Master in Landscape Architecture

Academy of Art University

Program Description

Master in Landscape Architecture

Academy of Art University

landscape architecture

Master of Arts (MA) Degree

MA Landscape Architecture Unit Requirements

Major 36 units

TOTAL 36 units

MA Landscape Architecture Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units

MA Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Design Solutions

  • Demonstrate basic command of the key principles, systems, and elements of design that inform two- and three- dimensional design and composition
  • Produce defensible design and planning solutions that reflect an awareness of the historical, ecological and climatic factors of a given site
  • Creatively solve design problems

Research and Design Process

  • Conduct sufficient research and analyze findings at appropriate junctures in the design process
  • Explore sufficient concepts and alternatives, and test them against relevant criteria and standards

Natural Systems

Identify and evaluate key features and processes found on a site (such as soil types, individual plant species, plant communities, wildlife, climatic conditions, and hydrology) to determine design opportunities and constraints

Human and Social Factors

Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities that exist between human behavior and outdoor space in design proposals

Technical Systems and Materials

  • Apply the principles of sustainability to design technically accurate and ecologically sensitive grading and drainage plans and irrigation systems
  • Select and evaluate materials that will both enhance the aesthetic and ecological qualities of a given site and provide for the programmatic requirements of the client and/or user group

History, Theory, and Criticism

Demonstrate an awareness of fundamental design traditions, ideas, and influences in design proposals

Visual and Verbal Communication

  • Consolidate research and present ideas in a concise and convincing verbal presentation
  • Select appropriate representational media, including computer graphics and freehand drawing, to express essential information throughout the design process

Professional Readiness

Produce a professional portfolio demonstrating their skills and design process

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA program provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in Landscape Architecture.

Track I is available to students who have already obtained an undergraduate professional degree, such as a BLA or BArch. Coursework emphasizes theories of open urban spaces, collaborative and interdisciplinary methods of design and implementation, sustainability, and advanced digital rendering techniques.

Track II is available to students with a BA or BS degree, who have limited or no experience with art and design. Coursework focuses on establishing the fundamentals of drafting, site engineering, planting design, ecological systems, site analysis and site design, and regional planning and analysis.

MFA Landscape Architecture Unit Requirements

Track I

  • Major 27 units
  • Directed Study 18 units
  • Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
  • Electives* 6 units

TOTAL 63 units

Track II

  • Major 51 units
  • Directed Study 18 units
  • Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
  • Electives* 6 units

TOTAL 87 units

*Per director approval

MFA Landscape Architecture Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units or 87 units

MFA Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

DESIGN SOLUTIONS

  • Demonstrate command of the basic principles , systems, and elements of design that inform two- and three- dimensional design and composition.
  • Produce defensible design, planning and management solutions that reflect knowledge of the cultural, historical, ecological and climatic factors of a given site.
  • Demonstrate effective and appropriate design choices at a variety of scales for pedestrian and vehicular circulation, grading, drainage, and storm water management.
  • Creatively solve design problems

RESEARCH AND DESIGN PROCESS

  • Conduct sufficient research and analyze findings at appropriate junctures in the design process.
  • Explore sufficient concepts and alternatives, and test them against relevant criteria and standards
  • Work effectively with the natural forms, processes and elements of an indigenous landscape during the entire design process.
  • Prepare a comprehensive program for a landscape architectural project, including assessment of client and user needs, a critical review of appropriate precedents, an analysis of site conditions, a review of the relevant codes, laws and standards and assessment of their implication for the project.

NATURAL SYSTEMS

  • Identify the indigenous components and processes found on any site (soil types, individual plant species, plant communities, wildlife, climatic conditions, and hydrology) and determine the resultant design opportunities and constraints.
  • Apply principles and strategies of sustainability to design work.

HUMAN AND SOCIAL FACTORS

  • Demonstrate understanding of the diverse needs, values, behavioral norms, physical ability, and social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures and individuals and the implication of this diversity for the societal roles and responsibilities of landscape architects.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the theories and methods of inquiry that seek to clarify the relationship between human behavior and the physical environment.

TECHNICAL SYSTEMS AND MATERIALS

  • Apply the principles of sustainability to design technically accurate and ecologically sensitive grading and drainage plans and irrigation systems.
  • Select and evaluate materials that will enhance the aesthetic and ecological qualities of a given site as well as provide for the programmatic requirements of the client and/or user group.
  • Estimate cost of materials and installation.
  • Develop innovative construction details that solve complex structural, functional, aesthetic/environmental issues.
  • Demonstrate site design and implementation strategies applying appropriate technologies, materials and methods.

HISTORY, THEORY, AND CRITICISM

  • Demonstrate understanding of prevailing traditions (western, non-western, regional, and vernacular) in the built environment and the various factors (climatic, cultural, socioeconomic, and technological factors) that have shaped them.
  • Display a working knowledge of the theoretical foundations of and central ideas in landscape architecture.

PUBLIC POLICY AND REGULATION

  • Recognize the design opportunities and limitations of building and construction codes.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the landscape architect’s responsibility as determined by registration law, codes and regulations, professional service contracts, zoning and subdivision ordinances, environmental regulation, historic preservation laws, and accessibility laws.

VISUAL AND VERBAL COMMUNICATION

  • Consolidate copious research and present complex ideas in a concise and convincing verbal presentation.
  • Select appropriate representational media, including computer graphics and freehand drawing, to express essential information throughout the design process
  • Make technically precise drawings, recognizing their importance as legal documents.

PROFESSIONAL READINESS

  • Work in collaboration with other students in pursuit of complex design solutions .
  • Demonstrate understanding of the need for landscape architects to provide leadership in the design and construction process and on issues of growth, development, and aesthetics in their communities.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the basic principles and legal aspects of practice organization, financial management, business planning, time and project management, risk mitigation, and mediation and arbitration as well as an understanding of trends that affect practice, such as globalization, outsourcing, project delivery, expanding practice settings, and diversity.
  • Produce a professional portfolio demonstrating their skills and design process.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the ethical issues involved in the development and application of professional judgment in landscape architectural design and practice.
  • Demonstrate basic command of construction documentation and administration.

Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status.

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Last updated September 27, 2016
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