Curriculum

GIS workshop with Carl Steinitz. Photo by Jonathan Stitelman.

MLA courses are aligned within three interactive realms of landscape inquiry and practice:

systems
materiality
histories

processes
performance
societies

operations
technology
cultures

These modes of inquiry and practice are investigated through design studio, seminars, field visits, interdisciplinary interaction, and installation events.

The core courses establish the critical and creative frameworks of landscape architectural practice.

The elective sequence explores evolving issues in emerging zones of landscape architectural knowledge and endeavor. This sequence is designed to extend investigations initiated in the core courses into alternative models of researching and producing landscapes. It also provides specific locations of landscape architectural engagement for students in other programs. For instance, architecture students may augment their studies by taking electives especially designed to fulfill MArch program requirements for further instruction in urban issues, digital technologies, histories and theories of the built environment, and the dynamic ecologies of urban and rural terrains.

Placement

Applicants with a four-year bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, or the equivalent, with a non-design major are eligible for admission to the three-year MLA program (MLA 3). Preference will be granted to individuals who have received an education balancing the arts, sciences, and humanities. Requirements include a college-level course in the natural sciences and at least one college-level course in the visual arts, such as drawing, sculpture, graphics, and/or basic design.

Applicants with an accredited degree in landscape architecture or architecture may be admitted to the MLA advanced placement program (MLA 2), thus entering the program in the second year of study. Applicants who have received a non-accredited degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or environmental design may also receive advanced placement of one or two semesters, upon review of the admissions committee. Students demonstrating equivalencies in any of the required landscape architecture courses may substitute these requirements with courses in architecture or urban design upon approval by the director of the program and faculty in charge of specific curriculum areas.

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