Landscape Architecture - BA (Hons)

UCAS Code:
K310
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years)
Starting:
September 2016, September 2017
Campus:

Learn how to create vibrant exterior environments with our accredited Landscape Architecture degree course. The course will change the way you see the world around you as you’re encouraged to think about design in all aspects of your life.

Strong connections with the region’s best landscape architecture practices and global firms such as Atkins give our students unrivalled insight and networking opportunities. That’s why our graduates go on to secure roles in industry with the likes of Arup, Atkins, Fira and Camlins.

What's covered in the course?

Covering all aspects of landscape architecture, our course is fully recognised and accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) and supported by a leading design team in its field. 

You’ll work in a design studio culture, which mimics real-world creative practice for landscape architects and prepares you for your future career.

Experience on live local sites and project briefs in landscape studios will develop your design creativity and hone your professional practice skills. Placements and competitions will give you fantastic opportunities. There are also chances to compete for industry connected awards.

You’ll have the chance to be part of collaborative architecture and design initiatives within the School of Architecture that give you the chance to work on a diverse variety of live projects. Past examples include: Explorations in timber construction in the Wyre Forest, communicating with the public about what they really want from design for Stirchley High Street in Birmingham and implementation of a viewing structure to observe wetland ecology at Henbury Ponds.

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend lectures and take part in workshops from a large variety of international and award winning professionals. Previous guest speakers have included Martha Schwartz, Andrew Grant, Andrew Wilson, Jeppe Aagard Anderson, Neil Porter, Chris Beardshaw and Kim Wilkie.

We're a boutique school, accepting only 65 students each year, creating an intimate learning environment. You’ll be based in our multi-million pound City Centre Campus Parkside Building and have access to digital studios and 3D design workshops.

The proximity of the newly built Eastside Park provides inspiration to your studies, introducing a strong example of contemporary civic space and park design.

“I have gained so many new experiences that have really allowed me to appreciate the places around me. The University provides the support you need, while giving you a freedom that allows your projects to be as creative and individual as you want. The course provided a great stepping stone between education and employment, and the experience allowed me to gain employment at a Landscape Architect practice straight after my degree.” Jocelyn Bennett

Why Choose Us?

  • The course is fully recognised and accredited by the Landscape Institute, allowing you to work towards full UK chartered membership.
  • You’ll gain real industry experience, working on a wide range of briefs, from broad strategic scale, down to detailed design for construction.
  • Our connections with the region’s best landscape architecture practices give you unrivalled work experience while studying and helps you secure employment after graduation.
  • 91 per cent of leavers from the School were in employment or further study, according to a recent survey.
  • Birmingham School of Architecture and Design is highly respected and has a rich history of providing education and opportunities. It celebrated its centenary in 2009.
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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Fira Architecturer
  • Stax Creations

And in jobs such as:

  • Graduate Landscape Architect
  • CEO - Founder

This course is accredited by:

Landscape Institute (LI)

Entry Requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students
Essential

Portfolios are not mandatory for any undergraduate course within the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design if you are a UK-based home student. However, if you'd like to provide a portfolio before or on your applicant visit day, you may do so electronically or physically (however we would prefer electronically). Find out more details here.

A portfolio is required for International applications.  Find out more details here.

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2016/17
GCE A Level/ AS Level BBC at A-Level or 280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A-Levels
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2. Must be in a relevant subject pathway
BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years) D*D* or combined with other Level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years) DMM - 280 UCAS points
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years) D* or combined with other Level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design Distinction
International Baccalaureate Diploma 28 points overall
Irish Leaving Certificate 280 UCAS points - Higher Levels
Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher 280 UCAS points
Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options) 120 tariff points combined with other Level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points
Other qualifications
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.

Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
EU/International students
Essential
EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications Requirements 2016/17
IELTS Non English speakers require IELTS 6.0
International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses). 28 points overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.

 

International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for 2016/17, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
or
predicted DMM at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Guidance for UK/EU students

UCAS

UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
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 Write a personal statement
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Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office. You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Year one

Laying the foundation for deeper understanding, this year covers a broad spread of study areas, moving seamlessly, connecting abstract design theory and consideration of global scale contexts, to micro-scale understanding of materials and technology.

