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The aim of the study programme is to educate landscape architects who can operate within the framework of a sustainable societal development. Graduates who complete this programme will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to address the design and development of landscapes undergoing rapid change.
The study programme targets applicants who wish to develop knowledge and skills within the field of landscape architecture; and those who wish to contribute to relevant and innovative societal development, with focus on dynamic transformation processes in arctic/subarctic landscapes.
Students on the programme study together with Scandinavian students doing a five-year integrated master’s in landscape architecture with three years of primary education at the Oslo School of Architecture (AHO) and two years of specialisation at UiT - The Arctic University of Norway. All students on the programme follow the same curriculum.
The aim of the study programme is to conduct research into, and produce new knowledge about, how we can protect, shape, and further develop particularly vulnerable landscapes within communities in state of flux. The programme focuses on urban, landscape and territorial practices. This differentiation makes it possible to add different perspectives to the spectrum of human activities which impact and form landscapes in the arctic/subarctic region. These three perspectives overlap with each other and are thematised in the studio courses.
Applicants who wish to develop knowledge and skills within the field of landscape architecture to contribute to relevant and innovative societal development, with particular emphasis on dynamic transformation processes in vulnerable landscapes and communities in the Arctic/subarctic.
The programme is best suited to applicants with an interest in design, and artistic and scientific innovation work, in addition to an understanding and interest in natural, cultural, and social conditions.
To participate in the programme students must have basic skills in the use of digital tools, such as CAD, GIS, and Adobe Illustrator.
The programme is a full-time course over two years as specified in the programme structure
After passing the course the student will have the following learning outcomes:
- Have in-depth knowledge about landscape architecture as a practical, artistic, and scientific discipline, its media, history, theories, and methods.
- Be able to master landscape architecture through specialised insight into natural and man-made materials and how they are influenced through composition, delimitation, and design. Dynamic transformation processes in vulnerable landscapes and communities within the Arctic/subarctic are emphasised.
- Be able to use knowledge about the natural, societal and cultural, and qualify and integrate these into landscape architectural design.
- Be able to critically analyse and discuss how landscape architecture impacts the environment in the short and long term, with particular emphasis on cultural understanding, place, and the relation between the natural and man-made.
- Have a comprehensive ability to analyse critically, qualify, explain, and argue for designs and solutions within landscape architecture through complex planning and project work.
- Be able to independently implement and lead planning and project work within the field of landscape architecture.
- Be able to take a critical position to relevant theories and methods within landscape architecture and maintain an openness for interdisciplinary insight.
- Have the ability to drive scientific and artistic knowledge production within the field, with special emphasis on the landscape architect’s main area of work; design-based project development.
- Be able to independently analyse, plan and give form to landscape architecture projects of various scales in different local, urban, and territorial contexts. The competency should be directed towards dynamic transformation processes in vulnerable landscapes and communities and be in accordance with professional standards.
- Be able to apply professional knowledge and skills to processes for a society in constant transformation and be prepared to take professional leadership in sustainable societal development.
- Be able to communicate and convey issues, analyses, and conclusions from within the field of landscape architecture to both specialists and the general public as well as contribute to the innovation and development of the field of landscape architecture.
Graduates are fully qualified landscape architects according to the International Federation of Landscape Architects criteria.
Typically, graduates go on to do landscape architecture roles, including construction design, regional master planning, landscape reviewing and development proposals with private studios, with diverse opportunities with local, regional and national government bodies.
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Studio 1: Urban practises (24 credits) Please find more informartion under course plan below
Digital landscapes (6 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Studio 2: Landscape practices (24 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Perspectives of nature and Landscape practices (6 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Studio 3: Territorial Practices (24 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Pre-diploma (6 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Diploma thesis / Master’s thesis (30 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Admission for the programme requires:
- Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in landscape architecture or equivalent
- A portfolio documenting landscape architectural work
- Proof of English proficency
In addition, we recoummend that applicats have:
- Prior knowlege of ecology
- Prior knowlege and experience with urban planning
- Prior experience with the use of CAD and GIS
The portfolio should meet the following criteria:
- Contain 6-8 examples of landscape architecural work (research + design)
- Accompany each example by a written explanation/reflection (100-200 words)
- Indicate wether the work is done individually or as group work
- Submit the portfolio as a single PDF-file (maximum 80MB)
The assesment of the portfolio gives emphasis to:
- The ability to read and investigate a specific landscape
- An understanding and sensibility toward landscape dynamics
- Conseptual thinking and design development
- The ability to design landscapes at various scales
- Good cummunication skills graphically and in writing
For more information about the courses please see below: "More information about the program"
- Proof of English proficiency
To reach learning outcomes, the students must expect to work a minimum of forty hours a week on their studies. Teaching can include lectures, fieldwork/excursions, group work, individual project work, seminars, workshops and similar. Project/studio work with direct teacher/student - student/student dialogue will make up a significant part of the teaching process. Attendance, extensive participation, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively are expected.
Teaching and working methods are described in more detail in the individual course plans.
The most common methods of examination are written examination, oral examination, project reports and portfolio assessment, in various combinations.
Arrangements for examination and continuation of study are described in the individual course plans.
The following assessment terms are used:
- Pass/fail, or
- A graded scale with five levels where A to E is a pass, and F is a fail.
Exchanges with approved partner institutions can be arranged. Exchanges can take place in the third semester.
Students must have met the exam requirements in accordance with the standard study progression before the exchange can be approved.
Eva Breitschopf is a plant ecologist specializing in Northern Populations and Ecosystems, educated at the Department for Arctic and Marine Biology (Master of Science, Biology) at UiT and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (Bachelor of Science, Biology). She has been affilliated with the master's degree studies of landscape architecture in Tromsø since 2018 and teaching "Ecology for Landscape Architecture". Currently, she is employed as PhD-fellow with focus on the integration of ecology into landscape architecture. She contributes to students' projects in studio courses with an ecologocial perspective.
Thomas Juel Clemmensen is head of the Landscape Architecture Programme at the Academy of Arts. Thomas is trained as an architect from the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, where he also got his PhD. Thomas is a member of the Association of Danish Landscape Architects and has worked with landscape architecture and urban planning for more than twenty years.
Kjerstin Uhre is an Associate Professor in landscape architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tromsø and a partner at Dahl & Uhre architects, who have received awards for their urban and built projects. She took her diploma in architecture at Bergen School of Architecture. Her PhD thesis - Perforated Landscapes, contested prospects in Sápmi - is associated with Future North at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Through her landscape studio teaching, she explores together with students how Arctic and sub-Arctic world experiences can renew approaches, practices and methods in the field of landscape architecture.