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Landscape Architecture & Design
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Landscape Architecture & Design

International Scholarships available

Overview

Based in a well-equipped studio environment in the vibrant city of Leeds, you will study the theories that shape the practice of landscape architecture, explore your individual creativity and develop a pragmatic understanding of the external environment within the landscape profession.

Collaborative working and live projects which mimic professional practice, will provide you with invaluable experience and high standards of innovative work within a social setting, and will help you grow into a confident designer.

We will support your individual aspirations and creativity, equipping you with the essential tools and skills ready for employment in the professional world of landscape architecture. Find out more about our course and what it means to be a landscape architect on the Be a Landscape Architect website.

You can also see examples of our students' work on our website. Follow Landscape Architecture and Urban Design on Twitter @LandscapeLBU.

We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of landscape architecture at Leeds Beckett University.

INSIDE/OUT

The INSIDE/OUT lecture series offers historical, theoretical and critical analyses of art, architecture and design and welcomes internationally recognised practitioners to come and talk about their practice. Find out about forthcoming events on the INSIDE/OUT webpage

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

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You will have access to our multimedia studios equipped with drawing boards, computers and model-making facilities, our 24/7 Library, and IT suites. The new Sustainable Technology & Landscape Resource Centre provides opportunities for hands-on practical experience. Your studies will be further enriched by visits from design professionals together with field trips to landscape projects in the UK and Europe.

We'll give you the opportunity to show off your projects to the public and impress industry by exhibiting your work at the end of your final year.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

Visit our Distance Learning Website

Course Features

  • Professional accreditations
  • Part-time study available
  • Specialist facilities
  • Real-life projects
  • Study abroad option
  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
  • 100% of graduates from the course are in work or further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16).
Play School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017 Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017
Play The Path of Least Resistance Video
The Path of Least Resistance

Leeds Beckett landscape architecture students Tom Rawlings, Frankie Tomany and Zuzanna Golczyk showcased their innovative garden design The Path of Least Resistance at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Play BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design - Harry & David Rich, Graduates Video
BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design - Harry & David Rich, Graduates
BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design - Adam Williams, Student
Play BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design - Scott Simbler, Student Video
BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design - Scott Simbler, Student

Entry Requirements

120
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Foundation in Art and Design
The Foundation in Art and Design with Distinction will be accepted where applicants have not achieved any A Level qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interview:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for Landscape Architecture & Design.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

UCAS Tariff Points:120 points required. (Minimum 80 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Additional Requirements:
GCSEs:
GCSE English Language Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Foundation in Art and Design
The Foundation in Art and Design with Distinction will be accepted where applicants have not achieved any A Level qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 120 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interview:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for Landscape Architecture & Design.
International Baccalaureate: 26 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Harry and David Rich

Careers

Harry and David Rich
Landscape Architects Rich Landscapes

BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture

“Our degree allowed us the creative freedom to build our own garden design projects. The tutors were really encouraging and gave us the knowledge to begin our careers and help grow our business. We're now able to reconnect people with their natural surroundings through our garden designs.

Teaching and learning

This course aims to develop you as a perceptive, creative, confident and effective landscape architect. You will learn to display initiative and be an independent thinker, whilst also recognising cultural diversity and the needs of others within the environment. The tabs below detail what and how you will study in each year of your course. The balance of assessments and overall workload is indicative and may be subject to change.
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You will be introduced to elements of the design process, developing your skills and the ability to undertake a relatively simple design project by the end of the first year. You will learn graphic techniques to communicate the design process and will gain an understanding of the natural and cultural landscape, focusing on plants as a key design medium for the landscape architect.
Overall workload
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384 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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816 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

Gain a heightened awareness of the environment, its characters, and the natural and human processes that shape its evolution.

Working to a brief, you will research and select a group of materials, develop the design to a basic technical resolution and communicate your ideas through the production of a model and construction drawings.

Working in a studio environment, you will explore the 3D nature of design by developing a project from concept to resolution in the form of an abstract model.

