Urban landscape architecture will offer the opportunity to explore the functional, expressive and social impact of new construction technology. It will encourage the development of an understanding of the interactions between people, activities and places, and the way the environment can influence mood and behaviour.
Landscape is at the forefront of key contemporary questions of biodiversity, sustainability and conservation and is well placed to examine and find solutions for problems arising from such inexorable forces as climate change and sea level rise.
To prepare you for the profession, we put an emphasis on cross-disciplinary practice and live competition briefs. Teaching staff and visiting professionals bring further industry perspectives to the course.
Graduates will leave Ravensbourne equipped with knowledge and skills in landscape architecture and a vision of a designer, underpinned by architectural and technical rigour. They will also have experience of team working, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the entrepreneurial skills and broader business awareness necessary to succeed and innovate in the creative professions and the built environment.
Urban landscape architecture graduates may go on to work across different areas of landscape; design, management, planning and urban design in private practice or government offices. Their solutions help create thriving communities and sustainable places.
Urban Landscape Architecture student collaboration
Second year BA (Hons) Urban Landscape Architecture students collaboration in this remaking of Lavapiés, a historic neighborhood in the city of Madrid, Spain.
For this course students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design.
We also welcome applicants who are able to demonstrate their abilities through the submission of a relevant portfolio showing their skills, abilities and suitability to the course.
When assessing if an applicant meets our entry requirements we may also consider the combination of a portfolio and academic qualifications, progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
Read our interview and portfolio advice.
What your course will look like
In level 4 (year one) you will be introduced to the different aspects of built environment study, the design process and the underpinning skills and theory. The first two terms of this year of study comprises a largely shared curriculum across BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures (IDEAs), BA (Hons) Architecture, and BA (Hons) Urban Landscape Architecture.
In the third term a specialist Landscape Unit is offered. We also encourage you to start thinking about your contextual studies research.
The second year of the course, (level 5) shifts towards interpretation of knowledge gained and the application of the skills acquired in Level 4 in the creative process and explores the subject specialisms in more depth. All Design Studio Units are specialist Units for Urban Landscape, while History and Theory Units are shared with other courses. We also set briefs that encourage you to collaborate with other students and create work as part of a design team.
You will bring your learning together in a final major design project, where you will investigate and make urban landscape design decisions. We also ask you to show your contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation. You will leave with a portfolio that shows your skills in addressing the opportunities and challenges raised through increasingly dense populations and high competition for resources.
Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Environment Design.
It is anticipated that a Master's in Landscape will be added to the other Master's courses currently in development and Landscape Institute accreditation will be sought.