60 700 Pre-Diploma Landscape Architecture


Successful completion of 60 credits. Last Semester before diploma. The course is open to students of architecture and landscape architecture. The course is open to students attending the Urban Design Studio.

Course content

The pre-diploma semester at AHO is an independent research task on a theme chosen by the candidate. In consultation with the course teacher, fellow students and a chosen advisor, the candidate is to produce a report that details a topic to be studied, an approach or methodology, a spatial program and a plan of work. This report is the foundation of the diploma work.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the students will have acquired the necessary knowledge to proceed with the independent diploma assignment:
∙ An understanding of the complexity of a chosen urban or landscape site and topic
∙ An ability to frame artistic and scientific research
∙ An understanding of the given natural, social, cultural and technological conditions that govern urban or landscape design work
∙ An awareness of the topic’s historical, societal, theoretical and methodological ramifications
∙ An ability to communicate ideas and plan work
∙ An understanding of one’s own individual position with the discipline

Working and learning activities

The course is an individual research assignment with group discussions and interim presentations of the different research components. It concludes with a pre-diploma report containing the following elements:
- Topic description
- Site presentation
- Maps of selected issues
- Reviews and discussions of relevant literature
- Summaries and discussions of interviews with experts
- Reference projects presentations and discussions