Architecture and Landscape BA
School of Architecture
Department of Landscape Architecture
You are viewing this course for 2021-22 entry.
This course offers a unique opportunity to gain a professional qualification from the RIBA and the Landscape Institute. It includes core modules from architecture and landscape and specialist modules that address our principle aim: the integration of architecture and landscape design. In the first year you might develop proposals for a small building in a public landscape. By the third year the focus may be on a substantial piece of urban design.
This course offers a unique opportunity to become a leading urban designer of the future. The programme leads to qualifications in both disciplines, making for highly employable graduates with truly holistic and critical awareness of the built environment.
The course takes advantage of the close relationship between two of the country's leading architecture and landscape architecture courses.
Lectures are delivered by staff from both departments at the forefront of their field, ensuring that a rich, diverse and current knowledge base is delivered. This knowledge is then used to support studio teaching where it is tested and developed through a variety of studio-based design projects.
The course framework offers modules from architecture and landscape and specialist, course-specific modules that address the principle aim of the course: the integration of architecture and landscape design. In the first year projects might include developing proposals for a small building in a public landscape. By the third year the brief for the building and its environment will be more complex and may focus on a substantial piece of urban design.
The course is accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and gives exemption from RIBA and LI Part 1, making it the only such course in the UK.
The professional environment is keen to employ graduates from the course because of their unique dual educational experience. The course has run for over a decade and produces highly skilled alumni working at some leading UK and globally-significant practices.
Recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects and Landscape Institute as giving exemption from Part 1.
Prescribed by the Architects Registration Board (ARB) subject to periodic review by ARB, for the purposes of entry onto the United Kingdom Register of Architects.
The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department directly.
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UCAS code: KK13
- Introductory Environmental Design Studio
This unit is designed to introduce students to architectural and landscape design in a studio context. The module will be structured through a series of short design projects, which students will be asked to respond to in an imaginative and critical manner. Methods of representation will be introduced, including model-making, technical drawing and sketching. Students will study freehand and three-dimensional abstract design as a means of evaluating, creating and representing designs. Experimentation, subjectivity and objectivity will enhance the learning process. An integrated project brief for the final semester studio project is taught jointly across the department of Landscape Architecture and Architecture and reviewed and assessed jointly. This integrated project enables students to apply the skills and knowledge they have acquired in Landscape and Architecture to a single project site.30 credits
- Architectural Design (Landscape) 2
A course of studio based practical architectural design work which aims to: widen perception of architecture; introduce issues of cultural and technological significance; generate the interpretation and solution of a series of wide ranging design problems. The technical aspects of the work aims to: develop an understanding of the way building structure, construction and services inform, interpret and contribute to the architectural design process; and provide the opportunity for the demonstration of that understanding as an essential component of practical architectural design.20 credits
- The Dynamic Landscape
This unit is designed to further develop the landscape design skills and knowledge gained in the 1st semester. The module runs over 12 weeks and will be largely studio-based, but there will be field trips and visits. Based on one site students will work through all the stages of design development from site analysis through to final presentation. Precedent will be used to inform practice and students will undertake self-directed study to build knowledge of the theoretical basis of the design approach in such settings. Students will further develop their understanding of and use of landform manipulation, vegetation and other built structures to create a variety of space and experience. Studio exercises and seminars will be central to the learning process. Particular emphasis will be placed on the interaction with water and approaches to the 'water's edge' in the landscape. Graphic skills, freehand and technical, needed to convey ideas at both the design development and the presentation stage (essential to the landscape architect ) will be developed with further teaching in the area of digital design communication. Development of the knowledge of vegetation, particularly native trees, and its use and place in the landscape will take place through taught sessions, field study and individual research.20 credits
- Environment and Technology 1
This module is the first in a series on building environment and technology. It introduces the constructional and structural principles of small buildings and the ways in which buildings modify the thermal aural and visual environments.10 credits
- Environment and Technology 2
A continuation from ARC107, this module describes the constructional and structural principles of small buildings and the way in which buildings modify the sensory environment.10 credits
- Humanities 1
ARC103 Provides an introduction to the history of western architecture over the period 1850 to the present through the detailed exploration of the work of a series of key figures. Emphasis will be placed on architects' response to the natural environment.10 credits
- Humanities 2
ARC 104 concerns the reciprocal relationship between architecture and society, exploring the issues through a broad range of case studies. Mainly dwellings, these include several from anthropological sources dealing with vernacular buildings to show how architecture worked when people built for themselves directly without recourse to building specialists and mechanised technology. The course seeks to establish that architecture works not only through style and symbolic reference but also in the way it is organised, through the framing of human activities and rituals. The cross-cultural approach prompts the question of what remains specific to a local context and what can be regarded as universal.10 credits
- What is Landscape Architecture?
