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ENVD 130: Drawing class with Lecturer Jason Moore.
ENVD 172: Environmental Design class with Lecturer Heather Fischer.
Students spend their freshman year developing an understanding of how designers make decisions, as well as how Architects and Landscape Architects help shape the built environment. Course material is taught through lectures, assigned readings and introductory design-related projects. View our Curriculum page.
Upon first-year completion, a select number of students are admitted to the second year of both the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Programs based on GPA and first-year design potential.
ENVD 101: Introduction to Environmental Design. For this lecture class, students are asked to maintain drawing exercises in their sketchbooks, which are later evaluated by the professor.
ENVD 130: Drawing for Environmental Design. Master Copy Drawing. This assignment brings out students' ability to technically copy a master piece by hand drawing.
ENVD 172: Environmental Design Fundamentals. Black & White Collage. An individual project with final exploration by the entire group, this assignment allows students to begin thinking critically about design.
After being accepted into the Landscape Architecture Program, sophomores begin three concentrated years of study leading to the Bachelor of Science: Environmental Design Degree and, for those that complete a fourth year, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree. Beginning with the second year, each semester students typically enroll in a design studio, program related lecture/seminar classes and general curriculum courses. Additionally, in preparation for the spring semester, students are required to purchase a laptop computer that they will utilize over the next several years.
LA 271: Introduction to Landscape Architecture Studio. Tea House Project: students investigate methods of reading the landscape, conducting inventory and analysis, conceptualizing design solutions and graphically communicating their proposal.
LA 232: Design Technology. Laser Cutter Model: students are introduced to basic computer applications and departmental technology, including the laser cutter, as a way of generating and exhibiting design proposals.
LA 272: Parks and Open Space Studio. Community Memorial: course material features the exploration of parks and open spaces while focusing on different typologies from urban (hardscape plazas) to rural (naturalistic preservation) parks.
Third year classes in the Landscape Architecture Program introduce the technical aspects of the profession -- such as site layout, grading and stormwater management -- while building upon previous courses. Design studios require students to consider those concerns, and others, as they begin to think more directly about issues of scale, materials and spatial implications. Throughout the program, courses also allow students to expand their studies beyond the classroom by working on design-build projects within the community.
LA 371: Environmental Art and Site Design Studio. Transitions: students investigate Landscape Architecture and Art as a way to shape the public’s perception of their environment. Projects explore indoor/outdoor relationships, sensory awareness and the public design process.
Mutidisciplinary - Snow Sculpting Design Competition & Symposium. The Snow Symposium starts as a short term design competition, held among groups composed of architecture, landscape architecture and visual arts students. The winning design is built by the students, which represents NDSU in the International Snow Sculpting Symposium in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
LA 372: Community Design Studio. Standing Rock Proposal: students are introduced to neighborhood design and its fundamental elements -- public and private spaces -- as they relate to Landscape Architecture. Course focus on low to medium density development.
Courses related to the fourth year of the Landscape Architecture Program are designed to broaden student’s understanding of the various scales and specializations within the profession. As a result, studios and detailing classes emphasis the multi-dimensional needs of design, from master planning to design detailing. In addition, students may also enroll in a number of seminar courses focusing on specialized topics such as Urban Agriculture, Geographical Information Systems and other faculty related interests. Students completing the fourth year will have earned a Bachelor of Science: Environmental Design Degree.
LA 471: Urban Design Studio. Urban Study: continued exploration into built environments via the investigation and design needs of downtown urban centers. Specific focus on the relationship of the fundamental elements -- blocks, streets, buildings and open spaces -- as related to medium and high density developments.
LA 472: Environmental Remediation and Planting Design Studio. Bioremediation: course investigation into plant design and the remediation qualities/potential application within landscapes. Additional practice into design detailing as related to proposed solutions.
LA 441: Site Development and Detailing III. Construction Detailing: course material emphasizes the design detailing component of Landscape Architecture and methods of technical design. Focus on materials, design/build and detail documentation.
Degree earned: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design (pre-professional)
Year 5 Master of Landscape Architecture [will begin fall 2018 and the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree will be phased out by 2021]
The Master of Landscape Architecture degree is a graduate degree that will meet the requirements of LAAB accreditation for a professional degree leading to licensure. An accreditation visit will occur in the fall of 2019. The Master degree coursework is dedicated to intensive graduate-level classroom and studio work, culminating in a design thesis project.
Admission into the Masters degree requires acceptance into the NDSU Graduate School, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a degree that meets our pre-professional requirements such as our 4-year Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design Degree.
LA 771: Environmental Planning Studio. Red River Basin: course exploration into environmental ecosystems, and their effect on habitat and humanity, at the regional scale. Emphasis on advanced modeling and graphical communication techniques.
LA 772: Landscape Architecture Thesis. Projects Vary Per Student: A thesis project demonstrating the conceptualization, master planning and design detailing of a student generated design project. Additional emphasis on project methodology, graphical communication and design documentation.
Degree earned: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (professional) — recognized by all state licensing boards and accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accrediting Board (LAAB).