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PGDip Landscape Architecture

Course overview

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Architecture, Computing and Engineering

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Full-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

This is a design based career conversion/ development course, for anyone who has a passion for Landscape Architecture, but a first degree in any other subject.
It is fully accredited by the Landscape Institute.  
A ‘conversion’ programme is an entry requirement for the Masters in Professional Landscape Architecture, unless you already have an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture/ Landscape Design. 
If you know you want to continue to the Masters degree, and don’t have a first degree in the subject, you may also consider applying for the Masters in Professional Landscape Architecture (with Conversion)

We will seek to enhance your existing skills and knowledge, including developing
•  your drawing, modelling and computer based representation skills,
•  your understanding of construction and planting design, and
•  theoretical and professional foundations of Landscape Architecture.
We want to give you the skills to explore your interests and find your direction within the wide scope of Landscape Architectural practice.
Based at our Docklands campus, you will benefit from and contribute to the exciting cultural life of the capital using London sites for your investigation and research.

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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This course is fully accredited by the Landscape Institute, putting you in a strong position when it comes to securing employment in the industry.

The programme is part of multi-award-winning Architecture and Design department, and enjoys a collaborative studio ethos, and engagement with live projects in one of the largest areas of urban redevelopment in Europe –ideal for the study of landscape architecture.

This is offered as a stand-alone course for students interested in landscape architecture, or a foundation year for progression to the MA Professional Landscape Architecture course.

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What we're researching

Course Leader Dr Bridget Snaith CMLI 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.

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

How you'll learn

At UEL you will be working in an inspiring, creative setting where your interests & passions count. You can gain from us the skills and understanding that will facilitate self expression. The Graduate Diploma runs alongside the MA in Professional Landscape Architecture, and offers opportunities for collaborative project work within Landscape Architecture and with Architecture and Urban Design students. We engage with live sites and clients, with projects tailored at a pace in keeping with your developing skills.

Dr Bridget Snaith

Graduate Dip Landscape Architecture, Course Leader

At UEL, we seek to assist students in developing a personal understanding of landscape, and an individual, considered approach to the design of publicly accessible places, through theory and practice. Our teaching is focussed on helping you acquire the skills and knowledge that we know are relevant to professional practice now, while developing your own trajectory for the future in this broad professional field.

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Minimum 2.1 Degree in any subject

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 

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(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

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Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components (or recognised equivalent).

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

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, migration, diversity, inequality, competition for resources, climate change, food security. We challenge you to consider your understanding of what landscape is about, what it can and should do. You’ll learn through design studio, through site visits, and by interaction with professionals and academics across a range of 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. We work in tandem with architecture and urban design students, who investigate the same sites through a different lens, providing opportunities for interdisciplinary working, as well as individual expression.  


What you'll study and when

  • Tools, Principles & Theories Landscape Architecture (core)
  • Theories and Contexts: landscape architecture (Core)

How you'll be assessed

The four taught modules are assessed through a portfolio of written / illustrated reports, and design portfolios, and by your contributions to seminar discussions and design exercises throughout the programme. Your submitted coursework is completed against detailed project briefs, with submission types including design proposals presented in a variety of media, practical 3D work, essay assignments, illustrated reports, seminar papers and presentations. All submissions are supported through tutorials, field visits and lectures.
All coursework is double marked.


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Your future career

The integration of landscape design with architectural and urban design practice is of ever- increasing importance.  Landscape Architects are more and more in demand professionally, nationally and internationally. There is a high industry employment rate.  Most accredited programmes graduates find jobs on leaving education. 85% of landscape architects are working in full-time roles (Landscape Institute 2016).  Our School has links with a range of landscape architectural practices, and will give you invaluable experience of working collaboratively with other disciplines, on live projects and with professionals in the field.
Students at the University of East London have a strong track record in gaining employment – and a reputation for being talented designers who show skill and sensitivity. Our Post Graduate Diploma 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 a pathway to future membership for students who meet the Institute’s requirements.


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