The University of Texas at Arlington: Graduate Catalog 2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 2008-2009 The University of Texas at Arlington: Graduate Catalog 2008-2009
Note: This Catalog was published in July 2008 and supersedes the 2007-2008 Catalog.

Program in Landscape Architecture

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Dean

Donald Gatzke. M.Arch.
203 Architecture

School of Architecture Overview | Program in Architecture
Admissions Requirements | Fellowships | Degree Requirements | Courses: LARC

Area of Study and Degree

Landscape Architecture
M.L.A.

Master's Degree Plan

Thesis

Dean, School of Architecture

Donald Gatzke
203 Architecture, 817.272.2801

Director, Landscape Architecture

Pat D. Taylor
203B Architecture, 817.272.2801

Graduate Advisor

Pat D. Taylor
203B Architecture, 817.272.2801

Graduate Faculty

Professor

Robinette

Associate Professor

Taylor

Assistant Professors

Hopman, Ozdil

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Archambeau, Baldwin, Bass, Fain, Hocker, Richards, Thompson

Appropriate members of the graduate faculty from Architecture

Objective

The mission of the Program in Landscape Architecture is to educate for ultimate leadership in the landscape architecture profession. This mission requires fostering rigorous scholarly inquiry of the discipline, and the preparation of knowledgeable practitioners.

The Program in Landscape Architecture has the dual objectives of providing students with a core of design and technical skills in combination with experiences in pure and applied research. This duality prepares students for identifying and solving problems in the profession through design and research, and it is a program focus. The Program in Landscape Architecture also prepares students to enter practice in private, public, academic, and research organizations.

Student preparation is enhanced by specialized coursework taken inside and outside of landscape architecture and by the topic of one's thesis. Students are directed to select thesis committee members early-on and to select specialized courses which reinforce students' areas of primary interest in landscape architecture.

The Program in Landscape Architecture is fully accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Graduates from the program are qualified to sit for the Landscape Architecture Registration Exam which, when successfully passed, qualifies individuals to practice as landscape architects in the State of Texas.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School. A personal interview with the Director, Graduate Advisor or members of the landscape architecture faculty is recommended. Three letters of recommendation are required, and it is suggested that at least two of the letters come from former educators or academic contact. Applicants also are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Average GRE scores of successful applicants since 1998 have been approximately 550 Verbal and 550 Quantitative. Also required is a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 as calculated by the Graduate School.

Applicants holding first professional degrees in landscape architecture, or degrees related to landscape architecture (such as architecture, engineering, environmental design, horticulture, interior design, planning, and the like) are required to submit portfolios reflecting the applicants' professional and/or academic experiences and interests. Portfolios are assessed according to proficiency in design, presentation and layout, technical skills, and content, similar to criteria used in design studios.

Applicants who have a weakness in one of the criteria for admission can enhance their credentials with strengths in the remaining criteria.

Applicants can be admitted according to four conditions: Unconditional; Provisional; Probationary; and, Deferred. Applicants who do not meet the criteria of one of these conditions will be denied admission to the program.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Transcripts from all previous college or university work, along with scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and three letters of recommendation are required of all applicants. In addition, applicants should have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, as calculated by the Graduate School. Applicants holding the first professional degree in landscape architecture, or a related field, must submit a portfolio.

Provisional Admission

Those who have submitted their applications forms, but whose packets are incomplete, can be admitted provisionally if their GPA meets minimum requirements, and if the program and the Graduate School have received official transcripts. In this case, incomplete materials could include letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and/or portfolios.

Probationary Admission

Those who have weaknesses in no more than two of the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and GPA), can be admitted on probation, with the condition that they make no less than a B in the first 12 hours of coursework in landscape architecture. Such students must complete no fewer than 9 credits during the semester in which they are on probation.

Deferred Admission

Those who have weaknesses in no more than two of the Degree Requirements ( letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and GPA), and/or who have not submitted all of the materials required for unconditional admission, can have their applications deferred for one semester, until outstanding requirements and criteria are met.

International Student Admission

International applicants must meet the Degree Requirements (letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and GPA), and must be admitted in one of the admission categories described above. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English must have a demonstrated speaking ability in English, and they must meet the program's minimum required score of 575, or the equivalent score on the computer based test, on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants who do not meet the program's minimum TOEFL score, must complete extramural training in English, as approved by the program and the Graduate School.

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistantships

To be considered for a Graduate Teaching or Research Assistantship, the candidate must be admitted without provisional conditions

Fellowships and Scholarships

To be considered for a Dean's Fellowship, or for scholarships in the program the candidate must have a favorable review in most of the evaluation criteria. Fellowships and Scholarships in landscape architecture are limited and very competitive. Candidates must be new students coming to UT Arlington, must have a GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 undergraduate credit hours and any graduate hours, and must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 hours in both long semesters to retain their fellowships or scholarships.

