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BA (Hons) Urban Landscape Architecture

Urban landscape architecture considers how we use space at a vast range of scales, from city streets to rooftops, urban environments to coastlines, and deserts to wetlands. It aims to develop skills in the planning and design of urban landscapes, spaces where we live, work and relax, and is engaged in tackling the most pressing issues of our time.

This course focuses on urban design, combining creativity, curiosity and technical skill to design innovative ways of using the natural and built world where dense populations and high competition for resources creates exciting tensions and opportunities.

Urban landscape architecture will offer the opportunity to explore the functional, expressive and social impact of new construction technology. It will encourage the development of an understanding of the interactions between people, activities and places, and the way the environment can influence mood and behaviour.


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Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English) and also to hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK or international qualifications.

Qualifications accepted:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • 4 AS levels, grade C or above
  • 2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

Selection criteria

For this course students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design.

We also welcome applicants who are able to demonstrate their abilities through the submission of a relevant portfolio showing their skills, abilities and suitability to the course.

When assessing if an applicant meets our entry requirements we may also consider the combination of a portfolio and academic qualifications, progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.

Read our interview and portfolio advice.

Course structure

Year 1

In level 4 (year one) you will be introduced to the different aspects of built environment study, the design process and the underpinning skills and theory. The first two terms of this year of study comprises a largely shared curriculum across BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures (IDEAs), BA (Hons) Architecture, and BA (Hons) Urban Landscape Architecture.

In the third term a specialist Landscape Unit is offered. We also encourage you to start thinking about your contextual studies research.

Year 2

The second year of the course, (level 5) shifts towards interpretation of knowledge gained and the application of the skills acquired in Level 4 in the creative process and explores the subject specialisms in more depth. All Design Studio Units are specialist Units for Urban Landscape, while History and Theory Units are shared with other courses. We also set briefs that encourage you to collaborate with other students and create work as part of a design team.

Year 3

You will bring your learning together in a final major design project, where you will investigate and make urban landscape design decisions. We also ask you to show your contextual studies research and thinking in a long form dissertation. You will leave with a portfolio that shows your skills in addressing the opportunities and challenges raised through increasingly dense populations and high competition for resources.


Successful completion of this course can lead to postgraduate study in MA Environment Design.

It is anticipated that a Master's in Landscape will be added to the other Master's courses currently in development and Landscape Institute accreditation will be sought.

Key study topics

  • Future facing creative urban design, experiment and exploration in new kinds of place making
  • Town study visits in the UK and abroad, looking at contemporary design
  • Opportunities to take part in international events and competitions
  • Live project opportunities
  • Parametric and computer generated design at the cutting edge
  • Latest techniques for designing structures and rapid prototyping
  • History and theories of architecture, design and cities
  • Business knowledge and skills
  • New developments in urban design projects around the world

Top reasons to apply

  • Work in state-of-the-art studios.
  • Develop practical design knowledge through project work.
  • Learn from experienced academic staff, practising designers, and researchers.
  • Explore the functional, expressive and social impact of new construction technology.
  • Understand the interactions between people, activities and places.
  • Learn how environment can influence mood and behavior.


  • Project management
  • Design
  • Visualisation
  • Games environment design
  • Design for Film and TV
  • Exhibition design
  • Architecture and urban design
  • Creation of new built environments
  • Environmental research
  • Urban consultancy
  • Commercial and mixed use development
  • Cultural projects
  • Leisure industry
  • Community development
  • Heritage matters
  • Urban designer
  • Landscape designer

Landscape is at the forefront of key contemporary questions of biodiversity, sustainability and conservation and is well placed to examine and find solutions for problems arising from such inexorable forces as climate change and sea level rise.

To prepare you for the profession, we put an emphasis on cross-disciplinary practice and live competition briefs. Teaching staff and visiting professionals bring further industry perspectives to the course.

Graduates will leave Ravensbourne equipped with knowledge and skills in landscape architecture and a vision of a designer, underpinned by architectural and technical rigour. They will also have experience of team working, interdisciplinary collaboration, and the entrepreneurial skills and broader business awareness necessary to succeed and innovate in the creative professions and the built environment.

Urban landscape architecture graduates may go on to work across different areas of landscape; design, management, planning and urban design in private practice or government offices. Their solutions help create thriving communities and sustainable places.

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