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Curriculum

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Degree is a five-year undergraduate program focused on Urban Landscapes, and reinforced through an integrated foundation experience and a liberal studies curriculum rich in the arts and natural sciences. The program is composed of three phases: Foundation, Integration and Synthesis.

During Foundation, all entering undergraduate BAC students share their first year experience and are exposed to broad principles of design thinking. Fundamental design concepts and a universal spatial language are framed through a balanced mixture of discipline specific courses in design history and theory, critical reading, writing, and design media, as well as through a wide range of liberal arts, humanities, and arts and science topics that promote students' social and engaged thinking.

The second phase of the study, Integration, takes students through a series of spatial scales and complexities, each aligned with a specific set of supporting technologies. Local, regional and world spaces and cities are studied through the lenses of urban ecology, infrastructure, transportation and sustainable practices, and then applied in studios to institutional planning, mix-use, commercial, housing, and urban public realm sites. Landscape Architecture design media and technologies, sustainability, and the construction of landscapes are a constant focus.

The third and final Segment, Synthesis, culminates with students' successful completion of design and liberal studies explorations, as represented through Degree I and II projects in Landscape Architecture.

During both Integration and Synthesis, students participate in Practice and partake in community work and professional collaboration. Through applied learning, students begin to formulate and refine ideas that will further strengthen their Landscape Architectural studies.

The BLA professional degree conferred by the School of Landscape Architecture at the BAC is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board (LAAB).

  • All Segments
  • Segment I
  • Segment II
  • Segment III

Semester 1

  • FND1006 City Lab
  • FND1003 Foundation Studio 1
  • FND1005 Design Representation
  • FND1001 Critical Reading and Research 1

Semester 2

  • FND1004 Foundation Studio 2
  • FND2011 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND1010 Making and Modeling
  • FND1002 Critical Reading and Research 2
  • FND2003 Community Practice
  • PRV0001 Portfolio Review

Semester 3

  • LAN2001 LA Studio - Ecological Analysis and Conceptual Frameworks
  • DME2015 Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design (Introduction)
  • DME2016 Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design – (Applications)
  • DME Geometric Modeling
  • DME2017 Illustration: Information Graphics, Diagramming & Publishing
  • MNS1001 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 4

  • LAN1002 LA Studio: Natural Systems and the City
  • MNS2004 Ecology Systems
  • Arts Elective
  • MNS1003 Botany
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 5

  • LAN1003 LA Studio: Housing and Institutional Planning
  • TSM2008 Grading 1: Landforms, Earthwork and Grading
  • MNS2009 Plant Taxonomy
  • HTC2013 History of Landscape Architecture 1
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 6

  • LAN2004 LA Studio: Urban Design and Infrastructure Networks
  • TSM2009 Grading 2: Principles of Hydrology and Stormwater Management
  • SSH1012 Social and Political Theory
  • HTC2014 History of Landscape Architecture 2
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 7

  • LAN1005 LA Studio: Advanced Open Studio
  • TSM2013 Public Policy and Environmental Ethics for Sustainable Communities
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Elective
  • TSM2011 Materials and Methods: Construction Details, Appl. and Admin. 1
  • TSM2012 Materials and Mehtods: Construction Details, Appl. and Admin. 2
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 8

  • XDS1000 LA Studio: Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio
  • SSH1099 Independent Study Seminar
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective
  • SUS2022 Sustainable Planting Design and Practices
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

  • Practice Requirement: Skill Level 5

Semester 9

  • LAN1015 LA Degree Project Studio 1
  • SSH1104 Advanced Research Strategies
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective

Semester 10

  • LAN1016 LA Degree Studio Project 2
  • TSM2018 Professional Practice
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

 

Practice Requirement: Skill Level 6

Total Practice Hours: 2100*

*including a minimum of one Community Practice project

Semester 1

  • FND1006 City Lab
  • FND1003 Foundation Studio 1
  • FND1005 Design Representation
  • FND1001 Critical Reading and Research 1

Semester 2

  • FND1004 Foundation Studio 2
  • FND2011 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND1010 Making and Modeling
  • FND1002 Critical Reading and Research 2
  • FND2003 Community Practice
  • PRV0001 Portfolio Review

Semester 3

  • LAN2001 LA Studio - Ecological Analysis and Conceptual Frameworks
  • DME2015 Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design (Introduction)
  • DME2016 Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design – (Applications)
  • DME Geometric Modeling Elective
  • DME2017 Illustration: Information Graphics, Diagramming & Publishing
  • MNS1001 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 4

  • LAN1002 LA Studio: Natural Systems and the City
  • MNS2004 Ecology Systems
  • Arts Elective
  • MNS1003 Botany
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 5

  • LAN1003 LA Studio: Housing and Institutional Planning
  • TSM2008 Grading 1: Landforms, Earthwork and Grading
  • MNS2009 Plant Taxonomy
  • HTC2013 History of Landscape Architecture 1
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 6

  • LAN2004 LA Studio: Urban Design and Infrastructure Networks
  • TSM2009 Grading 2: Principles of Hydrology and Stormwater Management
  • SSH1012 Social and Political Theory
  • HTC2014 History of Landscape Architecture 2
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 7

  • LAN1005 LA Studio: Advanced Open Studio
  • TSM2013 Public Policy and Environmental Ethics for Sustainable Communities
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Elective
  • TSM2011 Materials and Methods: Construction Details, Appl. and Admin. 1
  • TSM2012 Materials and Mehtods: Construction Details, Appl. and Admin. 2
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 8

  • XDS1000 LA Studio: Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio
  • SSH1099 Independent Study Seminar
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective
  • SUS2022 Sustainable Planting Design and Practices
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Practice Requirement: Skill Level 5

Total Practice Hours: 1800 

Semester 9

  • LAN1015 LA Degree Project Studio 1
  • SSH1104 Advanced Research Strategies
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective

Semester 10

  • LAN1016 LA Degree Studio Project 2
  • TSM2018 Professional Practice
  • Advanced Liberal Studies Elective
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Practice Requirement: Skill Level 6

Total Practice Hours: 2100*

*including a minimum of one Community Practice project.