The undergraduate program in Landscape Architecture (BLA) is based on a six-semester curriculum. The first three semesters consist of several cross-disciplinary fundamental courses with students pursuing degrees in Architecture and Interior Architecture. The second half of the curriculum is field specific.
In addition to a cross-disciplinary design foundation, this approach also provides opportunities for seeking double major degrees and a transition between majors. Students who have completed the first three semesters with a GPA minimum of 3.00 are allowed to enter the double major program. At this point students can also apply for a transfer between departments within the ITU Faculty of Architecture; Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Urban Planning and Industrial Design.
During the fundamental period students learn about basic design and drafting techniques, architectural design and rendering as well as getting an introduction to landscape architecture, history and theory of landscape architecture, plant materials, natural systems and design, computer aided design and information systems, landscape construction and site planning.
At the beginning of the fourth semester, students begin their field specific courses; courses that provide opportunities to discuss problems and solutions specifically related to the field of Landscape Architecture. The Landscape Architecture curriculum consists of 49 courses in total; 39 mandatory and 10 elective. The total credit hours are 152.
The main educational aims of the Landscape Architecture program are to prepare students for a professional career built on the visions of landscape planning and design, human and natural sciences, landscape theory and praxis with its well – grounded curriculum. The curriculum is supported by professional lectures including landscape engineering (site planning) and construction, environmental management, and professional practices in terms of landscape design and practice including drafting techniques and the use of relevant computer programs.
An emphasis is placed on training students’ problem solving skills in the design process and the application of scientific research methods; data gathering, analyzing and synthesizing.
Students in Landscape Architecture will be educated according to the ethics of the profession such as efficient usage of resources, economic prosperity, and social justice as well as preservation of social, historical, and cultural environment.