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Course information set

  • The only landscape architecture degree in Queensland.
  • Learn to combine art and science to create long-lasting and meaningful outdoor places.
  • Prepares you to research, plan, design and advise on the organisation, conservation and sustainability of outdoor environments.
  • Develop design skills for: parks and recreational places, botanic gardens,
    sporting complexes and various educational, commercial, industrial and residential sites, and major infrastructure systems such as roads and railways.
  • Gain experience in real-world projects involving interdisciplinary professions and community consultation and engagement.
  • Graduate with an honours level qualification.
  • Recognised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
QTAC course code412342
QUT course code DE42
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 February

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Creative Industries Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 079947G
  • Designer
  • Landscape Architect


The new capital city of Canberra, the Australian Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, New York’s Central Park, and the gardens of the Palace of Versailles in France were all the work of landscape designers, now known as landscape architects. Landscape architecture offers a design career combining art and science to create long-lasting and meaningful, enjoyable outdoor places. Today’s landscape architects continue to play a significant role in the economic, social and environmental interests of communities through design, planning, development and management.

Landscape architects research, plan, design and advise on the stewardship, conservation and sustainability of development of all kinds of outdoor environments—including parks and recreational places, botanic gardens, sporting complexes and various educational, commercial, industrial and residential sites, and major infrastructure systems such as roads and railways.

Landscape architects contribute significantly to making the world a better place physically, socially, culturally and environmentally. The profession is concerned with the design of external landscapes on all scales to ensure the health and welfare of the environment and people.

Why choose this course?

QUT offers the only fully accredited landscape architecture degree in Queensland. We have a 50-year history as one of Australia’s principal landscape educators. Graduates are leading practitioners employed around the world. Subtropical Brisbane also offers exceptional climatic opportunities for design in your studies.

During your degree you will work on real-world projects involving community participation. Part-time tutors from professional practice in our design studios and theory units keep our teaching linked to industry. We are passionate about ensuring our courses are relevant and informed by individual staff research.

Career outcomes

Our graduates find careers independently, in small partnerships or as a member of large multidisciplinary teams with other professionals such as architects, engineers, urban designers and town planners. You may work in private practice or in government areas at local, state and federal levels. You will be engaged primarily in site planning, site design, planting design and landscape planning. Many graduates enjoy work in overseas practices.

Professional recognition

Graduates of our accredited course are eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Landscape Architecture)

Customise your degree

Your landscape architecture design course consists of 17 units in your primary major and four units that are common to all six design majors (architectural studies, fashion, industrial design, interactive and visual design, interior design or landscape architecture).

An additional eight units are taken outside your primary major. After studying for a year you can:

  • choose a second major# (eight units from any approved QUT degree), or
  • choose two minors (a minor is a specific set of four units drawn from
  • courses throughout QUT), or
  • choose one minor and four electives.

Minors and majors allow you to tailor your studies to suit your interests and career aspirations. Minors give you breadth of knowledge from two other areas and a second major provides depth in one area.

This means eight units of your course (one quarter of your degree) are taken from outside your primary major. You’ll work alongside students from other disciplines because that is how it will be when you graduate and work in the real world of design. The possibilities are almost endless. Here are some examples that might inspire ideas:

  • an architecture student could take a minor in interior design and a work integrated learning minor to gain professional industry experience
  • a landscape architecture student could take a language minor such as Italian to help them work overseas
  • an interior design student could take a second major in industrial design to aid their ambition to design and manufacture their own range of office furniture
  • an industrial design student could take a second major in mechanical or electrical engineering to give them a deeper understanding of manufacturing and production
  • a fashion student could take a minor in business and another in interior design to help meet their dream of launching their own concept fashion store
  • an interactive and visual design student could take a second major in advertising or marketing and work as a designer for a leading digital agency.
And remember - your second major or minors could be in film, creative writing, music, visual arts, drama or other disciplines across QUT.#

Your course

Year 1

  • set the groundwork for your landscape design studies
  • three foundation units covering design, design history and sustainability
  • two units of core landscape design studios
  • units in plant studies, landscape construction and visual communication

Year 2

  • two key landscape design studios
  • study place theory, environmental psychology and site planning
  • explore landscape ecology and physical geography
  • units in landscape construction and landscape horticulture
  • two units from your second major or minor

Year 3

  • complete four units for your second major or minor
  • two landscape design studios
  • focus on planting design and detailed design resolution
  • combine design with landscape construction
  • critique the history of landscape design and contemporary landscape design trends

Year 4

  • further expand your design expertise
  • study two units in advanced landscape design
  • study a wide range of urban and regional sites and scenarios
  • complete units in your chosen second major/minor
  • study professional practice and law, and research methods

Second degree

Undertaking a second major in one of the six design disciplines also gives you the option of obtaining a second degree*.

After graduation, you can return to complete the remaining 12 units (or equivalent) from your second major to obtain a second qualification. This is usually undertaken part time over two years while working.

Note: This is not a double degree because it is not undertaken simultaneously with the first degree.


A student completes a Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Industrial Design) with a second major in interactive and visual design. 

They can then return to complete units in interactive and visual design and graduate with a second design degree in interactive and visual design.

* To pursue a second design degree, this second major must be an approved set of eight units from within a Bachelor of Design (Honours) primary major.

# The choice of second majors may be limited in some disciplines.

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 13

Rank 71

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.


2018: CSP $9,300 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all undergraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Design (Honours) (Landscape Architecture)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (412342) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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