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.
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.
Landscape Architecture Design Portfolio Professional Practice Process and Making Landscape and Urbanism Theory Research Techniques
What this course offers you
If you choose to study this course, here are some of the things you can expect from the course and how it will benefit you.
The Landscape Architecture PgDip explores spatial design in relation to land-based issues. It is accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI).
Design is at the heart of the programme. Projects include strategic, regional and local design briefs. Theoretical and professional practice studies underpin your learning in the studio.
Live design projects will be reviewed by clients and may be the subject of community consultation. There is a special commitment to sustainability and regeneration.
You will build an individual portfolio of design work throughout the course, exhibiting your work at the end-of-year show.
You also take part in design competitions and community consultations.
You will have the chance to work on collaborative projects, including alongside students studying other courses in the Faculty. This enables you to gain from their expertise. For example there will be opportunities to work with Landscape and Urbanism and Architecture students.
We gained a maximum score of 24/24 points on the most recent QAA assessment of the course. This means you can be sure your teaching is of top quality.
Many members of staff are research active or professional practitioners, which keeps your learning cutting-edge.
You also benefit from the input of visiting speakers and study visits, giving an extra perspective to your studies.
The taught modules aim to prepare you for the job market. Alongside your academic studies, you gain practical skills in: data collation, review and synopsis; communication (oral, written and electronic); time management; computing; and co-operation and teamwork. We offer this course on a part-time study basis to help you fit your PgDip around other commitments.
We strongly encourage EU and international students with appropriate qualifications and experience to apply. We will invite applicants meeting the entry requirements for interview. If you are not able to attend, we will ask you to submit a sample portfolio.
"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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