Landscape architecture

What is landscaping / landscape architecture?

Landscape professionals design, plan and manage all kinds of outdoor spaces. It’s a career that can change everyday life and have a huge impact on the environment around us.

What are landscape architects?

Landscape architects analyse, plan, design, manage and nurture the built and natural environments. They design parks, campuses, streetscapes, trails, plazas, and a range of other community projects.

A landscape architecture or design degree course would give you the skills needed to provide innovative and aesthetically-pleasing environments for people to enjoy, while ensuring that changes to the natural environment are appropriate, sensitive and sustainable.

The types of work carried out by landscape architects include:

  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape Management
  • Landscape Planning
  • Landscape Science
  • Urban Design

What careers can you do with a landscaping degree?

There are a range of careers you can do with a landscaping degree including:

  • Landscape Architect in private practice or with a local authority
  • Project Management
  • Environmental Planner or Designer
  • BIM Specialist
  • Garden Design
  • Urban Designer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Sustainability Adviser

Some graduates go on to set up their own gardening, landscape design or landscape architecture business. After developing your expertise and building a reputation, you may choose to be employed or self-employed as a consultant.

What types of landscaping degree courses are there?

There are degree courses for all areas of landscape:

Horticulture – Learn about the science behind plants and their importance to our planet. Cultivation of fruit, vegetables, seeds, herbs, flowers, plants and crops. Also plant conservation, landscape restoration, garden design and arboriculture.

Garden Design – Learn about the garden design process and gain specialist skills and knowledge in topics that address up to date issues relating to art, society and the environment.

Landscape Architecture – Learn how to design outdoor and indoor environments of varying scale that encompasses art, architecture, engineering and sociology.

Who would a BA landscape architecture degree course be suited to?

If you’re interested in design and the environment around you, consider a career in landscape architecture.

As a landscape architect you will need a flair for creativity and design, and good communication and IT skills. You will need a degree or postgraduate level qualification which is recognised by the Landscape Institute (LI).

Getting some real-life work experience is a great way to get prepared for the future and make you more attractive to employers. If you’re not sure which aspect of landscape you’d like to specialise in, seeing what different jobs involve on a day to day basis is the best way to help you make up your mind. It’s never too early to start networking with local businesses and making connections in the industry.

You can become a member of the Landscape Institute as a student member, you don’t need to be enrolled on a degree course to join. Membership will mean you are first to hear about news and work experience opportunities and show recruiters you are committed to a landscape career.

Why should I study a landscape architecture degree course at University of Gloucestershire?

We are ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction (landscape design and town country planning) according to the Complete University Guide 2020. With a number of industry partners linked to the course, you will benefit from sponsored events, visits to landscape practices and lectures delivered directly by current practitioners. Develop design creativity through national and international study trips where you’ll explore examples of historic, contemporary and cultural landscapes. Previous trips include Copenhagen, New York and Barcelona.

Find out more about our Landscape Architecture BA (hons) degree

The next steps

Interested in studying landscape architecture at university and applying for one of our landscape architecture courses? Applications for undergraduate landscape architecture degrees are made through UCAS, while applications for postgraduate landscape architecture degrees are made directly to the university. You can find out more about applying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree using the links below, where you’ll also find details about how to get in touch with our admissions team if you have any further questions.

Find out more about applying for an undergraduate degree

Find out more about applying for a postgraduate degree