Course Title: Landscape Architecture Advanced Communications

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Landscape Architecture Advanced Communications

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


315H Architecture & Design


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013


City Campus


320H Architecture & Urban Design


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Kate Church

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 1996

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.11.26

Course Coordinator Availability: Tuesdays 1.00pm - 4.00pm or by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course examines the agency of representation and explores communications as a process of investigating, revealing and constructing landscape. In this course you will develop and integrate techniques to represent and communicate fundamental spatial and conceptual ideas of the Landscape Architectural medium.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities that are developed through the program in which you are enrolled are described in the Program Guide.

Program Capabilities which will be developed through this course are.

  • Understanding the agency of communication
  • Exploring design through the medium of communication
  • Effective verbal, written, graphic and visual communication

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate resolution and control in relation to LA representational conventions through drawing/making
  • Demonstrate the ability to select key techniques and technologies to explore particular ideas
  • Undertake drawing/making as an exploratory mode of design research
  • Demonstrate proficiency with relevant drawing and fabrication technologies
  • Demonstrate the ability to collect and evaluate relevant precedents
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the act of drawing/making to engage with material and spatial qualities of landscape
  • Engage with the method/s of the course and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the method/s and the broader context

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures will be delivered weekly by tutors, permanent staff and external guests. The intention of the lectures is to demonstrate why and how certain approaches and methods are used in order to achieve specific outcomes. They will also be an opportunity for you to see other people’s drawing and design practices. The lectures will include a range of precedents which are aligned with the tasks you are performing and which are exemplars in design discourse. The lectures are curated to expose you to a wide range of methods, theories, projects and examples relevant to the workshops each week.

The aim of the workshop series is to demonstrate how to apply and combine the ideas, theories and practices discussed in the lecture. The workshops are also opportunities for you to explore and experiment with analogue and digital drawing mediums – through a series of cumulative tasks which seek to develop your drawing skills. The workshops will provide the foundation through which to set up the assessment tasks for this course. Most of the production work will not be done during class; instead they will be done during non-contact hours. Workshops will consist of tasks, demonstrations of representational techniques, feedback and examples. The workshops are also the forum for you to discuss and practice ideas and methods to further your project. These weekly workshops are integral to the course and it is expected that you will attend and contribute throughout the semester.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT Online Learning Hub can be found at

RMIT Swanston Library has extensive resources for Landscape Architecture Students. The library subject guide is a source of online resources and references - it can be found at

The Library has additional support information on academic referencing

A range of Study resources can be found at:

The RMIT University Study and Learning Centre offers a variety of services for students with a first language other than English:

Overview of Assessment

The assessment for this course will be project-based and comprise a set of incremental, cumulative tasks structured to enable students to demonstrate their competency in Landscape Architectural representation