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Undergraduate Course: Academic Portfolio: Landscape Architecture (ARCH10037)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIn this course students are required to prepare and present a digital design portfolio that documents and communicates the assessed work of 4 years of study into a thematically organised structure, demonstrating the following distinct qualities of individual student practice: aesthetic and ethical concerns, skills in making, writing, strategic thinking and professional practice in relationship to core disciplinary criteria.
Course description The Academic Portfolio: Landscape Architecture [AP: LA] course places the emphasis on self-directed study informed by a sequence of lectures relating to: Academic Portfolio Design, Communicating Landscape Architecture Skills to a professional audience, and to employer and public stakeholders.

The AP: LA is designed as an opportunity to undertake a period of critical reflection, collection, curation and representation of work samples from individual student practice towards the creation of a portfolio. The course also encourages you to critically reflect on your own individual design identity manifested through your own body of work over a four-year trajectory in the programme, as well as on the concerns of the profession.

In the Academic Portfolio course the emphasis is placed upon the eloquence of the total presentation, as well as upon the appropriateness of the use of specific representational forms and the skill demonstrated in their deployment.

The development of work in this course comprises a first plan of the structure of the Academic Portfolio (formative) and a final summative electronic submission.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students enrolled on the MA (Hons) Landscape Architecture programme.
Additional Costs Costs in this course are low, although they may vary radically.
Typically costs have ranged between £10 and £40. An average student will spend approximately £20. This value includes eventual costs associated printing materials for design development and associated with presentation material to communicated design thinking.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 186 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The final grade for this course is based entirely (100%) on the electronic submission of the academic portfolio at the end of the semester. The portfolio assessment is based on all of the learning outcomes, which are weighted equally.

In this course the emphasis is placed upon the visual and written eloquence of the total presentation, as well as upon the appropriateness of the use of specific representational forms and the skill demonstrated in their deployment.

Assessment method and weighting: Final Portfolio (100%)

Assessment dates:
- Submission of portfolio at the end of the semester (Exam Week 1)

Students are marked against the Learning Outcomes, all with equal weighting

Feedback a) Formative feedback

Week 3: you will be required to submit a plan of your Academic Portfolio containing: a structure and content map, 20 sample pages structured according to a provided template and demonstrating a sample mapping of student work to the criteria that characterise the professional discipline of Landscape Architecture, as defined by the ESALA Landscape Architecture Programme with reference to the Landscape Institute's Elements and Areas of Practice. Short written formative feedback will be issued in response to the Academic Portfolio plan, within 15 working days. You will also attend one 1:1 tutorial to discuss the plan.

b) Summative feedback
Written summative feedback will be provided after the final submission of the academic portfolio within 15 working days of the submission. .

All of the learning outcomes will be weighted equally.

Assessment dates:
Submission of final portfolio in Exam Week 1
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. The ability to develop a coherent, well designed and integrated design portfolio in the discipline of Landscape Architecture that documents and communicates knowledge, skills and abilities through coherent projects; and that synthesises and presents work produced in diverse media (sketch books, written work, drawings and models, etc.)
  2. A nuanced understanding of the relationship between professional criteria and academic work as evidenced through a clear visual referencing system.
  3. The acquisition and development of transferable skills to present work for scrutiny by peers, potential employers, and other public groups through structuring and communicating ideas effectively using diverse media.
Reading List
Editorial List for further reference:
LA+ Journal of Landscape Architecture:
Places Journal:
Ground Up Journal of Landscape Architecture:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills On the completion of this course you will:
- Improve critical analysis skills in: curation, editing, documentation (photography and film) and publication in relation to prescribed criteria and individual creative concerns
- Improve your written and verbal communication skills in a precise and finely edited format
- Improve your digital design skills in the creation of a designed digital artefact for a range of audiences
- Improve your independent, self-directed working practices in the planning and realisation of a sophisticated and comprehensive documentary record of practice
KeywordsAcademic Portfolio,Landscape Architectural Practice,Communication,Curation,Archive,Documentation
Course organiserMr Kenneth Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 5799
Course secretaryMs Amy O'Hehir
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