Through this process, you will gain an understanding of the scope, scale and connectivity of landscape architecture, its transformative abilities and power to help ensure a global human future.

Modules include:
Inception
Precedent Terra Forma
Materials Elements
Design Projects Components
Praxis Skills
Materials Flora
Design Project Composition

Year two

You'll develop professional approaches to design and construction in your second year.

You will develop connections between key design theories and real-world practice, through debate of current topics, placement study, collaborative projects (Co.LAB), and the exploration of two different multifaceted design processes.

Modules include:
CO.LAB Practice

There are a range of interesting projects under our CoLab programme, of particular note are partnership projects with Swanshursts Girls School where we are restoring an ancient hedgerow, High Park where we are implementing a viewing structure to observe wetland ecology at Henbury Ponds and a rainwater harvesting device that introduces sustainable drainage as a component of new wetland habitats.

 
Theory Place
 
Material Construction
 
Praxis Approach
 
Design Project Placemaking
 
Design Project Designed Ecologies

Year three

Through guided but self-directed investigations, you will define your own academic pathway.

Built on research and led via creative but pragmatic exploration in design, you will successfully communicate connections between theory, contextual analysis, project brief, conceptual proposals, design development and design detail, to produce a broad-scale, multi-layered design project.

Modules include:
Special Study Investigate
Major Design Project Scope
Major Design Project Concept
Major Design Project Synthesis
Major Design Project Detail

Our landscape architecture degree is assessed on 100 per cent course work, with no practical or written exams. We feel this best mirrors the way you’d work in the real world and so better prepares you for a career in the landscape design industry.

You'll benefit from our extensive resource base, including digital studios and 3D design workshops. There will also be traditional drawing workshops with observational and technical drawing, model-making and digital visual communication skills. You'll begin to develop a strong portfolio and confidence with design principles and visual communication.

The course follows a clear development path over its duration.

Teaching breakdown

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Assessment breakdown

Student stories

Dan Martyr

At the School we were encouraged to think about design all the time; to make design a central part of our lives. As a group we were focused obsessed, with Landscape Architecture. Our tutors directed this focus to our advantage, helping us work together as a group, and develop our skills as individuals. The course will change the way you see the world around you!

Jocelyn Bennett

I stumbled across the Landscape Institute website, having never heard of the profession, but it brought everything I enjoyed together: the outdoors, design, ecology, place making.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

Landscape Institute (LI)
Landscape Institute

The course is fully recognised and accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI), the UK national organisation for landscape professionals concerned with enhancing and conserving the environment.

Our accreditation shows employers that students graduating from our course have the levels of knowledge and skills they need. The revalidation process takes place annually by the Landscape Institute’s Professional Review Group and they look very closely at the way the course is designed to meet the requirements of today’s profession.

Overseas opportunities

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students in 31 European countries to study for part of their degree in another EU country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Landscape Architecture students have a number of opportunities available. Trishna Patel spent a semester studying in the Netherlands, giving her insight into how the subject is taught in other European countries. She said: “Studying, living and working in a different country is the greatest opportunity you can take. I have experienced different cultures and made friends beyond borders. I would recommend this to everyone.”

Further Study

You can further your studies with a postgraduate qualification. The course enables you to apply for membership of the Landscape Institute (LI), the profession’s governing body, and a postgraduate diploma or full-time Master’s in Landscape Architecture. Look at our range of courses.

Trips and visits

You’ll find inspiration and add context to your studies with the opportunity to visit sites of interest. A three-day trip to Paris examined 15 different landscape architecture projects. Students have also visited the Eden Project in Cornwall. You’ll also be taken to undeveloped sites where you will use your imagination and skills to work on potential landscape architectural proposals.

Student stories Scott Dyde

China based Freelancer

My degree in Landscape Architecture from the University is invaluable. I wouldn't be where I am now without the education and training I received here. The teaching is fantastic and the studios are cutting-edge

I went through the whole A Level process studying geography, geology and computer science, which led me to consider a profession in Landscape Architecture. Studying for this degree I learned to think creatively for myself and to solve complex problems, not just remember facts and figures. It totally changed my outlook on life and the way I approach work.

Enhancing your employability skills

You’ll have a sound knowledge of the physical, economic and social factors which influence contemporary built environment practice. You’ll also understand the professional, legal and institutional framework of landscape architecture.

