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Landscape architecture is a chartered career and The Landscape Institute (LI) accredits undergraduate degrees which can be completed as the first step towards chartered status. The degrees typically last four years and are available in topics such as:
If you already have an undergraduate degree that isn't accredited by the LI you can still enter the career by completing an LI-accredited postgraduate conversion course. You will need to check with individual institutions offering the courses that you qualify for entry. The courses are usually most relevant for those with a related undergraduate degree such as architecture, horticulture or botany. A full list of all LI-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses is available on I Want to be a Landscape Architect .
The undergraduate and postgraduate courses lead to Licentiate Membership of the LI which is the first step towards becoming chartered. Some employers will look for landscape architects who are already chartered, while others will be prepared to support you on the path towards qualifying.
When applying for jobs, candidates need to show evidence of the following in addition to their formal qualifications:
If you are considering self-employment, a sound business sense and cross-functional awareness are essential.
Relevant pre-entry experience is desirable as it shows your interest and commitment to the career area. Some courses include industrial placements but if yours doesn't, consider finding vacation or part-time work. Anything in a landscape-based area will be useful, as will any work that involves design or creative skills. Volunteering projects linked to the environment can also help.
It is also possible to get student membership with the LI while you are studying. This provides access to the Student Landscape Institute Council (SLIC) which organises events and activities. Gaining student membership would serve as a good indication of your interest in the profession.
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