The study programmes on Landscape Architecture aim to train professionals to become experts in designing and planning open spaces, on various scales, who are able to interact in interdisciplinary groups consisting of members from different backgrounds. Landscape culture is, by its very nature, interdisciplinary and includes subjects such as architectural design, environmental engineering, urban planning, forestry and agricultural sciences, natural sciences, environmental geography, humanities and social sciences. The programme focuses on the in-depth study of technical, scientific and planning knowledge that is implicit in the discipline of landscape architecture, geared, nowadays, towards managing and controlling the compatible and integrated development of the territory, according to the international environment protocols and the European Landscape Convention. The level of training reached at the end of the master course may provide participants with opportunities in professional and consulting activities that are internationally recognized in the private sector (firms and design companies) and public authorities (government agencies, parks, regional heritage boards).
The structure of the programme (2250 hours including 750 classroom hours – 90 ECTS) enables participants to attend individual modules separately as single post-graduate short courses which are also part of the Continuing Education programme of the UPC Foundation. At the end of each educational module of at least 100 hours, participants will be awarded a certificate of attendance by the UPC Foundation, or a Postgraduate Diploma if the module is at least 150 hours. In this way, participants can choose the activities and post-graduate diplomas year by year, according to their individual training needs. If you intend subsequently to attain the full master’s degree, all the accumulated credits will be recognized upon enrolment. The main educational body of the master course consists of the Design Seminar (100 hours) and the four Modules (each of which is 150 hours). The four Modules can be made of the following types of activities, depending on the annual programme: design workshop (50 hours), landscape itineraries (10 hours a day) and study trip (50 hours). The programme organization enables participants to attend individual modules separately as single post-graduate short courses which are also part of the Continuing Education program of the UPC Foundation. The final dissertation seminar (50 hours) is the conclusion of the educational training course and may discuss various project topics as long as they have been covered in the course. The final dissertation may also be supervised by an external teacher, and accompanied by the tutor or by the directors of the master’s course and will be discussed with a special commission.
The programme provides a flexible training itinerary, structured in educational modules (multiple of 50 hours) within which each participant may make their own individual choices based on their characteristics, attitudes and needs. Participants may attain the master’s degree by completing one of the following paths:
1. The Master’s Course, Indicated for new graduates , involves attending five consecutive modules. If attendance is interrupted for good reason, with prior adequate notice, all successfully completed modules and workshops will be recognized. The course can be continued in subsequent years, subject to written communication.
2. Progressive Accreditation of individual courses of Continuing Education UPC / ACMA (permanent and recurrent High Continuing Education) activated in Barcelona or Milan. Attendance on individual modules is suitable for professionals or technicians of government agencies, parks and regional heritage boards. Attendance at at least 80% of the chosen classroom activities is absolutely compulsory. On completion of the course and following the outcome of the dissertation, successful participants will be awarded the Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture by the UPC Foundation in Barcelona.