Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design

Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design

UNDERGRADUATE

Contribute to the space around you and learn to design for the natural and urban world.

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

Range of criteria*

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Range of criteria

Duration:
Full-time 3 years
Fees:

AU$44,160 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

The Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design is about envisioning, investigating and proposing better ways of living in our complex and rapidly changing environments.

Working with parks, seasons, coastlines and communities, landscape architectural designers address and respond to global issues, including climate change, reconciliation, biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, and the provision of meaningful public space.

Through design, in this degree you will learn how the discipline of landscape architecture interacts with natural ecosystems and built environments as well as cultural and social frameworks. You will learn to think conceptually; developing ideas from what you observe and modeling your ideas to develop and test design proposals in response.

In the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design, you will learn design through a design studio format wherein you immerse yourself deeply in a creative project. These provide you with a unique way of exploring ideas and creative practice whilst integrating knowledge from related learning streams.

Why study landscape architectural design at RMIT?

A global perspective

With travelling studios, fieldwork, and immersive internships available, studying landscape architectural design can make your world bigger.

Links to industry

Learn from the best with design studios delivered by award-winning academic experts, alumni, innovative designers, and visiting practitioners.

A pathway to accreditation

Complete this degree, then move onto the Master of Landscape Architecture to become an accredited landscape architect.

The structure of this degree is organised through the following four subject areas:

  • Design studios
  • Environments
  • Communications
  • Theoretical frameworks.

In the subjects and studios you undertake, you will engage in the design of open and public spaces, learning how to test and apply your design concepts in practical contexts, and how to engage your community to effectively and positively bring about change.

Design studios are often aligned with current practice and research projects allowing you to actively engage with industry groups and communities, ensuring your learning is applied in real-world scenarios and that your curriculum follows industry best practice.

Accredited landscape architects require an accredited Master of Landscape Architecture degree, comprising two years of further study. Our degrees are recognised as world-class: fostering design knowledge, critical thinking, and design advocacy through innovative teaching and research with access to state of the art technology and facilities.

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Details

Learning and teaching

Your studies will centre around design studios which provide a unique way of exploring ideas and creative practice. In studios, you will learn with peers from different year levels to offer a community of learning.

Beyond studios, you will learn in a dynamic environment, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and field-based activities. You will learn in and from the landscape which you are learning to design.

You will also have the opportunity to join the student team producing Kerb, one of the world’s leading landscape architecture journals with international recognition.

Assessment methods

Your method of assessment will vary depending on the subject or studio undertaken. Common assessment tasks include design presentations, drawings, models, essays, plans, exhibitions, portfolios, tests, and more.

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.

Design studios provide strong engagement with industry, including innovative and renowned practitioners that contribute to your learning experience and allow you to build your capacities in real-world contemporary practice in landscape architecture.

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

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

Many public lectures are also held throughout the year, led by prominent local and international landscape architects, theorists, designers and urban designers.

Throughout your study, you will have designated Work Integrated Learning (WIL) subjects designed to combine your knowledge across all subject areas to learn both how this is applied, and how these subjects intersect.

In the past, students from this degree have worked on notable industry projects, including:

Chapel Street Activity Centres

In partnership with Hansen Partnership, Rush Wright Associates, ASPECT Studios, City of Melbourne, Glen Eira City Council, and Remarkable Trees, students were invited to explore opportunistic approaches to public realm development within the context of Chapel Street Activity Centers. They considered how such projects are conceived, advocated and implemented through exposure to this real world situation.

Nhuuralli Storyline at Mt Dispersion

Through the Knowledge Encounters Design Studio, students were invited into the Story of Nhuuraali at Mt Dispersion. Collaborating with the Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation, NSW Department of Environment and Heritage Local Land Services, Mildura Arts Centre, Wentworth Shire Council, and NSW Department of Education and Training, students produced large format transect drawings of place to explore approaches to memorialisation through an Indigenous-led approach.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

International exchange options are available to universities in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, the USA and across Asia.

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

International internships

Internship placements are offered to selected students in both the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees each year, allowing students to gain work experiences at acclaimed and award-winning practices overseas. Current internship partners include Stoss LU in Boston and EMF in Spain. 

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.

In the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design, your learning is undertaken through four subject areas, each of which intersect in their theory and application.

Environments

Develop skills in analysing, contextualising and constructing landscape through mapping, modelling and fabrication.

Communication

Learn how to link design thinking, physical prototyping and digital experimentation to represent and communicate landscape in two, three and four dimensions.

Design studios

Focus on a design theme and project each semester, learning appropriate and specific design techniques, tools and approaches to develop responses and test ideas and outcomes according to real-world issues and briefs.

