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Landscape Architecture

Introduction

Are you a creative person with an interest in design, problem solving, digital media and horticulture? Would you like to be involved in the design of public parks, outdoor recreational spaces, gardens, and green spaces?  Landscape Architecture is a broad and emerging domain which centres on building an understanding of how to create functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor public spaces. It is one of the most interesting, dynamic and rewarding areas of study and career pathways to follow.

This course has been tailored to provide you with a range of formative skills, knowledge and experiences needed to pursue a career as a Landscape Architect. It will be of interest to school leavers, professionals, horticulturalists, or contractors wishing to upskill and anyone with an interest in art and design wishing to broaden their skill base.

Career Opportunities

There are currently very few qualifying courses for Landscape Designers in Ireland. BFEI graduates may progress to degree level at Gloucestershire University, Cheltenham which is recognised by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA Europe), enabling graduates to work anywhere in the world.  

Opportunities exist to work in private practice as consultants undertaking commissions for both public authorities and private clients. There are also career opportunities in government departments, public bodies, local authorities, industry, sustainable development agencies and in the offices of architects, engineers and building contracting companies. Landscape Design offers an interesting, challenging and rewarding career for those with a talent for drawing, art and design and who have an interest in enhancing the natural environment.

Course Structure

The course is designed to enable graduates to undertake work in both the commercial and domestic markets. Studio projects develop design skills, critical facility and presentation skills. These projects introduce the student to an increasingly complex range of environmental design.

Core Elements
  • Year 1: QQI Certificate in Design
  • Design Skills (Landscape)
  • Soil Science and Growing Media
  • Architectural Drawing
  • Computer Illustrated Graphics (Photoshop/Illustrator)
  • Computer Aided Draughting (2D)
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
  • Drawing
  • Work Experience
  • Problem Solving
  • Year 2: BTEC Higher National Diploma
  • Landscape Design
  • Construction
  • History Evaluation
  • Professional Practice
  • Drafting
  • Photoshop/Illustrator
  • Environmental Management
  • Autocad
  • Work Experience
  • COURSE CODE

  • LSD1 (FIRST YEAR), LSD2 (SECOND YEAR)
  • DURATION

  • 2 YEARS, FULL TIME, SEPTEMBER TO MAY
  • NUMBER OF PLACES

  • 30
  • NUMBER OF CONTACT HOURS PER WEEK

  • 25
  • TIMETABLE CONTACT

  • 5 DAYS
Testimonial

Having graduated with an Honours Degree in Graphic Design, I worked as an art director within the Irish advertising industry, including several years as creative director with Saatchi & Saatchi Dublin. I then decided to formalise my lifelong passion for landscape architecture by becoming a student on the Landscape Course. Along with my classmates, I was invited to enter a competition to design a showcase garden for Bord Bia at Bloom.  My design, Patterns of Change, was chosen as the winning entry and formed the centre piece of Bloom 2011. The course provided me with a really strong foundation that allowed me to navigate a successful career path in landscape architecture. I now work for renowned designer, Diarmuid Gavin.

- Ronnie Nevin, Landscape Graduate, 2011 -

Support Elements
  • Career advice and CV preparation.
  • Field Trips to sites, Museums, Conferences, and Design Projects are an integral part of the learning experience.
  • Educational Tours are organised which may include a European trip.
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by QQI and Edexcel/BTEC.
  • After Year 1, you will be awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Design (5M2208).
  • On completion of Year 2, you will be awarded a BTEC Higher National Diploma in Landscape Design.
  • Assessment is based on assignments and studio projects submitted during the year to develop design, analytical and presentation skills. There are no exams on this course. 

Progression

If you want to get a degree, then you can apply through the CAO system for entry into courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme such as:

  • BSc in Horticulture, (Delivered in National Botanic Gardens, Dublin) Waterford Institute of Technology – www.wit.ie
  • BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology – www.dit.ie
  • Higher Certificate in Buildings Management (Maintenance and Conservation), Dublin Institute of Technology – www.dit.ie

After Year 2, you can apply for entry to courses such as:

  • BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture (Advanced entry to 3rd year of 3 year degree) University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham – www.glos.ac.uk
  • BA (Hons) Landscape Architecture University College Dublin - www.ucd.ie (Subject to individual interview and portfolio submission).

Entry Requirements

Year 1

Leaving Certificate/LCA

Applicants should have achieved five passes OR five O6/H7s OR a combination of five O6/H7s OR have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile.

 

Other including Mature Students

If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed individually.

 

Year 2

 Applicants must have successfully completed Year 1 or hold an equivalent qualification at QQI Level 5 (subject to having completed relevant modules).

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will have an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Places will be offered, on a first come basis, following the outcome of the personal Advisory Meeting, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements of the course. Applicants will also be advised on course costs and registration details.

Fees

At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.

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