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Master of Landscape Architecture

Course Description


Landscape Architecture is primarily a design discipline concerned with the quality of the environment.

Course description, features and facilities

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 pragmatic and theoretical art of landscape design and manipulation.

The course will provide emphasis on ecological, cultural and social concerns at a global, regional and local level. Through detailed analysis and skill development students learn about various technical systems in site planning, landscape and land use planning, design and management, restoration and rehabilitation of disturbed environments, the design and management of outdoor spaces and the application of an interdisciplinary approach to environmental or urban projects.

The final stage of a professional education in Landscape Architecture will prepare students to enter the profession and requires the completion of fully resolved projects taken to a developed design stage through an independent research project. Graduates of this course will be equipped with a range of high-level technical, analytical, design and communication skills necessary to formulate solutions to contemporary challenges.


Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; S3 = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2015;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2016 or 2017.

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):

S2 LACH4421 Australian and Contemporary Landscapes
S1 LACH4422 Design Studio—Making (12 points)
S1 LACH4423 Ecological Systems
S2 LACH4424 Design Studio—Complexity (12 points)
S1 LACH4505 Critical Theory: 'isms and 'ologies in Landscape Architecture
S2 LACH4506 Research Methodologies: New Directions in Landscape Architecture
S2 LACH5414 Landscape Professional Documents
S1 LACH5460 Landscape Professional Practice

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):

S2 ARCT5505 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts
S1 ARCT5508 Practical Building Conservation
N/A ARCT5510 Housing
S1 ARCT5511 Utopia/Disaster and Imagining the City
N/A ARCT5515 High Density: the Urban Model
S2 ARCT5516 Daguerre to Digital
S1 ARCT5580 Key Texts—Virtual
S2 ARCT5581 Key Texts
S1 ARCT5583 Introduction to Architectural Conservation
S1, S2 ARCT5584 Publications
S2 ARCT5585 City as Site
S1 ARCT5587 Urban Design
S1, S2 ARCT5589 Architecture of Furniture
S1 ARCT5592 Timber in Architecture
S1 ARCT5593 The Architecture of Furniture in Production
NS ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
NS ENVT5504 GIS and the Built Environment
NS PLNG4401 Planning Theory and Practice
NS PLNG4402 Planning Law
NS PLNG4403 Planning and Governance
NS PLNG4404 Statutory Planning
S1, S2 SCIE4403 The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
S2 URBD5805 Contemporary Urbanism (Twentieth and Twenty-first Century)
S1 URBD5807 The Forces that Shape Cities
S1 URBD5808 Case Studies in Urban Design

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

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

N/A LACH5503 Independent Thesis by Dissertation Part 1 (12 points)
N/A LACH5504 Independent Thesis by Dissertation Part 2 (12 points)
N/A LACH5510 Independent Thesis by Design Part 1 (12 points)
N/A LACH5511 Independent Thesis by Design Part 2 (12 points)
Professional recognition
The UWA Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

Graduates will satisfy the educational requirements for AILA graduate membership as the first step towards applying for professional recognition as an AILA Registered Landscape Architect, if they have completed a Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture major) at UWA followed by the UWA Master of Landscape Architecture degree.

Career opportunities

A Master of Landscape Architecture degree provides a wide range of employment options, including working as:
- a landscape architect
- an environmental consultant
- an urban designer
- a landscape architectural draftsperson
- an environmental manager
- a government policy advisor
- a Landscape Architecture educator/academic

Working in:
- Landscape architectural or urban design practice
- City and regional planning
- Land development companies
- Conservation agencies
- Higher education

Visit the Master of Landscape Architecture page on the University of Western Australia website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

(a) A bachelor’s degree of this University, majoring in landscape architecture with a weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. Students with an undergraduate major in landscape architecture will be required to complete two years' of full-time or equivalent study; OR (b) a bachelor’s degree of this University with a weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty. Students without a landscape architecture background will be required to complete up to three years' of full-time or equivalent study. Minimum English Language Requirements: View Website

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