Landscape Architecture BA
Department of Landscape Architecture
You are viewing this course for 2021-22 entry.
The aim of this course is to train landscape architects who understand planning and how design proposals affect the environment. You'll study urban theory, planning and practice, and the complex relationship between people and the environment.
This combination of design skills and broader knowledge is good preparation for a career working alongside other environmental design professionals.
Accreditation allows graduates to pursue their professional qualification in landscape architecture and become a licentiate Member of the Landscape Institute, ready to start their Pathway to Chartership and become a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI).
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: K3K4
- Current Challenges in Planning, Design and Management
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.20 credits
- Histories of Landscape Architecture
This course is designed firstly to provide a broad introduction to the discipline of Landscape Architecture and develop an interest in the study of designed landscapes. In order to do this it aims to create awareness and promote a working knowledge of: 1. A working knowledge of the terminology defining landscape architecture, garden design and place making. 2. A basic chronology of the history of the profession. 3. A basic understanding of how various theories which have influenced landscape design are related to social, cultural, ecological (environmental) and economical contexts. By the end of the module the student will be able to: - distinguish various styles in designed landscapes; - demonstrate how a particular style relates to a particular socio-political context; - demonstrate an understanding of the historic development of landscape architecture; - demonstrate critical understanding of a landscape or one of the main landscape proponents. This module forms part of a programme of study accredited by the Landscape Institute.20 credits
- Presentation, Communication and Research Skills
Arriving at University is a new experience for all students. The module will explain and help you to understand some of the different teaching methods used in the Department of Landscape and what is expected of you as a reflective and critical learner. It will also introduce to you some of the tools you will need for academic and professional life. This module introduces students to a variety of academic and professional skill sets. The aims of the module are to: - explore the transition from secondary to higher education; - introduce the range of teaching and learning methods used within the Department of Landscape; - introduce the principles and use of academic and other types of literature; - introduce the principles of correct referencing and plagiarism; - introduce the use of the University Library and other online resources; - introduce principles of study skills; - introduce a range of digital communication methods for design, digital modelling and working with OS and base maps. This module forms part of a programme of study accredited by the Landscape Institute.20 credits
- Space Making
An understanding of the dynamic qualities of landscape and how space is formed, manipulated and communicated is central to the discipline of landscape architecture. This introductory module equips students with a range of skills and tools that enable them to evaluate existing designed landscape and to present proposals for new landscapes. It will provide a basic introduction to materials of landscape and develop a theoretical understanding of the design process, use of precedent and different approaches to creating original and creative design solutions. A series of focussed design projects will enable students to develop a range of skills that will underpin subsequent studio design work at each level, and which are specifically tailored to the practice of a landscape designer. Students will also be required to develop knowledge of a limited pallet of native and non-native vegetation. This module is an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge of contemporary design developed in LSC115 - Current Challenges in Planning Design and Management, and digital skills developed in LSC117 Presentation Communication and Research Skills.20 credits
- The Changing Landscape
This module aims to: - Introduce landscape and environmental planning as a means of intervening in landscape at the large scale. - Provide an understanding of landscape formation, change and the drivers of change. - Introduce the toolkit available to landscape planners. - Introduce the theory and technique of Landscape Character Assessment. - Develop report writing skills and visual literacy. - Introduce student to ArcGIS. By the end of the module, students will be able to demonstrate understanding of/proficiency in: - The influences and processes that shape landscape. - The relationship between landscape planning and landscape policy. - Sourcing and interpreting landscape information. - Appreciating the (sometimes controversial) nature of landscape change. - Landscape Character and Landscape Character Assessment at an introductory level capacity and sensitivity analysis at an introductory level. - Communicating landscape data and analysis at a planning scale in a critical imaginative and creative manner.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
- Ecological Processes, Design & Management
