Master of Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture

POSTGRADUATE

Lead and innovate within landscape architecture practice with this award-winning course.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$44,160 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

The Master of Landscape Architecture is about envisioning, investigating, and proposing better ways of living in a complex and changing world.

The Master of Landscape Architecture course is accredited by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. The course is recognised as a world-class facility in fostering design knowledge, critical thinking, and design advocacy through innovative teaching and research.

RMIT’s Master of Landscape Architecture will equip you to become a leader and innovator in landscape architectural practice.

Design Research is at its core

Design research projects undertaken within this course sit at a contemporary and international level. Design research enables you to engage profoundly with the discipline. You will investigate issues and topics that are relevant to contemporary issues in urban and natural contexts increasingly affected by climate change, natural disasters and misappropriation of land.

Study in RMIT’s unique design studios

You’ll learn through design studios, which operate as laboratories conducive to experimentation, investigation, and the exploration of design as an agent that responds to issues in the built environment. Studios are led by distinguished local and international academic practitioners drawing from a diverse field of knowledge and experience.

Top 3 reasons to be part of RMIT Landscape Architecture

  • Learn through design studios, which model the best-practice of industry
  • Open up employment opportunities and develop industry contacts
  • Be immersed in an urban design laboratory in Australia’s design capital.
The structure at RMIT is flexible, which allowed me to develop my interests and expertise in a creative, rigorous way. Other universities don’t afford students the same degree of flexibility while maintaining an edgy attitude to design.
Portrait of Niki Schwabe, Master of Landscape Architecture at RMIT -Niki Schwabe, Master of Landscape Architecture

Details

It’s all centred around learning through design studios

The course’s celebrated design studios are situated within an urban campus, which means you will be immersed a laboratory of design exploration and at the centre of innovation.

Studios are located within the multi award-winning RMIT Design Hub. Studios are one of the major reasons that RMIT Landscape Architecture and its graduates are so highly regarded by industry.

What is a design studio?

Design studios model the best practice of global design firms.

Design studios typically make up half the course each semester, and are taught in small groups. You will focus on a particular design theme and project. You’ll select from a range of studio offerings, and learn specific techniques to develop ideas and outcomes.

In your final year, you will complete a thesis, referred to Design Research Project A+B. This will develop on the research outcomes reached at the conclusion of your landscape architecture studies.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

Acclaimed and award-winning landscape architects, architects, urban designers, and experts in related fields are consistently involved with the teaching and research projects undertaken within this course.

Studios provide engagement with industry. Some projects may involve clients or actual projects where you will develop your proposals within a scenario-based, simulated design practice environment. Professional designers may also form part of your review panel at the end of semester.

Public lectures are held throughout the year, led by prominent landscape architects and urban designers.

Study Tours

A range of design studios offer travelling opportunities overseas to engage in field work, workshops and design projects. Previous locations include Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, France, Spain and Africa.

Internships

Internship placements are offered to students in the Master of Landscape Architecture each year, allowing them to gain work experiences at acclaimed and award-winning practices overseas.  

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

Within the course, you have an opportunity to select from a range of electives to expand your knowledge and skills.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Master of Landscape Architecture
Program code: MC172

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Master of Landscape Architecture
City Campus
Two years Full Time
MC172
064392E
Location
City Campus
Duration
Two years Full Time
Plan code
MC172
CRICOS
064392E
Master of Landscape Architecture
City Campus
Two years Full Time
MC172
064392E
Location
City Campus
Duration
Two years Full Time
Plan code
MC172
CRICOS
064392E

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

This course will prepare you for the professional practice of landscape architecture, working independently or as part of a large team. From urban design projects to working with large open spaces, the parameters of projects are broad.

As a landscape architect, you will find career opportunities in the design offices of landscape architects, architects, planners, urban designers and engineers throughout Australia, and government organisations at federal, state and municipal levels.

Graduates may also become involved in smaller projects such as private gardens, historic estates and productive landscapes.

After completion of this two year program graduates meet the requirements to apply for membership and registration with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), the profession's accrediting body.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in architecture or landscape architecture or a related design field.

Selection for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) is competitive, and places are limited. You will be selected based on your grade point average (GPA) and folio.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

Semester 1, 2023

You must complete and submit the Landscape Architecture selection task. Please click the apply button to submit your direct application. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.

Entry into this program is competitive, and applications are assessed in the order that they are received until the selection task date, if places are still available. For your best chance at admission into this program, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Selection task dates

Applicant type Register and submit the selection task by
All applicants 24 February 2023

The selection task requires:

Applicant statement

Outline why you wish to study this program, and your current interests in landscape architecture. You may also wish to include why you want to pursue a career in landscape architecture and what has informed your interests (maximum 300 words).

Experience

Outline your academic achievements and professional experience including any work experience you have completed or are currently undertaking (maximum 300 words).

Folio

Your folio should comprise 5-10 projects of your own work, that include both final representations as well as development or process work.

Submissions instructions

You must collate your work into a single PDF (maximum 25 pages). You may upload your PDF (maximum 10MB) or supply a URL if it's hosted online (provide the username and password if applicable).

Interview

Most applicants will be selected based on their selection task and will not be required to attend an interview. If further information is needed to make a selection decision, you will be invited to an interview.

Semester 2, 2023

Selection task details and submission dates will be available on 1 May 2023 for programs with a midyear intake. 

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed:

  • the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design from RMIT University with a grade point average of 2.5 (out of 4.0) or above.

    OR
  • an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in architecture or landscape architecture or a related design field. You will be selected competitively based on your grades and folio.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

  • If you have successfully completed the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design from RMIT University with a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 or above, you are guaranteed entry into Master of Landscape Architecture. You do not need to submit a selection task.
  • If you have completed the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design from RMIT University with a GPA less than 2.5 out of 4.0 or another architecture/landscape architecture specific Bachelor degree from a different institution, you will be required to complete and submit a pre-selection kit (PDF 114kb) with your application. Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

If you are successfully completed the BP256 Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design at RMIT with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (out of 4.0), you will be exempted from submitting the selection task and guaranteed entry into this master program.

Students with a lower GPA than 2.5 may still apply and will be assessed on merit based on their selection task. 

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Graduates of the Master of Landscape Architecture are eligible to apply for accreditation from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), the profession's accrediting body.

Upon successful completion of this masters degree, you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including postgraduate research programs, subject to the program's entrance requirements.

When you successfully complete the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design and achieve a minimum GPA of 2.5, you are guaranteed entry to the Master of Landscape Architecture.

If you achieve below the minimum GPA, you may still apply and will need to submit a folio. You will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

Upon successful completion of this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fees

Entry for this program is primarily through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs).

Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.

2023 indicative fees

Commonwealth supported places

  • 2023 Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$4,124 to AU$15,142*.

Full-fee places

  • AU$38,400 (2023 annual fee)*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$326 maximum fee for 2023*.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

  • You may be eligible to apply for a HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
  • For more information and to learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees see postgraduate study fees.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students who commence their program in 2023. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2023 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2023

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $4,124 per standard year
$515 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,301 per standard year
$1,037 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,800 per standard year
$1,475 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $15,142 per standard year
$1,892 per standard (12 credit point) course

If you are offered a full-fee place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2023 is $326. 

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

HECS-HELP Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

FEE-HELP loans

Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

This program is approved for income support.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment.

See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.

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The annual tuition fee for 2023 is AU$44,160.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$88,320.

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Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.