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Academic study programme - Landscape Architecture and Planning

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If you are looking for a chance to further develop your imaginitive and creative thinking to help you master the necessary skills of contemporary and project design as well as develop techniques and methods to better deal with challenges of Landscape architecture, this course is for you.

Degree: Bachelor Degree of Engineering in Landscape Architecture
Credits: 210 ECTS
Duration of studies: full-time – 3,5 years
Language of instruction: English
Tuition fee per year: 4000 EUR
Admission: once a year (September)
Contact person: Dr.arch. Natalija Ņitavska,
Accredited until: December 31, 2022

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The Bachelor’s degree study programme Landscape architecture and planning is the first of the two sequential study programmes providing the education necessary for acquiring the professional qualification and the rights to work as a self-employed landscape architect.

Career opportunities

Our graduates work in all kinds of architecture, design, and research companies. They can cover both urban and rural areas and ensure that implemented projects are qualitative and sustainable. Our specialists are able to design different-scale landscapes - residential areas, parks, shopping centres, parkways, golf courses, school campuses etc.


To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for work in the area of landscape architecture under the guidance of a certified specialist or to continue studies in the professional Master’s degree study programme Landscape architecture and planning with the goal to obtain the professional qualification of a landscape architect.

Study plan and structure

In the first year of study, you will strengthen the basic knowledge of a landscape architect - drawing, painting and graphics, and digital landscape design. You will acquire knowledge about landscapes, landscape ecology, architecture and garden art history, and materials used in landscape design. In the second half of the study year, through the knowledge, you will have the opportunity to develop your first study project on natural areas using geographic information systems.

Continuing your studies, in the second year, you will develop skills in the planning of cultural and historical parks. You will acquire knowledge about greenery, project graphics, and digital tools. In the second year of study, you will develop two projects - a park project and a garden project of a private house and the construction of a 3D landscape model.

In the third year of study, you will increase your knowledge and skills in planning greenery, roads, and water facilities. You will learn environmental psychology, architectural phenomenology and landscape sociology, management of landscape projects, and the legal foundations of design. You will develop a public outdoor space improvement project in the first semester. In the second semester, you will design the outdoor space of residential blocks, developing a large-scale project.

In the fourth year, studies take place only in the first semester, preparing, developing, and defending a bachelor's thesis and learning the basics of landscape research, its methods, and presentation options. There are also optional study courses in this semester.

Learning Outcomes

The graduates of the programme are able to:

  • carry out the initial project research of the territory, summarising the information about nature and anthropogenic factors as well as the character of the building;
  • develop the functional zoning and compositional concept of the landscape territory according to the initial research of the territory, functional requirements and tasks;
  • develop the territory improvement and greenery project for public and private outdoor space, including the planning of roads, squares, greenery plan, vertical and horizontal linking plans, plans of territory improvement elements, the scope of work and materials, specifications as well as project documentation in all stages of the project;
  • organise the work process in cooperation with the specialists of related disciplines, plan and manage the work in teams in accordance with the project development time schedule.

Admission Requirements

Applicants with completed secondary education are approved for admission to the programme, namely, you need to be eligible for university studies in your own country. Applicants must have at least a "satisfactory" grade in Mathematics, must be able to present good English knowledge (minimum - CEFR level B2, IELTS score 5.5 and over, TOEFL score 520, TOEFL-iBT score 68 ) and must submit a Portfolio of at least 4 still life drawings in pencil drawing technique (by hand).

Programme director - Natalija Nitavska says:

If you are creative and care about environmental issues, this is the profession for you. Our teachers are practising and knowledgeable specialists as well as researchers who will be happy to share their knowledge!

Submitted on: 20/12/2017