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Design Project - Advanced Planting Design

Design Project - Advanced Planting Design is a course directed at developing advanced design skills and knowledge about design and plants concerning gardens, parks, flowerbeds etc in different contexts.
Throughout the course, the concept of garden design and the role plant use and plant selection plays in that context is discussed. Emphasis is on the knowledge of plants and plant composition for well-designed garden settings and on garden design as a contemporary phenomenon and movement. The course is addressing the integration of different values in plant design, such as esthetics, history, ecology, recreation, maintenance, social and pedagogic values. Plant knowledge and design skills are developed through lectures, literature, seminars, study visits, design projects and written assignments. Students will be trained to use a wide range of plants in the design of gardens and parks to understand the possibilities and limitations of plants and to use plant design as a mean to fulfill the needs in various garden settings. Students will also be trained in reflecting upon the correlation between proposed designs and illustration on the one hand and visions for garden character and development on the other. Trends and main features of garden design are discussed throughout the course.

Additional course evaluations for LK0362

Academic year 2021/2022

Design Project - Advanced Planting Design (LK0362-10264) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2021/2022

Design Project - Advanced Planting Design (LK0362-M1264) 2021-08-30 - 2021-11-01

Academic year 2020/2021

Design Project - Advanced Planting Design (LK0362-10070) 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-01

LK0362 Design Project - Advanced Planting Design, 15.0 Credits

Designprojekt - Avancerad Växtkomposition

Syllabus approved



Landscape Architecture

Education cycle

Master’s level


Title Credits Code
Capture the concept 3.00 1002
Urban plantings 4.00 1003
Habitat Plantings 6.00 1004
Workshops and short assignments 2.00 1005

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 150 credits, of which

specific entry requirements: 90 credits in one of the following subjects:

• architecture
• landscape architecture
• landscape planning
• built environment
• design
• spatial planning
• geography
• landscape science
• environmental science

English 6 or equivalent.


The aim of the course is to provide advanced studies in planting design for gardens and other green spaces.

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- design and construct plantings at different scale levels and for different purposes
- use a wide range of plants to create variation in garden design
- understand the potentials and limitations of different plants in garden design
- discuss the meaning in different types of gardens, with emphasis on plants and vegetation
- reflect on trends and main features in planting design of the latest century


The course is focused on planting design as a contemporary and international movement, but also puts the phenomenon of planting design and use of garden plants in a historical, social and political context. The emphasis is on the complexity of designing with garden plants as a living material. This involves aesthetics, dynamics, ecology and maintenance, as well as social and educational values. The students get to know tools and techniques for designing with plants in landscapes and gardens of different sizes and for different purposes. The course comprises design assignments accompanied by lectures, tutorials, seminars (compulsory), excursions (compulsory), literature studies and a written paper.

The course gives 15 skills training credits for students in the Landscape Architecture Programme.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved participation in compulsory elements and seminars. Successful completion of exam and exercises.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Essential garden plant knowledge and landscape design skills are strongly recommended
There may be additional costs for an optional study tour
Courses in Landscape Planning from SLU counts as Landscape Architecture when assessing qualifications.

Responsible department

Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
Replaces: LK0302
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture- Master´s Programme Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape Architecture
Course code: LK0362 Application code: SLU-10006 Location: Alnarp Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%