Degree Requirements

First Professional Degree Program

For students holding a college degree in a field other than design, some prerequisite courses usually are required such as design, plant materials, technology, drawing, theory, and history. The extent and number of such courses depends upon the student's previous college experience and demonstrated skills.

The core curriculum in the Program in Landscape Architecture prepares students holding a college degree in a field other than landscape architecture or a related design discipline to complete the requirements for the first professional degree in landscape architecture. The core curriculum also provides students with the basic equivalent of a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture. For full-time students with degrees from other non-design disciplines, the core usually takes three semesters to complete. For all students, electives must be concentrated in a specialization or interest area which supports the student's thesis and/or the student's professional objectives.

An approved degree plan must be submitted no later than the start of the student's second semester of graduate work.

The following coursework is a suggestion to meet the program mission. Each student will be counseled, based upon interests and background, to develop an appropriate degree plan.

The Core Curriculum

Semester 1
LARC 5661 Design Studio I
LARC 5320 Communications for Landscape Architects
LARC 5301 Site Planning and Development Process
LARC 5330 Plant Identification and Ecology
Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2
LARC 5662 Design Studio II
LARC 5382 Urban Design Seminar
LARC 5312/5313 Comprehensive History and Theory
LARC 5331 Planting Design
Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3
LARC 5663 Design Studio III: Site Planning
Landscape Architecture Elective (3 hours)
LARC 5313 History and Theory of Landscape Architecture II
LARC 5321 Advanced Communications (or approved substitute)
Total Credit Hours: 15

After completing 45 credit hours, the first professional degree student is evaluated by means of an academic review and portfolio review by the Graduate Studies Committee. The committee identifies areas of strength and weakness in the student's performance and recommends appropriate action.

Upon completion of the three core semesters, the student is required to develop an area of specialization or primary interest. The student must consult with faculty advisors to complete this step, which includes a preliminary agreement between student and faculty advisors regarding the specialization or primary interest and the appropriate research method to support it. If a student is interested in Advanced Landscape Architecture, for example, a probable program of study could look like this:

Advanced Landscape Architecture

Semester 4

LARC 5664 Design Studio IV (CAD experience required)
LARC 5340 Professional Practice
LARC 5380 Research Methods in Landscape Architecture
LARC 5302 Land Development Planning
Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester Between Academic Year 2 and 3

LARC 5681 Professional Practicum or
LARC 5695 Independent Study Abroad or
LARC 5683 Independent Study Area of Specialization or Controlled Electives
LARC 5660 Enrichment Design Studio (if necessary)
Total Credit Hours: 6

Semester 5

LARC 5665 Design Studio V
Advanced or Independent Study in Landscape Architecture (9 hours)
Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 6

LARC 5698 Thesis

LARC 5294 Master's Comprehensive Examination

Advanced or Independent Study in Landscape Architecture (3 hours)
Total Credit Hours: 11

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 92

Students pursuing other primary areas of interest also must consult with appropriate faculty advisors for approval.

Advanced Standing

Students from backgrounds other than landscape architecture or its related fields must complete the 92 credits required in the curriculum. Students with degrees and/or professional experience in fields related to landscape architecture (such as architecture, engineering, environmental design, horticulture, interior design, planning and the like) may apply for advanced standing, allowing them to enter the academic phase (second year) of the curriculum. Advanced standing in these cases requires a minimum of 62 total credit hours for graduation.

Students with first professional degrees in landscape architecture also may apply for advanced standing, allowing them to enter the research (third year) phase of the curriculum. Advanced standing in these cases requires a minimum of 30 total credit hours for graduation.

Minimum Program for Advanced Standing

(Students from Fields of Study Related to Landscape Architecture)

Semester 1

LARC 5663 Design Studio III

LARC 5330 Plant Identification and Ecology

LARC 5321 Advanced Communications (or approved substitute)

LARC 5312/5313 Comprehensive History and Theory

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2

LARC 5664 Design Studio IV (CAD experience required)
LARC 5342 Landscape Technology II
LARC 5332 Planting Design
LARC 5302 Land Development Planning
Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester Between Academic Year 1 and 2

LARC 5681 Professional Practicum or
LARC 5695 Independent Study Abroad or
LARC 5683 Independent Study Specialization
Total Credit Hours: 6

Semester 3

LARC 5665 Design Studio V
LARC 5340 Professional Practice
LARC 5380 Research Methods in Landscape Architecture
Study in primary area of interest (3 hours)
Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 4

LARC 5698 Thesis
LARC 5294 Master's Comprehensive Examination
Study in specialization (3 hours)
Total Credit Hours: 11
Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 62

