Why study Landscape Architecture at Dal?

Get a hands-on approach to landscape and design

When you study Landscape Architecture at Dalhousie's Agricultural Campus in Truro, N.S., you'll learn scientific concepts and horticulture and design principles. Guided by experienced faculty members, you'll also learn how to apply these principles to the creation of innovative, sustainable residential neighbourhoods, parks, conservation areas, historic sites and more.

Real-world design projects require students to confront current challenges including climate change, ecosystem disruption and the need for sustainable human settlements. Project work emphasizes inclusion and the equitable treatment of all people and celebrates human diversity.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Landscape Architecture (BLA)
Faculty: Faculty of Agriculture
Department: Department of Plant, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Campus: Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September

What will I learn?

Learn about ecological processes, plants, construction and maintenance methods, graphic communication and plan making for construction documents, design software and landscape history. Develop your ability to shape natural, built and cultural places through a series of seven design studios. Resolve complex problems and create design solutions that meet high standards for function, sustainability, aesthetic value and meaning.

Here, you will develop new skills through hands-on learning activities in surveying, arboriculture, landscape construction methods and vegetation systems. You will also develop the ability to create maps, models, and images used in professional portfolios and presentations

Program courses include:

  • Construction and Detailing
  • Ecohydrology
  • Environmental Processes
  • Landscape architecture design studios (7)
  • Landscape Plants I & II
  • Community and Urban Design
  • Landscape History
  • Grading and Design

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Download the Landscape Architecture Factsheet [PDF -1.1Mb]

Careers and future study

As a graduate of this program, you will enter a field where your skills and knowledge are in high demand. The Atlantic Provinces Association of Landscape Architects (APALA) and the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) have identified a growing demand for landscape architects and their services. By earning a degree in Landscape Architecture (BLA), you can make an impact on your world.

You can work with: 

  • Private design firms
  • Design-build firms
  • Environmental stewardship organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Parks and recreation departments
  • Consulting firms

Future studies at Dalhousie could include the BEDS/MArch program in the School of Architecture or the MPlan program in the School of Planning.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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