This module introduces students to the full scope and diversity of landscape architecture and the role of landscape architects in tackling contemporary social and environmental issues, presenting and giving examples of the areas of practice known as planning, design and management, with particular reference to the Sheffield area. The role of the Landscape Institute is also introduced. The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the range of work undertaken by landscape architects and the challenges the profession faces.10 credits
- Architectural Design (Landscape ) 3
A course of studio based practical architectural design work which builds on the experience of the first year design studio. The scale of projects addressed increases from those encountered in the first year, with more complex briefs. Consideration is given to issues of sustainability, the relation of buildings to their urban context and the design of outside spaces. The technical aspects of the work aim to further deveop an understanding of building structure, construction, materials and services in relation to the overall design concept.30 credits
- Architectural Design (Landscape) 4
ARC238 follows on directly from ARC237. Together they form an integrated sequence of projects for the second year architectural desgn studio course. ARC238 continues the practical architectural design work of ARC237, but concentrates on the design of a medium-sized public building, including the integration of technical and environmental elements.30 credits
- Urban Ecological Design and Planting
This module will focus on fundamental principles related to designing with nature in urban environments. The emphasis will be on natural processes and the interrelationship between various landscape components in the design process. The module introduces the use of plants in urban and landscapes to develop designed plant communities that are successful in supporting biodiversity, human richness of experience and specific functional needs.20 credits
- Cultural Studies - urban landscape
The series of lectures, presentations and discussions is concerned with exploring the history, forms and meaning of designed landscape. The main objective is to provide inspiration and motivation for both the intellectual and creative facets of design activities. The insight into landscape culture and practices will provide the basis on which to develop thought patterns and solutions to landscape issues with a particular emphasis on urban spaces.10 credits
- Environment and Technology 3
ARC207 introduces the technology of medium-scale buildings. It comprises three lecture courses: Construction and materials, Architectural Structures (steelwork) and Environmental Design (thermal analysis and systems).10 credits
- Humanities 4
ARC 204 links the production of architectures through buildings with the production of knowledge through research, with a particular overall focus on the human condition. In 10 lectures and 10 research seminars, this module investigates the development of architecture and architectural thinking along with the different forms of organisation of architectural practice. Lectures and seminars will examine the emergence of new building typologies in the mid nineteenth century, as well as the big issues that architecture is facing today. Lectures will focus on the critical aspects of each `issue¿ whilst research seminars will link this perspective to contemporary research through a discussion of the contemporary dimension10 credits
- Materials of Landscape - Construction Design
The module gives a broad introduction to different approaches to designing and detailing a typical range of landscape structures in different design contexts. It introduces a basic understanding of the properties of different construction materials and how appropriate detailing can support sustainable design. Students are required to produce a design solution and accompanying construction details for an area of open space related to the architecture housing project ARC 226/238. All drawings are produced using computer aided design software.10 credits
- Architectural Design (Landscape) 5
A course of studio based practical architectural design work which builds on the lessons learnt in the first and second year design studio. The studio based design projects involve schemes of greater complexity than previously, with emphasis placed on the integration of knowledge gained durnig the three year course. Projects focus on the importance of physical context, and in particular to the landscape and urban design context. Students are encouraged to make connections between their architectural design and landscape design. A wider range of building types is introduced that require analytical studies relating to urban design, precedents and philosophical approaches. The associated technical studies closely relate to the design projects and are seen as an integral part of the design process.30 credits
- Architectural Design 6
A course of studio based practical architectural design work which builds on the lessons learnt in the first and second year design studio. The studio based design projects involve schemes of greater complexity than previously, with emphasis placed on the integration of knowledge gained during the three year course. Projects focus on the importance of physical context, introduce a wider range of building types, and require analytical studies relating to urban design, precedents and philosophical approaches. The associated technical studies closely relate to the design projects and are seen as an integral part of the design process.30 credits
- Advanced Planting Design
This module builds on the understanding of plants and planting design gained through LSC240 Urban Ecological Design and Planting. It develops understanding of plant selection, establishment and management on landscapes sites. Planting design skills are further developed by a more complex project that provides students with the opportunity to explore the latest issues in planting design. It is integrated with LSC308 Integrated Urban Design Project, in that it follows the same overall development brief and site.10 credits
- Environment and Technology 5
