Portfolio instructions 2022/2023

Last changed: 12 July 2022

To be fully eligible for some of the courses within the Landscape Architecture Master's programme, you need to submit a portfolio according to the instructions.

When is a portfolio required?

Some courses within the Landscape Architecture Master’s programme (LAM) require specific skills. Students without previous studies from a landscape architect programme at SLU or an Erasmus partner university, need to prove that they possess these skills through a portfolio review.

Please note: That approved portfolios don’t automatically grant admission, since the number of students for each course is limited. Also note that you need an approved portfolio for each of the three focus areas presented below.

- Digital visualisation tools (autumn semester)

    • Course: Digital Landscape Visualisation

- Landscape planning (autumn semester)

    • Course: Planning Project – Transforming Urban Landscapes 
    • Course: Planning Project – Large Scale Structures, Analysis and EIA

- Landscape design (spring semester)

    • Course: Design Project – Site, Concept and Theory
    • Course: Design Project – Composition and Materiality 

What is a portfolio?

A portfolio is a collection of samples from projects, assignments or other work
that you have produced during previous education or previous professional
activity. If you lack suitable material, it is also possible to create new projects, or modify some old project(s) to make it more appropriate.

Note that the material needs to be entirely your own, or produced by you in cooperation with others, e.g. in group projects! If you use a group work you need to state what your contribution have been.

The submitted portfolio should include at least three (3) projects or assignments that illustrate – using both text and images – your ability to either design, plan and/or digitally visualise a landscape, depending on which course(s) you are interested in. The balance between the amount of text and images depends on the subject matter.

Everything needs to be correctly referenced and your role in the project must be explained.

The portfolio will be assessed in terms of:

  • Relevance
  • Knowledge and skills (general and specific criteria depending on the subject area)

 

Relevance

Same criteria for all subject areas.

  • The presented projects should focus on landscape architecture or
    landscape planning, depending on what course you are applying for.
  • Examples of landscapes are gardens, parks, cemeteries, squares, streets, residential areas, cities, recreation areas, municipalities, regions and the systems they may be part of.
  • The project can be represented in different scales and can include both urban and rural situations.
  • The projects should address issues and questions in landscape architecture or landscape planning that can be linked to the areas and places described.

General criteria

  • The portfolio should in general demonstrate your ability to design or plan and visualise projects within landscape architecture or planning.
  • Both text and illustrations should in general show your level of
    experience in the processes that can be related to these activities.
  • The presentation of each project should in general be coherent and
    logical. It is the content and quality of the projects that are important, and the techniques used are a means of mediating this. Simply demonstrating skills in various techniques without content will not work.

Specific criteria for the subject area of visualisation

Course:

  • Digital Landscape Visualisation (autumn semester)

Specific criteria for the subject area of visualisation

  • For portfolios that are intended for the subject area of visualisation your portfolio should express abilities to explore, sketch, present and communicate through several different media such as; pen/pencil/crayon drawing, model making, GIS, CAD, Photoshop, InDesign, Sketch-Up, or other relevant software and techniques, depending on the task at hand.
  • For portfolios that are intended for the subject area of visualisation your portfolio should also express your ability to make a balanced, coherent and logic layout.
  • Your portfolio will be assessed based on your ability to visualise and communicate situations and atmospheres in landscapes and places, including people and vegetation.

Specific criteria for the subject area of planning

Courses:

  • Planning Project – Transforming Urban Landscapes (autumn semester) 
  • Planning Project – Large Scale Structures, Analysis and
    EIA (autumn semester)

Specific instructions for the subject area of planning

  • For portfolios that are intended for the subject area of planning, these could for instance cover issues related to infrastructure & mobility, ecosystem services, landscape analysis, regional and comprehensive land use planning, climate adaptation and much more.
  • For portfolios that are intended for the subject area of planning, reflection and theoretical connection are important, and it is imperative that you can demonstrate your ability to deal with complex and multifaceted problems.
  • Your portfolio will be assessed based on your ability to problematise,
    analyse and present possible solutions in text and visualisations, mapping, GIS-based analysis etc. Communicative skills are important, regarding e.g. ability to present material on a relevant scale, level of details etc.

Specific criteria for the subject area of design

Courses:

  • Design Project – Site, Concept and Theory (spring semester)
  • Design Project – Composition and Materiality (spring semester)

Specific instructions for the subject area of design

  • For portfolios that are intended for the subject area of design your
    portfolio should clearly communicate a spatial understanding of the
    projects that are presented, as well as how you experiment with your own approach to design work – be it landscape design, urban design or design of streets, parks or plazas – through concepts, compositions, and experiments to a final proposal.
  • The projects in the portfolio should be presented using text, graphics, plans, sections, and/or other visualisation techniques according to professional practice.
  • Your portfolio will be assessed based on your ability to understand your own design process and the quality of your design work as well as your ability to communicate and represent your projects.

How to apply?

General information

You need to apply for each subject area that is related to the course you want to be admitted to; hence your application needs to state what subject area you are applying for.

If your portfolio is approved for one subject area (design, planning or
visualisation) with more than one course, your portfolio is automatically approved for both. For example; if you apply for one design course and your portfolio is approved then you are automatically approved for the other design course.

Portfolio decisions are made by a jury, appointed by the Programme Board for Landscape and Horticulture. All decisions are final. The students will not receive comments on submitted portfolios.

Please note: Some courses are very popular and not all students can be admitted. If you want to be eligible for your second choice – make sure that you have submitted a portfolio that covers that subject area as well. 

Application

You submit your portfolio when applying for the specific course/courses.
Write your application number from universityadmissions.se on the portfolio.
Please note that no additional information about yourself is allowed (no CV).
You should keep the portfolio anonymous, i.e. avoid mentioning your name or
any other information that could identify you.

Submission