Master Landscape Architecture FT (X051)

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At the interface between the human and the natural world, our approach marries spatial design skills with an understanding of nature-led solutions, engineering, urban and rural planning, natural and social sciences and the humanities. We place emphasis on understanding, interpreting and designing inhabited landscapes, and study the Irish landscape in particular. This is an advanced programme in which students are encouraged to identify issues present in contemporary Irish society, and address them through design. Our programme focuses on designing with nature in a context that pushes typical urban analytical and project boundaries outwards from the city. Embedded in the real-world, our studio sites are large and include coasts and rivers, hills and valleys, farmlands and woodlands as well as towns and villages. We review traditional planning and engineering approaches critically and explore alternatives, seeking better, more beautiful, more sustainable solutions that work with nature to the benefit of all. Students typically conduct individual, or small group, project work and the course seeks to build each student’s ability to pursue independent inquiry using robust methodologies and critical thinking. Studio based Learning is supported by lectures and seminars on necessary subjects and research methods. Students present their work to a public audience as well as to academics and practitioners to broaden discussion and enrich feedback. The course is located on campus among a group of related disciplines from the designed environment with a large selection of open presentations and lectures. Teaching, learning and assessment includes debate and discussion, public presentations, graphic and written communication, as well as group project work. Small classes, tutorials and discussion are key.


1 - On successful completion of this programme, students should: 1. Have a deep understanding of key issues in contemporary landscape architecture
2 - 2. Have knowledge of research methodologies oriented towards the discipline and practice of landscape architecture
3 - 3. Have developed a critical approach to their work.
4 - 4. Be able to explore a range of approaches in a structured manner, summarise findings, make decisions and draw conclusions leading to relevant proposals.
5 - 5. Be able to present the process and findings of their studies in logical, interesting and well argued written, graphic and verbal form.
6 - 6. Work competently as individuals and group members, and present their thinking in a public forum.
Stage 1

The Master of Landscape Architecture Programme is a 2-Year full-time Level 9 Masters programme comprising 120 credits.
All MLA students are required to complete 60 credits in each year of the programme. Each year comprises Core Modules and Options, and may include negotiated option modules to enable students negotiate and tailor their learning. If students would prefer to take one or more Option modules not listed, per trimester, that may be possible as a negotiated option. Any requests to take a module that is not listed as an Option Module will require approval of the Governing Board.
In Year 1 the 60 credit total comprises 40 Core credits, and 20 Option or negotiated option credits.
For Year 2 the MLA students must take 45 Core credits, and 15 Option or negotiated option credits.
Students are advised to contact the Programme Director (sophia.meeres@ucd.ie) before the start of the trimester so as to discuss and agree Options and negotiated options, in accordance with individual learning requirements.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
The following modules are CORE for Year 1, and must be selected:
     
LARC40390 Landscape Studio 4A Autumn

15

LARC40420 Landscape Research 1 Autumn

5

AESC20070 Soil Resources Spring

5

LARC40360 Landscape Studio 4 B Spring

15

Stage 1 Options - A)MIN0OF:
The following modules are CORE for Year 1, and must be selected:
     
Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
In Year 1 the 60 credit total comprises 40 Core credits, and 20 Option or negotiated option credits. In the Autumn and Spring Trimesters, students must select two Option Modules (10 credits) to ensure a balanced workload of 30 credits per Trimester . Any unlisted modules to be taken as negotiated options must be discussed with the Programme Director, and will require the approval of the Governing Board.
     
AESC30110 Diversity in the Rural Landscape Autumn

5

AESC40150 Wildlife Conservation Autumn

5

ARCT40660 Introduction to Urban Design Autumn

5

GEOG20040 Rivers, Estuaries and Coasts Autumn

5

GEOG30860 Environmental Assessment Autumn

5

HORT30050 Landscape Trees and Shrubs Autumn

5

PLAN40230 Governing Nature Autumn

5

AESC40190 Habitat Evaluation Spring

5

ARCT40180 Urban Design Theory (UDT) Spring

5

BOTN30050 Diversity of Plant Form & Function Spring

5

LARC40540 Rural and Landscape Planning Spring

5

LARC40550 Building Biodiversity: nature as Builder Spring

5

Stage 1 Options - B)MIN0OF:
In Year 1 the 60 credit total comprises 40 Core credits, and 20 Option or negotiated option credits. In the Autumn and Spring Trimesters, students must select two Option Modules (10 credits) to ensure a balanced workload of 30 credits per Trimester . Any unlisted modules to be taken as negotiated options must be discussed with the Programme Director, and will require the approval of the Governing Board.
     
Stage 1 Options - C)MIN0OF:
The following modules are CORE for Year 2, and must be selected:
     
LARC40450 Landscape Architectural Thesis 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

30

GEOG40770 GIS for Environmental Assessment Autumn

5

LARC40430 Landscape Studies: Major Essay Autumn

10

Stage 1 Options - C)MIN0OF:
The following modules are CORE for Year 2, and must be selected:
     
Stage 1 Options - D)MIN0OF:
In Year 2 the 60 credit total comprises 45 Core credits, and 15 Option or negotiated option credits. To give a balanced workload of 30 credits per Trimester, it is recommended that one Option Module (5 credits) should be taken in the Autumn Trimester and two Option Modules (10 credits) in the Spring Trimester. Any unlisted modules to be taken as negotiated options must be discussed with the Programme Director, and will require the approval of the Governing Board.
     
AESC40150 Wildlife Conservation Autumn

5

GEOG30370 River Catchment Management Autumn

5

GEOG30860 Environmental Assessment Autumn

5

HORT30050 Landscape Trees and Shrubs Autumn

5

PLAN40230 Governing Nature Autumn

5

AESC40190 Habitat Evaluation Spring

5

ARCT40180 Urban Design Theory (UDT) Spring

5

GEOG40750 Reimagining Dublin: An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Urban Regeneration Spring

5

LARC40540 Rural and Landscape Planning Spring

5

LARC40550 Building Biodiversity: nature as Builder Spring

5

LAW41660 Planning Law APEP Spring

5

PLAN40040 Rural & Landscape Planning Spring

5


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