Van Hall Larenstein in Velp offers a four-year HBO Bachelor’s degree programme in Garden and Landscape Architecture, both full time and part time. The emphasis in this study programme is on developing the necessary practical skills, such as creativity, objectivity and the ability to work in a team. Teaching is in Dutch. From September 2012 the Final Phase Bachelor (the third and fourth years) can also be taken in English.
The first two years of the course provide a broad foundation in which the student is introduced to the four specialisations: Landscape Architecture, Garden Architecture, Management of Outdoor Space, and Realisation of Garden and Landscape Architecture. From day one the course focuses on professional practice. At the end of the second year, students choose one of the four specialisations. Landscape Architecture focuses on integrated and strategic planning and design in relatively large projects, in which the student learns to design at the full range of scales. Garden Architecture goes beyond the ‘garden’ scale and addresses the objects of design, in which design, detailing, planting, site engineering and implementation are dealt with in a series of clearly defined design tasks. Management of Outdoor Spaces trains students to become open space managers, with an emphasis on serving the needs of residents. Realisation of Garden and Landscape Architecture deals with work scheduling, site engineering and the implementation of landscape architectural plans.
Graduates of the Garden and Landscape Architecture programme receive the Bachelor of Science degree. They go on to work for landscape, planning and engineering consultancies, government authorities, housing corporations, landscape management bodies and water authorities. They work as designers, planners, policy assistants, project managers, researchers or sole practitioners. Another possibility is to go on to study further at a university or the Academy of Architecture.