Landscape Architecture

Director of the Master's Programme

Professor Jyrki Sinkkilä

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are based on international accreditation criteria for landscape architecture education. The degree has a status that complies with the criteria and and has to be renewed every five years, which ensures that it meets the requirements of the professional and educational field.

The aim of the Master's Programme in Landscape Architecture is to prepare students to serve in an expert capacity in the profession. The skills acquired during the bachelor's phase are developed and deepened in the master's degree programme. Landscape architects who graduate from the programme are expected to have:

  • the ability to produce functional, aesthetic solutions for the interaction between humans and nature
  • understanding the influence that ecological, cultural, economic and land use factors have on design
  • expert, analytical and technically competent visual, oral and written communication as well as project co-ordination and management skills.
  • the ability to co-operate and work as a landscape architect, both in co-operation with representatives of closely-related fields and independently

Content outcomes:

The objective of the education is that after completing a degree, the student:

  • knows and can analyse current challenges and tasks in landscape architecture
  • knows the history and theory of landscape architecture and the arts
  • masters information search and design methods and their participation and evaluation processes, knows cost factors and essential laws and administrative practices in the field
  • can work in demanding design and/or research tasks and manage and coordinate projects
  • can meet the challenges of demanding landscape change projects and processes in an independent and innovative manner
  • can develop his/her own expression in landscape architecture
  • and assess the quality and environmental impacts of the design solutions
  • demonstrates comprehensive professional vision and problem-solving skills
  • understands the social significance and responsibility of the field and his/her responsibility as a professional
  • understands the internationalising and expanding duties associated with the job description and the importance of different cultures and natural conditions in design
  • realises a systematic study path that prepares him/her national and international expert positions, post-graduate studies and lifelong learning

Academic outcomes:

The objective of the education is that after completing a degree, the student:

  • knows the academic themes and key literature in the field
  • can write academic text in a critical and expert manner
  • knows the central research methods
  • can argue scientifically

Education content

Landscape Architecture is a multidisciplinary field for the design of outdoor spaces, their construction and management in a full range of scales. The key content of the Master’s Degree Programme is landscape design, construction, management and conservation and urban planning and design.

Landscape Architecture combines expertise in the arts, natural sciences and technology. Ethics, ecology and functionality are the fundamental values of Landscape Architecture. The aim is to create sustainable, well-designed environments and communities. In practice, this comprises the design of residential environments, public parks, green zones, recreational and workplace areas; planning the use of areas for zoning; the conservation and management of landscapes and historic environments; planning environmental restoration; research on landscapes and environment; and advisory assignments.

The studies involve study trips abroad and occasional co-operation courses or projects with international partner universities. The opportunities for student exchanges are good, and the majority of landscape architecture students take advantage of the chance to study abroad. An internship abroad is another opportunity for internationalisation.

Structure of the Master's Programme

Major studies 90 cr, comprising advanced studies in the major (60 cr) and the master's thesis (30 cr).

The scope of a master's thesis is 30 credits. The thesis seminar which may be a part of the degree requirements for a master's degree is not part of the thesis, but is a separate study attainment that is included in advanced studies in the major.

Elective studies 30 credits comprising alternative studies in Landscape Architecture (minor, specialisation studies, individual courses).

Degree structure of the Master's Programme in Landscape Architecture (120 credits)

Modules

Credits

Degree in Landscape Architecture

120

  • Major (Landscape Architecture)

60

Elective studies

  • The studies are selected from alternative studies in the Master's Degree Programme in Landscape Architecture. Landscape Architecture studies completed elsewhere (for example, abroad) can also be accepted for credit.
  • 3-12 credits of internship can be accepted as elective studies.