Minimum Program for Advanced Standing

(Students with First Professional Degrees in Landscape Architecture)

Semester 1

LARC 5665 Design Studio V
LARC 5380 Research Methods in Landscape
Architecture Specialization Option Courses (6 hours)
Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2

LARC 5698 Thesis
LARC 5294 Master's Comprehensive Examination
LARC 5302 Land Development Planning
Specialization Option Courses, Independent Study (4 hours)
Total Credit Hours: 15

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 30


The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of I) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded I. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an I, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an I was earned cannot change a grade of I. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour dissertation courses and nine-hour thesis courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Landscape Architecture (LARC)

LARC5191 - CONFERENCE COURSE IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (1 - 0)
Special subjects and issues in landscape architecture that may be studied independently under faculty supervision. May be repeated for credit.

LARC5294 - MASTERS COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION (2 - 0)
Must be taken concurrently with Thesis. Directed study, consultation, and comprehensive examination of coursework, leading to and including the thesis. Oral presentation required. Required of all Master of Landscape Architecture students in the semester in which they plan to graduate.

LARC5301 - SITE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES (3 - 0)
Presents the processes and practices of site planning and development, including site inventory, analysis, and assessment of potential building sites. Students examine the natural, cultural, and social systems that affect design decisions, as well as the language and literature of landscape architecture.

LARC5302 - LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING (3 - 0)
The process of land development planning for landscape architects. Detailed expansion of LARC 5301. Uses case studies in land development planning to instruct students in the environmental, economic, legal, and visual issues associated with the land planning process.

LARC5312 - HISTORY AND THEORY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE I (3 - 0)
Traces landscape planning and design from pre-history through Egyptian, Roman, Islamic, and Medieval gardens to Renaissance, Italian, French, and English landscape approaches, culminating in the mid-19th century. Relates landscape design to the societal, cultural, technological, and belief systems of the period.

LARC5313 - HISTORY AND THEORY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE II (3 - 0)
The contemporary history of the profession from Andrew Jackson Downing to present day. The growth and development of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), professional education, the environmental movement, large scale regional planning, and significant landscape architectural projects of the past century.

LARC5320 - COMMUNICATIONS FOR LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS (2 - 4)
Primary class for the development of graphic and communication skills in landscape architecture. Provides a method for transferring conceptual ideas into legible graphic presentations. Should be taken concurrently with LARC 5661 Design Studio I.

LARC5321 - ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS (2 - 4)
Presentation techniques; expansion on graphic thinking and communication presented in LARC 5320.

LARC5323 - STUDIO TEACHING (0 - 9)

LARC5324 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ART SEMINAR (2 - 2)
Siting and creating works of art; analysis of the creative processes of the two different-yet-related disciplines; case studies of built works. Communication of ideas through environmental media.

LARC5330 - PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND ECOLOGY (2 - 4)
Examines the ecology, growth characteristics, and design applications of plant materials. Local field trips are required.

LARC5331 - PLANTING DESIGN (2 - 4)
Design applications of plant material. Students apply the design problem-solving approach to the detailed aspects of planting design and complete a progressively-more-difficult series of problems to practice techniques and methods of plant manipulation that encompass both the aesthetic and functional purposes of planting design.

LARC5340 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (3 - 0)
Ethical, legal, and administrative aspects of the public, private, and academic spectrums of practice in landscape architecture.

LARC5341 - LANDSCAPE TECHNOLOGY I (2 - 4)
Surveying, site grading, storm water management, vertical and horizontal curves and an overview of the construction documentation process employed by landscape architects.

LARC5342 - LANDSCAPE TECHNOLOGY II (2 - 4)
Materials and techniques employed in the construction process. Materials are examined through completion of design details that specify how they can be used as part of a landscape construction. Detailed methods of design evaluation such as drawings, scale models, and actual construction sites are included.

LARC5344 - PARK AND RECREATION DESIGN AND PLANNING (2 - 2)
History, data collection, program formulation, and design principles for public and private park and recreation systems and sites. Includes management objectives, operations and maintenance, and public input as planning components.

LARC5350 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE COMPUTER APPLICATIONS (2 - 4)
Examines various computer applications currently used in office practice. Computer applications used for office management, site analysis, design development, construction documentation, and cost estimating. Introduction to computer aided design applications and the underlying theories of application.

LARC5351 - ADVANCED COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN (2 - 4)
Expansion of LARC 5350. Students complete a typical design problem utilizing computer-aided methods; students examine the differences between traditional manual methods of design and computer-aided techniques. Instruction in data standards, methods of translation, layering of design information, and connections between the phases of the design process.

