How is the study program structured?

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Bachelor Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning

The aim of the 6-semester Bachelor's program is to acquire knowledge and skills that form a sound basis for the Master's program and enable students to work in constructional-spatial or in strategic-conceptual areas of planning or related fields of activity.

Developingplanning and design competence forms the core of the curriculum throughout the entire course of study. In the four fields of study "General Sciences", "Fine Arts", "Design and Representation" and "Instruments, Procedures and Technology, Planning Objects and Planning Levels", we teach spatial thinking and an understanding of causal relationships. It is also a matter of learning how to design spaces and processes and how to use technical and communicative instruments - whether by hand, by computer or in model making. And finally, it is also important to practice presenting one's own work successfully.

Design your studies interdisciplinary and individual

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Anyone who wants to work professionally in landscape architecture and landscape planning needs ecological and artistic skills as well as social, cultural and engineering skills.

Our Bachelor's program is broadly diversified in terms of content and methodology and also offers the opportunity to use supplementary course offerings from the study programs "Architecture" and "Urban and Regional Planning". This lays the foundation for conceptual, interdisciplinary thinking and action.

The theoretical-systematic courses offered in the first three semesters of study are predominantly compulsory. After the 3rd Bachelor semester, the increased proportion of elective modules makes it possible to set one's own focal points according to individual interests.

In this way, the competence fields "knowledge", "understanding" and "ability" are meaningfully combined.

Learn in a practical and project-oriented way

Introductory studios and project modules teach key skills for professional practice:

  • Teamwork and Time Management,
  • Conceptual, design and scientific work,
  • integration, communication and presentation.

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In the further course of study, knowledge relevant to practice is built up:

  • landscape planning-conceptual, based on landscape ecology, natural science and legal factors
  • object-related, design-creative
  • strategic planning with references to sociology, political science and planning theory.

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Field trips as well as the practical semester in an office, a nature conservation authority or another relevant institution complement the training and provide an in-depth insight into the working world.

Career prospects

Study structure in detail

The interdisciplinary oriented introductory studio in the 1st semester serves as an introduction to the basics and diversity of planning or designing. The focus of the studio work is on conceptual and creative thinking, design and representation as well as communication within the team and externally.

The aim of the introduction is to convey the common content-related basics and initial methodological knowledge - such as perspective drawing or the basics of computer work in CAD or layout programs - for the three disciplines of architecture, urban planning and landscape planning.

The introductory project in the 2nd semester expands the learned skills on the basis of a subject-related task with comparatively simple structural-spatial or conceptual contexts.

In the 3rd-6th semesters, project modules are offered in the elective area that combine the learning objective of design and planning competence with various subject content focuses.

A practical project module with accompanying seminars is integrated into the 5th semester of the bachelor's program, which serves to link theory and practice and a personal strengths and weaknesses analysis. It is organized and supervised by the department. In this module, students get to know the demands of practice by working in an office and can make valuable contacts for the time after graduation.

At this point, the students have the experience and knowledge from four semesters of study at their disposal and can thus also be entrusted with independent activities at the practical sites. Subsequently, within the framework of the bachelor thesis, there is the opportunity to specifically expand the interests, deficits and potentials identified in the practical project.

The project module in the 6th semester of study generally prepares students specifically for the topic of the final thesis (Bachelor's thesis). The further course of studies and the final bachelor thesis are designed in such a way that the interests formed at the latest in the practical project can be intensified.


A degree program consists of modules that are defined in the examination regulations and described in more detail in the module handbook. In terms of content and time, it makes sense to study these modules in a certain order. For each degree program, there is a sample study plan that shows you an ideal typical course. If you study in this way, you will be able to complete your studies in the standard period of study. This is not always possible, so there may be individual deviations from the suggested sequence. When planning, you should bear in mind that not every module is offered in the winter and summer semesters and that some modules necessarily build on each other or have other participation requirements. The student advisor will support you in the individual organization of your studies.

Sample study plan

Master Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning