This course, accredited by the Landscape Institute, provides an innovative design education involving opportunities such as participation in European and local consultancy within our Landscape Interface Studio. All staff are ambitious and creative design practitioners and researchers. Our London location, local and European networks and international perspective provide the focus for contemporary design projects that address immediate and long-term landscape solutions in cities and their regions.
Key features -Study visits, international workshops, external lectures, live projects, and London industry links, resources and institutions support a vibrant learning trajectory for your landscape architecture career ambitions. -Working in the shared studio with MA Landscape & Urbanism and MLA students involves interdisciplinary collaboration and prepares students for co-disciplinary practice.
What will you study?
All design projects are developed as part of a personal portfolio that can be immediately useful in targeting employment. Design projects may include live competition briefs. Projects reflect critical challenges and potentials of contemporary landscape practice and the research and practice expertise of the teaching team, including water, places and people; community consultation in the public realm; time, transformation and experience; urbanism and professional practice. The modules may involve client contact, model making, mapping, drawing and digital media workshops. Critical thinking and expression is supported by the Landscape and Urbanism Theory module.
There is special commitment to processes of transformation and their communication, with an emphasis on learning through making in the Faculty's 3D workshop and on hand-drawing techniques to complement digital media presentation.
Design projects and portfolio, professional practice project management report and practice review, seminar presentations, literature review, and landscape and urbanism manifesto.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
Core modules -Landscape Architecture Design Portfolio -Professional Practice Process and Making -Landscape & Urbanism Theory, Research and Representation -Research Techniques
"I had done Fine Art, Graphic Design, Design Technology and Sociology at A-level, but I was wary of going into something that locked me into one area exclusively. I applied for both architecture and landscape architecture at Kingston, but then I had my interview for landscape and they started talking about different scales, green spaces and urban design. It seemed different and exciting, a way of combining design with nature.
"To begin with, I wasn't really thinking about going on to do a postgraduate diploma (you normally need to do a degree plus another year if you are going to be a designer). Then I did a placement at The Landscape Partnership1 in London and found myself working on some really interesting projects. My final year dissertation had been about play and the psychology of play and so it was directly applicable to what we were doing - designing a variety of play spaces and making sure that they really worked for users.
"The best thing was the feedback from the schools I worked with - they were really interested in what I was doing, particularly as their previous experiences with their local authority hadn't been particularly inspiring. I was able to suggest ways of getting funding and a means of making their ideas a reality. After that there were no doubts - I decided I definitely wanted to go back and make landscape architecture my career.
Students entering the course have usually completed an undergraduate landscape architecture or related programme in the UK, EU or internationally. Most have a minimum of a year's related practice experience; We review applications on the basis of appropriateness and quality of prior learning and experience.
Recipient: Kingston University
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