Landscape architects and landscape designers are often required to analyze and produce engaging graphics to express their vision to clients, users, and the public in general. The Visualization and Landscape Patterns Certificate is aimed at developing the student's capabilities to create compelling landscape representations in accurate 2D and 3D formats. Advanced graphic visualization and modeling techniques are complemented with historical, botanical and ecological concepts that will enable the student to fully depict and convey the complex design character of contemporary landscapes.


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Certificate Enrollment

The Visualization and Landscape Patterns Certificate is fully online and open to students who are interested in landscape representation who want to learn new skills or to build on their current knowledge.

Enrollment in the Visualization and Landscape Patterns Certificate requires the submission of the Certificate Application Form to Continuing Education in the Registrar's Office. For additional information, please contact us by email at ce@the-bac.edu or by phone at 617.585.0135.

Certificate students must begin academic coursework in the program within two academic semesters of submitting the enrollment materials.


Program Requirements

The Visualization and Landscape Patterns Certificate requires the completion of 9 credits choosing from courses listed below. Visualization and Landscape Patterns Certificate students take the same courses as students in the Landscape Architecture degree programs.


Courses

9 Credits Required

Students can choose from the Visualization and Landscape Patterns Certificate curriculum below. 

Courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Visit Continuing Education Courses for current offerings. Click below for course descriptions.


Learning Goals

DME2044 Advanced 2D Digital Visualization

  • Explore a wide range of practices, tools, scales, and ways of thinking utilized by today's landscape architects in advanced graphics.
  • Complete a series of labs and exercises that prioritize different methods and tools of representation.
  • Practice the methodologies while gaining technical knowledge of the technologies, tools and media available for understanding, representing and communicating landscape.

DME2045 Advanced 3D Modeling and Form

  • Complete a series of labs and exercises that prioritize different methods and tools of representation.
  • Practice the methodologies while gaining technical knowledge of the technologies, tools and media available for understanding, representing and communicating landscape.
  • Build upon knowledge presented online to explore a deeper understanding and range of methods and concepts.

HTC3034 Contemporary Landscape Architecture Seminar

  • Understand the historical emergence and evolution of key themes that continue to drive current international debates in urban design, theory and practice.
  • Understand that urban design and planning ambitions are influenced by a wide variety of factors: physical, political, economic, social and cultural.
  • Become familiar with theorists and practitioners in urban design since the nineteenth century.
  • Develop design thinking skills to understand the dynamics of the urban form and the complex interactions between urban form, climate change, community, culture, and sustainability issues.
  • Utilize understanding of historical context in analysis beyond case studies presented and discussed in class.

MSN1003 Botany

  • Understand how and why all life is dependent on green organisms.
  • Understand the unique structure of plant cells.
  • Obtain knowledge of primary functions and forms of plant organs.
  • Understand the importance of plants in relation to current pressing problems and future challenges.
  • Understand how plants morphological features and reproductive strategies determine their uses in the landscape.

MSN2004 Ecology Systems

  • Understand ecological systems and processes that are integrated into landscape.
  • Review projects and practices that incorporate ecological thinking into design.
  • Understand project sites as part of greater regional systems.
  • Discuss the challenge of applying ecological science to creating sustainable mega-regions.
  • Analyze, interpret, and represent landscape patterns and ecology in order to propose alternative scenarios based on hypothetical circumstances from which we can anticipate challenge to socio-environmental systems.