Universities

Studying landscape architecture

To become a landscape architect, you can study at selected universities across Australia. You’ll find a major institution offering a landscape architecture course in nearly all capital cities.


The first step in the pathway to professional practice as a Registered Landscape Architect is to graduate from an AILA-accredited course, and the accreditation status is noted on the Available Courses table below.

Course durations

Courses range in length, with some being set up as a three year degree followed by a two year Master of Landscape Architecture – in this case the postgraduate 2 year course is the course which will have earned accreditation, not the initial pathway course.

Each University has different requirements for entry into these postgraduate degrees, so it is best to check with them individually. On the other hand, some courses are dedicated undergraduate degrees of 4 years duration.

Topics you may study

As a landscape architecture student, you’ll learn about a wide range of subjects which represent the broad range of areas that you’ll be working in. Some of the area’s students can learn about are:

  • Ecology
  • the environment
  • construction
  • drawing
  • aboriginal culture
  • land management, and,
  • many more

Almost as soon as you begin at university, you’ll find yourself in the design studio with your fellow students, embarking on your first project. In the design studio, students visit sites, hand-draw, create models, use computer programs, and learn how to create spaces that respond to their social and environmental surroundings.

The design studio is where you’ll form ideas, collaborate with established design professionals, and meet your fellow students who will be your future co-workers and collaborators.

Each university is more than happy to chat to potential students, so if you’d like to know more about the structure or focus of any specific course, contact the universities.

Connect with fellow students with FRESH

If you would like to stay in touch with design-minded folk pre-university, contact the AILA FRESH groups.

AILA FRESH supports and develops students and recent graduates in the transition from university to finding their professional feet. It enables university and high school students to get a running start in the profession before they graduate.

There are lots of free and affordable events on each year, and our FRESH crew love to see new faces.

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Free student membership with AILA

You can also become a free AILA student member, anytime.

This means you will get free or discounted rates to our ticketed events and regular updates straight to your inbox about landscape architectural happenings in Australia and further afield.

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Available Courses

The following table list Australian universities programs in landscape architecture. The accreditation status of each program may vary.

State/Territory

University

Course & Link

Type of course

Accreditation status

NSW

University of NSW | UNSW

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours)

Undergraduate4 years full time

Accredited
Next accreditation review: 2022

 NSW

University of NSW | UNSW

Master of Landscape Architecture

Postgraduate, 3 years full time

Preliminary Accreditation*
Next accreditation review: 2021

NSW

University of Technology, Sydney | UTS

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Undergraduate, 4 years full time

Accredited
Next accreditation review: 2021

NSW

University of Technology, Sydney | UTS

 Masters of Landscape Architecture

Postgraduate, 2 years full time

Preliminary Accreditation*
Next accreditation review: 2021

QLD

Queensland University of Technology | QUT

Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Landscape Architecture)

Undergraduate, 4 years full time

Accreditation ceased**
Next accreditation review: 2021

QLD

Queensland University of Technology | QUT

Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture)

Undergraduate, 3 years full time or 4.5 years integrated with:
Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture)

Not accredited program, leads to accredited MLA

 QLD

Queensland University of Technology | QUT

Masters of Landscape Architecture 

Postgraduate, 4.5 years integrated with: 
Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture) 

Provisional accreditation

 SA

University of Adelaide | Uni of ADL

Master of Landscape Architecture

Postgraduate, 2 years full time

Accredited
Next accreditation review: 2021

WA

University of Western Australia | UWA

Master of Landscape Architecture (coursework)

Post graduate, 2 years full time

Accredited
Next accreditation review: 2021

VIC

RMIT

Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design

Undergraduate Degree, 3 years full time

Not accredited program, leads to accredited MLA

VIC

 RMIT

Master of Landscape Architecture

Postgraduate (Coursework)

Accredited
Next accreditation review: 2023

VIC

 University of Melbourne | Uni of MEL

Master of Landscape Architecture

Post graduate, 2 years full time

 Accredited
Next accreditation review: 2021

VIC

 Deakin University

Master of Landscape Architecture

Post graduate, 2 years full time

Accredited**
Next accreditation review: 2021
Closed to new enrolments

 ACT

University of Canberra

Bachelor of Landscape Design (3 years)

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) (1 year)

Undergraduate, 3 years full time

Accredited
Next accreditation review: 2021 

 

*The UTS, and UNSW courses have received preliminary accreditation by AILA. Preliminary accreditation provides an assessment of a program prior to a full post-first-graduate accreditation visit. Full course accreditation will be sought corresponding with the graduation of the first student cohort.

**This program is closed to new enrolments 

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