Landscape Architecture is a design discipline primarily concerned with the quality of the environment.


Students in the Landscape Architecture major will focus on all aspects of landscape and land use planning. In doing so, you will develop methods for designing and managing outdoor spaces that are exciting, functional and attractive to the communities that interact with them.

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Course description, features and facilities

Landscape Architecture is a design major primarily concerned with the quality of the environment.

It focuses on all aspects of landscape and land use planning, design and management; the restoration and rehabilitation of disturbed environments; and the design and management of outdoor spaces to create exciting, functional and attractive environments which will contribute to the life of the community.

By studying this major you will develop essential skills in critical thinking, providing you with strong foundation in the pragmatic (practical), as well as theoretical, art of landscape design. This major will provide you with the foundation to pursue a professional postgraduate qualification in Landscape Architecture. Landscape Architects work on a variety of scales, ranging from major regional projects to smaller urban developments which include industrial, commercial, institutional, recreational and residential environments.

Design studios form the backbone of the Landscape Architecture major. Studio teaching is supplemented by a number of supporting units in history, technology and ecology.

UWA has invested heavily in cutting-edge model-making and prototyping technologies including laser cutters and a three dimensional model maker. UWA has a well-equipped workshop and students have the benefit of the Cullity Gallery to exhibit their work.

This course brings together the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, visual arts and urban design. This grouping represents a substantial breadth and depth of design experience that can inform and inspire new design students and will continue to expand to encompass additional design disciplines.

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Student profile – Maisa Mazzini

I can say that my experience of having studied in UWA was very enriching. First, I decided to study Landscape Architecture because I wanted to design open spaces in order to benefit the greater number of people possible.

Thus, UWA helped me broaden my knowledge and horizons: I had the opportunity to meet other international students of different countries and cultures; I have participated in research,helping a professor in her postgraduate dissertation; and I was orientated by qualified professors of different backgrounds.

I also had the opportunity to study visual arts units, which have helped me to express myself artistically. No doubt it was a an amazing experience not only for my career but also for a lifetime.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Professional recognition

Students who complete a Landscape Architecture major to a sufficiently high standard may proceed to the Master of Landscape Architecture (Coursework).

The UWA Master of Landscape Architecture is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA).

Graduates will satisfy the educational requirements for AILA graduate membership as the first step towards applying for professional recognition as an AILA Registered Landscape Architect, if they have completed a Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture major) at UWA followed by the UWA Master of Landscape Architecture degree.

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Career opportunities

A major in Landscape Architecture provides a wide range of employment options including working as:
- a landscape architect
- an environmental consultant
- an urban designer
- a landscape architectural draftsperson
- an environmental manager
- a government policy advisor
- a Landscape Architecture educator/academic

Working in:
- Landscape architectural or urban design practice
- City and regional planning
- Land development companies
- Conservation agencies
- Higher education

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Further study opportunities

Students who complete a Landscape Architecture major to a sufficiently high standard may proceed to the Master of Landscape Architecture (Coursework).

Completion of a Landscape Architecture major to a sufficiently high standard may also lead to further studies in a postgraduate Urban Design course.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-1580
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards80
International Baccalaureate29

Additional information

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Landscape Architecture: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
6-9 hours teaching time, plus own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BDes), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts
35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA, 6016
(+61 8) 6488 2582
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