Learn in a living laboratory and design high performing landscapes that benefit people and planet – to build healthy and resilient urban and regional landscapes.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours)
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration (Full Time)
4 Year(s)

Overview

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) is a four-year full-time degree.

Have you always wanted to design beautiful and sustainable environments that inspire and change the way people engage with the outside world around them? As a landscape architect, you’ll use the best combination of art and science to plan, design and manage environments that regenerate ecological systems and celebrate cultural values. Think of yourself as a creative problem solver equipped with the skills and knowledge to work effectively with cities, landscapes and communities around the world. 

In designing open spaces for the future, you’ll consider historically unknown issues such as urbanisation, sustainability, and climate change in your work – ensuring each project leaves the world looking and feeling that little bit better than before.

Key features

Work experience
Work experience is an essential part of this degree. You’ll complete up to 90 days of work experience consisting of a minimum of 40 days of supervised work in a landscape industry role and 40 days in a design office. Not only will you graduate with theoretical knowledge, professional skills, and industry connections – you’ll have the experience to confidently launch into a career with real impact. There are international options available too.

A community of experts
Our Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program is the longest established, accredited program of its kind in the country. This means, each day you’ll be learning with staff who are both leading researchers and practitioners.  

Freedom to explore
The key features and subject areas of this degree will give you the flexibility to explore landscape architecture through theory and practice – preparing you for a diverse, successful and rewarding career path ahead. You may consider a professional pathway within design communications, natural and cultural systems, professional practice, landscape architectural design and more.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • Benefit from studying the longest established, accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in Australia  
  • Become qualified to be a Registered Landscape Architect with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA)
  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription included while you study
  • Increase your employability through an honours level outcome
  • A supportive, diverse and inclusive Arts, Design & Architecture community
  • Study at a Built Environment School that ranks 33rd in the world and 4th in Australia (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Learn through research-informed teaching
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world class alumni connections
Program Code
3381
CRICOS Code
089363D
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
423500
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
192
Indicative Enrolments
317

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Entry requirements

2021 Lowest Selection Rank
80
2021 A levels
13
2021 IB Diploma
29
2021 Lowest ATAR
70.35
    1. The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. The 2021 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2021 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Adjustment Factors


We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways

Portfolio Entry
At UNSW School of Built Environment, we recognise your creative potential. With BE Portfolio Entry, you can submit a portfolio of your best creative work to showcase your talent and boost your chance of admission. Learn more about BE Portfolio Entry.

UNSW also offers a number of other alternative entry schemes to support you in boosting your admission opportunities. Explore your alternative entry options

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

What will I study?

With a tailored degree that’s designed to help you pursue a longstanding and fulfilling career within landscape architecture – you’ll explore design principles, graphic techniques, ecological processes, landscape systems, plants and design and the relationship between people and place. 

Consisting of 30 courses and work experience, this program includes 13 core courses, 10 landscape studio courses, seven electives, and up to 90 days’ work experience or Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities. In addition, you can choose an overseas student exchange where you’ll expand your horizons in international studios.

The program includes:

  • 13 Core courses
  • 10 Landscape Studio courses
  • 7 Electives
  • 90 Days work experience

Honours

Through your honours program, you’ll deepen your knowledge of landscape architecture by exploring your practice further through research and design. This will see you graduate with advanced practice and research skills that will set you apart from the rest.

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period. You can study full-time.

Some courses need to be studied in your first and second year, so you’re prepared for courses that can only be studied in later years. You’ll complete two or three courses each a term and can complete electives in summer terms.

The full-time study plan for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) includes:

First year

  • 6 Landscape Architecture core courses
  • 2 Landscape Design Studio courses

Second year

  • 3 Landscape Architecture core courses
  • 2 Landscape Design Studio courses
  • 3 Electives

Third year

  • 2 Landscape Architecture core courses
  • 3 Landscape Design Studio courses
  • 3 Electives

Fourth year (Honours)

  • 2 Landscape Architecture core courses
  • 3 Landscape Design Studio courses
  • 1 Elective

Work experience

As part of your landscape architecture degree, you’ll complete 90 days of work experience, including a minimum of 40 days landscape industry work and a minimum of 40 days in a design office. This normally takes the form of employment or volunteer work during long student vacations, supervised by a landscape architect, landscape contractor or nursery.

See our sample degree structure or for full course listing, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook.

Future careers

More than just a foot in the door or a pathway towards landing a role within your chosen industry, this degree will prepare you for a role within this increasingly relevant and important design profession. As more cities and communities work to create sustainable and beautiful environments in urban and rural settings, this is your opportunity to create real and lasting positive impact. 

With a range of experience across design and visual communication, plant knowledge, innovative materials, ground-breaking technology, environmental legislation and landscape management, contracts, ethics and tendering – you’ll graduate with the practical skills and confidence to pursue your chosen career.

Potential careers

  • Landscape architect
  • Urban designer
  • Design and policy strategist
  • Project manager
  • Parks and recreation manager
  • Academic or teacher
  • Local government design and planning coordinator

Accreditation

Once you've graduated and completed a period of approved professional experience, you'll qualify for corporate membership of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to start your application?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

Ready to start your application?

Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$8,020*

Commonwealth Supported Place: Student Contribution Band 2

*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the university and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year.

The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$42,790*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$176,760*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

Landscape Architecture at UNSW has equipped me to conjure my creativity for a positive outcome.
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