What You'll Study

First Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BE510Z Landscape Design Studio I
Provides students with the fundamental knowledge and design thinking skills in visualisation and communication for landscape design. The module will introduce students to the landscape design presentation techniques both 2D and 3D drawings, models and basic digital presentation. Students also learn to apply and integrate concepts and fundamentals of landscape design, technology and ecology in small-scale projects.
BE511Z Plants and Landscape Technology
Develops in students with the sensitivities of space making and visualisation in using plant materials from the tropics. It also develops students’ understanding of the basic botanical science concerning plants’ character of growth, planting, maintenance and basic propagation techniques. Students also learn the basics of construction involved in landscaping structures and works.
BE512Z History and Theory of Landscape Design I
Develops students’ understanding of design principles, appreciation towards human physical and mental responses to the natural environment. It introduces the historical, socio cultural background and theories of landscape architecture in South East Asia and Asia with emphasis from vernacular to the modern adaptation.
BE513Z Environmental System and Processes
Introduces students to the role of environmental processes in shaping the patterns of the physical environment and the operation of global environment systems. There will be fundamental knowledge on the need for sustainable interactions of humans with their environment and for control of environmental crisis such as global warming and depletion of natural resources.
LC0154 Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the necessary skills to develop self-confidence in their spoken and written interactions with intended audiences for specific purposes, in informal contexts.
LC0155 Communicating for Project (Proposal) Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the skills to articulate and communicate ideas persuasively, and to work effectively in teams. They will be taught to pitch ideas or concepts and to write proposals to an intended audience.
LC8001 General Education 1
Aims to equip students with critical reasoning skills and provide them with opportunities to practise critical thinking through the exploration of contemporary social issues. It also provides a platform for students to learn the basics of arguments through the formal argumentation structure.
LC8002 General Education 2
Aims to equip students with the skills to critically analyse the elements of persuasion in narratives used in a variety of contexts to appreciate the power of storytelling in our daily life. Students will also explore the history of discrimination in societies and craft their responses through their own narrative.
SP101A Education and Career Guidance 1
A compulsory module for all first year students, ECG 1 aims to develop an understanding of personal interests, strengths, values and life goals. With greater knowledge and understanding of self, planning and decision making in choosing a future career can be better developed. Some topics covered in ECG 1 include ‘Defining My SP Life’, ‘Personal Branding’, ‘Discovering My Interests’, ‘Planning for Success – My Personal Action Plan’ and more.

Second Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BE5200 Project Management in Landscape Architecture I
Introduces the principles of quality management in a design office as well as the fundamentals of project management. For a landscaping project including cost estimation, specifications and contracts administration.
BE520Z Landscape Design Studio II
Facilitates students to explore and discover solutions appropriate for vertical garden and green façade designs as well as site planning for residential and community based projects. In the design process, student further develop skills to resolve and integrate a complexity of multidisciplinary information and constraints.
BE521Z Plants and Sky-Rise Technology
Develops in students a good understanding of the importance of natural elements in architecture with emphasis on water, rocks etc. for aesthetic and spatial qualities. Students also develop an appreciation of the relationship between plants and water with their environments, habitats, communities and life cycles. There is an emphasis on the construction of waterscape and roof gardens with considerations for drainage, water management and external lighting. Finally students are introduced to the relevant local codes.
BE522Z History and Theory of Landscape Design II
Develops students' appreciation for the adaptive use of art elements and methodologies in formal landscape planning associated with the Western landscape architecture from renaissance to the present day adaptation.
BE523Z Computer-Aided Design and Presentation
Provides students with the knowledge to use software and digital techniques for design, presentation and documentation of landscape design. This is complementary to study models and other media of communications.
LC0157 Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
Aims to equip students with the essential communication and interpersonal skills necessary for work and the pursuit of further studies.
LC8003 Social Innovation Project
Aims to equip students with the Design Thinking mindset, methods and tools to conceptualise innovative solutions for real life problems. Students will explore a social cause, go through the practical rigour of the Design Thinking process and apply suitable tools to fulfil the objectives of the project. Students will also be exposed to trends and issues related to themes, such as Healthcare, Active Ageing, Environment, and Social Integration. In the process, they will develop a better understanding of themselves and the world, as well as the positive impact they can make.
LC8004 General Education 3
Aims to enhance students’ knowledge and appreciation of a broad range of social, political and economic issues. Students will learn about the importance and relevance of information literacy skills as well as develop their ability to assess the validity and reliability of information from different sources, consider diverse perspectives, and put forward a convincing point of view.
SP201A Education and Career Guidance 2
ECG 2 is taken by all second year students. This module aims to develop professional skills necessary to seek and secure work. It also guides the students on how to discover and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for work effectiveness and changes related to work. Topics covered in this module include ‘Job Search and Market Trends’, ‘Discovering Your Unique Selling Point’, ‘Resilience’, ‘Work Place Values’ and more.

