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Landscape Architecture

 

 
 

About the programme

Landscape Architecture is a discipline that focuses on intervention in the landscape through the activities of planning, design and management. It also focuses on the science that underpins these activities and the implementation of proposals.  It is united around the concept of landscape, which is defined in various ways but is generally understood to mean outdoor spaces, environments and places and relationships between people and these spaces, environments and places, both in terms of activities and perceptions. 

Landscape Architecture is concerned with landscapes of all types, both urban and rural, and at all scales from the smallest open space to the region.

The curriculum builds on the level of achievement expected at bachelor level with in depth studies of a range of more specialised subjects covering both practical and theoretical fields, including ones which have special aspects suitable for study in Estonia.

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Teaching methods
 

In the programme, we use a mix of individual study and group project work. Teaching modes range from formal lectures and seminars or field trips to tuition on studio-based design projects, opportunities for research range from library-based research to field work.

 

Assessment methods include writing examination papers, essays and reports, but also hand-drawn or digital graphic-based plans and images. We consider open, public presentation and criticism of design projects important. We discuss realistic planning, design or management problems, which form the basis of the project work. A relatively large proportion of the curriculum is dedicated to design studios, field visits, and research.

 

 

 

Learning outcomes

The students become professional landscape architects recognised both in Estonia and internationally, primarily through European Federation of Landscape Architecture (EFLA) accreditation. 

The programme equips students with appropriate knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

  • the physical and natural systems and processes and the complex range of social, economic and cultural factors that interact together to shape the landscape
  • the theories and concepts underlying the practice of landscape architecture
  • the range of techniques and materials used in landscape architecture
  • the professional, legal, institutional and administrative context in which landscape architecture is practised, including, where appropriate, contract law and landscape specification
  • the social, cultural and environmental values and ethical issues relevant to practise as a landscape architect, with particular emphasis on the role of sustainability
  • the interface between the different areas of the landscape profession and between landscape architecture and other professions

The programme also equips students with the advanced skills that are essential to preparation for study and critical and reflective practice in landscape architecture. Skills include:

  • to interpret or develop a brief, through research, analysis and exploration
  • to identify, analyse, synthesise and apply appropriate data and information to support the development of solutions through design
  • to generate, develop and evaluate creative, innovative and appropriate design solutions and proposals
  • to employ a range of relevant techniques and materials to specify and implement creative designs
  • to conduct most aspects of the professional practice of landscape architecture

 

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Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be able to work in professional practice in private design offices, in local government or government agencies throughout Europe and beyond where their skills are needed. They may also use the master degree as a basis for entering a doctoral programme.

 

Scholarships

The Estonian University of Life Sciences offers 2 scholarships (a tuition fee free study place) for the 2016 intake: 1 for a candidate from EU countries and 1 for a candidate from non-EU countries. The scholarship will be awarded to the candidate with highest amount of admission points collected for the portfolio and the interview. In order to maintain the scholarship during the whole nominal period of studies, scholarship recipient must comply with the requirements set for full-time study (30 European Credit Transfer System credit points (ECTS) in each semester). If not, the scholarship recipient shall cover his/her cost of tuition, pursuant to the University Council Regulation "Terms and Procedure for Covering the Cost of Tuition in Formal Study", for the remaining study period.

The decision about awarding scholarships will be announced on the 1st of June (candidates from non-EU countries) and on the 30th of June (candidates from EU countries).

You can also apply for the scholarship offered by Estonian Government, the amount of which is 350 euros per month. More information about the scholarship can be found here. The deadline for applying is March 31.

 

Contact details

 

For admission requirements:

Eda Aitsen
Department of Academic Affairs
eda.aitsenemu.ee
 

For programme contents, portfolio requirements:

Friedrich Kuhlmann
Department of Landscape Architecture
friedrich.kuhlmannemu.ee

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme duration: 2 years

Degree:  Master of Science in Engineering

Language: English

Tuition fee: 2100 EUR/year

Deadline for application:
Students from EU, Georgia and Turkey: May 31

Non-EU students: May 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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