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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in Landscape Architecture

The MFA degree provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in Landscape Architecture. Studio courses focus on the techniques necessary to develop and master technical skills. Graduate Liberal Arts courses promote the expression of ideas and effective communication utilizing visual, oral and written presentation skills. The graduate Landscape Architecture program culminates with an independent final project. Students will graduate from the program equipped with a portfolio of work and prepared for professional opportunities in the field of Landscape Architecture.

Track I is available to those who have previously obtained a professional undergraduate degree such as a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) or BArch. These individuals have the background to be successful within the intense and professionally focused 63 unit MFA Landscape Architecture program without needing additional preparation. Please see Track I degree breakdown for a sample outline of courses.

Track II is available to those who have a BA or BS degree, but have limited or no background in art and design. Courses focusing on basic drawing, drafting and computer skills as well as those in ecological principles and systems are offered in the first year to encourage success within the 87 unit MFA Landscape Architecture program. Please see Track II degree for a sample outline of courses.

The School of Landscape Architecture will be seeking application for professional accreditation from Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB). Academy of Art University and the School of Landscape Architecture are regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Learning Outcomes: Degree Breakdowns:

MFA Landscape Architecture Unit Requirements

Track 1

Major 27 units
Directed Study 18 units
Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
Electives* 6 units
TOTAL 63 units
*Per director approval

Track II

Major Courses 51 units
Directed Study 18 units
Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
Electives* 6 units
TOTAL 87 units
*Per director approval

MFA Landscape Architecture Degree Requirements

1 Art Historical Awareness & Aesthetic Sensitivity course
1 Cross Cultural Understanding course
1 Professional Practices & Communications course
1 Major designated Graduate Liberal Arts course

And:

  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units or 87 units
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