Theoretical frameworks

Interrogate design ideas through design history and theory whilst developing creative and critical thinking, drawing, writing and making.

In this degree, you will have the opportunity to choose from multiple elective subjects and design studios that allow you to hone your knowledge or expand your craft in ways that align with and explore your career interests. You will mix with students at different study levels, helping you to get a varied perspective on the discipline and to graduate with a well-rounded body of knowledge and an expansive portfolio.

Upon completion of this degree, you are encouraged to enroll in the Master of Architectural Design, a requirement for becoming a registered landscape architect.

Course structure

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

Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design
Program code: BP256

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design
City Campus
3 Years Full-Time
BP256P15
066833B
Location
City Campus
Duration
3 Years Full-Time
Plan code
BP256P15
CRICOS
066833B
Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design
City Campus
3 Years Full-Time
BP256P15
066833B
Location
City Campus
Duration
3 Years Full-Time
Plan code
BP256P15
CRICOS
066833B

VTAC code

If you are eligible* to apply via The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), copy and paste the below code into VTAC CourseSearch.

  • Plan BP256P15 - 3200332101

*Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

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

VTAC code

If you are eligible* to apply via The Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), copy and paste the below code into VTAC CourseSearch.

  • BP256P15 - 3200332103

*Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Career

The Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design is a standalone award that provides employment options for those who seek to work in landscape design, or design more generally, in roles that do not require professional registration.

As a graduate of this degree, you may go on to work as a landscape technician, landscape architectural designer or in a range of other design-based roles.

To be eligible to become accredited as a landscape architect you must complete the Master of Landscape Architecture.

Landscape architects work in fields such as site design, urban design, park and recreational design, regional planning, ecological design and restoration. Graduates of the Master of Landscape Architecture have gone on to work in organisations including government authoritiess and leading landscape architecture practices:

  • Vicroads
  • City of Melbourne
  • Murray Darling Basin Authority
  • Parks Victoria
  • Field Operations (New York)
  • Aspect Studios (Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai)
  • McGregor Coxall (Melbourne, Brisbane, London)
  • Tract (Melbourne)
  • Spiire (Melbourne, Geelong)
  • AECOM (Melbourne, Abu Dhabi, LA).

To be eligible for accreditation as a Landscape Architect you must continue your studies and complete the Master of Landscape Architecture degree (MC172). MC172 satisfies the academic requirement to apply for registration as a practising Landscape Architect with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) (Landscape Architecture’s professional accrediting body).

Admissions

Applying for Semester 1, 2023

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification).

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL, or equivalent studies.

Rankings and adjustment factors

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on the assessment of their selection task.

Selection task

You must complete and submit the Landscape Architecture selection task.  

Applications are assessed in the order that they are received until the selection task dates below, if places are still available.  

For your best chance at admission into this program, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Graduates of RMIT's Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) and Diploma of Conservation and Land Management are exempted from submitting the selection task and guaranteed entry into this bachelor program.

Selection task dates

Selection task dates for VTAC applicants

If you are applying via VTAC, you must complete and submit the Landscape Architecture selection task by the following dates:

VTAC applicants Register and submit the selection task by
November round (Non year 12 applicants only)

30 September 2022

December/January rounds (All applicants)

18 November 2022
February rounds (if places are available) 10 February 2023
Selection task dates for direct applicants

You must complete and submit your direct application. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application. Please see the Apply page for information on eligibility to apply direct.

Applicant type Register and submit the selection task by
Direct applicants

24 February 2023

Selection task requirements

For applicants without one year of tertiary studies in a design discipline.

Outline how you intend to use your current skills and capabilities and/or past experience/s to support your joining of the landscape architectural design community. Your skills, capabilities and experiences may be drawn from previous study including secondary school or from life, work, volunteer experience or a combination (maximum 250 words).

For this exercise you are required to identify a landscape site which is of interest to you and respond to it by presenting ideas and visions for its future.

This may be a landscape site which has been designed and constructed already, it may be public or private, it may be vibrant and active or it may be drab and lifeless. The site may be fully functional or undefined in terms of use. It may be fully vegetated or entirely constructed – above all you must be familiar with this place.

Your design ideas may be informed by existing conditions and/or opportunities you identify within or around the landscape site. Alternatively, you can engage with current or recurring issues facing society or the built environment as a way of expressing your ideas about design.

You will be required to submit responses to the following questions in relation to your design ideas exercise (maximum 100 words per question).

  • Who is this landscape for? 
  • What issue does this landscape idea address?
  • How have your design ideas been informed by opportunities you identify within or around the landscape site?
  • What materials will be required in this idea?
  • How does your idea engage with current or recurring issues facing society or the built environment?

Submission instructions

Take or obtain a photograph of this landscape site and print at A4 (you may choose to then mount this image on an A3 sheet). 

