Combine creativity, curiosity and technical skill to explore how we reimagine the natural and built environment. With access to state-of-the-art facilities and expert teaching, students will develop planning and design skills to plan urban landscapes and consider the way in which our environments can influence our mood and behaviours.
In studying this innovative and interesting combination of architecture and planning, students will consider how people use space across a diverse range of urban environments.
The course brings to life the challenges faced by the industry and the solutions created by some of the great architects and designers in this area.
What can this course do for me?
Students will work across a vast range of scales, from cityscapes to coastlines, and build up a portfolio of work that showcases the breadth of their skills and understanding. Graduates go on to secure work in areas such as urban consultancy and community development, in industries like film and TV, leisure and games design.
"I always enjoy coming to Ravensbourne's degree show, at their state-of-the-art RIBA award-winning building. It's a real gem for anyone who wants to talent spot and see what the future holds."—Alan Phillips , Alan Phillips Architects
Top reasons to apply
Work in state-of-the-art studios.
Develop practical design knowledge through project work.
Learn from experienced academic staff, practising designers, and researchers.
Explore the functional, expressive and social impact of new construction technology.
Understand the interactions between people, activities and places.
Learn how the environment can influence mood and behaviour.
Students will be continually assessed through the completion of practical and written work including essays, analysis, individual and group presentations, critical self- and peer evaluation, practical and technical tests, and the completion of individual and team projects.
In level 4 (year one) students will be introduced to the different aspects of built environment study, the design process and the underpinning skills and theory.
The first two terms of this year of study comprise a largely shared curriculum across BA (Hons) Interior Design Environment Architectures (IDEAs), BA (Hons) Architecture, and BA (Hons) Urban Landscape Architecture.
In the third term, a specialist Landscape Unit is offered. We also encourage students to start thinking about their contextual studies research.
The second year of the course, (level 5) shifts towards the interpretation of the knowledge gained and the application of the skills acquired in Level 4 in the creative process and explores the subject specialisms in more depth.
All Design Studio Units are specialist Units for Urban Landscape, while History and Theory Units are shared with other courses. We also set briefs that encourage students to collaborate together and create work as part of a design team.
Students will bring their learning together in a final major design project, where they will investigate and make urban landscape design decisions.
We also ask students to show their contextual studies research and thinking in a long-form dissertation. Students will leave with a portfolio that shows their skills in addressing the opportunities and challenges raised through increasingly dense populations and high competition for resources.
Key study topics
Students will develop their cityscape architecture and planning skills. They will learn how to balance national trends, regional characteristics and local traditions.
The course will offer the opportunity to explore the functional, expressive and social impact of new construction technology.
Key study topics include:
Experiment and exploration in new kinds of placemaking.
Town study visits in the UK and abroad, looking at contemporary design.
Opportunities to take part in international events and competitions.
Live project opportunities.
Parametric and computer-generated design at the cutting edge.
Latest techniques for designing structures and rapid prototyping.
History and theories of architecture, design and cities.
Business knowledge and skills.
New developments in urban design projects around the world.
Graduates may go on to work across different areas of landscape: design, management, planning and urban design in private practice or government offices, helping to create thriving communities and sustainable places.
Working with industry
The landscape is at the forefront of key contemporary questions around biodiversity, sustainability and conservation.
To prepare students for industry, we focus on cross-disciplinary practice and live competition briefs. Teaching staff and visiting professionals bring further industry perspectives to the course.
Students will leave the course with an experience of team working and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as the entrepreneurial skills and broader business awareness necessary to succeed in the industry.
Urban landscape architecture graduates may go on to work across different areas of landscape including design, management, planning and urban design in private practice or government offices.
Students will be expected to have five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English), and hold at least one of the below or equivalent UK/international qualifications.
2 A levels, grade C or above
4 AS levels, grade C or above
2 vocational A levels, grade C or above
Level 3 Foundation Diploma or National Diploma
Advanced Diploma, grade C or above
International Baccalaureate, 24 points or above
English Language Entry Requirements
Ability in the English language is essential for successful engagement with and completion of Ravensbourne’s courses. All applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide recent evidence that they have a command of English sufficient to successfully undertake their course of study.
For Undergraduate (UG) courses Ravensbourne requires IELTS 5.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in each component: reading, writing, speaking, listening, or equivalent.
If an applicant does not meet the English Language requirement at the point of application, then an additional English condition will be added to any offer of entry. In addition, a pre-sessional English Language course may be offered where appropriate. Eligibility and information will be published on the Pre-Sessional English Language course webpage.
*The above requirements are not exhaustive, and a full list of alternative equivalent qualifications, international qualifications, and additional academic requirements can be found on the Ravensbourne website, or from the Admissions Office if requested.
Students should ideally have a background in art, creative media, or design. Applicants are expected to submit a portfolio of work that shows a range of their skills and demonstrates why they would be a good fit for the course.
We may also consider a combination of portfolio and academic qualifications and take into consideration progress made during studies and/or relevant work experience.
Fees and Scholarships
Annual fee for Home Postgraduate students: £9,250
Annual fee for International Postgraduate students: £16,500
International students making full payment of the above fee by 1 August in the year of entry receive a 5% discount.
International student progressing from Further Education to Higher Education: The cost of the foundation diploma course will be reimbursed over the three years of an undergraduate course. The discount applies for the three years of the undergraduate course and will not be applied to any repeat years.
In addition to any government loans you may be eligible for, Ravensbourne University London has a limited amount of bursaries and scholarships for undergraduate students.
This financial support has been designed to assist in the costs of travel, meals and/or course equipment. Due to restricted funding, and a large number of eligible students, our financial support is limited and is subject to change.
We strongly advise all prospective students to consider all the costs of study including accommodation, travel, equipment, and sustenance whilst undertaking their course and to have alternative means of funding such as part-time work and/or savings.