Academy of Art University

Course Details

MA in Landscape Architecture

Course Description

Landscape Architecture is the perfect combination of art and science, urban and rural, living systems and sculptural form, historical precedent and innovative vision. It is the profession of the future.

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Career outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Design Solutions Demonstrate basic command of the key principles, systems, and elements of design that inform two- and three- dimensional design and composition Produce defensible design and planning solutions that reflect an awareness of the historical, ecological and climatic factors of a given site Creatively solve design problems Research and Design Process Conduct sufficient research and analyze findings at appropriate junctures in the design process Explore sufficient concepts and alternatives, and test them against relevant criteria and standards Natural Systems Identify and evaluate key features and processes found on a site (such as soil types, individual plant species, plant communities, wildlife, climatic conditions, and hydrology) to determine design opportunities and constraints Human and Social Factors Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities that exist between human behavior and outdoor space in design proposals Technical Systems and Materials Apply the principles of sustainability to design technically accurate and ecologically sensitive grading and drainage plans and irrigation systems Select and evaluate materials that will both enhance the aesthetic and ecological qualities of a given site and provide for the programmatic requirements of the client and/or user group History, Theory, and Criticism Demonstrate an awareness of fundamental design traditions, ideas, and influences in design proposals Visual and Verbal Communication Consolidate research and present ideas in a concise and convincing verbal presentation Select appropriate representational media, including computer graphics and freehand drawing, to express essential information throughout the design process Professional Readiness Produce a professional portfolio demonstrating their skills and design process Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to: Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

MA in Landscape Architecture Academy of Art University