Master of Landscape Architecture Curriculum
Through interdisciplinary course offerings as well as research, design, planning, and preservation curricula, the faculty and students seek innovative methods of creating sustainable human and environmental relationships that produce aesthetic quality in the physical landscape. The core curriculum provides the foundation for professional expertise in landscape architecture history, technical/site detailing, plants/ecology, and site design/building material use.
Students seeking a first professional degree are required to take the following courses over six semesters:
Design Studio 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 (30 credits), Course requirements for students seeking a second professional degree will vary based on the student's undergraduate degree.
Landscape Plants 1 and 2 (6 credits),
Site Engineering (3 credits),
History of Landscape Architecture 1 and 2 (6 credits),
Computer Graphics (3 credits),
Landscape Construction Materials and Methods (3 credits),
Introduction to Urban Design (3 credits),
Professional Practice (3 credits),
Thesis Research (3 credits),
Ecology elective (3 credits),
Research methods elective (3 credits),
Thesis (6 credits), and
Electives (18 credits).
Each student is counseled by a faculty advisor regarding curriculum path, elective course selection, and thesis topic formulation.
A thesis project is required for both the first and second professional degree tracks. All theses require scholarly research and a design application.
Research: A research thesis involves new and innovative scholarly investigations within landscape architecture. Thesis work adheres to the traditional guidelines for graduate academic theses.
Design Application: The design application applies the research through a selected design, planning, or preservation project, requiring traditional plans and drawings. Students generate these studies through the use of their research investigations.
Each thesis type involves framing a specific theme of inquiry. This theme structures the student's elective courses as well as the methodology for investigation of the thesis question. Interdisciplinary linkages to allied professions are encouraged for thesis committee development and research work.
(Under the Florida A&M University Restructuring Plan, the Landscape Architecture program will be terminated after the summer 2012 semester.
Therefore, applications are no longer being accepted.)