Using black pens and or pencils, draw over this image to suggest how you might change this landscape. If you have mounted the original image on A3 you may use the margins also for drawing on. Please note that we are looking for your landscape design ideas, not your drawing skills.  

Scan your image to make one PDF in either A4 or A3 size. 

Upload your image as a single PDF (maximum size 5MB). Alternatively, you can provide a URL to your work. Please provide a username and/or password if applicable. 

For applicants who have completed at least one year of tertiary study, comparable to the first year of this program, in a design discipline (e.g architecture, interior design, industrial design, landscape architecture, graphic design, art or fashion design); or an Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural); or a Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management.

Upload your academic transcript(s) of your previous study.

Supply evidence of your creative thinking in the form of a folio that contains a variety of your personal work. The folio should demonstrate your creative thinking and/or your particular interests in landscape. It should evidence your conceptual, design, problem solving and technical skills and include evidence of how ideas were developed and decisions were made in relation to finished works.

Examples of work to include in your folio are drawings, maps, paintings, graphic designs, photographs, digital images, models, sculpture, video, scripting, short stories, and/or 2D and 3D Flash animation.

Submission instructions

Your folio should be collated in a single PDF containing a maximum of 10 pages (maximum size 5MB). Alternatively, you can provide a URL to your work. Please provide a username and/or password if applicable.

Folio presentation (some applicants)

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

Folio presentations will be held in October (VTAC November round) and November/December (VTAC December/January rounds).

For all subsequent rounds and direct applicants, folio presentations will be arranged after you have submitted your application. 

An advisory letter indicating the outcome of your selection task will be sent from November (VTAC November round) and from December (VTAC December/January rounds).   

Selection criteria by applicant type

Please select the highest level of education you have or will be completing in order to find out the selection criteria that applies to you, in addition to meeting the above entry requirements.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school) qualification.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12

School Network Access Program (SNAP)

  • The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary participation by giving priority access to RMIT diploma and degree programs to eligible applicants currently studying Year 12 at a SNAP partner school.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12 or whose highest qualification is a completed Year 12.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Certificate IV or above (or equivalent).

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with vocational education training, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and
  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and
  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program.

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

You must have successfully completed at least two courses (subjects) in an Australian bachelor degree or four courses (subjects) in an Australian associate degree, or overseas equivalent. 

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with higher education study, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification) and meet the stated prerequisites. You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with work or life experience, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Applying for Semester 2, 2023

You must have successfully :

  • completed at least one year of tertiary study, comparable to the first year of this program, undertaken in a design discipline (e.g architecture, interior design, industrial design, landscape architecture, graphic design, art or fashion design).

OR

  • completed an Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) or Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management. 

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL, or equivalent studies.

Rankings and adjustment factors

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on the assessment of their selection task.

Selection task

Selection task details and submission dates will be available on 1 May 2023. 

Selection criteria by applicant type

Please select the highest level of education you have or will be completing in order to find out the selection criteria that applies to you, in addition to meeting the above entry requirements.

If you are in this category, you are not eligible to apply for this program in this intake.

You must have successfully completed an Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) or Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with vocational education training, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and
  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and
  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program.

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

You must have successfully completed at least one year of tertiary study, comparable to the first year of this program, undertaken in a design discipline (e.g architecture, interior design, industrial design, landscape architecture, graphic design, art or fashion design).

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice. If you are applying to RMIT as an applicant with higher education study, you may sit the STAT multiple choice if you:

  • are 19 years of age or over as of 1 January in the year in which you will start your studies and

  • have not been enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years and

  • have no prior secondary school (Year 12), VET studies, HE studies or relevant work experience that can be considered for entry, or these do not meet the minimum academic requirements for the program

STAT results are valid for two years prior to the commencement of study and can be used to meet Year 12 English prerequisites. You are still required to meet all other program prerequisites or equivalents.

Learn more about RMIT STAT results including minimum STAT scores required to meet prerequisites.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

If you are in this category, you are not eligible to apply for this program in this intake.

Additional information

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View the ATAR profile and selection rank from students offered a place into this program wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most relevant recent intake period.

The student profile provides insight into the likely peer group for this program.

*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including consideration of any adjustments) for current and recent Year 12 applicants.

RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options. Find out more about admission to RMIT.

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

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 70% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

If you are applying for July intake, you must have successfully completed at least one year of tertiary study, comparable to the first year of this program, undertaken in a design discipline (e.g architecture, interior design, industrial design, landscape architecture, graphic design, art or fashion design) OR completed an RMIT Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) or Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management.

Entry score calculator
Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

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

All applicants are required to complete and submit a selection task for this program. See below for full selection task details.

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.

