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MA Professional Landscape Architecture with Conversion
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This is a design based career conversion/ development course at Masters level, for anyone who has a passion for landscape architecture, but a first degree in any other subject.
It brings together 'conversion' modules of the postgraduate diploma, with modules from the MA taken by those holding an undergraduate landscape degree, combined into 'straight through' programme for direct entry to the UK profession at Licentiate status.
It is fully accredited by the Landscape Institute.
Download our yearbook to see examples of our students' work.
This course covers:
- design modules, where you lead the landscape design process, using a range of drawing and modelling techniques and softwares taught in studio; and
- theory/ professional practice, where we explore the issues affecting our environment, visit, study, and discuss professional landscape architecture.
- This is a two-year programme (full time) and the fee varies each year. You may also consider applying for the postgraduate diploma in Landscape Architecture.
What makes this course different
Live projects with social impact
We work on live build projects, and with real clients to learn hands on, changing lives and places, delivering positive social impact and benefits to London communities.
The course includes shadowing placements within leading landscape architectural practices in London, giving you the opportunity to gain direct experience and make professional connections while you study.
Tailored teaching to suit diverse skills
Our students are from a range of backgrounds, not just art and design. Through tailored teaching, we help extend your skills and subject knowledge to professional standard, at your pace.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
UEL's professional landscape architecture programmes build your skills for a future career in landscape architecture in the context of key issues in contemporary life - city expansion, climate emergency, food security, diversity, inequality, wellbeing. We challenge you to consider your understanding of what landscape is about, what it can and should do.
You'll learn through design studio, site visits, and by interaction with professionals and academics across spatial and environmental disciplines, as well as getting hands on, with the practicalities of building now, for existing needs with real clients and communities.
We support you to develop a personal attitude to landscape design, to express yourself spatially, to investigate ideas with passion and commitment. There are options to work with UEL's Sustainability Research Institute and other built environment faculty, to choose your path into diverse landscape careers.
Our team are here to support you and help make the relevant industry links.
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- Core Modules
Landscape Architecture: Foundations of Theory &, ContextsClose
Landscape Architecture: Foundations of Theory &, Contexts
The aims of this module are:
1. To introduce current techniques, materials, concerns and possibilities in landscape architecture
2. To provide a basis from which students can understand the ethical, theoretical and social framework in which landscape architecture operates
3. To engage with landscape practitioners and their design practices
4. To introduce and explore these themes through written, oral and visual representation
Landscape Architecture: Foundations of Theory Practice & Professional Life (Mental Wealth)Close
Landscape Architecture: Foundations of Theory Practice & Professional Life (Mental Wealth)
The aims of this module are:
1. To introduce the origins of key themes and practices in landscape architecture
2. To consider current practices, cultural and historic precedents
3. To engage with landscape practitioners and live projects
4. To introduce professional life & landscape architecture as a professional discipline
5. To introduce and explore these themes through written, oral and visual representation
Landscape Architecture: Professional Life & Practice (Mental Wealth)Close
Landscape Architecture: Professional Life & Practice (Mental Wealth)
The aims of this module are:
1. To explore aspects of UK professional practice in landscape architecture in depth
2. To engage with landscape practitioners, professional environments and live projects
3. To further develop knowledge of the ethical, legal, policy and professional context in which landscape architecture operates in the UK
4. To explore professional opportunities and career directions
Landscape Architecture: Theory & ContextsClose
Landscape Architecture: Theory & Contexts
The aims of this module are:
1. To explore and critique through option choice, contemporary theories and practices in landscape architecture in relation to allied disciplines in depth
2. To consider how current practice is influenced by past & present social formations, by contemporary concerns, and by other fields
3. To expand knowledge and understanding of advanced techniques, concerns and possibilities in landscape architecture
Landscape Architecture: Basic Tools & Principles of DesignClose
Landscape Architecture: Basic Tools & Principles of Design
The aims of this module are:
1. Begin to apply key themes in landscape architecture on small sites, and as small interventions on larger sites.
2. Consider how landscape design can express concepts and respond to functional requirements.
3. To introduce current material concerns and creative possibilities in small landscape interventions.
4. Participate in elements of 'live' design and construction, led by qualified practitioners.
5. Survey sites, generate ideas, gather context information relevant to design development and represent work at a variety of scales using different techniques.
Landscape Architecture: Essential Tools & Principles of DesignClose
Landscape Architecture: Essential Tools & Principles of Design
The aims of this module are:
1. Begin to apply key contemporary themes in landscape architecture on larger sites and in landscape masterplans.
2. Consider how landscape design practice is influenced by technologies, processes and theories.
3. Introduce current material concerns and creative possibilities in landscape architecture on larger sites circa 1 km2 -5km2.
4. Participate in elements of 'live' design and construction, led by qualified practitioners.
5. Develop a design brief and explore the module themes through a major design project, working at a variety of scales through to detailed design.
Landscape Architecture: Advanced Tools & Complexity in Design 1Close
Landscape Architecture: Advanced Tools & Complexity in Design 1
The aims of this module are:
1. Apply contemporary themes and their critique in complex landscapes at a range of scales including regional scale green infrastructure.
