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Two Programs, One big change

Posted by Stephanie Rogers on April 24, 2024 in News
Landscape Architecture students working in the Outdoor Classroom.
Landscape Architecture students working in the Outdoor Classroom.

Landscape architecture is a field that blurs the lines between science and art, community development and environmental studies. Taya Kehler (Class of ‘19)

Students studying landscape architecture on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus will now receive a degree in Landscape Architecture or a diploma in Landscape Horticulture.

Changes to the current Bachelor of Technology – Landscape Architecture program include a program name change to Bachelor of Landscape Architecture - the professional norm. The Diploma in Technology – Managed Landscapes is now a Diploma in Landscape Horticulture.

The curricula of both programs have also been updated to better position graduates for success by addressing the increased importance of sustainability, social equity, and technology in practice,” said Ed Versteeg, Senior Instructor Landscape Architecture.

Degree Program

The demand for undergraduate studies in landscape architecture in Canada is strong.

The degree program is now recognized as an accredited undergraduate program by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. This facilitates graduates’ membership in the professional body.Graduates of the diploma program may continue through job experience and training to achieve red seal trade certification.

Curriculum changes provide greater emphasis on design and a tighter focus on the fundamental skills expected in a first professional degree, including digital design. The program is built upon the existing strengths in horticulture, environment, and construction at the Faculty of Agriculture.

Diploma Program

The diploma curriculum is identical to the first two years of the degree program, with two exceptions. Landscape History and Visual Communications, both of which are required courses in the degree program but are replaced with free electives in the diploma program.

Curriculum changes also differentiate the program from competing offerings at community colleges while facilitating student mobility between the diploma and degree landscape programs.

The revised curricula will replace the existing curricula over a four-year transition period beginning in the fall of 2024.

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