Selection task

Semester 1, 2023

If you are applying via VTAC you must complete and submit the Landscape Architecture selection task by the following dates:

Selection task dates

VTAC round Register and submit the selection task by

December/January Round 1 (all applicants)

18 November 2022

January subsequent rounds (if places are available)

19 January 2023

Selection task requirements

Applicant statement

An applicant statement outlining how you intend to use your current skills and capabilities and/or past experience/s to support your joining of the landscape architectural design community.

Your skills, capabilities and experiences may be drawn from previous study including secondary school or from life, work, volunteer experience or a combination.

(maximum 250 words)

Landscape design ideas exercise

For this exercise you are required to identify a landscape site which is of interest to you and respond to it by presenting ideas and visions for its future.

This may be a landscape site which has been designed and constructed already, it may be public or private, it may be vibrant and active or it may be drab and lifeless. The site may be fully functional or undefined in terms of use. It may be fully vegetated or entirely constructed – above all you must be familiar with this place. 

  • Your design ideas may be informed by existing conditions and/or opportunities you identify within or around the landscape site. Alternatively, you can engage with current or recurring issues facing society or the built environment as a way of expressing your ideas about design.
  • Take or obtain a photograph of this landscape site and print at A4 (you may choose to then mount this image on an A3 sheet)
  • Using black pens and or pencils, draw over this image to suggest how you might change this landscape. If you have mounted the original image on A3 you may use the margins also for drawing on. Please note that we are looking for your landscape design ideas, not your drawing skills.
  • Scan your image to make one PDF in either A4 or A3 size. 
Design ideas exercise questions

You will be required to submit responses to the following questions in relation to your design ideas exercise. 

  • Who is this landscape for?
  • What issue does this landscape idea address?
  • How have your design ideas been informed by opportunities you identify within or around the landscape site?
  • What materials will be required in this idea?
  • How does your idea engage with current or recurring issues facing society or the built environment?

Maximum 100 words per question.

Folio presentation (some applicants)

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

Folio presentations will be held in December.

For all subsequent rounds, folio presentations will be arranged after you have submitted your application.

Advisory letters indicating the outcome of your selection task will be sent from December.

Semester 1, 2024

Selection task details and submission dates will be available early August 2023. 

Art and Design application tips

View the following videos for some practical application advice:

Applying for Art and Design courses

Here's some advice for preparing folios and pre-selection kits to help make the process easier.

Art and design selection interviews

Wondering how an art and design selection interview works? Here's everything you need to know.

Pre-selection kit: You are required to submit a completed pre-selection kit (PDF 129kb) along with your application. 

You may be required to present your folio at an assessment session. If you are living outside Melbourne, this can be conducted via email, phone or Skype.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred course. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

This course offers pathway options. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, a formal pathway might be your way in.

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.

Successful completion of the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4 will guarantee a place in the Master of Landscape Architecture.

If you have successfully completed the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design with a grade point average (GPA) of less than 2.5 out of 4, you may still apply for a place in the Master of Landscape Architecture. You will be required to undertake additional selection tasks (such as submitting a pre-selection kit and/or attending an interview). Selection via this route is competitive and not guaranteed.

You may apply for entry to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture when you successfully complete the Diploma of Conservation and Ecosystem Management. If you are successful in receiving an offer you will receive 36 credit points of advanced standing.

Alternatively, you can gain entry from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Coming from a partner institution?

RMIT has pathway arrangements with many partner institutions around the world.

If your institution has a pathway arrangement with RMIT you may be able to receive credit and reduce the time it will take to complete your preferred RMIT program.

Find out if your institution has a pathway arrangement with RMIT

If you have qualifications from an institution that is not an RMIT partner, credit into your RMIT program 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.

When you successfully complete the Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design and achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, you are guaranteed entry into the Master of Landscape Architecture. If you achieve below the minimum GPA, you may still apply and will need to submit a folio. Applicants will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

When you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

Fees

2023 indicative fees

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$4,124 to AU$15,142*.

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 HECS-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.

Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.

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.

New government eligibility rules in 2022 - low completion rates

From 2022, there are new government rules about eligibility for higher education student funding as part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates legislation. If you're starting a program in or after 2022 and are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or have a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, these changes affect you. For details, please see Low completion rate and government funding.

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

Student Learning Entitlement

On 1 January 2022, the Government implemented the Student Learning Entitlement (SLE).

  • The SLE allows students 7 years of full-time subsidised study in Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP).
  • Your total SLE amount will be reduced in accordance with your overall study load in a CSP. 
  • Once you have utilised all your SLE, you can not longer study in a CSP.

For more information about SLE, visit Study Assist.

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.

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 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.

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.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

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

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$132,480.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

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

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

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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 - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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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.