Lincoln University Bachelor Of Landscape Architecture

Become sought-after as a professional landscape architect by learning the most up-to-date techniques that the industry requires.

There’s a huge demand for landscape architects. The New Zealand market is growing quickly as more businesses realise the qualities that landscape architecture principles can bring to a project.

In 1969, we founded New Zealand’s first professional landscape architecture qualification. When you attend our internationally recognised School of Landscape Architecture, you’ll work with some of the world’s leading practitioners on a broad mix of design, ecology, planning, field tours and real world projects.

You’ll enjoy a dedicated space on campus with beautifully designed studios, room to install equipment and space to lay out plans so you can grow your creativity to its fullest potential.

Our landscape architecture graduates have a reputation in the industry as the cream of the crop, because of the experience they gain during their studies.

Let us help you to prepare for a career in this incredibly rewarding profession.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Lincoln University’s Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.L.A.) is taught by the School of Landscape Architecture (SoLA), the longest-established school of its type in New Zealand and staffed by internationally-acclaimed academics. 

The B.L.A. is accredited by the New Zealand Institute of Landscape Architects (NZILA), meaning graduates are eligible to become registered professionals who are highly sought-after within both public and private sectors throughout New Zealand, Australia and internationally. 

Lincoln University has an international reputation for excellence in Landscape Architecture. 

Our graduates are employed all over the world because of their strength in design and planning, their ability to think, and the real world experience they gain during their study. 

In addition to providing an in-depth foundation in all aspects of landscape architecture, Lincoln’s B.L.A. programme specialises in: landscape and urban ecology, resilient landscape design, sustainable communities, structure planning, urban landscapes and indigenous Māori landscape design. 

The B.L.A. can be awarded with honours to those students who achieve a sufficiently high standard in their fourth year courses.

Practical Work

A period of Practical Work is a requirement of this qualification and full details are available in the handbook.

• Not less than 6 weeks in an approved office-based professional practice
• Not less than 3 weeks in an approved aspect of landscape implementation.
• Three weeks applied practice in LASC 393 – Practicum: Applied Landscape Practice

Please contact the Practical Work Co-ordinator for further information [email protected] or phone +64 3 423 0061.


Compulsory Courses

Electives Intermediate Year
DESN 101 Digital Tools for Design 
DESN 102I ntroduction to 3D Design 
DESN 103 Visual Communication 
DESN 104 History of Design and Culture 
ENGN 106 Land Surfaces, Water and Structures 
PHSC 107I ntroduction to Earth and Ecological Sciences 
Plus 30 credits chosen from the Schedule of Courses. 

Progression to the First Professional Year will depend upon students reaching a satisfactory standard of the Intermediate Year of the B.L.A. as specified in the B.L.A. Schedule. A satisfactory standard will normally be reached if the students gain either: 
A clear pass in not less than seven courses from the schedule from the Intermediate Year of the B.L.A. and with at least a B- average in 
DESN 102 Introduction to 3D Design and  DESN 103 Visual Communication or A clear pass in not less than six courses from the Intermediate Year of the B.L.A. with at least a B- average in those six courses, and with at least a B- average in DESN 102 Introduction to 3D Design and  DESN 103 Visual Communication 

First Professional Year
LASC 206 Landscape Planting Practice 
LASC 211 Planting Design and Management 
LASC 215 Landscape Analysis, Planning and Design 
LASC 216 Site Design 
LASC 217 Design Details 
LASC 218 Landscape and Culture 
plus 15 credits chosen from the Schedule of Courses 

Second Professional Year
DESN 301 Design Theory 
LASC 312 Landscape Ecology 
LASC 316 Innovative Design (A) 
LASC 322 Sustainable Design and Planning 
LASC 393 Practicum: Applied Landscape Practice 
plus one of  LASC 321 Structure Plans  or 
MAST321 plus  15 credits chosen from the Schedule of Courses

Third Professional Year
LASC 318 Landscape Assessment and Planning 
LASC 406 Complex Design 
LASC 409 Major Design 
LASC 415 Landscape Architecture Professional Practice 
plus 30 credits chosen from the Schedule of Courses

Note: If  MAST321 is included in the courses for the degree then 
MAST 106 Ngā Tikanga Māori (Māori Cultural Studies) and MAST210 
are also required.


We offer the following landscape architecture programmes:

  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Graduate Entry)
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with Honours
  • Master of Landscape Architecture (Research)
  • Master of Landscape Architecture (Taught)


Entry Requirements – this is normally a four year degree (full-time study).
One of the following:
• University Entrance through NCEA, or an approved equivalent qualification 
• International qualifications
• Special admission
• Other pathways

Summary of Regulations
All of the following:
• Pass at least 480 credits (courses and studios)
• Pass all compulsory courses
• Completion of practical work component
• Attendance at compulsory field tour• What’s it going to cost?


Students can start in:
• Semester One (late February) or 
• Semester Two (mid July)
There are also options for starting in summer semesters.