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  • Objectives
    Students in our course will gain * design knowledge from a studio-based course that contributes to the improvement of our built and natural environments * critical engagement with parameters of international contemporary practice * the abilities to work within interdisciplinary teams, and excellent communication abilities of concepts and design potentials * opportunities for international studios * wide elective choices * the ability to use resources, materials and technologies to develop responsible and ecologically sound and up-to-date design solutions * knowledge of landscape architectural history and theory and critical skills to interpret historic ideas and contemporary trends. The course structure is designed both to expand on existing qualifications in the field and to provide opportunities for an internationally recognized professional qualification for those from other fields. Major areas of study are underpinned by highly qualified staff actively involved in cross-disciplinary research in these areas. Major subjects are supplemented by electives from allied disciplines including urban design, urban planning, architecture, property and construction, as well as subjects designed to explore cross-disciplinary and international practice.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Course description
    Core studio subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    705-609  Studio 3:History
    This studio concentrates on managing change to landscapes that are the repository of cultural representation and values. The issues of landscape preservation, conservation, adaptation and more radical change are explored through the medium of a site ...     Semester 1     25

    705-617  Studio 4:Planning
    A studio-based subject that formulates strategies for dealing with the broader landscape. Whole areas (catchments, townships and settings, landscape units) are used as the basis for analysis from multiple viewpoints and values including the geo-physi...     Semester 2     25

    705-664  Studio 5:Sustainable Urbanism
    One of the primary themes driving environmental thinking in the first decade of the 21st century is the concept of sustainability. For planners, designers, property specialists and others involved in production of space the principal issue arising fr...     Semester 1     25

    705-667  Studio 6:Investigation
    This studio integrates cultural and environmental studies through advanced design investigations of issues by individual students or teams, including the dynamics of sustainability and time. Issues are selected by staff and students and explored thro...     Semester 2     25

    705-815  Contemp'ry Theory & Aust Landscape (PG)
    This subject is based on a review of recent theoretical developments in the areas of landscape architecture, landscape perceptions and landscape theory, and their application to the Australian landscape and contemporary landscape architectural practi...     Semester 1     12.50

    705-695  Advanced Landscape Technology
    This subject is directed at the investigation of sophisticated landscape construction and site engineering techniques. Studies are organised around the investigation of emerging technological applications within the industry and projects cases under ...     Semester 1     12.50

    702-586  Constructed Ecologies
    Constructed ecologies engages with the key principles of ecology as a fundamental requirement for landscape architectural practice. The focus is on ecosystem function at various scales. Typical topics includehabitatsbiodiversityurban greening and urb...     Semester 1     12.50

    705-629  Landscape Practice
    This subject covers the documentation and professional practice responsibilities involved with the development of landscape architectural projects and related disciplines.     Semester 2     12.50

    Landscape electives

    Students complete 25 credits points of subjects from the list of landscape electives below which are to be selected in consultation with the Course Co-ordinator. Please note that students entering the 200 point Master of Landscape Architecture course without any prior studies in horticulture, landscape history or site engineering will be required to take equivalent subjects as part of their landscape electives and need to consult with the Course Coordinator.

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    702-696  Site Tectonics PG
    This subject explores methods and techniques for manipulating site, landform, and drainage as they relate to landscape architecture. The fundamentals of earthwork computation, surveying techniques, and water dynamics in relation to landscape architec...     Semester 1     12.50

    702-587  History of Designed Landscapes PG
    A critical examination of the historical development of landscape architectural design, including the events, social influences and personalities involved, and the philosophies and theories that were developed. The formative evolutionary influences o...     Semester 2     12.50

    207-612  Designing With Plants PG
    This subject explores the selection and use of designed vegetation in urban landscapes. The content includes an overview of planting design and plant selection, developing criteria for plant selection, using and analyzing sources of information for p...     Semester 1     12.50

    207-611  Greening Landscapes
    This subject explores biological, ecological and technical aspects of plant reproduction, horticulture, and forestry in relation to planning and design issues for vegetation establishment in parks and amenity settings, restoration and habitat creatio...     Semester 2     12.50

    Electives


    25 points of electives taken from the Melbourne School of Design or from graduate subjects in other faculties with the approval of the Course Co-ordinator.

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