The wealth of new and newly accredited landscape courses show landscape education in the UK is going from strength to strength
New landscape masters’ courses open at prestigious London school
The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London has opened applications for two new postgraduate landscape courses:
- MLA Landscape Architecture (two-year conversion course)
- MA Landscape Architecture
The Bartlett are currently applying for LI accreditation. They hope to receive approval by the beginning of the academic term in September.
According to QS World University Rankings, the Bartlett is second globally for architectural study. Poppy Smith, Head of External Affairs at the LI, is ‘delighted’ to see more institutions investing in the profession.
‘By upon our already strong education base, the LI aims to build the resilience, confidence and relevance of the landscape profession,’ Poppy said. ‘We are very pleased that the Bartlett sees our industry’s importance for the future.’
Accreditation updates from Edinburgh, Manchester and Sheffield
The LI is also pleased to announce that a number of courses have, in the past 18 months, received full accreditation. They include:
- European Masters in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA) at Edinburgh College of Art
- MLA Landscape Architecture at Manchester Metropolitan University
- MArch Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield
Education is a crucial aspect of the landscape profession. As part of the LI’s aims to lead and inspire the profession, we need to ensure we get it right. We are working with other institutions in the UK to develop new courses, with provision in Wales and Northern Ireland a particular priority.
The LI is also working on broadening routes into the profession.
‘The courses the LI has accredited in the past focus on landscape architecture,’ Poppy continued. ‘Recognising other landscape specialisms would be more inclusive and embrace the wide range of relevant skills in our sector.
‘Apprenticeships are also central to the agenda. The LI is supporting a group of employers develop new apprenticeship standards, further helping to broaden routes and future-proof the sector.
‘We look forward to working with a wide range of providers to find the best solutions, and empower the profession to deliver for the benefit of people, place and nature.’
For more information on the LI’s education strategy, see our Five-year Corporate Strategy. Also look out for our upcoming briefing document, The Future State of Landscape, which will be available next week.