March 1 for all applicants
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Study landscape architecture on a unique programme giving special emphasis to arctic/subarctic conditions. Be part of a creative environment at the Academy of Arts in Tromsø. Learn how to address the design and development of landscapes undergoing rapid change.
The master’s in landscape architecture gives special emphasis to arctic/subarctic conditions. Arctic and subarctic landscapes are undergoing rapid change, which makes it particularly relevant to study how natural and human-made changes impact both society and ecosystems.
Students on the programme learn to practice on diverse spatial and temporal scales to address changes to Arctic and subarctic landscapes. These changes encompass social, climatic, geopolitical, economic, and environmental concerns.
The aim of the study programme is to educate landscape architects who can operate within the framework of a sustainable societal development. Graduates who complete this programme will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to address the design and development of landscapes undergoing rapid change.
Students on the programme study with Scandinavian students undergoing a five-year integrated master’s in landscape architecture with three years of primary education at the Oslo School of Architecture (AHO) and two years of specialisation at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. All students on the programme follow the same curriculum.
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.
Most of our graduates from the programme work with landscape architectural design and planning in private companies, local and regional authorities, and diverse government agencies on completion of the master’s programme.
Graduates from the programme are also eligible for admission to a PhD programme.
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Semester 3: LAR-3091 (24 ECTS): Studio 3 Territorial Practices
LAR-3092 (6 ECTS): Pre-diploma
Semester 4: LAR-3900 (30 ECTS): Diploma - Thesis
Admission for the programme requires:
- Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) in landscape architecture or equivalent
- A portfolio documenting landscape architectural work
- Proof of English proficency
In addition, we recoummend that applicats have:
- Prior knowlege of ecology
- Prior knowlege and experience with urban planning
- Prior experience with the use of CAD and GIS
The portfolio should meet the following criteria:
- Contain 6-8 examples of landscape architecural work (research + design)
- Accompany each example by a written explanation/reflection (100-200 words)
- Indicate wether the work is done individually or as group work
- Submit the portfolio as a single PDF-file (maximum 80MB)
The assesment of the portfolio gives emphasis to:
- The ability to read and investigate a specific landscape
- An understanding and sensibility toward landscape dynamics
- Conseptual thinking and design development
- The ability to design landscapes at various scales
- Good cummunication skills graphically and in writing
For more information about the courses please see below: "More information about the program"
- Proof of English proficiency
Teaching may take the form of lectures, fieldwork/excursions, group work, individual project work, seminars, workshops etc. Project work with direct teacher-to-student and student-to-student dialogue makes up a significant part of the teaching.
Attendance, extensive participation, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively are expected. Students are expected to spend minimum 40 hours per week on their studies.
More information about the teaching and examination can be found in the description of each individual course.
The most common methods of examination are written examination, oral examination, project reports and portfolio assessment, in various combinations.
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.
To apply for student mobility, you must show the motivation for and reasoning behind your choice of institution by answering the following questions in the form of a personal statement:
- Why do you want to study at this/these particular institutions?
- Is your choice of institution based on any specific professional interest or field of study e.g., regarding your future graduation project?
The reason behind this personal statement is to help the study programme evaluate the student mobility applications and can set the foundation for which institutions is offered to you as possible exchange options. This is especially important in case there are applications from more students than the institution has room for.
You can send your personal statement to the faculty administration at the Academy of Arts via e-mail (