30

Master’s Thesis (MAR.thes)

  • The thesis is completed on one of the following topics: 1) Landscape Design and Construction, 2) Landscape Planning and Management, 3) Urban Planning and Design

30

Compulsory courses in the major (Landscape Architecture), 1st-2nd year of master's studies

Landscape Architecture, Special project

1 - 10

Course code

Name

Credits

Compulsory courses

 

min. 40

MAR-E1000

Environmental Administration and Legislation (selected according the course offering at that specific time)

min. 3

MAR-E1025

Green Area Planning

7

ARTSt.matr

Maturity test

0

The student also selects at least 10 credits from the following Landscape Design and Construction courses. The student must take at least two studios from the topic in which he/she intends to complete the master's thesis.

MAR-E1007

Streets and Squares, studio

9 - 12

MAR-E1008

Design of Special Environments, studio

9 - 12

MAR-E1009

Architecture and Landscape, studio

9 - 12

MAR-E1010

Advanced Course in Landscape Design, studio

9 - 12

MAR-E1011

Conservation of Parks and Gardens, studio

9 - 12

MAR-E1012

Project Management in Landscape Architecture

6 - 9

MAR-E1013

History of Landscape Architecture in Finland

3 - 6

MAR-E1014

Plants in Cultural Landscape and Old Gardens

3

MAR-E1015

Field Research – Parks and Gardens

3

MAR-E1016

Readings in Landscape Architecture

4 - 6

MAR-E1017

Landscape Architecture, Special project

1 - 10

MAR-E1018

Landscape Architecture, Course with varying content

1 - 10

MAR-E1019

Interdisciplinary Project 

5 - 15

MAR-E1026

Digital Landscape Architecture

5 - 15

MAR-E1027

Landscape Architecture Competition

1 - 10

The student also selects at least 10 credits from the following Landscape Planning and Management courses. The student must take at least two studios from the topic in which he/she intends to complete the master's thesis.

MAR-E1020

Landscape of Production, Studio

9 - 12

MAR-E1006

Landscape Architecture and Research

9 - 12

MAR-E1021

Management and Conservation of Cultural Landscape, Studio

9 - 12

MAR-E1024

Sustainable Landscape - EIA, studio

9 - 12

MAR-E1005

Restoration and Management of Urban Biotopes

9 - 12

MAR-E1004

Basics of GIS

3 - 9

MAR-E1013

History of Landscape Architecture in Finland

3 - 6

MAR-E1001

Landscape Planning Process

3

MAR-E1017

Landscape Architecture, Special project

1 - 10

MAR-E1018

Landscape Architecture, Course with varying content

1 - 10

MAR-E1026

Digital Landscape Architecture

5 - 15

 

MAR-E1027

Landscape Architecture Competition

1 - 10

 

 

 

The student also selects at least 10 credits from the following Urban Planning and Design courses. The student must take at least two studios from the topic in which he/she intends to complete the master's thesis.

ARK-E5001 

Possible Cities

10

ARK-E5007

Urban Laboratory

5 - 10

ARK-E5501

Urban Renewal

10

ARK-E5502

Wooden Town

10

ARK-E5504

Cities in Transition, Studio (+ ARK-E5503 Cities in Transition - Research & Theory)

10 (+ 5)

ARK-E5505

Sustainable Urban Design

10

ARK-L5000

Planning Theory and Urban Studies

5

ARK-E5000

Methodology

5

ARK-E5503

Cities in Transition - Research & Theory (compulsory if Cities in Transition, Studio is selected as a studio)

5

ARK-E5003

Urban Planning and Design, Special project

1 - 10

ARK-E5004

Urban Planning and Design, Course with varying themes

1 - 10

ARK-E5500

Urban Planning and Design, Studio with Varifying themes

1 - 10

Alternative courses in the major (Landscape Architecture), 1st-2nd year of master's studies

Course code

Credits

Alternative courses

max. 20

All of the above-mentioned master's courses that are not included in compulsory minimum requirements are acceptable as alternative studies in the major. At least half of the alternative studies must have a design focus. On a case-specific basis, foreign studies and individual landscape architecture courses as well as specialisation and minor studies can be accepted.

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