This module introduces the principles and practice of landscape ecology and ecological design and their application in a variety of contexts. Key ecological concepts such as 'biodiversity' and 'ecosystems services' are introduced and the special nature of urban ecology and its relevance to the design of urban green spaces is explored. Through lectures and site visits the structure and functioning of key UK biotypes, their characteristics and application on the designed landscape are explained, and particular emphasis is placed on the creative application of these in order to deliver ecosystems services and biodiversity. Site based project work is used to allow students to develop their own ecologically inspired concepts and designs for multifunctional green infrastructure that benefits both people and wildlife and to demonstrate their ability to communicate their knowledge of ecological principles and design to different audiences.20 credits
- Field Study Trip
This module aims to engage students in current practice in landscape architecture through inquiry based learning. Contemporary issues are introduced and critiqued primarily through participation in a staff-led Field study trip. Students undertake reading and case studies analysis prior to the trip, conduct on site observations and drawings. Afterwards this is used to develop a digital portfolio on their chosen area of inquiry.20 credits
- Landscape Design - Exploration and Intervention
Successful design of shared places demands innovative thinking to respond to shifting contexts and actions in a world of increasing complexity and diversity. This module focuses on approaches for generating original site-specific concepts and resolving these at a range of planning and design scales. An urban area is thoroughly explored, critiqued and communicated through on-site and multi-media activities. Students research and adapt precedent studies in art practice, urban realm interventions and emergent placemaking, and actively reflect on their own design process. These inform aims for regeneration and public engagement, the design of an urban square, and detailed design integrating hard and soft landscape materials.20 credits
- Landscape Planning for a Changing World
This module explores the relationship between landscape,planning, policy and governance at different scales and in different contexts. This ranges from international decision-making frameworks down to individual sites in different contexts. Students will learn about the impact of policy and ideas on landscape and vice versa, and explore the role of landscape planning tools, techniques and methodologies within the wider planning framework. The module will examine how decisions about landscape are made and the effects they have from the strategic to the site scale.20 credits
- Materials of Landscape - Construction Design
This module introduces the basic principles of landscape construction. It will demonstrate that construction is an integral component of the designed landscape creating its own design opportunities and constraints. Students will study the functional, aesthetic and technical properties of a range of different landscape components. They will undertake on-site observations and produce a range of contractual drawings for a small scale design project. Computer aided design will form an integral part of the project and will be used to produce technical details. This module is closely integrated with LSC234 Landscape Design, Exploration and Intervention. Students are encouraged to take forward their detailed design proposals from this module and to develop a more comprehensive understanding of material selection and the relationship with design detailing.20 credits
- Materials of Landscape - Planting Design
This module introduces students to plants used by landscape architects in urban and rural landscape and how these can be used to develop effective planting design. Knowledge and skills developed will be built on in modules the following year. By the end of the module students will be familiar with a basic palette of plants for use in design, their botanical names, visual and use characteristics familiar with key aesthetic, functional and ecological principles underpinning planting design: have practised the basic principles of plant selection according to site conditions: have developed stimulating, creative, attractive and easily interpreted planting plans and sections - elevations based on colour, textural and structural characteristics: have evaluated the structural role of plants in defining landscape spaces at a range of scales.20 credits
- Integrated Urban Design Project
The urban design project provides an opportunity to develop proposals for an area of urban regeneration from the initial planning strategies through to the masterplanning and detailed design of new urban spaces. The module explores a range of concept, theories, methodologies and practices related to the urban environment focusing on the spaces between buildings and urban greenspaces. The aim of this module is to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to undertake urban design projects and communicate design ideas. The module is closely integrated with the Materials of Landscape module LSC333, and also draws on theoretical material delivered in Ecology and Planning modules - LSC335 and LSC336. The aim of the module is to develop urban landscape design skills and knowledge and to provide a context into which students can apply the knowledge and skills in design and communication throughout their UG programme.20 credits
- Landscape Planning - Urban Regeneration
This module addresses the patterns and processes of urban development, examining theories and typologies of urban form, the drivers of urban change and urban regeneration. It investigates the relationship between urban form and urban greenspace and the implications for green infrastructure. Students are expected to research and present understanding of a core component of relevant literature, and relate this to examples of urban form, and to devise a masterplan for a previously developed site in Sheffield, drawing on their understanding of history and theory of urban development and using precedent to inform their approach. The course uses a mixture of lectures, field work, workshops and studio based independent study to provide insight into planning and design approaches and languages relevant to successful urban regeneration. It aims to give students knowledge and understanding of the complex planning and design frameworks within which different aspects of urban regeneration take place.20 credits
