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Curriculum

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) Degree is a five-year undergraduate program focused on Urban Landscapes, and reinforced through an integrated foundation experience and a liberal studies curriculum rich in the arts and natural sciences. The program is composed of three phases: Foundation, Integration and Synthesis.

During Foundation, all entering undergraduate BAC students share their first year experience and are exposed to broad principles of design thinking. Fundamental design concepts and a universal spatial language are framed through a balanced mixture of discipline specific courses in design history and theory, critical reading, writing, and design media, as well as through a wide range of liberal arts, humanities, and arts and science topics that promote students' social and engaged thinking.

The second phase of the study, Integration, takes students through a series of spatial scales and complexities, each aligned with a specific set of supporting technologies. Local, regional and world spaces and cities are studied through the lenses of urban ecology, infrastructure, transportation and sustainable practices, and then applied in studios to institutional planning, mix-use, commercial, housing, and urban public realm sites. Landscape Architecture design media and technologies, sustainability, and the construction of landscapes are a constant focus.

The third and final Segment, Synthesis, culminates with students' successful completion of design and liberal studies explorations, as represented through Degree I and II projects in Landscape Architecture.

During both Integration and Synthesis, students participate in Practice and partake in community work and professional collaboration. Through applied learning, students begin to formulate and refine ideas that will further strengthen their Landscape Architectural studies.

The BLA professional degree conferred by the School of Landscape Architecture at the BAC is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board (LAAB).

  • All Segments
  • Segment I
  • Segment II
  • Segment III

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Semester 7

Semester 8

Semester 9

Semester 10

 

Practice Requirement: Skill Level 6

Total Practice Hours: 2100*

*including a minimum of one Community Practice project

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Semester 7

Semester 8

Practice Requirement: Skill Level 5

Total Practice Hours: 1800 

Semester 9

Semester 10

Practice Requirement: Skill Level 6

Total Practice Hours: 2100*

*including a minimum of one Community Practice project.