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MLA Degree Curriculum

Individuals holding an undergraduate degree, including landscape architecture or architecture, are candidates for the license-qualifying Master of Landscape Architecture degree.  Each applicant’s undergraduate academic record and a personal portfolio will be reviewed to identify individuals who may be outstanding candidates in the Cornell masters program.  Depending on an individual’s background and academic credentials, the curriculum will typically require three-six semesters of work for successful completion.  A curriculum will be determined individually for each successful candidate.

Requirements

Satisfactory completion of an individual's core curriculum as determined by the Department Faculty.

Concentration (CN)

The student and faculty advisor will construct a concentration totaling at least 10 credits.

History/ Theory Requirement

Students are rquired to take five courses from the History/Theory offerings including LA5900,  LA5170, LA6910, and LA6900.  One additional course must be selected fom the list below.

Sequence Alterations

Students must take studios and other courses in the sequence listed below.  Any student wishing to alter this sequence must petition the Graduate Committee.  A student may NOT take two studios concurrently.

Required Courses

First Year Courses Concepts Credit
Hours
Fall LA 4910 Creating the Urban Eden: Woody Plant Selection, Design and Landscape Establishment 4
  LA 5010 Studio: Composition and Theory 5
  LA 6910 Design of Landscapes (H/Th) 3
  LA 4830 Lecture Series 1
  LA5050 Graphics

3

       
       
Spring LA 4920 Creating the Urban Eden: Woody Plant Selection, Design and Landscape Establishment 4
  LA 5020 Studio: Composition and Theory 5
  LA5900 Theoretical Foundations (H/Th) 3
  LA 4830 Lecture Series 1
  CN Concentration Elective 3
       

 

Second Year Courses Concepts Credit
Hours
Fall LA 6010 Studio: Integrating Theory & Practice 5
  LA 6160 Site Grading for Landscape Architects 5
  LA 5170 Design and Environmental Systems (H/Th) 3
  CN Concentration Electives 3
       
       
Spring LA 6020 Studio: Integrating Theory & Practice 5
  LA 6180 Site Assembly 5
  LA 4120 Professional Practice 2
  LA 6030 Concentration Documentation (CN) 1
  LA4100 CAD:  Construction Documents 3
       

 

Third Year Courses Concepts Credit
Hours
Fall LA 7010 Urban Design and Planning 5
  LA 6900

Methods of Landscape Architectural Inquiry

3
  H/TH History/Theory Electives 3
  CON Concentration Elective 3
Spring LA 7020
LA 8900
Advanced Design Studio
Master's Thesis
5
9
       

Historical Studies /Theory Electives

Courses Concepts
LA 6600 Pre-Industrial Cities & Towns in North America (Spring)
LA 6900 Methods of Landscape Architecture Inquiry (Fall)
LA 5170 Design and Environmental Systems (Fall)
ARCH3821 History of European Landscape Architecture (Fall)
ARCH3822 History of American Landscape Architecture (Spring)
LA 5450 Gardens of the Roman Empire (Spring)
LA 6070 Emerging Dimensions in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Practice (Spring)
LA 5900 Theoretical Foundations (Spring)
LA 6910 Design of Landscapes (Fall)
LA6140 Water and City (Fall)