Educational organisationThe international Master's programme in landscape architecture (known as the IMLA programme) is organised by two higher education institutions:
- Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
- Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, Bavaria, Germany
The location of studies alternates for each intake of studies. Students joining the programme for the summer semester 2017 will study in Nürtingen (near Stuttgart).
Semester 1 (summer semester):
- Geographical Information Systems
- Landscape Concepts
- Planning and Design Methods
- Work Methodology
- Project Management in Spatial Planning
- Main Project I
Semester 2 (winter semester)
- Visualisation and Digital Terrain Modelling
- Strategic Project Management
- Public Participation
- Monitoring and Assessment of Landscape Architecture Projects
- Planning Systems
- International Approach to Planning and Design
- Main Project II
Semester 3 (summer semester)
- Elective: International seminar or international studio project
- Master's thesis
- Preparatory assessments: Landscape architecture internship and international online seminar, online seminar "Cultural and Linguistic Concepts of Landscape Architecture"
IMLA provides high-quality training geared to labour market demands, thus honing skills for which there is likely to be an increased demand in the future.
The programme has a strong practical focus. Much of its teaching in the area of management, marketing and digital planning methods is provided by outside specialists, and experts are invited to act as guest critics on the projects. The faculty members are highly qualified in their areas of specialisation and also in didactics.
This is a joint degree programme.
Study abroad unit(s)Theoretical courses will be held at one of the partner universities.
Planning projects and design studios are carried out in various European countries - such as Romania, Belgium and Italy - requiring field trips of one to two weeks to the project areas. Some of the projects include cooperation with students from additional partner universities.
InternshipsThe third semester includes an internship in a design or planning office accompanied by online lectures (virtual classroom/virtual campus). Programme advisers will assist students in finding an appropriate internship. The internship is compulsory for students without previous studies in landscape architecture.
Forms of assessmentProject work/design studios, oral examinations, research papers and presentations, thesis
Course objectivesIMLA enables its graduates to use modern methods and technical aids in taking a creative and interdisciplinary approach to the professional, legal and management challenges emerging in the various fields of landscape architecture.
Language requirementsEnglish at level B2 of the Common European Reference Framework for Languages (CEFR) or equivalent
There is no German language requirement at the time of entry into the course, but German up to level A2 is taught as part of the programme in order to prepare for the professional internship. The respective certificate (A2 / CEFR) needs to be submitted until the end of the second semester.
Academic requirementsSuccessful completion of a degree course in landscape architecture, landscape planning, landscape construction, landscape management, architecture, town planning or physical planning at a German or Swiss university or "Berufsakademie" (University of Cooperative Education) or a comparable Bachelor's degree course in any of the above subjects at a foreign university
The degree must show evidence of above-average examination results.