Postgraduate Course: MLA Landscape Portfolio 3 (ARCH11187)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This is a research-led landscape architecture design course offering a thematic area of investigation within a specified territory. In this studio-based course you will initiate an individually authored brief and develop a design project that will be informed by collective activity in the studio. During the semester you will advance an original, carefully contextualised design response that acknowledges complex landscape conditions and site-specific concerns. You will be expected to state claim to your own interests as a landscape architect and take an ethical position in your work.
You will be required to identify and communicate the distinctiveness of the landscape of your study and reveal questions that probe its existing and pre-existing states. Through the mechanism of the studio-based explorations you will define the critical operations necessary to underpin and express original landscape architectural design investigation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Summative assessment portfolio will consist of a curated portfolio of work, which addresses landscape analysis undertaken at a territorial scale, critical thinking and design synthesis. The body of work will employ design methods and techniques that are consistently applied through relevant scales of proposal making. The submission will demonstrate an engagement with advanced representational techniques. Students will be strongly encouraged to develop and include three-dimensional work as an integrated part of the portfolio submission.
||Feedback/feedforward appraisal will be verbal and given during tutorial teaching sessions.
Written feedback/feedforward comment will be provided at an interim point in the semester.
Students will receive regular verbal feedback as to the strengths and deficiencies of their design at tutorial sessions throughout the semester.
Students will take part in formative reviews during the semester and will receive a written formative feedback/feedforward at an interim point in the semester.
This will be aligned to learning outcome criteria with the aim of supporting students in improving and refining the final portfolio submission.
Written feedback will be provided based on the summative submission and will detail learning outcome attainment.
No Exam Information.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Develop site responsive methods and techniques of enquiry in order to advance a landscape architecture investigation within a given territory.
- Develop a theoretically informed and critically aware approach to a landscape architecture design project.
- Identify social and environmental processes in the landscape, their relevant scale of operation and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how they can be managed in space and time from a landscape architecture practice perspective.
- Demonstrate the applied use of representation techniques as both a research tool and a means to communicate landscape analysis and refined design proposals.
|Berrizbeitia, A. (2007) Re-Placing Process. In: Czerniak and G. Hargreaves (Eds.) Large Parks Burns C & Kahn, A. (2005) Site Matters: Design Concepts, Histories and Strategies. Routledge|
Corner, J. (1999) Recovering Landscape; Essays in Contemporary Landscape Architecture. Princeton Architectural Press
Cosgrove, D (1989) The Iconography of Landscape: Essays On The Symbolic Representation, Design And Use Of Past Environments. Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||(Characteristic 1) The course will help students to develop knowledge that covers and integrates most, if not all, of the main areas of the discipline and conventions of Landscape Architectural scholarship and practice. The course will help students to identify and develop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of the discipline of Landscape Architecture through taking a specific approach to a specific site within a given territory.
(Characteristic 2) Under Practice and Applied knowledge, the course will require students to plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation and development. This characteristic has a strong relation to the Landscape Institute's Elements and areas of practice, which provides a reference point for education in the profession ensuring that the Landscape Institute's educational systems are fit for purpose and prepare individuals for their first steps in building a successful career.
(Characteristic 3) Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues. Students will identify and synthesise a complex array of social and environmental issues on this course, allowing confidence to develop and underpinning their own approach and ethos. This is particularly important as students engage with the realities and complexities of a professional life in the field of Landscape Architecture.
(Characteristic 4) The course will require students to present their work, visually and verbally culminating in the presentation of a portfolio of work and/or installation.
(Characteristic 5) Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities. Students are asked to develop a clear standpoint and make a distinct and original response to designing future landscapes at a time where landscape as a genre engaging scholarship, research and practice is growing in significance both in academia and in the public consciousness.
|Keywords||Landscape architecture,Design,Design analysis,Fieldwork,Critical thinking,Design process
|Course organiser||Ms Lisa MacKenzie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5797
|Course secretary||Ms Jenni Vento
Tel: (0131 6)50 2306