The programme is in dialogue between contemporary international landscape architectural history and theory, African cultures and innovations in landscape architecture and urbanism that can be reflected back to the world. In our studios, and our important relationship with the profession, we pursue design innovation and quality, and encourage our students to design landscapes that provide rich aesthetic experiences, are socioeconomic and ecological catalysts, and function as fun, safe places that hope to bring communities together.
The Programme in Landscape Architecture at UCT offers two one-year qualifications in landscape architecture, the BLA (Hons) and the MLA. Graduates from the programme meeting the required criteria can register with the South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Professions (SACLAP).
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Honours
An honours degree in landscape architecture that provides advanced vocational and discipline specific knowledge, skills and competencies related to the practice of landscape architecture, including landscape and urban design, history and theory, digital representation techniques and constructed ecology. The course of study extends the base of knowledge through graduate study with particular emphasis on landscape design. It is focused on developing creative and critical inquiry, reflective understanding and cultural, social and technical knowledge in preparation for self motivated independent learning. The qualification introduces an honours degree within a succession of qualifications leading towards professional qualification in landscape architecture. It is a prerequisite qualification for admission into the Master of Landscape Architecture.
Master of Landscape Architecture
A qualifying degree in landscape architecture provides learners with the knowledge, values and skills to enter the profession of landscape architecture. It is focused on developing independent critical inquiry in preparation for practice in a diverse and changing world. Students are given considerable freedom and support to develop a reflective, critical and speculative relationship to their work. The qualification is a pre-requisite for statutory registration as a Candidate Landscape Architect with the South African Council for the Landscape Architectural Profession (SACLAP), in terms of the Landscape Architectural Profession Act, Act 45 of 2000.
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