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Interested in a Landscape Architecture Degree? Here’s the Dirt

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Posted on June 7, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

The next time you stroll through your favorite park, pay attention to its design. Observe the trees—their shape, their placement—the pigments painting the playground, the path you’re pounding on.

Notice the park’s natural and manmade elements, how they work together and why they complement each other. Each detail, however small, was a landscape architect’s invention.

Landscape architects design most outdoor spaces you can think of: urban farms, skate parks, playgrounds, college campuses and more. They’re found in both the private and public sectors and typically complete a landscape architecture bachelor’s degree before entering the field.

If you’re a nature lover with a creative bent, a landscape architecture degree could be the right choice for you. Here’s everything you should know before enrolling in a program. 

Skills You Need in Your Toolbox

Landscape architecture marries arts and science, creativity and critical thinking, and artistry and analysis. To be successful, students must be detail oriented, passionate about design and attracted to nature. 

Landscape architecture is a challenging field of study but also rewarding if you’re passionate about bringing designs to life. And as society moves to a more sustainable future, smart landscape architecture will continue to grow in demand. 

What to Expect from Your Landscape Architecture Degree

Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect while studying landscape architecture:

  • Before school starts, grab a dictionary and pocket thesaurus. You’ll be writing plenty of papers.
  • Passionate about plants? Great! Learn to identify and use them in your designs.
  • You’ll be in the studio during the planning, modeling and construction of each project. Soon, it becomes your home away from home.
  • Get used to learning design software. You’ll use computers all the time to model your designs before taking a crack at their 3D versions.

Finding the Right Landscape Architecture Program for You

Unlike many programs, there’s no system of rank for landscape architecture. There are plenty of great schools out there, but you have to find one that’s right for you. 

If you’re considering a landscape architecture program, think about your goals after graduation, the projects you hope to work on and what attracted you to the field in the first place. Make a list of schools that you’re interested in and ask them the following questions:

  • How will their program help you achieve your career goals?
  • What internships are available?
  • What kind of projects do students work on in school?
  • Where do most graduates find employment?
  • If you’re interested in a certain area within landscape architecture, does the school provide classes or internships to nurture that passion?

Find out as much about the schools you’re considering as possible. Landscape architecture is a stimulating, dynamic field, and it’s important to find a program in line with your professional interests.

Does landscape architecture sound like the degree for you? Check out our program at Delaware Valley University.