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Edinburgh School of Architecture

Landscape Architecture - MA

Edinburgh School of

Design work focuses on spatial concepts, exploration, function, planning and representation. You will also study drawing, IT, art and design, visual culture, physical geography, architectural and landscape history and landscape construction.

Year 2

Design work becomes more focused and complex. You will take courses in urban design and reclamation. Studio work is supported by contextual and technical courses covering aspects of detailed design, built-environment theory, living systems and temporal aspects.

Year 3

Design work complexity increases and focuses on urban regeneration. You will have an opportunity to take an option course from a suite offered by Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (ESALA) or from the rest of the University. In semester 2 you will undertake a professional placement in a landscape architecture practice and study courses by distance learning. You will have the opportunity to apply for the new European Masters in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA) upon successful completion of Year 3.

Please note that places on EMiLA are limited to five each year.

European masters students will spend semesters 1 and 4 in Edinburgh and semesters 2 and 3 with two of our four prestigious European partners: The École Nationale Supérieure du Paysage (Versailles), Leibniz Universität (Hannover), Academie Van Bouwkunst (Amsterdam) and the Escola Tecnica d'Arquitectura de Barcelona. Each partner has different perspectives on landscape architecture as a profession, subject and design medium.

Year 4

Design work is advanced and focuses on increasingly self-directed courses. You will also complete a self-directed dissertation via a design or research route.

How will I be taught?

Landscape Architecture encourages self-directed study from Year 1 to Year 4; but studio-based design teaching is central. Projects are often tutored on a one-to-one basis. Work is reviewed in communal critique sessions. There is a credited placement period in Year 3.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework, exams, portfolio work and presentations.

Are there additional costs?

You will have to finance your participation in any study tours. Drawing and drafting equipment is necessary from the first year onwards.

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