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Landscape Architecture

Certificate of Achievement

The Landscape Architecture Certificate at West Valley College primarily prepares students to work as technicians in different areas of the landscape and construction industry. The Architecture courses at West Valley cover the following areas of study: building design, graphics, history, practical/technical communication, codes, construction, and structural design. An increasing number of West Valley College courses leverage computer technology as an educational tool. Students, upon completion of this certificate, are prepared to work in the following careers: 1. Landscape Architecture Draftsperson 2. Architecture Draftsperson 3. Resource Manager 4. Landscape Designer 5. Facilities Manager 6. Landscape Contractor 7. Landscape Industry Representative

Required Core Courses (26 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ARCH045Architectural Building Codes3 units
ARCH050Construction Materials & Methods3 units
ARCH051Architectural Graphics: Drawing & Sketching3 units
ARCH056Basic Architectural Design3 units
ARCH058Introduction to Revit Architecture3 units
ARCH072History of Landscape Architecture3 units
ARCH081Landscape Plants: Summer & Autumn3 units
ARCH082Landscape Plants: Winter & Spring3 units
ARCH083Plant Composition2 units

Total Certificate Units: 26 units

To be awarded a certificate, a student must:

  1. Complete all the major requirements.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” or better for all required courses.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Develop landscape architectural drawings and presentation drawings.
  • Demonstrate creativity and problem-solving abilities in landscape design for residential, commercial, and public sites.
  • Use standard dimensions for space planning and human occupancy using Landscape Architectural Graphic Standards.
  • Identify professional, ethical and societal responsibilities including respect for diversity.
  • Select landscape construction materials based upon their properties and methods of installation.
  • Apply mathematical skills to solve technical problems associated with landscape architectural drawings.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally in the landscape architectural environment through proper use of verbal, written and graphic techniques.
  • Use computer graphics applications associated with landscape architectural projects.
Last Updated 10/14/22