The basis for the master’s in landscape architecture is in the local, establishing a global laboratory which gives special emphasis to arctic/subarctic conditions, including the natural and man-made transformations which affect both society and the ecosystem in the Arctic/subarctic.
The aim of the study programme is to conduct research into, and produce new knowledge about, how we can protect, shape, and further develop particularly vulnerable landscapes within communities in state of flux. The programme focuses on urban, landscape and territorial practices. This differentiation makes it possible to add different perspectives to the spectrum of human activities which impact and form landscapes in the arctic/subarctic region. These three perspectives overlap with each other and are thematised in the studio courses.
Applicants who wish to develop knowledge and skills within the field of landscape architecture to contribute to relevant and innovative societal development, with particular emphasis on dynamic transformation processes in vulnerable landscapes and communities in the Arctic/subarctic.
The programme is best suited to applicants with an interest in design, and artistic and scientific innovation work, in addition to an understanding and interest in natural, cultural, and social conditions.
To participate in the programme students must have basic skills in the use of digital tools, such as CAD, GIS, and Adobe Illustrator.
The programme is a full-time course over two years as specified in the programme structure
To reach learning outcomes, the students must expect to work a minimum of forty hours a week on their studies. Teaching can include lectures, fieldwork/excursions, group work, individual project work, seminars, workshops and similar. Project/studio work with direct teacher/student - student/student dialogue will make up a significant part of the teaching process. Attendance, extensive participation, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively are expected.
Teaching and working methods are described in more detail in the individual course plans.
The most common methods of examination are written examination, oral examination, project reports and portfolio assessment, in various combinations.
Arrangements for examination and continuation of study are described in the individual course plans.
The following assessment terms are used:
- Pass/fail, or
- A graded scale with five levels where A to E is a pass, and F is a fail.
Bachelor's degree in landscape architecture or an equivalent architectural education
Admission for the programme requires:
- Bachelor's degree (180 ects) in landscape architecture or an equivalent architectural education, with a minimum of 80 ects specialising in landscape architecture. The average grade is calculated on the basis of all the courses in the bachelor’s degree.
The education must include:
- Documented knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystems as
described in the following courses
- 61 123 Ecology for landscape architecture – Plants and soil
- 61 134 Ecology for landscape architecture – vegetation and ecotypes
- 61 162 Ecology for landscape architecture – dynamic systems
- Documented knowledge of cities and the history of urban
planning as described in course
- 61 151 Urban history and history of urban planning
For more information about the courses please see below: "More information about the program"
- Proof of English proficiency
After passing the course the student will have the following learning outcomes:
- Have in-depth knowledge about landscape architecture as a practical, artistic, and scientific discipline, its media, history, theories, and methods.
- Be able to master landscape architecture through specialised insight into natural and man-made materials and how they are influenced through composition, delimitation, and design. Dynamic transformation processes in vulnerable landscapes and communities within the Arctic/subarctic are emphasised.
- Be able to use knowledge about the natural, societal and cultural, and qualify and integrate these into landscape architectural design.
- Be able to critically analyse and discuss how landscape architecture impacts the environment in the short and long term, with particular emphasis on cultural understanding, place, and the relation between the natural and man-made.
- Have a comprehensive ability to analyse critically, qualify, explain, and argue for designs and solutions within landscape architecture through complex planning and project work.
- Be able to independently implement and lead planning and project work within the field of landscape architecture.
- Be able to take a critical position to relevant theories and methods within landscape architecture and maintain an openness for interdisciplinary insight.
- Have the ability to drive scientific and artistic knowledge production within the field, with special emphasis on the landscape architect’s main area of work; design-based project development.
- Be able to independently analyse, plan and give form to landscape architecture projects of various scales in different local, urban, and territorial contexts. The competency should be directed towards dynamic transformation processes in vulnerable landscapes and communities and be in accordance with professional standards.
- Be able to apply professional knowledge and skills to processes for a society in constant transformation and be prepared to take professional leadership in sustainable societal development.
- Be able to communicate and convey issues, analyses, and conclusions from within the field of landscape architecture to both specialists and the general public as well as contribute to the innovation and development of the field of landscape architecture.
Graduates are fully qualified landscape architects according to the International Federation of Landscape Architects criteria.
Typically, graduates go on to do landscape architecture roles, including construction design, regional master planning, landscape reviewing and development proposals with private studios, with diverse opportunities with local, regional and national government bodies.
Exchanges with approved partner institutions can be arranged. Exchanges can take place in the third semester.
Students must have met the exam requirements in accordance with the standard study progression before the exchange can be approved.