You’ll develop a comprehensive portfolio that shows employers a range of skills in design practice and academic study.

Experience on live local sites with client-driven briefs in landscape studios will develop your design creativity and hone your professional practice skills.

You’ll be skilled in the latest techniques, including rapid prototyping and 3D design.

The course supports student employability and long-term career opportunity  through enhancing your development and instilling an understanding of life-long professional progression.

You’ll develop a range of transferable skills, such as how to communicate ideas and solve problems, as well as developing negotiation and planning skills. You’ll learn how to work effectively and efficiently either on your own or as part of a team.

Your skills will be in demand - architecture, building and planning courses are one of the top 12 degree subjects for getting a job according to a recent article in the Telegraph.

Placements

We have connections with landscape architecture firms. Our students benefit from these outstanding links, particularly through placement opportunities. Landscape Architecture student Daniel Watson completed a three-month paid summer placement at one of the world’s leading design, engineering and project management consultancies, Atkins.

Daniel was awarded the prize of a placement after demonstrating technical excellence and design innovation in a submission looking at uses of land within a flood plain in Shrewsbury. He said: “My placement has given me a unique glimpse into working on ‘real life’ projects, learning from a team of experts every day.”

The prestigious competition will continue to run as part of the course and other placements are widely available.

More about our placement opportunities...

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

OpportUNIty Student: Ula Bujauskaite

Ula worked as both a student consultant and a student ambassador while she studied for her Landscape Architecture BA.

She found the University to be flexible and very much enjoyed her experience, balancing work and study life. “I found it both interesting and easily manageable,” said Ula. “It was great that you could easily adapt or combine working hours with studying time.”

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

We have excellent links with practices both nationally and locally, offering good employment prospects across the profession. Graduates have secured roles with firms such as Node, Camlins, Arup, Fira and Atkins, and have positions ranging from graduate landscape architects to founding CEOs.

Andy Williams is director of practice at Define and Laura Bradley set up Bradley Murphy.

Graduate Nathaniel Hanna worked freelance and after being approached by a client who wanted a yard space converted into an outdoor venue, set about using wooden pallets he had to hand and created spectacular outdoor furniture. He began to buy the planks in bulk and produced his own range of pallet furniture. Stax Creations now operate out of a 50,000 square foot space in Digbeth and employ five people – four of which are also our graduates. Nathaniel said: “Studying landscape architecture essentially taught me to add value to a space using design and innovation.”

Scott Dyde’s freelance work has taken him to the USA and China, working with talented designers from all over the world.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our international students

Our international reputation, professional accreditation and outstanding graduate success rate attracts students from countries such as China.

Taiwanese-Canadian Yi-Chun Huang said is going into the third year of the Landscape Architecture course. “I moved to Birmingham City University as a product design student at the Toyo Institute of Art and Design in Japan. I chose the University as my first interaction with the Dean was very warm and inspiring and encouraged me. I would like to explore more and gain varied skills in different fields. And my future plan would be to find a good job in UK.”

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our landscape architecture course is most popular with international students from:  

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

Landscape Architecture students are based at our City Centre Campus in The Parkside Building, a multi-million pound centre of excellence in the heart of Birmingham. The five-floor building opened in June 2013.

Landscape Space

Landscape courses are based on the 4th floor of The Parkside Building. Utilising a range of rooms for different activities, including open design studio, lecture, computer skills, physical materials workshops and outdoor visits and sessions. We also aim to utilise outdoor sessions as weather permits.

Landscape Common Room

In addition, there are a lot of common areas and ‘breakout’ spaces for students to work in The Parkside Building, including a café, equipped with tables, sofas, multi-OS (Windows/Osx, with appropriate software) a printer and sockets.

Landscape Working Area

There are also a lot of common areas and ‘breakout’ spaces for students to work in The Parkside Building, including a café, equipped with tables, sofas, multi-OS (Windows/Osx, with appropriate software) a printer and sockets.

Printing Facilities

As a Landscape student you can take advantage of our large scale printing and scanning facilities which will allow you to produce work in a variety of paper sizes, quality and style. Students can also send items to be printed via their email account.

