Landscape architecture is the marriage of art and science. If you like being creative, getting lost in design/drawing/creating, solving problems, and making things “perfect,” WE WANT YOU!
You will gain skills with:
- design basics (art)
- creativity, innovation, thinking outside the box, problem solving
- site design (backyard scale to huge urban areas)
- historic preservation
- water resources – grading and drainage
- horticulture (plants!)
- sustainability/ecology (science)
- humanities subjects like psychology, sociology, and anthropology
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If you are already attending classes at UGA and you want to change your major to landscape architecture, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. We want to meet with you, discuss everything about the BLA at UGA, and answer any questions you may have to help you make a responsible decision.
If you have been/are accepted to the University of Georgia and are interested in Landscape Architecture, WE WANT YOU. There are no additional requirements for admission to the Landscape Architecture major.
All admissions and transfer credit decisions are made by UGA Office of Admissions:
There are no additional requirements for admission to the Landscape Architecture major. Please indicate your choice of the landscape architecture major on your application for admission to UGA.
Question: What courses should I take in high school to prepare for landscape architecture?
Answer: To have the best chance of admission, you should take honors/AP/IB courses (if available), and take all Advanced Placement (A.P.) exams. Take high school art, drawing and design courses to help develop your visual thinking skills and get you more comfortable with the design process. Take biology, geology, geography, and horticulture courses for a better understanding of the natural environment.
Question: How do I prepare intellectually for the CED BLA program?
Answer: Get into the habit of reading about, drawing, and looking at the natural world as well as the built environment, design, and landscape architecture. Notice what spaces or places mean to you – what feelings do they invoke? How do you see them affecting you, others or the general society?
Question: What supplies will I need?
Answer: First year students will be given a list of necessary materials in the entry semester. You’ll need additional funds for art paper, model materials, and printing/plotting. In general, plan to budget $500 each semester for supplies. Your expenses may be less, but it’s good to be prepared!
Question: Should I purchase a computer before entering the BLA at UGA? Should I get a Mac or a PC?
Answer: Computer-aided design is introduced in the first year of study. It is recommended that you wait until then to purchase your computer, so that you have the most up-to-date and powerful system possible. Computer specifications and required software is always available on the CED Tech website: http://tech.ced.uga.edu/kb/articles/8-recommended-minimum-computer-requirements. You may purchase either a Mac or a PC but you will be expected to come to class with Windows and Windows version of applications running. Some students find this more challenging than others on a Mac.
Question: Is it true that BLA students are in studio a LOT? How will I get everything done?
Answer: How much time you spend in studio is up to you. Developing strong time-management skills and balancing academic work with all of your other college activities will take practice. You may not be perfect at it right from the start. Sometimes you will pull all-nighters but more often, you will learn from the first few experiences what your strengths and weaknesses are. Just remember – you will do your best design when everything is in balance – sleep, eating habits, extracurricular activities, personal relationships, etc.
Please contact the Undergraduate Program Director, David Spooner (email@example.com or 706-542-0063), before applying to UGA.
The best time to start the BLA program is in a fall semester due to the lock-step nature of our classes (must be taken in a specific order and are only offered in specific semesters).
You will be admitted through the UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions and not the BLA program office. We do not have any control over what classes transfer in or count for UGA core credit. Please use the following resources to assist you:
- Transfer Equivalency website to determine if classes you are taking/plan to take at another institution transfer to UGA and will count for the required UGA General Education Core credits
- Key instructions about Applying as a Transfer Student
- Transfer Student Frequently Asked Questions should help answer many of your transfer student questions
The BLA at UGA takes pride in our close relationship with each and every student in the major. We have just under 200 students so we have time to know each student by name and make the personal connection. They work with us from their first day at Orientation on campus until we celebrate with them at graduation. We help cultivate student success and engagement, not only in the BLA, but across their college career. We use our considerable history at UGA and resources across campus to help them get connected with any other services they may need.
We do strive for the quickest learning experience for our students and, therefore, ask that they be the ones to call or email us with questions about the BLA, UGA, Athens, etc. Getting used to contacting professors and other campus personnel is a great way to truly integrate themselves into campus life. Due to UGA and FERPA policies, we are unable to speak with you directly about your son or daughter’s college experience but we are more than happy to help or direct them in any ways that they need. From the time they get here until the day they walk across that stage, we are here to help!