BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design - Writtle College

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BSc (Hons) Landscape and Garden Design

UCAS Code: K310

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  • Writtle School of Design (WSD) offers programmes in Landscape Architecture and Landscape and Garden Design. Both programmes ensure that students are prepared to work in these multidisciplinary professions by offering the knowledge of landscape theory, combined with the technical and scientific understanding required by these demanding careers. Students work in a design culture that is fostered by a range of specialist design studies. The programme develops sustainable approaches to design in landscape systems for public and private landscapes and for urban and rural situations at regional and local scales.
  • Course Modules

  • Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below.

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  • Course Content

  • Programmes in Landscape Architecture and Landscape and Garden Design follow a common course of study for level one by building a firm understanding of design culture, communication and theory, landscape analysis and interpretation, appraisal and associated technologies.

    Level two allows students to develop ideas and skills from level one by increasing their knowledge of design theory, associated research and professional development. Studio based studies form the vehicle for students to consider projects within the broad scope of landscape architecture or garden design. In addition students can select a minor strand to their studies allowing them to explore a specialised area of interest. At level three students are expected to show a high degree of autonomy with the research and development of a Comprehensive Design Project. This project is underpinned by a range of supporting studies, and professional design practices.

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  • Entry Requirements

  • The following information provides students with the entry requirements for this particular course.

    The following entry requirements are for courses starting September 2016 only.

    Applicants whose academic achievements are below those listed will still be considered on presentation of a strong portfolio of past work during interview.

    UCAS Tariff Points 240
    GCE A Levels 240 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
    Irish Certificate 240 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x ILC higher at B1
    Scottish Highers 240 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x higher at B
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Minimum of 24 points (pass) (260)
    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMM (240)
    BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD (240)
    C & G Level 3 Extended Diploma Merit (240)
    C & G Level 3 Diploma Distinction (240)

    Key and Functional Skills
    A maximum of 20 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 Key Skills will be taken into consideration when making offers of places for Higher Education courses.

    All applicants must possess a minimum of four GCSEs grade A–C including, English Language, Mathematics and Science*.
    *Science is not applicable for BA (Hons) Contemporary Art and Design course.

    Please note:
    An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.

    From September 2017, UCAS tariff points will be changeing.

    View the Entry Requirements for courses starting September 2017

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  • Assessment Methods

  • Assessment methods in the undergraduate Landscape and Garden Design Programme are very rarely through conventional written examinations.

    Modules are assessed through an extensive range of methods that test a wide variety of skills and competencies including:

    • Design Projects
    • Exhibitions
    • Visual presentations
    • Spoken presentations
    • Case studies / precedent studies
    • Essays
    • Reports and illustrated reports
    • Practical projects
    • Seminars
    • And, only occasionally, written examinations

    Most assessment is individual, but some is through group work, which tests students’ ability to work on a team. The ability to work on a team is a crucial workplace skill. Assignments are often constructed to build workplace skills and employability, and assessment is geared towards evaluating these skills. The programme also seeks to build the ‘whole person,’ and assignments and assessments reflect this larger aspiration as well. The range of assessments is designed to allow all students the opportunity to discover where they excel.

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  • Learning & Teaching Methods

  • Learning and teaching is in the style called 'studio education' – an intensive and immersive experience involving much practice and creative involvement.

    Classroom teaching and seminars supplement and support this learning. How we think about landscapes is as important as how we make them, and the history and philosophy of landscape and garden design is embedded in the studio teaching. Independent student learning is supported by:

    • Lectures
    • Guest speakers and critics (including a prominent lecture series)
    • Studio seminars
    • Laboratory practicals
    • Field work
    • Group work
    • Workshops and two Design Forum weeks every year
    • Personal development planning
    • Student conferences (including an annual seminar with University of Essex)
    • Site visits
    • National and international study tours

    There are also many opportunities for learning that exist outside of the formal teaching time. The Centre for the Arts and Design in the Environment (CADE) is just one example. CADE operates to involve students with exciting interdisciplinary and collaborative projects with arts and design professionals.

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  • Employment Details

  • With increased pressures on our landscapes and gardens; issues and concerns such as climate change, population growth, the health agenda, ecological and sustainable approaches to design, and food security all require trained landscape professionals to work within these areas of concern.

    There are many opportunities for employment in:

    • Landscape architecture
    • Garden design
    • Local authorities
    • Public parks and gardens
    • Landscape planning
    • Landscape management
    • Project management
    • Urban design

    As the BSc(Hons) Landscape and Garden Design and the BSc(Hons) Landscape Architecture are both accredited by the Landscape Institute, many students continue on to become professionally qualified landscape architects. The ability to see the big picture, to solve problems, and to work creatively mean that graduates of the programme are often in demand in many other professions outside of landscape as well.

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  • Career Prospects

  • Employment opportunities exist with private landscape architectural practices and consultancies, local authorities, government advisory and heritage agencies.

    With the support of CADE, graduates of design are provided with the opportunity to apply for "Incubator Units" at competitive prices to help develop their own businesses.

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  • Professional Accreditation

  • Both the Landscape Architecture and the Landscape and Garden Design Degree are accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

    For more information, visit the Landscape Institute or the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) website.

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