Landscape Architecture

Bachelor of Environments

Landscape Architecture is the design of environments that have a physical and emotional impact on our lives, such as neighbourhoods, city squares, urban forests, parks, streets, gardens, and green infrastructure.

It is also concerned with community programs, garden and landscape heritage, and sustainability of our natural resources. Responsive to new challenges in the built and natural environments, Landscape Architects never stop learning, and are often inspired and challenged differently with every project.

As a Landscape Architecture student, you will develop skills to create sustainable design solutions to address local and global ecological, cultural and social issues. Studies incorporate studio classes, site visits, and the theory, history and practice of landscape architecture. The course utilises a problem-based approach which challenges students to respond to land planning and transformation issues, and sustainable design principles, and to engage with natural processes to generate ecologically responsive and appropriate designs.

Course Plans

The Landscape Architecture Handbook entry stipulates the complete requirements for the Landscape Architecture major. Always use the University Handbook as your primary course planning tool.

Commenced 2016

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10012 Changing Melbourne

Level 1 Environments elective (Mapping Environments Recommended)

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ABPL10003 Visualising Environments OR
ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective (The History of Landscape design Recommended)

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20038 Explorations (Landscape Studio 1) OR Architecture Design Studio: Earth

HORT20026 Designing with Plants

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20040 Landscape Studio 2: Site Plan & Design

ABPL20047 Site Tectonics

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30042 Landscape Studio 3: Urban Open Space

ABPL30049 Case Studies in Landscape Architecture

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30043 Landscape Studio 4:
Designed Ecologies

(capstone)

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commenced 2015

Semester 1 Intake

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments OR ENVS10007 Urban Environments

ABPL10003 Visualising Environments OR
ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective (The History of Designed Landscapes Recommended)

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20038 Explorations (Landscape Studio 1) OR Architecture Design Studio: Earth

HORT20026 Designing with Plants

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20040 Landscape Studio 2: Site Plan & Design

ABPL20047 Site Tectonics

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30042 Landscape Studio 3: Urban Open Space

ABPL30049 Case Studies in Landscape Architecture

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30043 Landscape Studio 4:
Designed Ecologies

(capstone)

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Semester 2 Intake

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ABPL10003 Visualising Environments OR

ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

(The History of Designed Landscapes recommended)

Level 1 Environments elective

Year 1
Semester 1

ABPL20038 Explorations (Landscape Studio 1)

HORT20026 Designing with Plants

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20040 Landscape Studio 2: Site Plan & Design

ABPL20047 Site Tectonics

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL30042 Landscape Studio 3: Urban Open Space

ABPL30049 Case Studies in Landscape Architecture

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30043 Landscape Studio 4: Designed Ecologies

(capstone)

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points


Commenced 2014 or earlier

Commenced Start-Year

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ABPL10003 Visualising Environments AND/OR ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL20038 Explorations (Landscape Studio 1)

HORT20026 Designing with Plants

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20040 Landscape Studio 2: Site Plan & Design

ABPL20039 History of Designed Landscapes

ABPL20047 Site Tectonics

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

ABPL30042 Landscape Studio 3: Urban Open Space

ABPL30049 Case Studies in Landscape Architecture

Environments Elective (EVSC30006 Ecology of Urban Landscapes Recommended)

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30043 Landscape Studio 4: Designed Ecologies

(capstone)

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Commencing Mid-Year

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

ENVS10007 Urban Environments

ABPL10003 Visualising Environments AND/OR ENVS10004 Designing Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Year 1
Semester 1

ABPL20038 Explorations (Landscape Studio 1)

HORT20026 Designing with Plants

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Year 2
Semester 2

ABPL20040 Landscape Studio 2: Site Plan & Design

ABPL20039 History of Designed Landscapes

ABPL20047 Site Tectonics

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

ABPL30042 Landscape Studio 3: Urban Open Space

ABPL30049 Case Studies in Landscape Architecture

Environments Elective

(EVSC30006 Ecology of Urban Landscapes Recommended)

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

ABPL30043 Landscape Studio 4: Designed Ecologies

(capstone)

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

Environments Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Environments Electives

Environments electives are subjects approved as Environments discipline subjects in the Bachelor of Environments. The full list of Environments electives is available here.

Breadth

Students should refer to the Bachelor of Environments Handbook entry for details of breadth requirements and to access a complete listing of available breadth subjects.

Breadth restrictions in the Landscape Architecture major

Students undertaking the Landscape Architecture major are not permitted to take as breadth:

  • any Botany/Plant Science subjects
  • any Ecology subjects
  • any Horticulture subjects
  • certain Level 2 and 3 Design subjects

Refer to the Landscape Architecture Handbook entry for full details.


Career Outcomes

Once you graduate from the Bachelor of Environments, you can enter the workforce or continue on to the fully accredited Master of Landscape Architecture to meet the educational requirements to register as a Landscape Architect.

Landscape Architects are in demand at all levels of government in both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, and in landscape architectural, planning, engineering and multidisciplinary consultancy firms. Graduates also find employment with groups such as conservation agencies and land development companies, while others run their own landscape architectural practice.

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