Landscape Architecture

Academy of Art University

M.A. On Campus
24 months
1191 USD/credit
1137 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Earning a degree in the Landscape Architecture program of Academy of Art University means learning to create relevant, innovative, and artistic solutions for all kinds of different outdoor places. From urban plazas and parklets, to tidal marshes and bike trails, we teach the skills needed to resolve contemporary design challenges, both large and small.


The Landscape Architecture program of Academy of Art University offers an introduction to landscape architecture. Coursework emphasizes the essential factors involved in the creation of outdoor spaces. This program is appropriate for students who want to learn about the profession but are not interested in practicing as a landscape architect in the future.

Program Learning 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 offers some of the best training and hands-on experience to help accelerate your future landscape architecture career. We pride ourselves in doing an exceptional job preparing you to excel in your chosen profession. Our degree programs are designed to equip aspiring landscape architects with a comprehensive toolbox of marketable skills that lead to success in the industry.

Landscape Architect

As a landscape architect, you'll analyze, plan, design, and implement natural as well as built environments of all scales. Design and plan the restoration of disturbed natural places and systems such as stream corridors, wetlands, forested areas, and mines.

Garden Designer

As a garden designer, you'll be responsible for planting, irrigation, and some hardscape design for residences and estates, Work with other designers and staff to create a holistic vision of urban spaces in this exciting career.

Landscape Designer

Working with the landscape architect, the designer helps with planning, design, management, and stewardship of natural and built environments.

Environmental Planner

As a regional and environmental planner, you'll be responsible for land use analysis, planning, zoning, and infrastructure as well as the analysis, design, and restoration of ecological systems. Help improve our parks and recreation areas in this important and fulfilling career path.

Landscape Renderer

Landscape renderers are responsible for the creation of drawings, plans, elevations, perspective, and axonometric to communicate design intent and the spatial experience.

Master Planner

Abstract an idea in spatial forms as a master planner. You'll envision and design large-scale communities and lead the design process from conception to final construction.

Planting Designer

Create planting designer based on site analysis, concept, and horticultural possibilities as a planting designer. You'll use plants in a creative and sustainable way to design projects at various scales.

Urban Designer

Responsible for the design or redesign of existing urban spaces, the urban designer crafts unique and usable apices for the public. Revitalize existing amenities, or create new physical connections in this unique and inspiring career path.

Urban Strategist

As an urban strategist, you'll develop strategies to improve underutilized urban sites to improve social impact. Urban strategists and typically landscape architects, designers, or urban designers looking to create a behavioral and social impact in urban environments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Digital Imaging
  • Drawing as Process
  • Ecological Foundations of Design
  • Landscape Architecture Design Studio
  • Site Engineering
  • Historical Precedents of Landscape Architecture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • College transcripts must show the classes/subjects, grades, credits and number of hours completed for each class
  • Applicants and sponsors must complete the Affidavit of Support Form
  • An art portfolio in your chosen discipline is required with detailed descriptions for all international graduate school applicants
  • An official bank letter (from student. family/parents/sponsor) must show a minimum balance of $42,000 USD or equivalent
  • We do not require TOEFL or IELTS scores and do not have a minimum score requirement
  • Photocopy of your valid passport
  • Photocopy of your 1-20, 1-94, or other visa document
  • If your transcripts are not in English. they must be translated and notarized

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1191 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1191 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    1137 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1137 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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