BP239 - Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture)/Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning

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Plan: BP239DLADD - Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture)/Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture)/Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
Award abbreviation: BDes(LArch)/BUrb&RegPlan
Total credit points: 480
Career: UGRD
Duration: 5 years full-time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/architecturedesign
ASCED code: 040105
CRICOS code: 074684K

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Purpose of the Program

The double degree is strategically positioned to respond to an increased need for the confluence of design and planning expertise as critical to addressing the problems of our cities as they grow and change. By combining and extending capabilities practised by urban and regional planners and by landscape architects, the skills and knowledge developed across both these disciplines will equip you with a broad and applied appreciation of the relationships between planning and design and their roles in the shaping the urban environment, and therefore urban life. The double degree highlights challenges in the urban environment and enables you to formulate and enact design and planning strategies, and to discover ways to alleviate planning issues through landscape design and to inform design decisions through the lens of planning, policy and the social sciences.


In this double degree you will experience:

  • Design Studios that provide you with an increasingly challenging set of forums and projects in which you can conceive, refine, test, and integrate design ideas and responses to real world problems in a professional manner by working collaboratively, engaging in critique, debating the strengths and weaknesses of your visions, and by reflecting on your learning.
  • A series of professionally-orientated urban planning courses, including a work placement.
  • A set of technical and skills-based courses, for example computer-aided design.
  • A collection of electives giving you strategic choices within RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies; School of Architecture and Design; and the University more generally.
  • A set of wider philosophical courses that resonate with debates about social justice, sustainability, and histories of the urban construct.

On completion of this double degree you may work as either a Landscape Architect (with a specific expertise in urban and regional planning), or as an Urban Planner (with a highly developed capacity in design and landscape studies). You may work for large or small private Architectural, Property Development, or Planning organisations, for local, state or federal government agencies, or for community enterprises.




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Articulation and pathways


There are no articulation agreements for this program. 


You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.


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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or at least 25 in any other English.

International English language requirements: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0). For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page (www.rmit.edu.au/international/english-equivalent).

Selection tasks: Applicants must attend a group interview workshop (including a design exercise and written exercise).

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External accreditation and industry links

On completion of this double degree program you will receive two awards.  You will receive one award for the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning degree and another award for the Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture) degree. 

The Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning degree is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), and on successful completion of this award, you will be eligible to become a graduate member of the Planning Institute of Australia. http://www.planning.org.au/

PIA has mutual recognition of membership status with the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) and Canadian Institute of Planners/Institute Canadien des Urbanistes (CIP).

The Bachelor of Design (Landscape Architecture) degree is accredited by Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), and upon completion of this award you will be eligible to become a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects. http://www.aila.org.au/



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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT Studies (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT Studies www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
    enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students


You will have access to and use workshop resources within the School of Architecture & Design. You will have access to specialised industry standard commercial software and other digital technologies.

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