Writtle University College: Landscape Architecture

InstitutionWrittle University College
Department Landscape and Garden Design
Web http://www.writtle.ac.uk
Email admissions.enquiries@writtle.ac.uk
Telephone 01245 424280
Study type Taught

Summary

Postgraduate design courses at Writtle University College propose a new emphasis and direction for the Masters' degrees based on an interdisciplinary platform of knowledge and understanding. The disciplines of Landscape Architecture and Garden Design are a 'project' in comprehending, interpreting and developing conceptual frameworks of meaning, design relationships, open ecological and social systems and the environment in garden and landscape design thinking and practice.

The postgraduate design programme follows related design and theory project sequences leading to a grounded and innovative way to comprehend and find meaning in the places we live and work. Landscape Architecture and Garden Design education are presented in a dynamic theory to practice based approach.

Graduates will gain the intellectual, communication and technical skills and tools in a profession that must understand and design gardens and landscapes through social, cultural, ecological and economic implications of sites, communities and regions. Graduates will organise, plan and design spatial relationships and environments in collaborative, productive and creative interdisciplinary ways. Landscape Architects, Garden Designers and Environmental Designers should expect to positively influence a more sustainable, aesthetic, socially and environmentally conscious living condition.

This course is designed to increase the student's professional skills in the theoretical and practical aspects of landscape architecture so providing access to a range of employment opportunities including chartership of the Landscape Institute. Subjects are explored through contemporary urban and rural landscape design with a focus on ecological approaches.

MA Postgraduate design courses propose a new emphasis and direction for the Master's degrees based on an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge and understanding. The MA Landscape Architecture follows a sequence of related theory and design projects leading to a grounded and innovative way to comprehend and find meaning in the places we live and work. Students develop advanced theoretical and applied constructs in landscape architecture, garden and environmental design.

As a studio-based design course, Landscape Architecture and Garden Design are taught through core seminars and lectures in landscape theory, landscape ecology, history and advanced design studio. The course promotes thinking in terms of place and identity, physical and phenomenal relationships at scales from the local to the regional. social and ecological systems and informs the design process in terms of function, context, meaning and form. The structure and curriculum benefit from a Professional Advisory Board from leading practitioners and is accredited by the Landscape Institute.

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