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Landscape Architecture - MLA
Landscape Architects plan and design spaces and places. They work across a diverse range of environments from urban to rural and at scales ranging from the garden to the region.
As a Landscape Architect, you’ll join a chartered profession regulated by the Landscape Institute in the UK and recognised internationally.
Study the MLA in Landscape Architecture and you’ll fast track your way to the starting point of Pathway to Chartership, the Landscape Institute’s professional Exam or its international equivalent in just 21 months.
Joining one of the UK’s most respected programmes, you’ll develop an understanding of materials, technology, cultural and natural processes enabling you to design functional and sustainable environments with identity.
Who should study Landscape Architecture?
If you’re a recent graduate or a professional who would like to develop a career in landscape architecture, this fast track programme is for you.
Most likely you’ll have a design background or be able to demonstrate some creative flair; you may have an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture or in a related subject such as geography, planning or ecology.
What’s critical is that you’re passionate about improving the environment for the benefit of people and nature.
How will you be taught?
Gaining experience and developing practical skills
You’ll work on a series of design projects tutored in the studio, often on a one-to-one basis.
These site-based projects are frequently set overseas and will become increasingly complex as the programme progresses.
You’ll also take the opportunity to select from a series of elective courses appropriate to your individual skills and experience.
A unique setting
You’ll discover that Edinburgh is a unique and exciting centre for Landscape Architecture.
Within a short distance, the relatively undeveloped areas of the Scottish Highlands and the Borders illustrate different problems, opportunities and solutions for Landscape Architects.
Ready for professional practice
When you graduate you’ll be ready for a career in professional practice.
Our graduates are highly sought after, and while most pursue careers in private practice, some choose to join local government or public bodies including Scottish Natural Heritage, National Parks or British Waterways.
Top five reasons to choose the programme
- Fast track your career: You’ll complete a professionally accredited programme in Landscape Architecture in just 21 months. When you graduate you’ll be ready to begin the Landscape Institute’s Pathway to Chartership immediately after.
- Access leading researchers and practitioners: You’ll draw upon the expertise of leading researchers and practitioners in Landscape Architecture. Their work is used to inform public policy on outdoor environments across the UK and they are involved in innovative design practice winning awards and recognition for their design work year after year.
- Excellent students: During the past six years ECA students have won the Landscape Institute’s Portfolio Prize on four occasions and the Dissertation Prize three times recognising the outstanding quality of their work.
- Flexibility and choice: Our flexible course structure means that you will have the opportunity to tailor a study programme to suit your own specific interests and experience.
- International perspective: You’ll join a programme which is international in outlook and take advantage of opportunities to undertake design courses using European or international sites. These opportunities will enrich your perspective on Landscape Architecture and enhance your development as a practitioner.
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