Want to design landscapes that benefit people and the planet? Landscape Architecture at UNSW will prepare you for a creative career with real-world impact, designing public spaces that are sustainable, healthy and vibrant.

 

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) at UNSW is a four-year full-time degree through which you’ll prepare for a career designing sustainable and beautiful environments.

As a landscape architect, you’ll become a creative problem solver, combining art and science to plan, design and manage environment that conserve and celebrate ecology, cultural values and symbolic associations. You’ll be equipped to work with cities and communities around the world, designing the open spaces of the future in response to issues such as urbanisation, migration, sustainability and climate change.

UNSW is the longest established, accredited Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program in Australia. You’ll learn with staff who are both leading researchers and practitioners as you explore design principles, graphic techniques, ecological processes and human modification of the environment.

Work experience is an essential part of this degree, meaning you’ll graduate with the theoretical knowledge, professional skills, and industry connections to launch a career with impact. 

Key features

The key features and subject areas of this degree will see you explore landscape architecture through theory and practice, preparing you for diverse and successful careers. These include:

  • Landscape Architectural Design
  • Design Communications
  • Landscape Architectural History and Theory
  • Landscape Architectural Technology
  • Natural and Cultural Systems
  • Professional Practice

Work experience

As part of your landscape architecture degree, you’ll complete 90 days of work experience – a minimum of 40 days landscape industry work and a minimum of 40 days in a design office – giving you the professional experience and industry connections to kick-start your career. 

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 from the day you start your degree for the duration of your studies
  • Increase your employability through an honours level outcome
  • Be supported by our diverse, open 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
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020
  • Benefit from strong industry links and partnerships
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2021)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
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. 2021 Lowest Selection Rank
      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. 2021 A levels
      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. 2021 IB Diploma
      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. 2021 Lowest ATAR
      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.

Alternative entry 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.

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.

Pathway programs

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

UNSW offers a number of other alternative entry schemes which could support you in boosting your admission opportunities. Explore 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 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.

Program structure

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) is a four-year program consisting of 30 courses, and work experience.

The program includes:

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

Honours

Through your final-year Honours program you’ll deepen your knowledge of landscape architecture by delving further into your practice through research and design.

You’ll graduate with and advanced practice and research that will set you apart as you kick-start your career. 

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

Landscape architecture is a design profession with a long tradition and increasing relevance as more cities and communities work to create sustainable and beautiful environments in urban and rural settings.

Studying Landscape Architecture, you’ll gain a wide range of experience from design and visual communication, to plant knowledge, innovative materials and ground-breaking technologies, environmental legislation and landscape management, contracts, ethics and tendering. You’ll graduate with the knowledge, practical skills and confidence to go after and succeed in diverse careers with impact. 

Potential careers

  • Start your own practice, planning new developments or private estates
  • Planning, designing and managing parks and public infrastructure
  • Designing green roofs and vertical gardens for sustainable buildings
  • Designing and building recreation facilities such as golf courses, sports grounds, playground and theme parks
  • Planning subdivisions and town centres
  • Creating urban designs such as public squares, waterfronts, pedestrian paths and cycleways
  • Ecological design that minimises environmental stress

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 apply?

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.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$7,950*

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.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$41,040*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$172,240*

*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

Our scholarships help you achieve your potential and enhance the university experience. Scholarships reward academic achievements and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.


  • 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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