Environments majors: Landscape Architecture

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.

For me the benefit of studying my major through the Bachelor of Environments was that it changed my vision of the world from a local to a global scale.

Lu Zhou is currently studying the Master of Landscape Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design.
Lu Zhou, BEnvs Landscape Architecture major

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.

Generator 2012 – Lucas Rotteveel (Landscape Architecture)

Sample Course Plan

Sample Course Plan – Bachelor of Environments
Majoring in Landscape Architecture*
Year 1Semester 1Changing MelbourneVisualising Environments or Designing EnvironmentsEnvironments ElectiveBreadth
Semester 2Environments ElectiveThe History of Designed Landscapes (recommended)Environments ElectiveBreadth
Year 2Semester 1Explorations (Landscape Studio 1) OR Architecture Design Studio: EarthDesigning with PlantsEnvironments ElectiveBreadth
Semester 2Landscape Studio 2: Site Plan and DesignSite TectonicsEnvironments ElectiveBreadth
Year 3Semester 1Landscape Studio 3: Urban Open SpaceCase Studies in Landscape ArchitectureEnvironments ElectiveBreadth OR Environments Elective
Semester 2Landscape Studio 4: Designed Ecologies (capstone)Environments ElectiveBreadth OR Environments Elective

*This is a sample course plan only. Subjects offered may change from year to year. You will be advised of current subject offerings prior to subject selection and enrolment.

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