Master of Landscape Architecture

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Landscape Architecture
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud CampusNo
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

2016: November (Trimester 3)
2017: March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Tel 03 5227 8300
Email: sebe@deakin.edu.au

www.deakin.edu.au/architecture-built-environment

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code075364G
Deakin course code S703

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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, public art curatorship and management, 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 to ensure it provides graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies sought by employers.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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 Registered Landscape Architect.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Career opportunities

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Apply an integrated specialised and scholarly knowledge of ever-changing urban, regional and rural environments to produce 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.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • 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.

 

3.  Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • 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.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • 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.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic
(real world and
ill-defined) problems.

  • 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.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • 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.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • 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.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

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

 Approved Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

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).

Course structure

Core

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

 Core Units

SRA710Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)

SRA760Urban Ecologies

SRD761Designing Urban Environments

SRL731Landscape Narrating and Meaning

SRL733Indigenous Narratives and Processes

SRD764Urban Design Studio

SRL732Plants, Design and Ecologies

SRD762Interdisciplinary Planning and Design

SRM750Built Environment Professional Practice

SRR782Research Methodology

SRD768Landscape Design Masterclass (2cp)

SRR716Thesis (Landscape Architecture) (2cp)

 

Electives

Course-Grouped Elective Units

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

AIM705Conservation Management Planning

AIM709Intangible Heritage

AIM714Cultural Landscapes

HSH724Glocal Action for Healthy Cities and Communities

MMM790Arts Management

MMM796Managing Arts in Community Settings

SRA742Urban Perspectives

SRM752Advanced Project Management

SRM771Work Place Assessment

SRM772Practical Experience Assessment B

SRM781Managing Change and Innovation

SRP761Ecological Cities and Futures

SRP782Urban Dynamics and Change

SRP781Planning Processes and Practice

SRQ762Cost Planning


Income support

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.

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

  • Bachelor degree in same or related discipline (including architecture, landscape or planning) with a WAM of 65% (applicants not possessing the described undergraduate degrees, or not having obtained a 65% grade average may submit a portfolio of their relevant work for consideration by the School of Architecture and Built Environment)

or

  • 5 years relevant work experience (in architecture, landscape or planning).

Credit for prior learning - general

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 and how to apply for credit..

How to apply

Trimester 3 – start studying in November 2016

Check our Trimester 3 webpage to see if this course is accepting applications for this study period and to Apply.

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Alternate exits

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.