UCD is at the forefront of Landscape Architecture education in Ireland. UCD is currently the only university in Ireland to offer an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture. This course is accreditated by the Irish Landscape Institute (ILI) and recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).
If you love design, nature and the outdoors, are interested in society and the ways that we live, and want to make a better, more sustainable future for our towns and countrysides, then Landscape Architecture is for you. This exciting programme teaches you how to design with nature to improve our environment and the quality of our lives.
Landscape architects work on all sorts of projects, all over the world, designing habitats for humans and non-humans: homes for city birds, playgrounds for children, rooftop gardens, streetscapes, city parks and even cities themselves. They transform urban and rural land, and water-bodies, and advise on countryside matters. Landscape design engages environmentalism, urbanism and culture, teaching important transferable skills that you’ll use wherever you are, whatever you do in the future.
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The design studio is central to Landscape Architecture. You’ll spend most of your time in the studio, pursuing individual and small group project work. You’ll learn by doing design projects that allow you to develop creative skills and apply knowledge taught through lectures, seminars, drawing classes, field trips, reviews, readings, individual and group tutorials. In your third year you will also gain professional experience interning in a landscape related company / institution.
Lectures fall into three main categories:
Ecological and Environmental Sciences
- Land Use & the Environment
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Landscape Ecology
- Soils, Biology, Botany, Trees & Shrubs.
Human Sciences, Technology and Culture
- Landscape History & Theory, Archaeology
- Rural & Landscape Planning
- Materials & Construction
- Aesthetics, Drawing and Landscape Representation
Professional and Managerial Skills
- Professional Practice
- Research and Writing
A combination of regular studio reviews, reports, as well as end-of-semester written and portfolio examinations, is used to assess your work. The fourth year concludes with a design thesis based on a subject of your own choosing. In year 3 students have the opportunity to undertake an optional 6-8 month internship as part of their degree.
Graduates of UCD Landscape Architecture work all over the world because of their transferable skills. Our students become professional landscape architects, setting up in business, working in private practice, for governmental bodies or NGO’s. Others go onto further academic study in landscape architecture, or related subjects and some go onto work in areas such as:
- Environmental and Ecological Policy-Making
- Conservation and Resource Management
- Planning or Urban Design
The majority of our students become professional landscape architects. After two years of approved work experience, graduates sit the Irish Landscape Institute professional exams, which lead to full professional membership of the ILI. (See www.irishlandscapeinstitute.com).
A number of Master’s programmes are available for those who wish to pursue the subject at taught graduate level. The School of Architecture also offers related Masters by Research and Doctoral programmes.
“I found Landscape architecture at UCD perfectly combines environmental & ecological studies, technical & technological approaches within a creative design studio. The close-knit nature of our studios allows for strong bonds to be created between students and staff. The panel of diverse and multidisciplinary staff have always tried their best to encourage, support and guide me in the right direction both academically and professionally. Not only did Landscape Architecture at UCD offer a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for my future career but also presented many once in a lifetime opportunities such as representing UCD on the global stage in EU led programs and entering international design competitions.”
Yousra Aljohmani - Graduate