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Diploma in Landscape Architecture
(DLA) S94
School of Architecture & the Built Environment (ABE)

Landscape architects design enhance our environment and surrounding spaces with fresh and new perspectives. It is a design discipline that is concerned with the quality of our spaces and the environmental surroundings. The Diploma in Landscape Architecture (DLA) course trains you to become a landscape designer who will be able to assist in transforming our world into a conducive, interactive, educational and experiential place. It involves the study of existing social, ecological, and geological conditions and processes in the environment, and the responses needed to achieve the desired landscape (indoor/outdoor) space design.

The Diploma in Landscape Architecture aims to train designers who are competent in theory and practice in landscape design. A good foundation in horticulture and environmental awareness for ecology will balance the emphasis on the integrated design approach of landscaping and architecture. Through this practice oriented training during internship, students will also learn to be independent workers as well as team players in landscape architectural practice.

What makes DLA special?

  • Dynamic, project-based learning that develops investigative, analytical and open-minded thinking skills for application to landscape design.
  • Personalised consultations with tutors in design studios.
  • Three-month internship programme with private companies and key players like the National Parks Board.
  • Collaborative learning approach which allows you to learn about other disciplines such as water technology and architecture.

Applicants must obtain:

i) the following GCE 'O' Level grades at not more than two sittings and

ii) 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus points)

Aggregate Type: ELR2B2-D
Subject Grade

a) English Language

1 - 7

b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

1 - 7

c) Any two other subjects:

1 - 6


To be eligible for admission, you must also have sat for one of the following subjects:

  • Art / Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Studies
  • Creative 3D Animation
  • Design & Technology
  • Design Studies
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Electronics
  • Higher Art
  • Media Studies (Chinese)
  • Media Studies (English)
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)


The Diploma in Landscape Architecture is a three-year full-time programme.

First Year

  • Landscape Design Studio I
  • Plants and Landscape Technology
  • History and Theory of Landscape Design I
  • Environmental System and Processes
  • Communicating for Personal and Team Effectiveness
  • Communicating for Project (Proposal) Effectiveness
  • General Education 1
  • General Education 2

Second Year

  • Project Management in Landscape Architecture I
  • Landscape Design Studio II
  • Plants and Sky-Rise Technology
  • History and Theory of Landscape Design II
  • Computer-Aided Design and Presentation
  • Communicating for Professional Effectiveness
  • Social Innovation Project or Overseas Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3

Third Year

  • Plants and Site Planning
  • Urban Environment and Society
  • Internship Programme
  • Project Management in Landscape Architecture II
  • Landscape Design Studio III
  • Electives I
  • Electives II

Options for Electives:

  • Detailing for Sustainable Design in Architecture and Landscape
  • Advanced Digital Presentation
  • Architecture Appreciation

Career Options:

  • Assistants to landscape architects, architects, planners and other parallel professions.
  • Landscape designers in organisations such as National Parks Board, Jurong Bird Park
  • Singapore Zoological Gardens, Housing and Development Board (HDB) etc.
  • Entrepreneurs offering a 'design and build' contract package in landscaping.
  • Middle management personnel in Town Councils to coordinate and manage parks and open spaces.
  • Freelance landscape designers offering design services in the region.

Further Studies:

You can gain direct entry into first or second year of architecture or landscape degree courses at local and overseas universities.