Faculty of Architecture and Design


Landscape Architecture

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Architecture.


Landscape Architecture is the sensitive and creative design of the land and spaces we inhabit. This discipline sits at the forefront of rising global interest in the environment, the sustainability of cities and the quality of urban life.

In Victoria's Landscape Architecture programme you will explore:

  • the social, ecological and geological processes that form and contribute to the landscape
  • the materials and management of landscape design, including the latest technologies
  • how to design urban environments that sensitively interact with the New Zealand landscape
  • landscape architecture history.

Landscape Architects can take on many roles—from designer to land-use mediator to conservationist. Our professional degree qualification is highly regarded in the industry and enables graduates to enter many professions including:

  • urban design
  • site planning
  • town or urban planning
  • environmental restoration
  • parks and recreation planning
  • green infrastructure planning
  • design, planning and management in many situations.

Landscape Architecture is a specialisation in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree. This undergraduate programme leads into a two-year Master of Landscape Architecture degree for those seeking a professional qualification in landscape architecture.

For more detailed information on the School of Architecture and its programmes, see the School of Architecture website.

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Undergraduate information

Secondary school subjects you will need

Useful background subjects are Mathematics with Calculus, Statistics and Modelling, Physics, English, Technology, Art, Design and Graphics.

Credit assessment of prior tertiary study

If you have completed any study previously at another tertiary institute you may be eligible for some transferred credit towards your Victoria University qualification. Please check with the Faculty Office if you think this applies to you.

Degree requirements

The Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) in Landscape Architecture is a three-year undergraduate degree consisting of 360 points and is structured in two parts.

Part 1

Part 1 (120 points) is the first year of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies. This year you take the same courses as students in the Architecture, Building Science, Interior Architecture and Architecture History and Theory programmes.

Students complete 7 core courses and 1 elective course, as follows:

Part 2

Part 2 comprises the second and third years of the BAS degree, and requires 240 points – 120 points each year.

Note: Entry into Part 2 is based on your academic performance in Part 1. Entry generally requires an average grade of B+ or A- across all courses completed in Part 1, this varies from year to year.

Part 2 includes a series of studio-based courses as well as courses in landscape theory, communication and technologies. Cross-disciplinary subjects include theory and applications, Pacific studies, urban design and an introduction to practice and management.

2nd year courses, students complete 6 core courses and 1 elective course as follows:

3rd year courses, students complete 6 core courses and 1 elective course as follows:

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Postgraduate information

Please visit our postgraduate study pages on the School of Architecture website for information about postgraduate qualifications in Landscape Architecture.

Professional recognition

Victoria's Landscape Architecture programme is recognised both nationally and internationally. The BAS in Landscape Architecture, when combined with the Master of Landscape Architecture is recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA) as fulfilling the academic requirements for registration as a professional Landscape Architect.

How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email course-advice@vuw.ac.nz.

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers
Architecture History and Theory
Design Innovation
Ecology and Biodiversity
Environmental Studies
Project Management
Sustainable Engineering Systems
Environmental Educationalist
Environmental Policy Analyst
Environmental Publisher
Environmental Resource Manager
Project Manager
Sustainable Landscape Designer
Urban Landscape Designer

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List of courses

All courses are taught at Victoria’s Te Aro Campus.

100 Level Courses

SARC 111 – Introduction to Design Processes

SARC 112 – Design Processes

SARC 121 – Introduction to Built Environment Technology

SARC 122 – Introduction to Applied Physics, Numerical Methods and Statistics for Designers

SARC 131 – Introduction to Sustainability in the Designed Environment

SARC 151 – Introduction to Design History and Theory

SARC 161 – Introduction to Design Communication

SARC 162 – Design Communication

200 Level Courses

BILD 232 – Sustainable Architecture

BILD 251 – History of Building Technology

BILD 262 – Building Project Management Cost Planning

LAND 211 – Landscape Architecture and Design

LAND 212 – Landscape Architecture Design Integration

LAND 221 – Landscape Architecture Sites and Systems

LAND 222 – Landscape Architecture Application

LAND 251 – Landscape Architecture History and Theory

LAND 261 – Landscape Architecture Communication

SARC 211 – Exhibition Design, Construction and Technologies

SARC 212 – Furniture Design, Construction and Technologies

SARC 221 – Building Materials and Construction

SARC 222 – Structural Systems

SARC 223 – Human Environmental Science

SARC 224 – Fire Safety Design

SARC 233 – Environment and Behaviour

SARC 252 – Building Heritage Conservation

SARC 261 – Communication

SARC 281 – Special Topic: Human Environmental Science

SARC 282 – Special Topic

SARC 283 – Special Topic

SARC 284 – Special Topic

SARC 285 – Special Topic

SARC 286 – Special Topic

300 Level Courses

BILD 331 – Sustainable and Regenerative Design

BILD 361 – Project Management

BILD 364 – Building Code Compliance

LAND 311 – Landscape Architecture Design

LAND 312 – Landscape Architecture Design Integration

LAND 321 – Landscape Architecture Construction

SARC 311 – Exhibition Design, Construction and Technologies

SARC 312 – Furniture Design, Construction and Technologies

SARC 321 – Construction

SARC 323 – Colour, Pattern, Light

SARC 351 – Urban Design Theory and Practice

SARC 352 – Pacific Designed Environments

SARC 353 – History of Architecture

SARC 354 – Interior Heritage Conservation

SARC 362 – Introduction to Practice and Management

SARC 363 – Digital Representation and Documentation

SARC 365 – Drawing

SARC 371 – International Field Study

SARC 381 – Special Topic

SARC 382 – Special Topic: Digital Design Methodologies

SARC 383 – ST: International Field Study to China, Tibet, India

SARC 384 – Special Topic: Criticism, Critique and Communication

SARC 385 – Special Topic: Parametric Architectural Design using Visual Programming

SARC 386 – Prison Architecture: Architecture, Policy and Representation

SARC 387 – Independent Study