The basis for the master’s in landscape architecture is in the local, establishing a global laboratory which gives special emphasis to arctic/subarctic conditions, including the natural and man-made transformations which affect both society and the ecosystem in the Arctic/subarctic.
The aim of the study programme is to conduct research into, and produce new knowledge about, how we can protect, shape, and further develop particularly vulnerable landscapes within communities in state of flux. The programme focuses on urban, landscape and territorial practices. This differentiation makes it possible to add different perspectives to the spectrum of human activities which impact and form landscapes in the arctic/subarctic region. These three perspectives overlap with each other and are thematised in the studio courses.
Applicants who wish to develop knowledge and skills within the field of landscape architecture to contribute to relevant and innovative societal development, with particular emphasis on dynamic transformation processes in vulnerable landscapes and communities in the Arctic/subarctic.
The programme is best suited to applicants with an interest in design, and artistic and scientific innovation work, in addition to an understanding and interest in natural, cultural, and social conditions.
To participate in the programme students must have basic skills in the use of digital tools, such as CAD, GIS, and Adobe Illustrator.
The programme is a full-time course over two years as specified in the programme structure
After passing the course the student will have the following learning outcomes:
- Have in-depth knowledge about landscape architecture as a practical, artistic, and scientific discipline, its media, history, theories, and methods.
- Be able to master landscape architecture through specialised insight into natural and man-made materials and how they are influenced through composition, delimitation, and design. Dynamic transformation processes in vulnerable landscapes and communities within the Arctic/subarctic are emphasised.
- Be able to use knowledge about the natural, societal and cultural, and qualify and integrate these into landscape architectural design.
- Be able to critically analyse and discuss how landscape architecture impacts the environment in the short and long term, with particular emphasis on cultural understanding, place, and the relation between the natural and man-made.
- Have a comprehensive ability to analyse critically, qualify, explain, and argue for designs and solutions within landscape architecture through complex planning and project work.
- Be able to independently implement and lead planning and project work within the field of landscape architecture.
- Be able to take a critical position to relevant theories and methods within landscape architecture and maintain an openness for interdisciplinary insight.
- Have the ability to drive scientific and artistic knowledge production within the field, with special emphasis on the landscape architect’s main area of work; design-based project development.
- Be able to independently analyse, plan and give form to landscape architecture projects of various scales in different local, urban, and territorial contexts. The competency should be directed towards dynamic transformation processes in vulnerable landscapes and communities and be in accordance with professional standards.
- Be able to apply professional knowledge and skills to processes for a society in constant transformation and be prepared to take professional leadership in sustainable societal development.
- Be able to communicate and convey issues, analyses, and conclusions from within the field of landscape architecture to both specialists and the general public as well as contribute to the innovation and development of the field of landscape architecture.
Graduates are fully qualified landscape architects according to the International Federation of Landscape Architects criteria.
Typically, graduates go on to do landscape architecture roles, including construction design, regional master planning, landscape reviewing and development proposals with private studios, with diverse opportunities with local, regional and national government bodies.
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Studio 1: Urban practises (24 credits) Please find more informartion under course plan below
Digital landscapes (6 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Studio 2: Landscape practices (24 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Perspectives of nature and Landscape practices (6 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Studio 3: Territorial Practices (24 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Pre-diploma (6 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Diploma thesis / Master’s thesis (30 credits). Please find more informartion under course plan below
Admission for the programme requires:
- Bachelor's degree (180 ects) in landscape architecture or an equivalent architectural education, with a minimum of 80 ects specialising in landscape architecture. The average grade is calculated on the basis of all the courses in the bachelor’s degree.
The education must include:
- Documented knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystems as described in the courses 61 123, 61 134 and 61 162 in the joint degree master’s in landscape architecture programme, or equivalent
- Documented knowledge of cities and the history of urban planning as described in course 61 151 in the five-year master’s in landscape architecture programme, or equivalent.
- Proof of English proficiency
To reach learning outcomes, the students must expect to work a minimum of forty hours a week on their studies. Teaching can include lectures, fieldwork/excursions, group work, individual project work, seminars, workshops and similar. Project/studio work with direct teacher/student - student/student dialogue will make up a significant part of the teaching process. Attendance, extensive participation, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively are expected.
Teaching and working methods are described in more detail in the individual course plans.
The most common methods of examination are written examination, oral examination, project reports and portfolio assessment, in various combinations.
Arrangements for examination and continuation of study are described in the individual course plans.
The following assessment terms are used:
- Pass/fail, or
- A graded scale with five levels where A to E is a pass, and F is a fail.
Exchanges with approved partner institutions can be arranged. Exchanges can take place in the third semester.
Students must have met the exam requirements in accordance with the standard study progression before the exchange can be approved.
Mari A. Aston Bergset er landskapsarkitekt, utdannet ved Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet(NMBU), cand agric./master i landskapsarkitektur. Hun er daglig leder og innehaver av landskapsarkitektkontoret Lo:Le landskap i Tromsø. Bergset har vært tilknyttet masterutdanningen i landskapsarkitektur i Tromsø fra 2013. Hun underviser i studiokurs for master i landskapsarkitektur - se artikkelen "Snøens muligheter". Hun har tidligere vært engasjert som gjestekritiker/sensor for diplomoppgaver ved Arkitektur- og designhøyskolen i Oslo og Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet. Hun er oppnevnt av kommunal- og moderniseringsdepartementet som medlem av juryen for Statens pris for byggkvalitet i perioden 2018-2021. Bergsets faglige spesialinteresse er knyttet til prosjektering for årstidsvariasjon/vinterbruk, klimatilpasning og økologiske strategier i landskapsarkitekturen.
Thomas Juel Clemmensen (f. 1973) er professor i landskapsarkitektur og faglig ansvarlig for landskapsarkitekturprogrammet på Kunstakademiet. Thomas er udannet arkitekt fra Arkitektskolen Aarhus i Danmark, hvorfra han også har sin PhD. Thomas er medlem av Danske Landskabsarkitekter. Parallelt med sin akademiske karriere har Thomas arbeidet som landskapsarkitektur- og byplanleggingskonsulent.
Eva Breitschopf er planteøkolog med spesialisering i nordiske poulasjoner og økosystemer, utdannet ved Instituttet for arktisk og marin biologi (Master of Science, Biology) ved UiT, og The Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (Bachelor of Science, Biology). Hun har vært tilknyttet masterutdanningen i landskapsarkitektur i Tromsø fra 2018 og underviset «Ecology for Landscape Architecture». For tiden arbeider hun som PhD-stipendiat med integrering av økologi i landskaps arkitektur og bidra til studentenes prosjekter i studio kurser med økologisk perspektiv.