Design Project - Site, Concept and Theory
The focus of this course is on the design process in landscape architecture and planning. It spans the intricate interplay from concept development, via design theory to sketch proposals. The course is based on one or several real design tasks in different kinds of landscapes. Through these design tasks specific and general questions on the design of landscape architecture will be discussed together with the theory of landscape design. Inspiration comes from historical and professional examples in landscape architecture as well as contemporary scientific and practice orientated fields of design and architecture. The course participants will also be encouraged to seek inspiration from different fields such as architecture, painting, sculpture, music, dance and theatre. The participants are encouraged to experimentally develop and appraise different individual design methods.
Additional course evaluations for LK0367
Academic year 2020/2021Design Project - Site, Concept and Theory (LK0367-30116) 2021-01-18 - 2021-03-23
LK0367 Design Project - Site, Concept and Theory, 15.0 CreditsDesignprojekt – Plats, koncept och teori
Education cycleMaster’s level
Advanced study in the main fieldSecond cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)
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 knowledgeKnowledge equivalent to 120 credits, which of
Specific entry requirements: 90 credits in one of the following subjects:
• landscape architecture
• landscape planning
• built environment
• spatial planning
• landscape science
• environmental science
and an approved portfolio accordning to specific instructions. See link for portfolio instructions during additional information.
OR 150 credits from a Landscape Architecture programme at SLU or an Erasmus partner university.
English 6 or equivalent.
ObjectivesAfter completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- reflect on the process of designing landscapes
- deal with complex design situations and find personal solutions to them
- comprehend the importance of the concept development in landscape design and how to communicate this
- relate his/her own individual working methods to the design theories applicable to landscape architecture
- discuss and analyse what makes good design in landscape architecture
ContentThe focus of this course is on the design process of landscape architecture and planning.
It spans the intricate interplay from concept development, via design theory to sketch proposals. The course is based on one or several real design tasks in different kinds of landscapes. Through these design tasks specific and general questions on the design of landscape architecture will be discussed together with the theory of landscape design.
Inspiration comes from historical and professional examples in landscape architecture as well as contemporary scientific and practice orientated fields of design and architecture. The course participants will also be encouraged to seek inspiration from different fields such as architecture, painting, sculpture, music, dance and theatre.
The course is aimed at international participation and offers possibilities to explore both multilateral and intuitive approaches to the design process. The participants are encouraged to experimentally develop and appraise different individual design methods. Each participant shall present alternative design proposals and critically evaluate their own and other’s
proposals, their presentations and argumentations. Importance is given to the presentation - communication - which is carried out verbally and visually through e.g. illustrations and models. The student shall be aware of the creative spark that characterizes "good design".
Attention is paid to the personal development of each student. The participants are to take active part in formulating their own briefs and also in developing the day to day schedule within the set course frame. The students attending will be able to participate in the planning of detailed parts in the course.
The course comprises lectures, excursions (compulsory), supervision exercises (compulsory), literature seminars (compulsory), criticism/reviews (compulsory), independent studio work and independent writing work.
The course gives 15 skills training credits for students in the Landscape Architecture Programme.
Formats and requirements for examinationAttendance at scheduled parts of course; a pass on submitted seminar work and examinations. Specifications of compulsory attendance and assignments are given at course start. Lecturers will evaluate the quality of compulsory assignments submitted and presented by students. Students’ knowledge and their ability to engage each other in critical and analytical discussions will also be assessed in the reviews and in the literature seminars.
- 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.
- 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 informationLink to portfolio instructions:
High attendance during the independent studio work is strongly recommended and necessary.
The following SLU courses corresponds to project- and design courses:
- Inomhusträdgårdens material och design
- Utomhusträdgårdens material och design
- Projektkurs Trädgårdsdesign
- Material – konstruktion och projektering
There may be additional costs for an optional shorter study tour.
Courses in Landscape Planning from SLU counts as Landscape Architecture when assessing qualifications.
Students admitted to Landscape Architecture – Master´s Progamme 2011-2019 are eligible for the course.
Responsible departmentDepartment of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom landskap och trädgård (PN - LT)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
The course is offered as an independent course: No The course is offered as a programme course: Landscape Architecture- Master´s Programme Landscape Architecture Programme, Alnarp Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 74982 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Landscape ArchitectureCourse code: LK0367 Application code: SLU-30226 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management Pace: 100%