Landscape Architecture

About the program

In SUVA’s Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture program, students learn to use their imaginations to create unique outdoor residential, commercial, community and public environments. Students study landscape design and construction, site design and urban regional planning. The combination of a structured curriculum and hands-on projects ensures students are prepared to advance in this exciting and dynamic field. Graduates are qualified to enter the industry as paid apprentices or intern landscape architects in preparation for the Landscape Architect Registration Examination. Once graduates receive this certification, they are qualified to work on projects such as the development and preservation of open spaces and creation of community parks, residential developments, commercial centers, gardens, transportation facilities, resorts and more.

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Location:
Tucson or Albuquerque
Duation:
4 years
Minoring:
Summer programs available
Contact:

800.825.8753 (toll free) or email us

I enjoy the way everybody helps one another out. It doesn't matter what major you are, people are always willing to give you a different point of view.

CiCi Chandler

  • Overview

    As a Landscape Architect, you create exterior environments that impact how people think, act and feel. Imagine what it feels like leading a team of engineers and planners to design the pool area for a hotel where guests can relax and enjoy their natural surroundings. Imagine working hands-on with developers and architects to design a new theme park, zoo, or waterfront parkway where people feel welcomed and comfortable in the outdoor setting you helped create. Landscape Architects truly enjoy the best of all worlds, working both outside and in the office, and combining their knowledge of science, math and art with their imagination to create unique outdoor environments that engage people on a deep, personal, emotional level.

    As a professional Landscape Architect, you use your creativity, passion for the living world, and education from Southwest University of Visual Arts to change the lives of each person who encounters the distinct outdoor environments you create.


    Courses

    Credits

    Universal Foundation Courses

    39

    General Education Courses

    27

    Landscape Architecture Courses

    53

    Elective Courses

    6

    Total credits

    125

  • Year 1

    Academic calendar for first year students:


    Freshman Modules

    Credits

    A/D101 Concepts through History I

    Students learn how light, color, perspective, space, sight, sound, touch, etc. reflect culture and ideas.

    3

    A/D102 Spatial Dynamics

    Students learn how space can be manipulated to develop impactful designs.

    4

    A/D103 Design Solutions I

    Students complete a variety of projects that demonstrate the principles and elements in 2D and 3D formats.

    3

    A/D104 Drawing I

    Students begin to develop eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design.

    4

    A/D105 The Power of Why I

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    A/D115 Concepts through History II

    Students continue learning how artists and designers throughout history use concepts to make art.

    3

    A/D116 Narrative Design

    Students learn how to connect parts of a story to create a purposeful experience.

    3

    A/D117 Design Solutions II

    Students continue learning the principles and elements of design with the addition of color, light and time. Prereq. A/D-U 103.

    3

    A/D118 Drawing II

    The students practice eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design. Prereq: A/D-U104

    4

    A/D119 The Power of Why II

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    Total credits

    29

    After the Freshman year, students enhance their learning by taking 6 credits of elective courses to explore and develop understanding in subjects of conceptual, or technical interest.

  • Year 2

    Academic calendar for second year students:


    Sophomore Modules

    Credits

    A/D203 Creative Thinking

    Students learn to analyze contemporary artist’s and designer’s work to understand the universal creative process.

    4

    LAS200 Into the Studio: Plant Structure and Function, Construction I and Planning I

    Students learn the concept and idea development process required for creating outdoor environments that have meaning for the user.

    5

    A/D201 Voice and Vision (Required)

    Students learn how simplicity, metaphors and analogies keep their message clear and concise.

    3

    A/D202 English Composition (Required)

    Students learn to compose an essay and organize a thesis to use in academic environments.

    3

    LAC210 Concept Development I: History of Landscape Architecture/Intro to Landscape Architecture

    Students demonstrate an understanding of the interdependent relationship between concept, design, and human experience.

    4

    LAS210 Landscape Architecture Studio I: Planning II, Construction II, Plant Materials I

    Students complete a variety of engaging individual and collaborative projects at the introductory level to produce unique outdoor environments.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Year 3

    Academic calendar for third year students:


    Junior Modules

    Credits

    LAC400 EAD Senior Seminar I: Advanced Site Analysis and Processes I

    Students develop an original and independent body of work that engages users at a deep, experiential level.

    4

    LAS400 LA Senior Studio I: Urban Design, Exterior/Interior Planting Design

    Students use Landscape Architecture processes and techniques to develop a cohesive body of work.

    5

    LAC420 LA Internship: Reality Landscape Architecture

    Students work directly with professionals to develop, apply and evaluate their skills within the Landscape Architecture field.

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    LAC410 EAD Senior Seminar II: Advanced Site Analysis and Processes II

    Students go into further depth developing an original and independent body of work that engages users at a deep, experiential level.

    4

    LAS410 LA Senior Studio II: Portfolio Preparation

    Students build upon and refine a cohesive body of work from Senior Studio I.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Year 4

    Academic calendar for final year students:


    Senior Modules

    Credits

    IDC400 EAD Senior Seminar I: Advanced Design Concepts I

    Students develop an original and independent body of work that engages users at a deep, experiential level.

    4

    IDS400 ID Senior Studio I: Healthcare and Hospitality Design

    Students learn to research concepts and advanced techniques to generate an internal reaction in the user.

    5

    IDC420 Interior Design Internship: Reality Interior Design

    Students work directly with professionals to develop, apply and evaluate their skills within the Interior Design field.

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    IDC410 EAD Senior Seminar II: Advanced Design Concepts II

    Students go into further depth developing an original and independent body of work that engages users at a deep, experiential level.

    4

    IDS410 ID Senior Studio II: Portfolio Preparation

    Senior Studio II culminates in the production of a professional portfolio. Students present their portfolio to a panel of SUVA faculty and industry leaders.

    5

    GE329 Professional Practices

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Minoring

    Students studying Landscape Architecture as a minor study landscape design and construction, site design and urban regional planning.


    Courses

    Credits

    LAM101 Landscape Architecture Minor (Summer 1)

    8

    LAM102 Landscape Architecture Minor (Summer 2)

    8

    Total credits

    16

Interested in studying Landscape Architecture at SUVA?

Our next academic year commences Fall 2020

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