The module describes the technology and environment of medium-scale buildings. It consists of the following lecture courses: Acoustics, Lighting, Services, Environment and Sustainability, Management, Practice, Law and Architectural structures (structural form).10 credits
- Humanities 5
ARC 303 is the final module in a sequence of humanities courses over the three years of the architecture degree. ARC 303 specifically focuses on urban history and theory and integrates architecture and related issues with a wider urban context. ARC 303 presents key factors and principles of urban development, historical and contemporary urban design and planning theories and exemplifies these through a series of urban case studies.10 credits
- Integrated Urban Design Project
The work completed will form the basis for the development of a detailed design proposal for an area selected by the student from their masterplan. The module aims to consolidate and develop knowledge and skills in all aspects of detailed design. Emphasis will be placed on the importance to provide usable landscapes which can, through thoughtful detailing of both materials and planting design be affordably maintained.10 credits
- Landscape Construction Design
Students will study landscape construction as part of an integrated approach to design, at a more advanced and detailed level. They will also study materials, their use and properties together with technical and aesthetic aspects of construction. Students will have acquired a more detailed understanding of technical and aesthetic principles to enable them to design landscapes, and their structures, appropriate to a specific site and its users. CAD will be used to develop design ideas. The following aspects will be addressed: technical - structural stability; calculations and technical drawings. Aesthetic - comfort, scale, texture, colour, context, character; formal and naturalistic design. Integrated Design - the relationship of planting to constructed elements and how they can be combined. Materials - timber, brick, stone, granular materials, metals. Technical Drawing - conventions and codes for production of contractor's working drawings.10 credits
- Site Planning for Housing
Students will study integrated design, using a real housing site to show they have learned, assimilated and are capable of undertaking the design process. They will be guided and constrained by a brief. Group work will include the following aspects: different aspects of site analysis, site visits, development and understanding of the brief, concept development, incorporating brief and site constraints, and strategic studies of similar sites. Individual work will include the design of a site layout plan at an appropriate scale, the production of technical, working drawings, including planting plans and construction details and perspective sketches and other relevant graphical representations.10 credits
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
Learning and assessment
We adopt the model of architectural education which focuses primarily around the design studio. This is supported by lectures, seminars, field trips and workshops.
Our approach to architectural education is underpinned by our world-class research and our strong links to practice. In the design studio you will be guided by academic tutors and practicing architects who bring their expertise to your projects. Some run their own practices, others specialise in areas such as sustainable design, all bring the latest in architectural thinking to help guide your projects.
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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
with at least one acceptable subject
The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
A Levels + additional qualifications | AAB with at least one acceptable subject + B in Core Maths AAB with at least one acceptable subject + B in Core Maths
International Baccalaureate | 36 34
BTEC | D*DD in a relevant subject DDD in a relevant subject
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher | AAAAB + A AAABB + B
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | A + AA B + AA
Access to HE Diploma | 60 Credits overall, including 45 at Level 3, with 39 at Distinction and 6 at Merit 60 Credits overall, including 45 at Level 3, with 36 at Distinction and 9 at Merit
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You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
- Guidance on acceptable A Level subjects
At least one of your three A Levels should be in acceptable subjects
The University of Arts London (UAL) Diploma and Extended Diploma can be considered in combination with at least one acceptable A Level subject
One acceptable subject normally required
Relevant BTEC subjects are Applied Science, Art and Design, Business, Construction and the Built Environment, Engineering and IT
Portfolio and GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
School of Architecture
Come to Sheffield and join some of the best architecture students in the UK - our students have won prizes at the RIBA Student Awards and the Royal Academy Summer Show. They've been shortlisted in the European Architecture Medals and the Inspiring Graduate Awards. Our staff are doing world-class research, helping to make the school a leader in our field across the UK and internationally.
We believe in architecture that makes a difference. We know that it has the potential to improve the lives of those who inhabit and use it.
Through our internationally-acclaimed teaching and research, we explore the social, spatial and environmental implications of architecture. As a Sheffield student, you will engage with real issues affecting the built environment.
We encourage you to explore ideas and collaborate with other students. Through group tutorials and peer review you'll learn how to express your opinions, and value the opinions of others. Sheffield has a strong studio culture. It's the perfect place to develop your personality as a designer.
We provide a balance of theory, design work and professional experience. We have a strong design studio culture. The studio acts as a laboratory for trialling your creative and critical ideas, and for developing fundamental architectural skills. You'll share ideas during group tutorials and review other students' work. This encourages you to express your own opinion and to value the opinions of others, as you begin to develop your personality as a designer.
