Art by Claire Jebbitt - BA (Hons) Art and the Environment
& GARDEN DESIGN
MA Garden Design
MA Landscape Architecture
Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture
Postgraduate design courses in Writtle Design propose a new emphasis and direction based on an interdisciplinary platform of knowledge and understanding. The postgraduate programme follows a sequence of related design and theory projects leading to a grounded and innovative way to comprehend and find meaning in the places in which we live and work.
This exhibition showcases the Advanced Landscape Architecture and Garden Design Studio Final Project. Students self-selected a topic for exploration related to their MA dissertation research area and this encourages students to pursue innovative design modes, emerging practices and important topics in contemporary practice. Appropriate sites were selected for their research interests and tutors supported students in exploring and developing their ideas and applying theories and models. Experimentation occurs through a variety of tools such as mapping, layering, modelling and video making. Videos were produced in relation to the topic and they explore concept, site, analysis and theories that students investigated throughout their journey. The work includes a range of explorations in a broad conception of a design project, including ‘design as process’ and ‘design as a strategy’.
These research related projects display a range of skills and the creative ideas of students, and the way in which these can be applied to achieve innovative design outcomes. There are new modes of representation, capturing a wide range of subjects in landscape architecture including: socially and culturally inclusive street and neighbourhood projects, health and well-being, displacement and refugee landscapes, creative heritage management, energy landscapes, green infrastructure networks, coastal landscapes, flood remediation projects and airport landscapes.
The projects provide an opportunity for viewing the work of the next generation of Landscape Architects and Garden Designers that will shape future form of our cities as complex cultural, social and ecological processes and reinterpret the rapidly changing context for landscape in the discussion of the climate responsive contemporary city.
Writtle Design would also like to recognise and thank all teaching staff, support staff and professional partners who have contributed to the student learning experience.
Dr Saruhan Mosler, Dr Poone Yazdanpanah, Steve Jeyes, Professor Peter Hobson, Gill Wynne-Williams.
MA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a postgraduate programme that provides professional landscape architecture education for honours degree graduates who wish to become professional landscape architects. It is tailored for graduates with an honours degree other than landscape architecture/garden design, and begins with a conversion year that is used to give them essential subject knowledge and skills.
The MLA is accredited by the Landscape Institute (LI) which will allow students a seamless transition on their journey from licentiate to chartership with the LI.
In the Design Studio module, our conversion students developed design proposals for the Writtle campus to combine teaching, recreation and wellbeing of the students, staff and local communities. The projects showcase students' skills in theory, planting design and habitat planning, programming the spaces for different users and functions, as well as construction, hand-drawing and digital-drawing.