Develop an appreciation and understanding of the integrated nature of landscape design in the environment and the ability to design in a sensitive and responsive manner.

Examining elements such as geology, soil, ecology and human activity, you will gain an understanding of the key processes that have shaped the contemporary landscape.

You will explore plant communities, both semi-natural and designed, to gain an appreciation of their variety, their contribution to the landscape and an understanding of the factors (ecological, horticultural and design) which affect their composition and maintenance.

You will undertake more complex design challenges in both urban and rural landscapes and will learn to select and design with specific materials. You will build on your landscape design skills by gaining a grounding in landscape principles and theories.
Overall workload
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390 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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810 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

Learn to identify, record and articulate the character of place through the exploration of landscape characterisation processes. You will also develop a landscape design proposal that is responsive to the character and sensitivities of the place.

Develop and resolve creative ideas that will complement the landscape.

You will carry out an in-depth analysis of a neighbourhood in order to create a rationale for future design proposals and actions.

Develop the ability to collect, analyse and present relevant site data to inform design processes and proposals that are sympathetic to the site's needs, nature and setting.

Learn to examine and identify a broad spectrum of plant materials - both indigenous and introduced - and develop an understanding of sustainable hard materials. You will then apply this knowledge to a wide range of landscape scenarios, considering the key principles of plant and landscape management.

Explore the significant designers, ideas, movements and processes that influenced the designed landscape of the 20th and 21st centuries. You will then apply this research, using examples of good practice, to inform studio-based design projects.

Using high levels of critical awareness and the ability to reflect, you will demonstrate your skills through a specialist design project. You will prepare for professional practice by undertaking a live community-based project and developing a portfolio that highlights your individual strengths and interests.
Overall workload
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354 hours Teaching and learning Typically, this will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervised studio time or laboratory time and one-to-one meetings with your personal tutor.
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846 hours Independent study This is the time outside your timetabled hours when you will be expected to continue learning independently. Typically, this will involve reading, research, completing assignments, preparing presentations and exam revision.
Assessment proportions
Coursework This could include essays, reports or other written assignments, a dissertation or project, or a portfolio of your work. Assessed work will normally be returned with feedback within four weeks of your submission. When you begin your course, you will be provided with a module handbook for your chosen modules which will provide specific guidelines on how and when you will receive that feedback.
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Core Modules

Experience, reflect upon and develop an understanding of the processes of engaging with communities in the planning, design and management of their environments.

Explore and resolve a detailed design project for a real community-based client using appropriate materials and fabrication techniques, and communicate the outcome via a range of digital and traditional media.

Building on the research and critical skills developed in year two, you will choose and research an aspect of landscape architecture and write an illustrated critical study of approximately 6,000 words on the topic.

You will demonstrate creativity, personal focus and design competence by undertaking a comprehensive and technical landscape architecture challenge from design research through to a resolved design.

Prepare for professional practice by enhancing your critical awareness of landscape architecture through the continuing development and final submission of an individual and reflective portfolio and CV.

Dr Lisa Stansbie
Dr Lisa Stansbie
Dean of School

Dr. Lisa Stansbie is a practising artist whose work crosses the disciplines of film, sound, sculpture, installation, photography and digital practices. Stansbie has undertaken residencies, commissions and exhibited across Europe and the U.S.

Our School built a formidable reputation throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s as the place to study art - a reputation that still exists today. Working alongside our staff and students, we are enhancing our identity on an international scale, with world-leading research and great facilities. We are proud of the imaginative leaps our alumni have taken and I hope to welcome more students as they take the next step in their creative journey.
Play School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017 Video
School of Art, Architecture & Design End of Year Show 2017
Play The Path of Least Resistance Video
The Path of Least Resistance

Leeds Beckett landscape architecture students Tom Rawlings, Frankie Tomany and Zuzanna Golczyk showcased their innovative garden design The Path of Least Resistance at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