The School of Architecture sits high up in the Arts Tower, offering unrivalled panoramic views across Sheffield and beyond. This is where you will spend the majority of your time in the design studio.
You'll also attend lectures across the campus and take advantage of our drawing labs and facilities for woodwork, metalwork, casting and architectural model making.
Our generous open-plan studios promote collaboration and you will be able to take advantage of our drawing labs and facilities for woodwork, metalwork, casting and architectural model making.
You'll have access to the latest digital techniques in our computer labs which host a suite of professional Building Information Modelling and Computer Aided Design software. You can also take advantage of our digital review facilities and will have access to 360 degree capture technology.
Workshops and tutorials are embedded into each course to ensure you have the skills you need.
Department of Landscape Architecture
Landscape architecture is about the design, planning and management of places that benefit people and nature. Landscape architects create spaces between buildings that are both inspirational and functional. If you have a flair for creativity and a passion for improving the environment and people's lives, then landscape architecture could be for you.
You'll learn from experts who are involved in some of the most exciting landscape design work in the world today.
Sheffield is a dynamic city and an ideal place in which to study landscape architecture. Its changing face has been shaped by department-led initiatives like Grey to Green and Love Square, which give students the chance to be involved with live projects and see the difference landscape architecture can make. Sheffield combines the urban with awe-inspiring views of the neighbouring Peak District, making it a rich learning and research environment.
Department of Landscape Architecture students are based in the Arts Tower; an iconic building with panoramic views across Sheffield. You'll also attend lectures at venues across campus and travel further afield for site visits.
Our studios facilitate digital and hands-on design practice and are equipped with everything you’ll need, including drawing boards, a wireless network and kitchen space.
Department computer suites come supplied with high specification computers, a range of industry standard and specialist software and are supported by an in-house team of IT and graphics experts.
Why choose Sheffield?
The University of Sheffield
A Top 100 university 2021
QS World University Rankings
Top 10% of all UK universities
Research Excellence Framework 2014
No 1 Students' Union in the UK
Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, 2018, 2017
School of Architecture
The Guardian University Guide 2020; The Complete University Guide 2020
National Student Survey 2019
Department of Landscape Architecture
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
The content of the course is consistently rich, relevant and engaging
Part 1 Architectural Assistant at Hawkins\Brown Architects, BA Architecture and Landscape
School of Architecture
Our graduates often go into architectural practice for a year or two before doing a two-year MArch in Architecture - either at Sheffield or another school. Our graduates also pursue careers in the built environment or move on to a specialist masters course.
Employers include AHMM, ARUP, Building Design Partnership, Haworth Tompkins Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Grimshaw Architects, Hawkins\Brown, and Penoyre & Prasad.
Graduates on our Architectural and Interdisciplinary Studies degree course are well prepared for a career in the built environment in roles such as: built environment consultant, government and local authority advisor, creative and strategic policy maker, architectural critic and journalist, and arts and heritage manager.
Department of Landscape Architecture
Our graduates are in demand. Industry figures come to our end-of-year exhibition and advertise vacancies with us. Our graduates work all over the world and find employment in private practice, community development agencies, local authorities and national governments. Alumni include a former President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and multiple RHS medal winners.
Our selection process
After you've applied, we'll ask you to submit a portfolio of your own artwork. We'll be looking for observation skills, criticality, invention and representation. The portfolio should consist of ten reproductions of art or design work. You'll receive full details of the requirements, format, submission and assessment criteria after we've received your application. If your portfolio is of a really high standard, we may make you a lower grade offer.
Generally we don't ask candidates to attend an interview. However, if you're a mature student or if you don't have conventional academic qualifications, we may invite you to an interview.
Fees and funding
The annual fee for your course includes a number of items in addition to your tuition. If an item or activity is classed as a compulsory element for your course, it will normally be included in your tuition fee. There are also other costs which you may need to consider.
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Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for a bursary, scholarship or loan to help fund your study and enhance your learning experience.
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There are four open days every year, usually in June, July, September and October. You can talk to staff and students, tour the campus and see inside the accommodation.
At various times in the year we run online taster sessions to help Year 12 students experience what it is like to study at the University of Sheffield.
If you've received an offer to study with us, we'll invite you to one of our applicant days, which take place between November and April. These applicant days have a strong department focus and give you the chance to really explore student life here, even if you've visited us before.
Campus tours run regularly throughout the year, at 1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
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