West Valley College Department of Architecture

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

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Landscape Architecture program ( printer-friendly PDF )

The Landscape Architecture Program at West Valley College is primarily a blend of art and science. Landscape Architecture focuses on natural systems and cultural processes in the planning, design, and management of sustainable landscapes for this and future generations. Students of Landscape Architecture are capable of solving complex environmental problems and are able to communicate effective solutions.

The Program in Landscape Architecture at West Valley College emphasizes a process-oriented approach to problem solving while encouraging sensitivity toward community values and ecological principles. Students will develop creative ability and technical skills through a range of exercises and projects relating to recreation and open space planning, plant selection, park design, landscape reclamation and preservation, resource management, and urban planning and design, as well as learning applications for residential, commercial, and institutional landscape environments.

The program is recognized by the California State Board of Landscape Architects. Students are prepared for rewarding professional careers or transfers to advanced university programs. Graduates are employed in a wide range of important environmental and design-related roles.

Career Paths


Associate of Science in Landscape Architecture
Learning Outcomes

After completing an A.S. degree in Landscape Architecture, a student will be able to:
Associate of Science in Landscape
Major Requirements (42 Units)
Course Number Title Units
Arch 050 Construction Materials & Methods 3
Arch 051 Architectural Graphics: Drawing & Sketching 3
Arch 053 Introduction to Architectural & Environmental Design 3
Arch 056 Basic Architectural Design 3
Arch 057 Architectural Model Making 1
Arch 058 Introduction to Revit Architecture 3
Arch 059 3D Studio Max: 3D Rendering 3
Arch 061 Architectural Design I 3
Arch 062 Architectural Design II 3
Arch 072 History of Landscape Architecture 3
Arch 076 Landscape Construction Technology 3
Arch 081 Landscape Plants: Summer & Autumn 3
Arch 082 Landscape Plants: Winter & Spring 3
Arch 083 Plant Composition 2
Arch 084 Sustainability in Landscape Architecture 3
Required Electives (6 Units): Select from below
Course Number Title Units
Arch 045 Architectural Building Codes 3
Arch 052 Architectural Graphics: Color Rendering 3
Arch 060 Green Building & Sustainable Design 3
Arch 066 Advanced Revit Architecture 3
Total Number of Units 48

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Certificate in Landscape Architecture
Learning Outcomes

After completing a certificate in Landscape Architecture, a student will be able to:
Certificate in Landscape Architecture
Major Requirements (31 Units)
Course Number Title Units
Arch 050 Construction Materials & Methods 3
Arch 051 Architectural Graphics: Drawing & Sketching 3
Arch 057 Architectural Model Making 1
Arch 058 Introduction to Revit Architecture 3
Arch 059 3D Studio Max: 3D Rendering 3
Arch 061 Architectural Design I 3
Arch 062 Architectural Design II 3
Arch 066 Advanced Revit Architecture 3
Arch 072 History of Landscape Architecture 3
Arch 076 Landscape Construction Technology 3
Arch 084 Sustainability in Landscape Architecture 3
Total Number of Units 31

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last published: 5/19/13