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Lincoln University New Zealands specialist land-based university - flagship programme landscape architecture.


  • Landscape ArchitectureLincoln University

    New Zealands specialist land-based university

  • 2004 Manukau City Council Ellerslie Flower Show Relocatable Exhibit Marble Play Chow:Hill landscape architecture team (the team included both Lincoln University and Unitec graduates). - 2004 Ellerslie Flower Show Bronze Award - NZILA Pride of Place 2006 (rural/park/recreational) Silver Award


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    Where you want to be.Lincoln University has an international reputation for excellence in Landscape Architecture. The practical work and applied community-based projects undertaken within the degree provide real world experience that is invaluable in the transition to professional employment and employers really value the creative, conceptually robust and practical hands-on approach that Lincoln University Landscape Architecture graduates bring to their work.

    Graduates benefi t from the outstanding reputation of the School. Lincoln Universitys international outlook and specialist reputation open up worldwide opportunities in consultancy, local and central government, the landscape industry, education, and non-governmental organisations. Our graduates can be found working at every level of practice throughout New Zealand, Australia, SE Asia, China, Europe, North America and the Middle East in roles ranging from new graduates to partners and directors.

    Graduates can also look forward to working on a wide range of projects - from civic developments, urban design and tourism developments to residential and lifestyle subdivisions and commercial, institutional and industrial projects. They can also work on parks, highways, heritage conservation, ecological restoration and revegetation, city or rural planning and resource planning.

  • Five reasons to choose our specialist university

    The BLA is an applied degree, with students working on real projects with real clients during their degree, as well as completing some practical work.

    Lincoln University offers a strong and targeted undergraduate programme with a particular focus on sustainable design, landscape ecology, structure planning, and Ma-ori landscape architecture.

    Lincoln University is the only University offering accredited landscape architecture programmes in the South Island and has state of the art teaching facilities in a specially designed new building.

    Landscape Architecture

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    Lincoln University is regarded nationally and internationally as the home of the leading professional Landscape Architecture degree in New Zealand and has earned an enviable reputation for the way its graduates integrate theory into design.

    The BLA and the professional MLA programmes are fully accredited with the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA), with professional reciprocity to Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore,

    and are also recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architecture.

    Malaysia, Seksan Design, MalaysiaDesigner: Ng Sek san

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    The Programmes

    Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

    Lincoln University offers two options for undergradute study a four year degree for undergraduate entry (BLA) and a two year degree graduate entry programme for graduates of other disciplines (BLA grad entry). Both programmes have a practical work requirement.

    BLA undergraduate students may develop an area of special interest within their degree by taking a minor, such as Urbanism and Design, Structure Planning, Ma-ori Studies or Design Critique.

    Summer school options allow students to spread or catch up on their studies. Summer school also provides an opportunity for BLA graduate entry applicants to demonstrate their design aptitude (one of the requirements for entry) and gain a course towards their degree.

    Compulsory coursesIntermediate Year

    ECOL 103 Ecology I: New Zealand Ecology and ConservationAn introduction to biogeography and the history of the New Zealand biota, and to New Zealand plant and animal communities. The course also studies humans as an ecological factor.

    ENGN 106 Structures and Land Surfaces This course is an introduction to a range of engineering design concepts applied to structures and land surfaces.

    LASC 101 The Living LandscapeLASC 101 studies the relationships between people and landscape and the implication of those relationships on the landscapes form.

    LASC 108 Introduction to Design This course is an introduction to three-dimensional design and problem solving, including skills in creative and lateral thinking.

    LASC 109 Design Communication An introduction to design communication involving a range of media.

    LASC 111 Computer Applications in Landscape Design This course is an introduction to computer aided design and image editing techniques and their application in landscape design.

    PHSC 105 Introduction to Earth ScienceAn introduction to planet Earth, its atmosphere, oceans and lithosphere. The course studies plate tectonics and New Zealands geological history, quaternary environmental change, climate and weather and New Zealands quaternary history of tectonic deformation, volcanism and glaciation.

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    Bachelor of Landscape ArchitectureBachelor of Landscape Architecture - Graduate Entry

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    Plus one of:

    MAST 106 Nga Tikanga Ma-ori (Ma-ori Cultural Studies)An introduction to Ma-ori culture and society.

    PSYC 102 Introduction to Social Psychology This course is an introduction to human social behaviour emphasising the interactions between individuals and groups. Students study social cognition, person perception, attribution, attitudes, social judgement biases and group behaviour; group infl uence, in-groups and out-groups and group processes.

    SOCI 116 Society, Culture & EconomyAn introduction to the major social, cultural and economic institutions of New Zealand, including family, work and economic life, education, religion, leisure and media; the contributions made to New Zealands society, culture and economy by settlement patterns and global changes.

    SOCI 117 Introduction to New Zealand Government and Public Policy

    This course covers how governments make decisions about law, regulation, policy and policy implementation. It looks at the role of public debate in these government decisions and how these decision patterns, implementation complexities and public debates affect day-to-day life in New Zealand.

    First Professional Year

    ERST 202 Environmental Analysis with Geographic Information SystemsThis course focuses on the use of Geographic Information Systems in spatial analysis, land-use planning, design and decision making and the cartographic representation of those fi ndings.

    LASC 206 Landscape Planting PracticeThis study focuses on landscape planting implementation strategies, practice methods and techniques, and implementation documentation.

    LASC 210 History of Design & Culture This course gives a comparative international review of the historical relationship between design and culture, with particular reference to landscape architectural history and its relevance to contemporary design and practice.

    LASC 211 Planting Design & ManagementLASC 211 studies approaches to planting design and management, plant materials and sources.

    LASC 215 Landscape Analysis, Planning and Design This course focuses on techniques of landscape analysis and design, and the statutory and policy context of site design.

    LASC 216 Site DesignThis course studies landscape site planning and design.

    LASC 217 Design DetailsLASC 217 focuses on design characteristics of materials and landscape structures, design implications of engineering options and constraints, and storm-water management best practice.

    Second Professional Year

    ECOL 201 Ecology II: Principles of EcologyThe aim of this course is to develop an understanding of the key principles of modern ecology, examples of how those principles operate and their potential application to solving ecological problems.

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    LASC 310 Design TheoryThis course considers critical approaches to design theory and design method.

    LASC 312 Landscape EcologyThis study looks at theory and techniques in landscape ecology and their applications in design.

    LASC 316 Innovative Design (A)This course is an exploration of design as a creative and innovative process in a range of settings including options such as urban design, land-art and the Ma-ori cultural landscape.

    LASC 322 Sustainable Design and PlanningFocuses on the investigation and design application of concepts of landscape sustainability at a range of scales.

    Plus 30 credits chosen from any of the Bachelor degree courses offered at Lincoln University.

    Third Professional Year

    LASC 318 Landscape Assessment and PlanningOffers a critical examination of landscape assessment procedures and their application to landscape planning within a statutory context.

    SOCI 314 Professional PracticeThis course is a critical study of issues in the provision of professional services in environmental planning, design, social sciences, tourism, sport and recreation.

    LASC 406 Complex DesignThis study focuses on the application of contemporary developments in landscape design theory and practice to complex site planning, design and implementation.

    LASC 409 Major DesignA complex design exercise illustrating all aspects of landscape site planning and design.

    Plus 30 credits chosen from any of the Bachelor degree courses offered at Lincoln University.

    Bachelor of Land