Postgraduate Diploma Landscape Architecture Conversion

Writtle College

Program Description

Postgraduate Diploma Landscape Architecture Conversion

Writtle College

*Subject to revalidation

Why Writtle

The conversion course has been developed for students entering the MALA or MAGD from other disciplines e.g. geography, sociology, ecology, art, architecture. Students who need landscape and garden design, theory, construction and history to proceed into the MALA and MAGD courses will be required to take one to two semesters of the bridging studies listed below. Bridging studies are optional for the MAGD and depend upon whether a student from a discipline other than garden or landscape design is interested in developing design skills and a background for garden design practice.

Additional workshops and seminars in plant identification, drawing, computer and other media related skills will support students according to their needs and interests.

Who is the Course for

The Diploma is a full-time (120 credit) route designed for students with limited or no experience in the architectures and who need significant preparation for the MALA or MAGD.

  • An example might be a student with a first degree in geography or literature, who might have some of the theoretical background in order to connect with the subject matter for the MALA or MAGD, but who needs to acquire skills in drawing, software, and design theory.

The Certificate is a part-time (60 credit) route designed for students with significant experience, but who require some additional preparation before entering into the MALA or MAGD.

  • An example might be a student with a prior degree in architecture, but who lacks the contextual or theoretical skills necessary to engage with the subject matter of the MALA at a sufficiently high level.

Delivery and Assessment

The academic year is organised over two 15 week semesters.

The basic curriculum structure is delivered through taught modules of 15 and 30 credits. The conversion course is required for graduates in subjects other than approved landscape architecture and landscape and garden design programmes prior to entry onto the Masters in Landscape Architecture or the Masters in Garden Design.

Key Features

  • Accelerated, intensive course
  • Advanced CAD skills will be taught
  • Strong design studio culture
  • Supported by professional designers and expert staff
  • Strong preparation for the MA year through CAD, design studio and technical knowledge
This school offers programs in:
  • English


This course has been accredited by the Landscape Institute and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

Last updated April 11, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2017
30 weeks
Full time
9,000 GBP
Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Chelmsford, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 30 weeks
Price 9,000 GBP
International fee (Non-EU): £10700