2. Explore application of diverse technologies, processes and theories.
3. Explore the precedents and issues connected with complex sites for example post- industrial landscapes, and the policy and theoretical frameworks in which these complex issues reside.
4. Participate in elements of 'live' design and construction, led by qualified practitioners.
5. To explore module themes through a landscape planning and analysis study, including high level design intervention, across a wide area, identifying sites for further exploration, working at a variety of scales.
Landscape Architecture: Advanced Tools & Complexity in Design 2Close
Landscape Architecture: Advanced Tools & Complexity in Design 2
The aim of this module are: to resolve application of contemporary themes and their critique in complex landscapes and integrate them with aspects of professional practice and theoretical frameworks, through completion of a major design project, working at a variety of scales through to detailed design.
The aims of this module are:
1. To explore and critique a key strand of contemporary landscape architecture of personal interest, developing on from the earlier modules
2. To develop a personal direction through in depth reflection, critical, theoretical and academic writing /exploration
HOW YOU'LL LEARN
At UEL your interests and passions count. We provide an inspiring, creative setting where you can gain the skills and understanding that will facilitate self-expression, and inform your future direction in the profession.
We engage with live sites and clients, and foster connections with visiting professionals. All staff continue in professional practice, and bring relevant industry knowledge as well as extensive academic teaching experience to design studio, seminars, tutorials, field visits and lectures.
The MA in Professional Landscape Architecture (Conversion) offers flexibility, opportunities for collaborative project work, an active faculty and diverse student body. We offer set topics and options, and projects tailored at a pace in keeping with your developing skills, allowing you to choose your own path within the wide scope of professional landscape architecture.
You will also benefit from shadowing placements within leading studios in London.
HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED
Your work is assessed through a variety of illustrated reports, and design drawing portfolios, submitted at the end of each module.
Your submitted coursework is completed against detailed project briefs, with submissions selected from project work developed in a variety of media: drawn; conceptual and practical; 3D work; essays; site research studies; illustrated reports; seminar papers; and presentations. Teaching supports the development of materials for submission through seminars, individual and group tutorials, field visits and lectures.
All coursework is double marked and reviewed by an external examination board.
CAMPUS and FACILITIES
Docklands Campus, Docklands Campus, London, E16 2RD
Our campus and the surrounding area
Our waterfront campus in the historic Royal Docks provides a modern, well-equipped learning environment.
Join us and you'll be able to make the most of our facilities including contemporary lecture theatres and seminar rooms, art studios and exhibition spaces, audio and visual labs and a multimedia production centre.
Features include our 24/7 Docklands library, our £21m SportsDock centre, a campus shop and bookstore, the Children's Garden Nursery, cafés, eateries, a late bar, plus Student Union facilities, including a student lounge.
University of East London is one of the few London universities to provide on campus accommodation. Our Docklands Campus Student Village houses close to 1,200 students from around the world. We are well connected to central London and London City Airport is just across the water. We also run a free bus service that connects Docklands with Stratford campuses.
WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE
The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.
Clare Penny is Course Leader for Landscape Architecture, teaching on the MA Professional Landscape Architecture (Conversion), MA Professional Landscape Architecture and PGDip Landscape Architecture.See full profile
MA Professional Landscape Architecture
School of Architecture Computing and Engineering
I wanted to expand on my training in architecture and urban planning by learning to look at cities at the grand scale of landscape through an LI accredited degree. The UEL course has given me this perspective through a design focused curriculum, which has proved invaluable in my career as an urban designer."
Team Leader – GLA Growth Strategies and Urban Design (MA Professional Landscape Architecture with Conversion)
What we're researching
Dr Bridget Snaith CMLI is a professional Landscape Architect and Design Council Built Environment Expert, with an award-winning practice, Shape Landscape Architecture & established professional links in London.
Her own research interest is in social theory, informing people-centred inclusive design, but the Landscape programme at UEL is supported by academics with research interests in Sustainability, Ecology and Heritage as well as Architecture and Civil Engineering.
Dr Snaith's PhD Thesis investigating ethnic minority underrepresentation in UK parks was awarded a Landscape Institute Research Award in 2015. Previous research has focussed on reducing fear of crime in parks and river corridors, she authored one of London's Green Grid Frameworks, and she has advised on Play Design nationally for the Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment.
YOUR FUTURE CAREER
Landscape architects are in demand nationally and internationally. There is a high industry employment rate. Our graduates perform well within the field, achieving recognition and industry awards, and 100% from our Conversion MA have found employment in practice and in senior research or policy roles, including many who have not come from an art or design undergraduate programme. Our School has links with a range of professional practices, and will give you invaluable experience of working collaboratively with other disciplines, on live projects and with professionals in a practice setting.
Our Masters in Professional Landscape Architecture (Conversion) will set you on the path to a rewarding and exciting career in landscape architecture.
All of our postgraduate landscape courses have full accreditation from the Landscape Institute and provide necessary qualification to allow registration on the Landscape Institute's Pathway to Chartership.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.
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