Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.LA)

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (B.LA)


1. Program/MQR No.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours)
MQR Code 10225

2. Brief introduction

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (Honours) programme (B.LA) aims to produce professionals in the field of landscape architecture who are competent, highly creative and innovative. The landscape architecture paradigm is extended in planning and designing a living environment conducive to people. The focus is geared towards the understanding of the human’s role as the “caliph” on earth. As stewards of the earth, the landscape architect profession has been and will always continue to play a major role in the built environment design discipline. The objective of this programme in Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design is to demonstrate the commitment of IIUM in contributing to the defining and identifying of a sustainable society that responds affirmatively to the need of a high quality natural and built environment. The graduates of this programme are a part of the University’s continuous development of solutions to serve the Ummah and the nation.


Program Outcome

Graduates of the programme are expected to achieve one or more of the following outcomes:
  • Graduates who are competitive and advanced in the profession of Landscape Architecture, equipped with knowledge in the art and science of planning and design, through the Tawhidic approach and application of Islamic values.
  • Graduates who demonstrate responsibilities and commitment towards the natural, physical and social environment through incorporating research, construction and technology for the betterment of the Ummah.
  •  Graduates who practice their entrepreneurial skills through their professions, with the ability to lead, manage and cooperate in team-work for the success of a project.


Career Opportunities

The B.LA graduates have a wide range of job prospects. These include:
  • Landscape Architect to serve government agencies and local authorities.
  • Corporate Landscape Architect to work as a consultant, designing and implementing landscape architectural works in a wide range of projects, such as parks, neighbourhood, commercial and township developments, urban design, eco-tourism, conservation, landscape master planning, etc.
  • Project Manager to manage projects.
  • Landscape Specialist to specialize in certain fields and able to advise clients in matters such as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Landscape Character Analysis, etc.
  • Researcher to conduct research in various aspects of the built and natural environment, ecology and culture through working with various research agencies.
  • Landscape Contractor to involve with various landscape projects such as construction, maintenance and management.
  • Nursery Managers to maintain and manage plant nursery business, supply and maintain public gardens and parks.
  • Educators in universities, polytechnics, community colleges and schools.
  • Entrepreneurs to develop new business opportunities.


Program Structure

The B.LA is a 4-year programme. Students commence their studies in the first year after completing the foundation program of AED in the Centre of Foundation Studies (CFS) from SPM entry requirement. A streamlining exercise will be conducted at the end of the foundation studies to evaluate the qualifications of students to be enrolled in the B.LA programme.

For other entry requirements, the candidates are required to have a Diploma in Landscape Architecture, Diploma of Architecture, Diploma in Urban Regional Planning, or other related fields in the built environment with a design background. The minimum requirement for CGPA is 3.00 or STPM/STAM/GCE ‘A’ Level with a minimum of 3 Principles with/without KAED Pre-Sessional Program.

The core knowledge areas that are necessary for landscape architecture students are knowledge about the theories and practices of landscape planning and design, creative and innovative design ideas, appreciation of ecology, history and culture, technical and construction skills, ICT applications, landscape and project management, and exposure to a wide range of landscape architectural design.

University Required Courses (20 credit hours)

Course title            Course Code

MPU 3112              Hubungan Etnik (Malaysian Only)
MPU 3122              Tamadun Islam dan Tamadun Asia (TITAS) Malaysia Only
LM 1020                 Bahasa Melayu 1 for Nusantara (Nusantara Only)
LM 1021                 Bahasa Melayu 2 for Nusantara (Nusantara Only)
LM 1040                 Bahasa Melayu 1 for International (International Only)
LM 1041                 Bahasa Melayu 2 for International (International Only)         
UNGS 2060            Malay Virtues Heritage & Malaysian Society (International & Nusantara)
TQ 1001                 Tilawah Al-Quran 1
TQ 2001                 Tilawah Al-Quran 2
LQ 1008                 Quranic Language 1
LQ 2008                 Quranic Language 2
CCUB 1621            Usrah 1 (BUDI)
CCUB 2621            Usrah 2 (BUDI)
CCUB 3621            Usrah 3 (BUDI)
CCUB 4622            Usrah 4 (BUDI)
CCLM 2051            Leadership Package 1
CCFM 2052            Leadership Package 2
CCAC XXXX         Skills Package 1
CCAC XXXX         Skills Package 2
UNGS 2080            Ethics and Fiqh for Contemporary Issues
UNGS 2090            The Islamic Worldview, Knowledge and Civilization
UNGS 2011            Creative Thinking and Problem Solving
LE 4000                  English for Academic Writing

Kulliyyah Required Courses (5 credit hours)
Course title            Course Code
AAR 1230              Quran Sunnah and Built Environment
LM 2026                 Bahasa Melayu Kerjaya (Malaysian Only)

Department Required Courses (111 Credit Hours)
Level 1 (Semester 1)
Course code          Course title    
ALA 1102              Landscape Architectural Design 1
ALA 1135              Introduction to Landscape Architecture
ALA 1140              Soil, Ecology and Nature
ALA 1144              Appreciation of Arts
AQS 1192              Information and Communication Technology

Level 1 (Semester 2)
Course code          Course title
ALA 1202              Landscape Architectural Design 2
ALA 1281              Plant Material
ALA 1237              History of Landscape Architecture

Level 2 (Semester 1)
Course code          Course title    
ALA 2102              Landscape Architectural Design 3
ALA 2140              Introduction to Urban Design
ALA 2136              Planting Design
ALA 2190              Computer Aided Design, Drafting & Modelling for Landscape Architecture
ALA 2181              Landscape Materials and Construction 2
ALA 2188              Landscape Planning Techniques

Level 2 (Semester 2)
Course code          Course title
ALA 2202              Landscape Architectural Design 4
ALA 2235              Site Planning for Landscape Architecture
ALA 2290              CAD 2D & 3D Presentation for Landscape Architecture
ALA 2233              Landscape Resource Planning
ALA 2221              GIS for Landscape Architecture

Level 2 (Semester 3)
Course code          Course title
ALA 2301               Landscape Heritage and Cultural Studies

Level 3 (Semester 1)
Course code          Course title
ALA 3102              Landscape Architectural Design 5
ALA 3133              Parks and Recreational Planning
ALA 3180              Landscape Materials and Construction 3
ALA 3130              Islamic Gardens

Level 3 (Semester 2)
Course code          Course title
ALA 3202              Topical Studies
ALA 3211              Landscape Seminar
ALA 3255              Landscape Maintenance and Management

Level 3 (Semester 3)
Course code          Course title
ALA 3370              Practical Training
Level 4 (Semester 1)
Course code          Course title
ALA 4101              Landscape Architectural Design 6
ALA 4110              Urban Horticulture
ALA 4150              Landscape Contract and Administration

Level 4 (Semester 2)
Course code          Course title
ALA 4202              Landscape Architectural Design 7
ALA 4211              Working Drawings
ALA 4256              Landscape Professional Practice

Electives Courses (11/12 Credit Hours)

Course code                    Course title
ALA 2265/ AUP 3441     Visual Analysis /Tourism Planning and Development
ALA 3287/ALA 3270      Universal Design / Derelict and Reclamation
ALA 4160/ALA 4180      Turf Management / Landscape Conservation


Duration of Study

The program requires 4 years (8 semesters) to complete. The maximum period allowed for the completion of the program is 6 years (12 semesters). 
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