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Postgraduate Course: Master in landscape architecture: Academic Portfolio (ARCH11269)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course is undertaken in the final semester of the two-year programme. It comprises: documentation, curation, critical reflection, design and publication. In this course you will develop a documentary record of your work from across the two years of study and produce a reflective publication intended to convey through the medium of text and image the individual creativity in landscape architecture practice that you have developed. You will reflect upon and synthesise your knowledge, skills and understanding in the field of landscape architecture, including any specialist concerns you may have developed.
Course description The MLA Design Report is a creative manifesto, a documentary record of practice and a tool for articulating the move from studentship into a distinct area of practice. The report must employ graphic invention to represent your work with text and image in dialogue. You will be asked to develop a critically aware curated document that communicates the evolution and realisation of your design exploration project. In addition the report will demonstrate the scope of core knowledge of the profession of landscape architecture through reference to design projects, courses and texts studied during the two-year programme. You will be expected to develop and communicate a critical understanding of your work and working practices. Teaching will take the form of an introductory lecture presentation, a small group tutorial meeting and two individual tutorials in response to specific formative submissions. The Academic Portfolio is driven by the form and content of the work you develop in the Design Exploration course and as such will form part of the ongoing tutorial conversations of that course as appropriate. The MLA Academic Portfolio that will be developed within this course will operate as:
- a manual to your second year design exploration that communicates the design and its rationale, a critically curated/edited catalogue of key design studies that you have undertaken over the two-year programme,
- a reflective document that situates your individual work in the context of themes, principles and concepts derived from your distinct creative and intellectual trajectory,
- a device for demonstrating the integration of knowledge through the recognition of MLA studies to institutional (ESALA), professional (Landscape Institute), and educational (QAA) criteria.
- a vehicle for the demonstration of transferable representational and communication skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  32
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 182 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative:
A 500-word abstract/design statement will be submitted in the first weeks of the semester, this document should initiate the contextualise the student's academic portfolio agenda.
Formative written feedback/feedforward appraisal will be provided.

Summative Assessment:
1 Illustrated refined curated Academic Portfolio
A carefully designed document that includes image and text, that deploys scholarly referencing and crediting.
1 Fine copy
1 Basic copy
Digital submission of pdf
Recommended word count 5000words, including all text, annotation, bibliographic referencing. The Appendix text is not included in this word count and can include discrete essays, materials from projects outwith the formal structures of the programme etc. The Appendix is in addition to, not instead of the Academic Portfolio's central argument. A critical synthesis of its content should form part of the main body of the Academic Portfolio if it is significant to your argument.
100% Weighting
Feedback Formative feedback will be provided verbally at the group and individual tutorials. In addition written formative feedback/feedforward will be provided based on the abstract submission.

Written summative feedback will be provided following the portfolio report submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to communicate, critically appraise and argue the rationale of a complex design proposal using text and image in the context of a printed report.
  2. Express the integration of knowledge relating to theories, concepts and principles in landscape architecture and critically contextualise your work in the field
  3. Demonstrate transferable skills and techniques in communication and publication to a professional standard through the preparation of a sophisticated graphic document.
Reading List
Corner, J., & MacLean, A. (1996). Taking Measures Across the American Landscape. New Haven: Yale University Press
Latour, B., Hermant, E., & Shannon, S. (design) (1998). Paris ville invisible. Paris: La Découverte
Koolhaas, R., & Mau, B. (1995). SMLXL. New York: The Monacelli Press
Mathur, A., & Cunha, D. da (2001). Mississippi floods: designing a shifting landscape. New Haven: Yale University Press
Obrist, H. U., & Raza, A. (2015). Ways of Curating. UK: Penguin Books
Repton, H. (1752 - 1818). Red Books. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (1994)
Ruscha, E. (1966). Every building on the Sunset Strip. Los Angeles, California: Edward Ruscha
Tschumi, B. (1981). Manhattan Transcripts. London: Academy Editions
Vogt, G. (2015). Landscape as a Cabinet of Curiosities: In Search of a Position. Zurich: ETH Zurich
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills (Characteristic 1) Develop a critical awareness of current issues in a subject and one or more specialisms.
(Characteristic 2) Plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation or development.
(Characteristic 3) Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues that are informed by developments in the discipline of Landscape Architecture. Identity, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues, as well as to develop original and creative responses to them.
(Characteristic 4) Communicate own work with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists.
(Characteristic 5) Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities, Take responsibility for own work.
Keywordscuration,portfolio,design,landscape architecture research
Course organiserMiss Anais Chanon
Tel: (0131 6)51 5798
Course secretaryMs Amy O'Hehir
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