Why study Landscape Architecture (BTech) 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.
What will I learn?
Students learn about ecological processes, plants, construction and maintenance methods, graphic communication and plan making for construction documents and landscape history. In a series of four design studios students apply their learning and develop their ability to shape natural, built and cultural places. Courses enable students to understand problems and design solutions that meet high standards for function, sustainability, aesthetic value and meaning.
Students develop new skills through hands-on learning activities in surveying, arboriculture, landscape installation and landscape maintenance. You will also develop the ability to create maps, models, and images used in professional portfolios and presentations. Program courses include:
- Construction and detailing
- Environmental Processes and Natural Landscape Functions
- Horticultural Therapy
- Landscape Architecture Studio (4)
- Landscape Plants I & II
- Nature’s Image: A Survey of Landscape Art
- Urban Tree Management
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Careers and future study
You'll 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 both identified a growing need for landscape architects, technicians and their combined services.
Sample employers include:
- Private design 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.
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.