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Landscape Architecture MLA

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 2 years 2–3 days per week September 2017
Part time 4 years 1 day per week September 2017

Choose Kingston's Landscape Architecture MLA

This two-year ‘conversion course', accredited by the Landscape Institute, is aimed at graduates and professionals from disciplines including architecture, spatial design and ecology who can bring their knowledge, expertise, inquiry and creativity to the expanding field of landscape architecture. It is designed to engage with the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary landscape practice and research, as well as new opportunities for creative collaboration and co-production.

Key features

  • The course begins with a series of intensive workshops with expert practitioners for rapid assimilation and application of key landscape architecture skills, techniques and knowledge.
  • The course includes study visits and opportunities to collaborate on live projects with client and community engagement.
  • Summer work experience and a critical case study engage students with an immediate context of practice and the opportunity for dialogue with practitioners in relation to projects on site.

What will you study?

All design projects are developed as part of a personal portfolio that can be immediately used to target employment. Projects reflect critical challenges and opportunities of contemporary landscape practice including green and blue infrastructures, resilient and adaptive strategies, detailed design of places for people, planting, biodiversity, transformation and change through time. Workshops include: model making (in the Faculty's 3D workshop), mapping, drawing, digital media, materials and construction.

Our London location, established local, European and international networks, and Landscape Interface Studio provide the focus for contemporary landscape design projects that address immediate and long-term landscape solutions for cities and their regions.


Design projects and portfolio, critical case study, professional practice report, seminar presentations, landscape manifesto, and masters project exhibition or digital publication.

Accreditation from the Landscape Institute (LI)

LIThis course is accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) and is the route to the professional Pathway to Chartership of the Landscape Institute (P2C).

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules

  • The Primer involves you immediately from the start of the programme, with the broad range of knowledge and skills necessary for an advanced foundation in landscape architecture. The module prepares you, and the group, in key practices of landscape architecture through a series of fast track, immersive workshops and exercises led by specialist practitioners.

    Throughout the module you will develop a personal illustrated Landscape Architecture Primer document in which you record key sources of information, research techniques and your processes and learning. This will underpin your work through the programme.

  • You will develop a diverse range of design projects in a creative Landscape Architecture portfolio. Projects apply the professional skills, techniques and knowledge that you test in the Primer module. These explore local distinctiveness, spatial design and resolution, at different scales of place and time.

    The Portfolio records your design process in diverse contexts of contemporary landscape practice. You will demonstrate Industry appropriate content, design representation and communication. The Portfolio module prepares you for a critical case study, and the next stage of study.

  • Professional practice of landscape architecture involves production and delivery of places for people, and is subject to codes of conduct and professional body requirements. Seminars support your understanding of regulations, financial and organizational procedures, relating to LA professional practice as required by the UK professional body, the Landscape Institute.

    Ethical, pragmatic and aesthetic choices are critical to the duties and responsibilities of landscape architects. The module is inclusive of co-professional and diverse contexts of practice. Knowledge and skills of landscape standards and specification are developed, including material, construction and aftercare strategies.

    An illustrated Critical Case Study and Project Report are the assessed outputs of the module.

  • Lectures and selected readings provide material for student-led seminars. These help you to develop a theoretical 'grounding' and literacy in Landscape Architecture, and urbanism, and support research-informed design practice.

    You will produce a personal Landscape Reader and an annotated Landscape Manifesto to clarify and articulate your particular landscape practice focus. A Project Narrative helps frame the development of a cogent thesis project.

  • The thesis module is the capstone project of the MLA. The project requires the synthesis of theory and practice learning of the programme within a design project and should demonstrate a clearly defined process and representation in support of your career aspiration. You submit a supporting Thesis Portfolio as a record of your process alongside the edited and curated Thesis Project for digital publication or as an exhibition.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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