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Curriculum

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) Degree is a three-year graduate program* focused on Urban Landscapes and Ecological Infrastructure. The program is composed of three phases: Foundation, Integration and Synthesis.

During Foundation, all entering graduate BAC students share their first semester studio and are exposed to extensive principles of design thinking. Fundamental design concepts and a universal spatial language are framed. Courses in history and theory, critical reading and research, design media, including freehand and digital 2D and 3D representation, mark the beginning of the Master's program.

Through the second phase, Integration, students are led through a more complex set of spatial problems addressing global, regional and local aspects of urban landscape architecture and urban design systems thinking. New and revitalized polycentric urban cores and their livable communities are considered via natural and constructed ecologies, and then designed for their optimal spatial and cultural potential. Throughout the program students explore Landscape Architecture technologies, including sustainable infrastructure principles and applications, and develop a deeper comprehension of the social significance of spatial history and design. Existing methodologies for sustainable thinking, through both research and applied learning, is a consistent focus of the study.

In the third and final Segment, Synthesis, students enter an independent phase of Thesis research and studio. At this stage, students formulate individual proposals in an area of professional inquiry, and must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding, knowledge and mastery of the applied study of 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 practice.

*Post-professional degree candidates (those with a Bachelor of Design or Architecture related fields) may accomplish the MLA program with advanced standing.

The MLA 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

  • FND3006 City Lab
  • FND3032 Transdisciplinary Studio
  • FND3033 Visual Thinking
  • FND3031 Design Theory and Inquiry

Semester 2

  • LAN2001 LA Studio - Ecological Analysis and Conceptual Frameworks
  • DME2015 Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design Introduction
  • DME2016 Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design – Applications
  • FND2011 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND3010 Making and Modeling
  • FND2003 Community Practice
  • PRV0001 Portfolio Review

Semester 3

  • LAN3003 LA Studio: Housing and Institutional Planning
  • DME2017 Information Graphics, Diagramming & Publishing
  • DME Geometric Modeling Elective
  • TSM2008 Grading 1: Landforms, Earthwork and Grading
  • MNS2009 Plant Taxonomy
  • HTC2013 History of Landscape Architecture 1
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300 

Semester 4

  • LAN2004 LA Studio: Urban Design and Infrastructure Networks
  • TSM2009 Grading 2: Principles of Hydrology and Stormwater Management
  • MNS2004 Ecology Systems
  • SSH3007 Research in Social Science: Topics + Methods
  • HTC2014 History of Landscape Architecture 2
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 5

  • XDS3001 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio
  • TSM2011 Materials and Methods: Construction Details, Appl.and Admin. 1
  • TSM2012 Materials and Methods: Construction Details, Appl.and Admin. 2
  • TSM2013 Public Policy and Environmental Ethics for Sustainable Communities
  • LAN3010 Landscape Architecture Thesis Research
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 6

  • LAN3011 Landscape Architecture Thesis Studio
  • SUS2022 Sustainable Planting Design and Practices
  • TSM2018 Professional Practice

Practice Requirement: Skill Level 6

Total Practice Hours: 900* 

*including a minimum of one Community Practice project  

Semester 1

  • FND3006 City Lab
  • FND3032 Transdisciplinary Studio
  • FND3033 Visual Thinking
  • FND3031 Design Theory and Inquiry

Semester 2

  • LAN2001 LA Studio - Ecological Analysis and Conceptual Frameworks
  • DME2015 Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design Introduction
  • DME2016 Landscape Representation: GIS and Environmental Design – Applications
  • FND2011 Sustainable Material Assemblies
  • FND3010 Making and Modeling
  • FND2003 Community Practice
  • PRV0001 Portfolio Review

Semester 3

  • LAN2003 LA Studio: Housing and Institutional Planning
  • DME2017 Information Graphics, Diagramming & Publishing
  • DME Geometric Modeling Elective
  • TSM2008 Grading 1: Landforms, Earthwork and Grading
  • MNS2009 Plant Taxonomy
  • HTC2013 History of Landscape Architecture 1
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 4

  • LAN2004 LA Studio: Urban Design and Infrastructure Networks
  • TSM2009 Grading 2: Principles of Hydrology and Stormwater Management
  • MNS2004 Ecology Systems
  • SSH3007 Research in Social Science: Topics + Methods
  • HTC2014 History of Landscape Architecture 2
  • PRV0002 Portfolio Review 2
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Practice Requirement: Skill Level 5

Total Practice Hours: 600

Semester 5

  • XDS3001 Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio
  • TSM2011 Materials and Methods: Construction Details, Appl.and Admin. 1
  • TSM2012 Materials and Methods: Construction Details, Appl.and Admin. 2
  • TSM2013 Public Policy and Environmental Ethics for Sustainable Communities
  • LAN3010 Landscape Architecture Thesis Research
  • Semester Total of Practice Hours: 300

Semester 6

  • LAN3011 Landscape Architecture Thesis Studio
  • SUS2022 Sustainable Planting Design and Practices
  • TSM2018 Professional Practice

Total Practice Requirement: Skill Level 6

Total Practice Hours: 900*

*including a minimum of one Community Practice project.