Play BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design - Harry & David Rich, Graduates Video
BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design - Harry & David Rich, Graduates
BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design - Adam Williams, Student
Play BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design - Scott Simbler, Student Video
BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture & Design - Scott Simbler, Student

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities, including our multimedia studios with drawing boards, computers and model-making facilities
  • Use of the Landscape Resource Centre, where you can gain valuable experience working with plants, planting design, ecology, environmental art and construction
  • Free student membership of the Landscape Institute (£31 annual subscription if you require the Physical Journal)
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series


Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Stationery, sketchbooks and equipment
    (Approximate cost £100)
  • Printing
    (Approximate cost £50. Alternatively, you may present your work digitally as most presentation and submissions are digital)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Special paper for printing
    (Approximate cost £20)
  • External printing for Year 3 reports
    (Approximate cost £70)
  • Work experience in landscape architecture practice between years 3 and 4
  • Self-determined primary research to project sites and case studies
    (Costs are variable depending on location/locations selected, although these can be managed to limit costs as timing is flexible. Staff try to keep these costs as low as possible for annual field trips and by setting project briefs locally)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Educational visits - The cost for these trips covers travel, accommodation and subsistence. The price varies year by year and attendance is optional.

Study materials - We provide core materials during your studies and you may choose to purchase additional materials. This is not compulsory and will depend upon the projects you undertake.

Tuition fees
Your tuition fees cover the cost of registration, tuition, academic supervision, assessments and examinations.
The following are also included in the cost of your course:

  • 24/7 Library and student IT support
  • Free wifi via eduroam
  • Skills workshops and resources
  • Library membership, giving access to more than 500,000 printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to software, including five free copies of Microsoft Office 365 to install on your PC, laptop and MAC, and access to free high-end software via the Leeds Beckett remote app
  • Loan of high-end media equipment to support your studies

Course specific

  • Use of studio equipment and facilities, including our multimedia studios with drawing boards, computers and model-making facilities
  • Use of the Landscape Resource Centre, where you can gain valuable experience working with plants, planting design, ecology, environmental art and construction
  • Free student membership of the Landscape Institute (£31 annual subscription if you require the Physical Journal)
  • Free entry to Inside/Out lecture series


Additional costs

In many cases, costs associated with your course will be included in your course fee. However, in some cases there are ‘essential’ additional costs (those that you will be required to meet in addition to your course fee), and/or ‘optional’ additional costs (costs that are not required, but that you might choose to pay). We have included those essential or optional additional costs that relate to your course, below.

Course-specific essentials

  • Stationery, sketchbooks and equipment
    (Approximate cost £100)
  • Printing
    (Approximate cost £50. Alternatively, you may present your work digitally as most presentation and submissions are digital)

Course-specific optional costs

  • Special paper for printing
    (Approximate cost £20)
  • External printing for Year 3 reports
    (Approximate cost £70)
  • Work experience in landscape architecture practice between years 3 and 4
  • Self-determined primary research to project sites and case studies
    (Costs are variable depending on location/locations selected, although these can be managed to limit costs as timing is flexible. Staff try to keep these costs as low as possible for annual field trips and by setting project briefs locally)

Other study-related expenses to consider: books (the library stocks books from your module reading list but you may wish to purchase copies for yourself); placement costs (these may include travel expenses and living costs); student visas (international students only); printing, photocopying and stationery; field trips; study abroad opportunities (travel costs and accommodation, visas and immunisations); PC/laptop (provided on campus in social learning spaces and in the library. However, you may prefer to have your own); mobile phone/tablet (to access University online services); academic conferences (travel costs); professional-body membership (where applicable); and graduation (gown hire and guest tickets).

This list is not exhaustive and costs will vary depending on the choices you make during your course. Any rental or living costs are also in addition to your course fees.

Facilities

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Gym and Sports Facilities
    Gym and Sports Facilities

    Keeping fit is easy at Leeds Beckett - our fitness suites are easy to get to, kitted out with all the latest technology and available to all sports members.

Location

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting Place, City Campus

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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