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Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

University of Guelph
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

As a landscape architect, you will create and improve natural and built environments using art, technology, natural systems and an understanding of human behaviour. You’ll graduate prepared to design communities, neighborhoods, urban centres, play spaces and outdoor recreational areas anywhere in the world. The challenge? Designing places that are as attractive as they are useful and sustainable.

You’ll learn from talented professionals and have freedom to explore ideas. Similar in format to a studio art program, your projects are self-directed and require verbal and design skills. Studio projects and design workshops help you understand the professional methods that ensure design success. Students find work placements through our large (and global) alumni network, and enjoy the opportunity to study for a semester abroad. This is the only accredited program of its kind in Canada.

*The landscape architecture program is fully accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Council (LAAC) of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, meeting the educational requirements for entry into the professional associations of landscape architects across Canada, North America, and abroad.

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Admission requirements

Admission is determined through a combination of grade 12 academic grades and the Background Information Form (BIF).

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Humans in the Natural World
  • Introduction to Design and Communication Studio
  • History of Cultural Form
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Introductory Philosophy: Social and Political Issues
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Sociology

Semester 2

  • Foundational Design Studio
  • Planting Design
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Philosophy of the Environment

Semester 3

  • Landscape and Site Analysis
  • Plants in the Landscape
  • Site Engineering
  • Site Design Studio

Semester 4

  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urban Design Studio
  • Introduction to Landscape Construction

Semester 5

  • Landscape Rehabilitation Design Studio
  • Landscape Construction and Documentation
  • Professional Practice

Semester 6

  • Landscape Architecture Internship

Semester 7

  • Urban and Community Design Studio
  • Principles of Landscape Ecology
  • Honours Thesis

Semester 8

  • Seminar
  • Capstone Design Studio

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


The degree granted for the successful completion of the program is the Bachelor of
Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.).

Career opportunities

  • Landscape architect
  • Urban design/Community design Facilitator
  • Environmental design and remediation consultant
  • Resort, destination and attractions designer

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University of Guelph

The University of Guelph is ranked as one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities, with top marks in student experience. No matter where you're from, once you enrol at U of G, you’re part of a community – a network of...

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Why study at University of Guelph

The city of Guelph was ranked in 2019 as one of the top 50 places to live in Canada.

The university campus boats a gorgeous walking campus, stunning greenery and beautiful building and facilities.

With over 200 student clubs, 7 dining halls, 19 intramural sports and a 25,000 sq. foot fitness centre, you can see why we are recognized as a Canadian leader in student experience.

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University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East
N1G 2W1 Guelph Ontario

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