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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Architecture Design 1A (ARCH08031)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces MA students to the fundamental principles, skills, conventions, and theories of contemporary landscape architecture.
Course description Studio-based course, introducing students to the fundamental principles, skills, conventions, and theories of contemporary landscape architecture design practice. Students are exposed to a range of landscape architectural concepts and practice through weekly and bi-weekly observation and design exercises. Short exploratory activities will build towards a sustained project in which students will familiarise themselves with landscape elements and develop landscape architectural proposals through an individual creative design process. Students are supported through group and individual tutorials with instructors and invited reviewers.
Studio-based teaching and learning will be delivered through fieldwork activities, lectures, tutorials, and seminars. These components of the course complement and support the parallel introductory courses ARCH08047 (Landscape Architecture Theory 1A) and ARCH07001 (Art and Design), and are aimed at helping students to articulate their own areas of concentration at higher levels, and culminating in the Year 4 Individual Design Project and Research/Design Dissertation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to ECA students on degree programmes belonging to Landscape Architecture
Additional Costs Field trips (£30 approx.), drawing and modeling media, printing of materials to be presented and handed in
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Fieldwork Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 12, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 124 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Portfolio (100%)

Each of the three Learning Outcomes has equal weighting (1/3).
Feedback The first four presentations will be formative (whether in group or individual). During tutorials, students will also be given formative feedback, including a series of action points for subsequent stages.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate fundamental understanding of the principles of spatial design
  2. develop creative design proposal by demonstrating an essential understanding of design processes and methods involved
  3. demonstrate a fundamental ability to communicate spatial design and landscape conditions through graphic, verbal and written techniques
Reading List
Dee, C.; Form and Fabric in Landscape Architecture: A visual introduction (Spon Press, 2001)

Dee, C.; To Design Landscape: Art, Nature and Utility, (Routledge, 2012)

Hans-Wolfgang, L., and Bernard, S.; Opening spaces: design as landscape architecture, (Birkhauser 2003)

Jormakka, K., and Kuhlmann, D.; Design methods, (Birkhauser, 2014)

Lanfranco, C., F; Site divine: an alternative method of site analysis, (Montag Press, 2008)

Lawson, B.; How designers think, (Architectural Press, 1980)

Lynch, K., and Hack, G.; Site Planning, (MIT Press, 1984)

Miyasaka, T.; Seeing and making in architecture: design exercises, (Routledge, 2014)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduates will demonstrate basic understanding of the principles, skills, conventions, history and theory of contemporary landscape architecture practice, and basic proficiency in representing landscape conditions, experience, and change.
Additional Class Delivery Information Studio days: Tuesdays (9:00 - 17:00) and Fridays (9:00 - 17:00). In these days, students are expected to be in the studio conducting independent work and should expect to be seen in either group or individual tutorials (between 30 mins and 1 hours) twice a week.
Keywordslandscape architecture design method,landscape architecture theory,landscape architecture history
Course organiserMs Milja Tuomivaara
Course secretaryMrs Abbie Humphreys
Tel: (01316) 502306
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