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Landscape Architecture, BFA

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, CA,
The School of Landscape Architecture BFA program focuses on the development of flexible design processes for landscape and urban design, an understanding of ecological systems, sustainable practices and use of materials, site planning, and advanced drafting and rendering techniques. 


Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:


  • Design beautiful and functional outdoor environments of all scales that respond to specific user/client needs and programmatic requirements.
  • Produce defensible design solutions that reflect knowledge of the cultural, historical, ecological and climatic factors of a given site.


  • Conduct a thorough observation and analysis and/or a post-occupancy evaluation of a site in order to determine how people use space.
  • Work effectively with the natural forms, processes and elements of an indigenous landscape during the entire design process.
  • Apply the basic principles and elements of design to landscape architecture design solutions.
  • Explore sufficient concepts and alternative solutions as part of the design process.


  • Identify the indigenous components and processes found on any site (soil types, individual plant species, plant communities, wildlife, climatic conditions, and hydrology) and determine the resultant design opportunities and constraints.
  • Effectively use trees, shrubs, grasses, annuals, perennials and bulbs in their planting designs in order to provide year-round seasonal beauty and function.


  • Design technically accurate and ecologically sensitive grading and drainage plans and irrigation systems.
  • Select materials that will enhance the aesthetic and ecological qualities of a given site as well as provide for the programmatic requirements of the client and/or user group.
  • Estimate cost of materials and installation.
  • Develop innovative construction details that solve complex structural, functional, aesthetic/environmental issues.


  • Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of historical precedents, including cultural and geographic forces that have shaped major historical gardens, public parks and urban open spaces in their design projects.


  • Recognize the design opportunities and limitations of building and construction codes.


  • Visually communicate their ideas and solutions (perspectives, axonometrics, plans sections and elevations).
  • Successfully use a range of visual media to communicate their ideas and solutions (freehand and computer drawing, drafting, three dimensional models, rendered presentation illustratives).


  • Successfully communicate design proposals and key objectives of their projects.
  • Articulate rationale for design decisions throughout the design process.


  • Produce a professional portfolio demonstrating their skills and design process.
  • Collaborate effectively with other members of a project team.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    132 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Digital Imaging
  • The Natural World 1: The Base Layer
  • Survey of Landscape Architecture
  • Landscape Drawing & Drafting
  • Studio 1: Conceptual Design Studio
  • Sketching for Communication
  • Composition for the Artist
  • College Math
  • The Natural World 2: Climate & Plant Communities
  • Pre-Industrial Urban Open Spaces
  • College Algebra with Geometry

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Application form or online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from your undergraduate college/university showing completion of an undergraduate degree
  • One page essay explaining personal goals for graduate school or essay related to a topic as required by the Department
  • Resume: Describe your educational and professional experience
  • Portfolio/Demo reel: A portfolio with detailed descriptions in your chosen discipline is required.
  • Additional materials may be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29147 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29147 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29147 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29147 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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