- Landscape Planning Toolkits
On completing this module students will:- have gained an overview of contemporary landscape planning tools- be aware of the legislative basis to environmental impact assessment and the circumstances in which it is likely to take place- understand the scope of the process and the steps that are involved, distinguishing between the assessment process itself and the environmental statement- have gained knowledge and understanding of the range of environmental topics covered in environmental impact assessment and the techniques involved- have understood the place that considerations of landscape and visual impact play in the process- have gained practical experience of assessing the landscape and visual impacts of a development scheme- understand some of the methods of presenting information on landscape and visual impacts in an environmental statement.20 credits
- Materials of Landscape - Detailed Design
This module further develops knowledge and skills in detailed landscape design. It is focussed on developing the ability in students to demonstrate appreciation and knowledge of landscape materiality and the integration of organic and inorganic elements. It enables students to: produce a range of working drawings which appropriately communicate the detailed design of soft and hard elements; select vegetation and hard materials in response to site conditions and design framework; demonstrate understanding of plant production and establishment techniques and appropriate construction techniques. It is integrated with LSC332 Integrated Urban Design Project, in that it follows the same overall development brief and site, and materiality exploration will feed into the design work you produce for that module (design strategy, masterplan, detail design). This module forms part of a programme of study accredited by the Landscape Institute.20 credits
- Site Planning For Sustainable Housing
This module will introduce the context and requirements of sustainable housing provision with a particular emphasis on how this might be achieved through a holistic landscape vision. It will provide the opportunity to explore different approaches to the sustainable development of a housing site, socially, ecologically and economically. By the end of this module students will be able to demonstrate 1. an understanding as to how different housing theories and typologies affect sustainability. 2. an awareness of the political and financial issues surrounding the provision of housing. 3. Their ability to challenge conventional ideas about living and housing. 4. How a specific layout contributes to social, economical and ecological sustainbility. 5. An understanding of the design process from writing a brief to masterplanning, and skills in communicating design proposals.20 credits
- Sustainable Communities
Sustainable communities is a module focusing on people and landscape. It introduces students to the theories and practice of the social nature of sustainable communities with a particular emphasis on vulnerable users. It provides the foundation to develop an understanding about planning, designing and managing landscapes for users needs and desires.20 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
The studio is the heart of learning and is where you’ll participate in workshops, small group seminars, tutorials and project reviews. Studio learning is supported by lectures, site visits and field trips.
Our world-renowned academics are regularly sought out to work on prestigious projects like London’s Olympic Park and through their research, contribute to influencing policy and shaping landscape practice.
We enjoy strong links with some of the best-known names in our profession and regularly welcome leading practitioners, including Piet Oudolf, Martha Schwartz and Charlie Burrell, to deliver guest lectures.
You will be assessed through group and individual coursework, which may include design portfolios, written reports or presentations.
Feedback will be given throughout the semester via tutorials, interim and peer reviews.
This tells you the aims and learning outcomes of this course and how these will be achieved and assessed.
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The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
The A Level entry requirements for this course are:
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification | BBB + B in a relevant EPQ BBB + B in a relevant EPQ
International Baccalaureate | 33 32
BTEC | DDD in a relevant subject DDM in a relevant subject
Scottish Highers | AAABB AABBB
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AB B + BB
Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with Distinctions in 30 Level 3 credits and Merits in 15 Level 3 credits 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with Distinctions in 24 Level 3 credits and Merits in 21 Level 3 credits
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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 C/4; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
Art and design qualifications are not a requirement, but evidence of potential in drawing and graphic communication is highly desirable
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
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
Department of Landscape Architecture
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
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.
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