LARC5368 - DESIGN PRACTICUM (3 - 0)
An internship program which includes approved work done in a landscape architect's office or one of the related design fields. The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with practical design experience. Students may enroll in 5368 for half-time employment or 5668 for full time employment.

LARC5380 - RESEARCH METHODS IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (3 - 0)
Theories of practical research and methods of applying them as they relate to landscape architecture. Includes research program development, data collection and analysis, proposal writing and research techniques and tools. Emphasis is on qualitative methods.

LARC5382 - SEMINAR IN URBAN DESIGN (3 - 0)
Advanced presentation and discussion of issues related to contemporary and historic urban design. Students present and lead informed discussions on topics such as population density, environmental management, waterfront development, allocation of open space, public art, urban form, and cultural determination.

LARC5391 - CONFERENCE COURSE IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (3 - 0)
Special subjects and issues in landscape architecture that may be studied independently under faculty supervision. May be repeated for credit.

LARC5395 - SELECTED TOPICS IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (3 - 0)
Selected studio or lecture course offerings in specific areas of expertise or interest. Course allows the program the flexibility to address the ever-changing needs of students and the profession by offering courses beyond the scope of the core curriculum. May be repeated for credit.

LARC5398 - THESIS (3 - 0)
Independent research and presentation of findings under the direction of a supervising committee. The findings of the thesis should extend the boundaries of the professional discipline by either presenting new and unique ideas or information, or by interpreting existing knowledge from a different perspective.

LARC5623 - STUDIO TEACHING PRACTICUM (0 - 9)
Students spend one semester as a teaching assistant in the studio sequence under the supervision of the assigned faculty member. They will observe the methods employed in the studio and prepare a comprehensive evaluation of the studio in conjunction with the instructor. The students will oversee one short studio project and evaluate its success or failure based on the criteria learned in LARC 5322 and the goals and objectives of the test project.

LARC5660 - ENRICHMENT DESIGN STUDIO (0 - 9)
Review of the principles and processes of design presented in Design Studios I, II, and III. Provides an opportunity for students with weak design and graphic skills to improve those skills to meet requirements for Design Studio IV. Course can use design competitions as projects.

LARC5661 - DESIGN STUDIO I (3 - 9)
A design course for students with no background in landscape architecture or design. Outlines the site planning and site design decision-making process. Focuses on providing students with the verbal, intellectual, and graphic tools necessary to successfully tackle a design problem and bring it to a schematic level of completion. It is highly recommended that this course be taken concurrently with LARC 5320.

LARC5662 - DESIGN STUDIO II (0 - 9)
A continuation of 5661. Basic design principles and their application to three-dimensional spaces. Examines how humans occupy exterior space and combines this information with the principles of design to create garden scale models. Models are used as a medium for design expression. Landscape character, design simulation, landscape media, landscape context, and human spatial experience are included.

LARC5663 - DESIGN STUDIO III: SITE PLANNING (0 - 9)
Features the process of solving complicated site planning and site design problems. Each phase of the site planning process is examined in detail by undertaking one or more studio problems that involve resolution of issues related to existing site conditions, program development, conceptual design, design development, and design detailing.

LARC5664 - DESIGN STUDIO IV: ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING (0 - 9)
Expands the student's concept of the environment as a large scale ecologic unit independent of political boundaries. Primary focus is on Geographic Information Systems (GIS); therefore, computer-aided design experience is a prerequisite. Presents a process of solving large scale planning problems through data gathering and information processing techniques commonly used by landscape architects employed in environmental planning.

LARC5665 - DESIGN STUDIO V: THE URBAN LANDSCAPE (0 - 12)
The summary studio of the design sequence. Basic design principles are reiterated and problems are introduced which require interaction with architects, planners, urban designers, developers, or administrators, on complex urban projects. Course often uses design competitions as projects.

LARC5668 - DESIGN PRACTICUM (6 - 0)
An internship program which includes approved work done in a landscape architect's office or one of the related design fields. The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with practical design experience. Students may enroll in 5368 for half-time employment or 5668 for full time employment.

LARC5691 - CONFERENCE COURSE IN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE (6 - 0)
Special subjects and issues in landscape architecture that may be studied independently under faculty supervision. May be repeated for credit.

LARC5698 - THESIS (6 - 0)
Independent research and presentation of findings under the direction of a supervising committee. The findings of the thesis should extend the boundaries of the professional discipline by either presenting new and unique ideas or information, or by interpreting existing knowledge from a different perspective.

LARC5998 - THESIS (9 - 0)
Independent research and presentation of findings under the direction of a supervising committee. The findings of the thesis should extend the boundaries of the professional discipline by either presenting new and unique ideas or information, or by interpreting existing knowledge from a different perspective.

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