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Landscape Architecture with Foundation Year

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About this course


Course option

6.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Landscape architecture and design

If you don't have the background for our landscape architecture degrees this degree with a foundation year is for you. The foundation year will build your skills and knowledge in related areas to ensure you're ready to move on to your degree.

You'll study modules in geography, maths, literacy and communication and social sciences.

Each of these will introduce you to the key concepts and skills in the subject, from the evolution of the physical landscape to the relationship between individuals and society.

After successfully completing your foundation year you'll be able to progress to the first year of the five-year MLA Landscape Architecture.

**Your Landscape Architecture degree**
Landscape Architecture embraces all aspects of the science, planning, design, creation and management of landscape, in both urban and rural environments. It covers all scales, from the smallest garden to the greatest wilderness.

This integrated masters course will take you from year one to year five of your Landscape Architecture education and includes one year working in a professional landscape practice.

You’ll receive broad foundational training in landscape theories and concepts and choose whether to specialise in ecology or planning. You will work in a Landscape practice - as a paid employee - in year four, allowing you to experience life as a professional and start thinking about the type of practice you aspire to work in. Your final year helps to consolidate your skills and knowledge and culminates with a design project, rather than a written dissertation.

MLA Landscape Architecture students remain registered with the university for all five years of the course, which means you’ll be eligible to apply for undergraduate funding, as well as enjoy any discounts and benefits associated with being a student, during these years.

**Accreditation**
Accreditation allows graduates to become a licentiate Member of the Landscape Institute, ready to start their Pathway to Chartership and become a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute (CMLI).

**Learning**
The studio is the heart of learning and is where you’ll participate in workshops, small group seminars, tutorials and project reviews. Studio learning is supported by lectures, site visits and field trips.

**Assessment**
You will be assessed through group and individual coursework, which may include design portfolios, written reports or presentations.
Feedback will be given throughout the semester via tutorials, interim and peer reviews.

**Graduate Careers**
Our graduates are in demand. Industry figures come to our end-of-year exhibition and advertise vacancies with us. Our graduates work all over the world and find employment in private practice, community development agencies, local authorities and national governments. Alumni include a former President of the International Federation of Landscape Architects and multiple RHS medal winners.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£22,520
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sheffield

Department:

Lifelong Learning

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
high
Landscape architecture and design

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Landscape design

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

69%
Library resources
73%
IT resources
73%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

57%
UK students
43%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Landscape design

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

55%
Draughtspersons and related architectural technicians
37%
Architects, town planners and surveyors
4%
Design occupations

If you want to design outdoor features, this is the degree for you. Prospects for landscape design grads have improved a lot of late and employment rates and salaries are better than the average. Easily the most common job for graduates from this discipline is as landscape architects, with architectural technicians and landscape gardeners also important options. Graduates from this degree are a lot more likely than the average to be self-employed so this also suits people with an independent streak.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Architecture, building and planning

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£28k

£28k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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