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Landscape Architecture - China and UK Delivery - BA (Hons)

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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....

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September 2023
  • School Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
  • Faculty Faculty of Arts, Design and Media

Overview

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.

Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Art

You can now gain a prestigious British degree while completing all or part of your studies in China, thanks to a new collaboration with a leading Chinese university. The Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Art (BIFCA) is a partnership between Birmingham City University and Wuhan Textile University (WTU) based in Wuhan, China.

BIFCA offers a selection of creative arts degrees taught with the opportunity to spend two years of your studies at WTU’s fantastic Wuhan campus and two years in the exciting city of Birmingham, or the full four years at WTU.

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This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this 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 that give you the chance to work on a diverse variety of live projects.

You’ll also have the opportunity to attend lectures and take part in workshops from a large variety of international and award winning professionals.

If you choose to study part of your course in the UK, 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.

Accredited By

This course is accredited by:

  • Landscape Institute

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.
  • 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.
  • Two-thirds of the impact of our research was judged to be very considerable (3*) or outstanding (4*) - REF2021

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Open Days

Join us for an on-campus Open Day where you'll be able to explore our campus and facilities in person. You'll be able to hear more about your chosen subject area in our course talks.

Next Open Day: Saturday 1 October 2022

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Entry Requirements

Please check our entry requirements to find out if you're eligible to apply for one of BIFCA's courses. If you're unsure, please contact us: bifca@bcu.ac.uk

Current Birmingham City University students - one year or one semester in China

The courses delivered by BIFCA are equivalent to the respective courses run at Birmingham City University in the UK. Therefore any current Year 1 students who wish to spend one year or one semester studying abroad may be able to spend their entire Year 2 or half of their Year 2 studying the same modules in Wuhan, China.

To be eligible, you must have successfully passed all the required modules and obtained the credits for your Year 1 study. If you wish to express your interest, please contact us: bifca@bcu.ac.uk

China flag iconChinese students

BIFCA will recruit the highest performers in the China National Art and Design examination. If you're from China and are eligible to apply to study the course, you'll be expected to pass the required provincial art test. 

If you live in Hubei Province you'll be required to achieve minimum Tier 1 level in the Gaokao matriculation examination. 

If you live outside Hubei Province you'll be required to meet the provincial educational requirement for Sino-British jointly delivered courses.

Other international students

If you're a non-Chinese, non-Birmingham City University student, you'll be required to complete an application to BIFCA showing evidence of equivalent qualifications and have a minimum of a Level 5 IELTS.

A portfolio will be required to support the application. If you wish to express your interest, please contact us: bifca@bcu.ac.uk

International Students

Entry requirements here

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (21+) with alternative qualifications and/or considerable work experience will be considered on their merits.

Fees & How to Apply

Please select your student status to view fees and apply
  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: BA (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 4 years
  • TBC

International students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: BA (Hons)

Starting: Sep 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 4 years
  • TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Chinese students
If you're a Chinese student, BIFCA applications are made through the Gaokao system.
International students
If you're an international student, please email bifca@bcu.ac.uk to discuss your application.

Course in Depth

Year one

Laying the foundation for deeper understanding, Years 1 and 2 cover 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:

Inspiration Foundation

Precedent

Academic Language Skills for Art, Design and Digital Media

Communication and Study Skills for Art, Design and Digital Media

Key Concepts and Reflective Practice for Art, Design and Digital Media

Year two

Laying the foundation for deeper understanding, Years 1 and 2 cover 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:

Materials Elements

Design Projects Components

Praxis Key Skills

Materials Flora

Design Project Composition

Integrated Research Skills for Art, Design and Digital Media

Year three

You'll develop professional approaches to design and construction in your third 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:

Theory

Material Construction

Praxis Approach

Design Project Global

Design Project Vernacular

Year four

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

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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.

This course is accredited by the following organisation:

Landscape Institute
Landscape Institute

Our course is accredited by the Landscape Institute. LI accreditation requires education providers to meet important criteria which ensure high standards are maintained, meaning you can be sure your course meets the standards needed for you to enter the landscape profession.

Employability

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 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.”

International

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.”

Facilities & Staff

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.

Our staff

Lucas Hughes

Course Director: MA Urban Design and Joint Course Director: BA Landscape Architecture and BALA ‘with Urban Design’

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...

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Russell Good

Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Deputy Course Director MA Landscape Architecture

Russell Good is a Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, Deputy Course Director of MA Landscape Architecture; a landscape architect, graphic designer and keen mountain biker. Russell’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.

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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.

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Dr Rasha Sayed Mahmoud

Flying Faculty for BIFCA and Link Tutor for BIFCA & SHAPE

Rasha has a PhD in environmental architecture design and urban planning, and has been in international private practice as a licensed professional architecture consultant for sixteen years. By 2017/2018, Rasha finished her program as a Visiting Scholar at MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology, urban planning department DUSP, sustainable...

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Yuting Zhou

Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Yuting Zhou is a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at BIFCA. Yuting has a lot of international teaching experience in landscape architecture. She used to teach at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture of Louisiana State University in the US, the LSU Hilltop Arboretum high school summer camp in the US, and the Hubei Institute of Fine...

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Dr Normah Sulaiman

Lecturer in Landscape Architecture

Normah is a passionate educator and a happy globetrotter. She has great PR skills, leading the organisation branding for global industrial engagements and building networks. Normah is resourceful in the field of research benefitting the industry of practise and academia. For the past 14 years, everything she has engaged in has driven her to be a...

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