Third Year

Module Code Module Name Total Hours
BE5300 Plants and Site Planning
Develops in students the knowledge of site inventory, and their impact to site planning and design of an urban site. It also develops students’ knowledge in plant selection and planting design for public spaces and their aspects of urban biodiversity and management.
BE5301 Urban Environment and Society
Examines the social and economic sustainability issues and techniques for good urban spaces and landscapes design with emphasis to local context. The political and economic landscapes are studied to understand the impact and implications on the lifestyles and wellbeing of the people in Singapore.
BE5303 Internship Programme
Provides opportunity to gain professional working experience through attachments to local or overseas companies or organisations. Students are required to prepare a report and proper documentation on the internship programme.
12 weeks
BE5304 Project Management in Landscape Architecture II
Introduces the documentation and preparation for a landscaping project including cost estimation, specifications and contracts administration. It also emphasises on developing effective portfolio at showcasing students’ skills in landscape and related field.
BE530Z Landscape Design Studio III
Enables students to experience the design process of urban open space planning and landform designs with considerations to local authority’s policies and design guidelines. It involves further development of critical thinking and problem solving skills to strategise and make decisions. It facilitates students’ developing skills in the integration of natural with built forms in the creation of an urban landscape. It is a holistic approach to create a relationship for sustainable development.
Electives I
Electives II
Option for Electives .
BE9001 Detailing for Sustainable Design in Architecture and Landscape
Provides students with a working knowledge of sustainable design principles and detailing methods for external architectural and landscaping elements. Topics include site design cum construction methods and detailing to incorporate sustainable technology such as photovoltaic systems and water-cooled systems in building envelopes. Students will demonstrate knowledge through exercises in conceptualization and detailing of architectural/ landscaping elements and components.
BE9004 Advanced Digital Presentation
Equips students with the skills in using digital enhancement and 3D modelling software to merge the boundaries of conceptualization and realism to produce photo-realistic images. Students will also learn the fundamentals of staging 3D animation ranging from conceptual ideas to final creation; storyboarding and timing in producing digital walkthrough/ flythrough animated presentation.
BE9005 Architecture Appreciation
Introduces architecture through case studies and project visits. This is to enlighten and illustrate to students that architecture involves the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures given the context and the requirement stipulated. Eventually students should be very familiar and able to understand the structural skeleton, construction principles, materials and spatial qualities given a piece of architecture. The major assignment will involve the selection of a piece of architecture and analysing it through modelling, graphic presentation and verbal expression in terms of its design philosophy/concept, structural element and rationale, materials and spaces.


Please note: Course structure subjected to change.


Seah Xie Liang

Diploma in Landscape Architecture (with Merit)
Class of 2017

"DLA had offered me a vast amount of learning opportunities…It broadened my perspective of the real world and better prepared me for the working society. I had learnt a lot during that period, such as how to work with other professionals and enhance my technical software skills. I managed to cope with, and overcome some of the challenges along the way too."