Postgraduate coursework

Master of Landscape Architecture

Study Deakin's postgraduate Landscape Architecture course and learn how to create a thriving environment that's designed with an artistic flair.

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Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Course information

Focused on sustainability and its economic, social and environmental underpinnings, Deakin’s Master of Landscape Architecture has been designed for those who are passionate about becoming a landscape architect driven to improve the quality and development of our towns, cityscapes and regional landscapes.

The course provides students with the opportunity to specialise in project management, ecological sustainability, cultural heritage, urban design, and change management planning.

Distinguishing characteristics of this course include its engagement with ecology, spirit of place, people, Indigenous thought and urban design to inform and craft places of renewal, stimulation, healing and respect.

Graduates will be equipped with the leadership skills to challenge conventional thinking within complex environments as well as the practical skills required to deliver the creation and restoration of landscapes.

This course, professionally accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), has been designed in direct consultation with AILA, potential employers, industry, government and professional representatives, and is co-taught by many of these representatives, to ensure it provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies sought by employers.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Landscape Architecture, students must attain 16 credit points. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The 16 credit points include 11 core units totalling 13 credit points (these are compulsory) and 3 course grouped elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

Core

Students are required to complete 11 core units (totalling 13 credit points) from the list below:

 Core Units

  • Safety Induction Program SRA710 (0 credit points)
  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Geo-Planning and Design SRD760
  • Designing Urban Environments SRD761
  • Landscape Narrating and Meaning SRL731
  • Indigenous Narratives and Processes SRL733
  • Urban Design Studio SRD764
  • Plants, Design and Ecologies SRL732
  • Interdisciplinary Planning and Design SRD762
  • Built Environment Professional Practice SRM750
  • Research Methodology SRR782
  • Landscape Design Masterclass SRD768 (2cp)
  • Thesis SRR711 (2cp)
  • Electives

    Course-Grouped Elective Units

    Students must select 3 credit points of course-grouped elective units from the list below:

  • Urban Perspectives SRA742
  • Urban Patterns and Precedents SRA744
  • Advanced Project Management SRM752
  • Built Environment Practical Assessment SRM772
  • Managing Change and Innovation SRM781
  • Ecological Cities and Futures SRP761
  • Contemporary Planning and Design Challenges SRP733
  • Smart Cities and Infrastructure SRP782
  • Planning Processes and Practice SRP781
  • Cost Planning SRQ762
  • Built Environment Study Tour SRR767
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Landscape Architecture
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    S703
    CRICOS code
    075364G
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)

    Additional course information

    Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

    Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

    Graduate Certificate of Landscape Design (S503)

    Graduate Diploma of Landscape Design (S603)

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, workshops, site visits and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    General admission requirements for entry into postgraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
    Some courses may have additional entry requirements

    Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

    • Bachelor degree in related discipline; with a minimum WAM of 60 OR,
    • Portfolio of relevant work.

     IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.  (more details)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of Deakin’s Master of Landscape Architecture, you may find employment in all fields of landscape architecture and landscape planning in both private practice and government entities.

    The Master of Landscape Architecture has been designed in direct consultation with AILA, potential employers, industry, government and professional representatives. As a graduate of the course, you will have a developed understanding across a range of disciplines and will be equipped to collaborate on projects in delivering integrated solutions. Career opportunities for graduates may be found in all fields of landscape architecture and landscape planning, in both the public and private sectors.

    Professional recognition

    The Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA, www.aila.org.au). Graduates satisfy the educational requirements for AILA graduate membership as the first step towards applying for professional recognition as an AILA Corporate Member and Registered Landscape Architect.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply an integrated specialised and scholarly knowledge of ever-changing urban, regional and rural environments to produce designs and plans that guide the development and improvement of liveable sustainable environments and communities.  Apply broad and advanced discipline-specific landscape architecture knowledge and capabilities with adaptability and fluency in designing, developing and improving sustainable environments and communities.  Synthesise knowledge of landscape architecture history, theory and practice to research, design, develop and manage landscape architectural projects demonstrating initiative and judgement through professional practice and scholarship.  Develop in-depth understanding of specialist knowledge, contemporary landscape architecture practice and current research directions within the landscape architecture discipline.

    Communication

    Communicate clearly, professionally and responsibly with specialist and non-specialist audiences in a variety of contexts using oral, written, digital, graphic and interpersonal communication modes to ideate, inform, motivate public and private landscape architecture decisions and to effect change.  Engage stakeholders in ideas and concepts; mediate, negotiate and collaboratively resolve issues and design conflicts; and propose logical actions with formulation and cohesion appropriate to the situation. 

    Digital literacy

    Apply knowledge of relevant technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse, interpret and synthesise complex information in landscape architecture practice.  Apply digital technologies, including geographic information systems, to evaluate and assess modelling and scenario building.

    Critical thinking

    Laterally think and review problems, scenarios, designs and plans to address landscape architecture problems at different scales and complexities.  Ideate to inform the creation of solutions to authentic real-world problems by comprehending systems and threads.  Subsequently implement plans in the particular circumstances of a place using the lens and knowledge of existing and past landscape architecture theory and practice.  Acquire and apply cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of landscape architecture theoretical knowledge to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship.

    Problem solving

    Apply and develop landscape architecture knowledge to identify environmental, cultural and social problems, devise ways to investigate and resolve opportunities and constraints, drawing on research-based evidence, and producing solutions as the basis for appropriate action.  Make appropriate choices in ethically ambiguous situations based on knowledge of social, economic, environmental, and cultural aspects of landscape architecture.

    Self-management

    Represent and maintain professional standards and opinions and standards by working individually and collaboratively to produce designs and plans in an ethical and timely manner.  Apply knowledge and skills in an independent way to solve contemporary landscape architecture problems and thereby demonstrate autonomous and expert judgements.

    Teamwork

    Produce plans with multi-disciplinary and diverse groups, including lay people, while representing and maintaining professional opinions and standards.  Critically reflect on stakeholders needs and develop processes in order to work efficiently in teams to formulate integrated landscape architecture options.  Implement designs and plans with a commitment to shared goals by engaging in team processes and applying knowledge of advanced interpersonal skills and time management.

    Global citizenship

    Engage with global trends and challenges confronting cities, settlements and regions and operate in a manner that recognises and respects cultural diversity, the need for equity in outcomes and the knowledge of and implementation of high ethical professional standards.  Interpret and document relevant protocols and governance frameworks in the development, implementation and administration of designs, strategic and statutory plans, policies and regulations.

     Approved Faculty Board 27 July 2017

    Application information

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Apply through Deakin

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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