Art Shop

The City Centre Campus shop provides students with a huge variety of materials and stationery. All the necessary stuff they need to be more creative!

Library

Our library is in the adjacent Millennium Point building. It has a large variety of landscape books and knowledgeable staff to help you.

Outside Areas

The Inner Garden on the third floor is a place for an outdoor coffee, lunch, contemplation and relaxing. And all these without the need to leave the building! While on the fourth floor, Landscape students have a unique view of the new park, historical building of Curzon Station and the city centre.

Lucas Hughes

Senior Tutor/ Programme Director

Lucas Hughes holds qualifications in landscape architecture and urban design. He has a broad range of interest and experience within several professional sectors linking across the built-environment industry. His core focus is to promote high quality, integrated, design-led processes for the creation of characterful and sensitive built environment solutions.

Russell Good

Senior Tutor/ Postgraduate Course Director

Russell Good’s research explores ecological and hydrological systems in the context of climate change, in order to inform and develop new aesthetic codes in landscape design. Using the urban River Rea in Digbeth, Birmingham as a laboratory, he is examining how ecological processes can be used as a device in place making, to enhance biodiversity and draw upon the richness of new layers of animal and plant life to provide a living dynamic that informs our sensory perception of place.

Professor Kathryn Moore

Professor of Landscape Architecture

Professor of landscape architecture Kathryn Moore has published extensively on design quality, theory, education and practice. She is also President of the International Federation of Landscape Institute and past President of the Landscape Institute, UK.

Professor Richard Coles

Professor of Urban Landscape and Environmental Interaction

Richard is Professor of Urban Landscape and Environmental Interaction, having a strong interest in the environment both from biological perspectives and the ways that individuals use and perceive it. His original discipline is forestry but, working within an architectural school and within an art and design faculty, he is in a unique position to consider environmental interaction combining scientific knowledge with arts-based practice.

His research embraces such aspects as community and urban forestry, undertaking work for the original community forests and urban greening where he has developed tools and concepts, such as social criteria, which explore how individuals react with the environment.

Emphasis is on a user-centred approach to consider the nature of environmental interaction, where more recent work focuses on the wellbeing agenda, embracing, in particular, qualitative methodologies which explore such facets as 'being in nature', and the connections and flows that occur, or can be induced by various interventions. He supervises a range of PhD students in associated subject areas.

Mark Cowell

Senior Lecturer Landscape Architecture

Course Director for the Graduate Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Landscape Architecture. Mark is qualified in Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Art History and, prior to teaching he worked in Landscape/Urban Design practice in the UK and overseas for around 15 years.

He had been through various posts as Landscape Architect and Group Leader Landscape Arch. as well as in many professional roles, where some of them are Chair of SCHOLA, Member of Landscape Institute Education, Member of QAA National Benchmarking Panel for Architecture & Landscape Architecture, Chair of Organising Committee, Member Bid Group.

He has led various course programmes of which an intensive 2-week Programme in Landscape Architecture at LAU for Arch. and Interior Students in April 1996 and also visited various parts of Lebanon at that time seeing both the landscape (Mount Lebanon, Chouff Mountains) and urban development (Beirut, Jbeil Tripoli) of this extraordinary country.

He is an external examiner of landscape architecture courses in universities around UK, for more than 15 years.

Chris Beardshaw

Visiting Lecturer

Chris is principally trained in Landscape Architecture and separately as a Horticulturalist which makes him a rare combination in the garden design world and enables his to bring both disciplines to the fore and certainly to the benefit of his clients. His enthusiasm for plants, good design and the desire to work in harmony with the natural landscape and wildlife is reflected throughout his work.

Chris is a popular show garden designer, having produced award winning schemes at all of the RHS show as well as many international flower shows. He has racked up over 15 RHS medals many of which are Best in Show's and Gold awards as well as a growing selection of international accolades.

Peter Dunlop

Visiting Lecturer

A chartered landscape architect with extensive experience in the design and implementation of high profile landscape schemes. Exceptional technical skills and a proven ability to deliver innovative design solutions in tight timescales.

Working within and leading teams on a wide range of project types, over the past few years, from small-scale residential and commercial developments to large-scale strategic master planning and infrastructural schemes. Fact that has provided him with an excellent understanding of almost all aspects of the design process.

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