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APL8012 : Design Thesis MLA

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Usue Ruiz Arana
  • Visiting Lecturer: Mr Geoff Whitten
  • Owning School: Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 30.0


Design thesis module for MA Landscape Architecture.

To develop advanced research and design skills.
To address a well- defined design issue or question.
To develop a design response to the issues raised by the research.

Outline Of Syllabus

This is a thesis module. The students will work on a selected theme and area through an individual major design project. There is no formal syllabus as such as this is self-directed independent research. Group tutorials, individual supervision and formal reviews will be conducted to support and monitor progress.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00PIP Briefing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical24:008:00Formative and final review. PIP in studio
Guided Independent StudyProject work1562:00562:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision74:0028:00PIP in studio individual and group tutorials.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The final project of APL 8006 (a prerequisite module) is used to prepare students for their design thesis. Further refinement of their approach takes place during ARC8120 Design Research Methods. Students are then supported through their Thesis Design by regular tutorials and critical reviews.

The design studio pedagogy is centred on a dialogic and responsive approach to students’ own creative work and research. Landscape Architecture pedagogy is reliant on a high proportion of independent learning to support the design thesis. The MOF hours are consistent with this approach.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M100Design Thesis
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Students to produce: concept sheet, site proposal, detailed area, indicative construction details, planting plan, visual, short report

The second project in APL8006 involves selecting a site, producing a brief and undertaking some initial survey work for a thesis design undertaken over the second semester of Stage 2 ARC8120, taught during Stage 2, Semester 1, allows students the opportunity to deepen their thinking about their sites and projects and the sorts of issues and challenges they embody.

In the Design Thesis module they are required to produce a concept, a site proposal, a plan of a detailed area, indicative construction details, a planting strategy and visualisations of the proposed design (which may include virtual or analogue models). Students also write a short report of between 2,000-4,000 words exploring the theoretical basis and site analysis for the proposed design. An interim critical review will occur at a key point in the design process, prior to the final assessment review. Feedback is provided at interim reviews on a formative basis.

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