If you have a green thumb, if relating to plants and gardens comes naturally to you, if you want to think seriously about the quality and appearance of our cities, and if you want to care for nature, the environment and important landscapes, the bachelor programme in landscape and garden architecture is for you. It will shape you into a skilled designer of private and public spaces. Designing in landscape and garden architecture is the creative consideration of conceptual, ready-to-execute and/or policy-level proposals for the design and arrangement of private gardens, residential urban areas or rural landscapes. Aesthetics and functionality are combined into in achievable idea and a durable project.
You do not need to have followed a specific advanced training or have specific knowledge in order to be part of the undergraduate landscape and garden architecture programme. We will guide you, step by step, as you take on your role as a designer of outdoor space.
In your first year, you gain intensive experience of designing private outdoor space, and you will design diverse types of gardens. At the same time, you will already be coming in contact with public design tasks and commissions: designs situated in outdoor space that is accessible to everyone, including parks, urban squares and residential green spaces. You learn how to design these spaces, how to choose appropriate plants for them, and how to develop the requisite architectural elements. You also become familiar with our design studios and laboratories, which form a central axis for your training, and acquire the necessary theoretical know-how to support your practice. Digital and manual visualization techniques assist you in your design process as they help you express it on paper. Associated disciplines, such as sociology and ecology, support you in critically conceived, well-considered and well-defended designs.
In the second year of the bachelor programme, you will be working on both public and private design assignments, with the complexity of the design tasks and executions steadily increased. Your third bachelor year is made up largely of a work-study apprenticeship in a design studio or government works department in Belgium or another country, and a final design assignment as part of your bachelor thesis. In this final year, the anticipated choices of selections for your apprenticeship, thesis, workshops and other elements of your training offer you all the space you need to further deepen and broaden your role as a landscape or garden architect.
Our training in this design practice offers a diverse and varied choice of design assignments, which often start with actual, existing design commissions. Our design laboratories teach you to arrive at technical, aesthetic and durable designs, with details of both planting and hard elements. With us, you have ample space to shape your own study programme, with diverse elective possibilities spanning your three years of study, in your design assignments, elective study subjects and workshops. Moreover, considerable attention is also focussed on theoretical and practical frameworks in the context of your design training, with sociology, ecology, history and the current state of landscape and garden architecture, building familiarity with the working field in communications, business management and entrepreneurship.
As a graduate, you will be ready to join a design team or study bureau, or independently set up a business of your own. In the public sector as well – in the parks services or planning departments of a town or city, a province, government agencies in Flanders or in another country altogether – you will be ready to build your career. Within this broad working field, assignments for landscape and garden architects vary from private gardens, public green spaces, playgrounds and recreational areas to city parks, cemeteries and city squares, or to planning the landscapes of the future. As a landscape and garden architect, you will be involved in defining, designing and planning design commissions, making them ready to execute, and/or as a project leader, ensuring that their final execution is successfully led. You can be engaged as an expert in permit policies, or in making up plans for green spaces, policy ideas and plans for spatial realization and structure. Today, a contemporary landscape and garden architect is increasingly an indispensable part of a team of specialists.
As a graduate of the KASK School of Arts, you can also complete the unique bachelor-after-bachelor (2nd Bachelor) course in landscape development. This programme focuses on landscape and how landscape can be developed through three-dimensional design. This one-year training develops highly competent professionals who possess the analytical and synthesized capabilities in order to independently and critically read and assess landscapes, on the basis of which they can make creative, highly motivated proposals for the design of three-dimensional space.
You can also to decide – whether or not you follow an interim programme – to further qualify in an associated master programme, such as urban design and planning, studies in patrimony (including management and care of monuments and landscape heritage), or landscape architecture in Belgium or elsewhere.