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Programme Aims and Features
The Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Studies degree gives students the knowledge and technical skills to create sustainable design solutions to complex development issues, with respect for the environment, culture and society, using materials and technologies intelligently.
BA(LS) courses include practical and theoretical studies in landscape design, history, theory, ecology, landscape sciences, planting, sustainability, community, construction technology, visual communication and digital technology. Landscape-design studio projects are based on topical issues, and students explore diverse approaches to a wide range of environmental and development challenges, looking to create places that have identity, vibrancy and diversity.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the faculty's overseas field trips, community workshops and exchange programmes with overseas institutions. A key component of the programme is the semester students spend in the Faculty's Shanghai Study Centre.
BA(LS) is a first degree leading on to the more specialised, professional Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree, and then to a professional qualification and registration as a landscape architect. The BA(LS) programme provides an excellent general arts education that will give students the ability to enter other related design or research fields.
Many of our graduates pursue specialised academic studies and research in landscape architecture or related disciplines at The University of Hong Kong and other leading institutions in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America.
Despite the challenging economic environment, the demand for landscape architects has increased in recent years as a result of rising awareness of environmental and quality-of-life issues. Many of our graduates join professional consultancy firms and work with landscape architects, architects, engineers, ecologists, planners and so on, or work for contractors, or as site-supervisory staff, or in landscape management. Others work for government offices, non-profit organisations and advocacy groups.