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Postgraduate Diploma Landscape Architecture

Course Description


The profession of landscape architecture is concerned with the quality of land use, the aesthetic and history of landform and the complex integration of social, cultural, ecological and economic systems in the built environment. It involves the analysis of environmental, cultural, historical and legal factors as well as the exploration of human needs and expression.

Landscape architecture approaches elements of change and their physical and phenomenal relationships through the implementation of landscape and garden designs, landscape plans, and landscape management strategies. The profession addresses a broad range of landscapes in urban, suburban, rural and ‘wilderness’ settings. The scale of such projects varies from expressive detailed design at a site scale to master planning at community and campus scales to landscape analysis and planning at regional scales.

The interdisciplinary nature of Landscape Architecture is a rich and diverse subject drawing on the traditions of both arts and sciences.

If you would like to find out more about our postgraduate courses please see here: http://www.writtle.ac.uk/Postgraduate-Courses


The postgraduate Landscape Architecture course is accredited (candidate status) by the Landscape Institute (LI) and the International Federation for Landscape Architects (Europe).

Core Modules in Year One

Semester One:
* Theories of Landscape
* Landscape Ecology
* Advanced Design Studio (Urban Territory Project)
* (Option) Research Methods in Landscape Architecture and Design
* Research Colloquium

Semester Two:
* Theory and History of Landscape and Garden Design
* Professional Practice
* Advanced Design Studio II and Options (e.g. Landscape and Environmental Assessment, Landscape Resource Management, Special topics (specific project/research interest area)

Work Experience

Landscape Architecture Programme internships are made available through project, research and industrial resources internal and external to the College. Visits and study tours are an important part of the course curriculum in conjunction with other design courses at Writtle University College.


Graduates have many employment possibilities with local authorities, technical and planning offices, government advisory, private sector landscape, environmental and urban design consultancies and private practice as Landscape Architects within the UK and internationally.

All Writtle College degrees are awarded by the University of Essex.

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma Landscape Architecture page on the Writtle University College website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Rob Dwiar

4965.jpg The courses I completed at Writtle have provided me with a wealth of knowledge and skills from design techniques and writing skills to critical thinking and conceptual approaches to work. After recognising my stronger areas of knowledge and expertise the courses provided me with the opportunities to explore them and to gain great confidence in them.

Writtle has provided me with the best years of my life – 5 as a student, 1 as a full-time staff member. The experiences have given me irreplaceable memories, friends for life, a thorough training and comprehensive knowledge/skill set. I now have the confidence in my field and to make a successful career in it.

There were very few, if any, modules I didn’t enjoy at Writtle. All were interesting and provided me with high levels of knowledge. I particularly enjoyed my design dissertation in the undergrad and theory modules in my postgrad. The freedom given to me to choose what to design or write about and then to provide me with full support and advice from lecturers who were genuinely interested in what I wanted to do/write about/cover/design etc was excellent.


Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements: Good undergraduate honours degree or equivalent qualification ideally related to landscape architecture or landscape and garden design or other design discipline. Appli

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