management (LAND6338) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce and explore the theoretical and legislative basis of landscape planning and its application in practice.
CoursesCreditsAim
Landscape Theory (LAND7115) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To understand landscape theory in the 20th and 21st century with particular reference to urban thinking.
Studio 6 (LAND7226) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To introduce students to different approaches to landscape architectural design by exposing them to the work and design strategies of important accomplished contemporary practitioners with divergent points of view, interest and backgrounds. To enable students to investigate landscape issues by means of design.
Studio 7 (LAND7227) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To demonstrate the development of personal design philosophy and strategies through advanced landscape architectural design.
Professional Practice (LAND7334) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To introduce students to professional relationships and responsibilities and make them aware of contractual, ethical, professional and inter-professional roles.
Urban Ecology (LAND7401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop an understanding of the interrelationships between people, the built environment, the natural environment, and the role of landscape architecture.
CoursesCreditsAim
Negotiated Study (Sem A) (LAND8000-SA) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS)To demonstrate the development of personal philosophy and landscape architectural strategies through the completion of a self-directed, advanced landscape architectural research project.
Negotiated Study (Sem B) (LAND8000-SB) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS)To demonstrate the development of personal philosophy and landscape architectural strategies through the completion of a self-directed, advanced landscape architectural research project.
CoursesCreditsAim
Negotiated Study (Publication) (LAND6001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To produce a publication that develops a professional understanding of design presentation in landscape architecture
Life Drawing (LAND6013) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To analyse and depict the human form through the use of acquired observational skills and drawing technique
Negotiated Study (Exchange) (LAND6050) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To develop specific skills and competencies in landscape architecture through non-local semester exchange.
Designing Children’s Environments (LAND6117) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To establish principles and practices for design of children’s landscapes, through student collaboration.
CoursesCreditsAim
Negotiated Study (Study Tour) (LAND7001) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To directly experience, and develop a specific interest in a landscape, within a specified non-local context.
Negotiated Study (Study Tour) (LAND7002) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To directly experience, and develop a specific interest in a landscape, within a specified non-local context.
Drawing (LAND7013) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To develop observational skills and drawing ability through rendering of architecture, landscape and the human figure.
Negotiated Study (Exchange) (LAND7050) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To develop specific skills and competencies in landscape architecture through non-local semester exchange.

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Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.



Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: Applicants may be admitted under general admission with NCEA level 3 credits and English language requirements. Admission under special or discretionary entry may be possible.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

4 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $6,623$26,492
Government tuition subsidy: $10,866$43,464
Total:$17,489$69,956

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$44,716
Earnings range$35,410 - $53,519
In employment63%
In further study30%
On a benefit2%

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.