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The Landscape Architecture Certificate

Want to be a Landscape Architect?

Jessyca Frederick, UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Graduate

Jessyca Frederick, 2013 Graduate

UCLA Extensions Landscape Architecture Program has been around for 40 years.  It is one of only 2 evening programs in the United States.

The primary goal for the Landscape Architecture Certificate program is to provide an opportunity for individuals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to pursue a rigorous program of part-time study that prepares them to enter the field of landscape architecture, incorporating the highest standards of professional practice.

The program particularly serves career-change students seeking to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming landscape architecture professionals.

Benefits include:

  • Night and weekend courses designed for the working adult
  • Distinguished instructors—all practicing professionals in landscape architecture, architecture or fine arts
  • Real-World Projects – assignments focus on real sites, solutions, and clients.
  • Financial Aid – students with a bachelor’s degree can request federal financial aid

This program is approved by the Landscape Architects Technical Committee under the State of California Architects Board to meet the education requirements for licensure in California.

Consisting of 112 (quarter) units of required core courses and a minimum of 6 units of electives, the curriculum is structured as a series of design, technical, and theoretical courses beginning in the Summer and Fall quarters and taking three years to complete. Approved elective courses cover special interest areas and can be taken when convenient before the Capstone course. After a formal portfolio review at the end of the first year, the student takes a series of landscape design studios which introduce increasingly complex issues and methodologies. After a second portfolio review, the student produces a capstone that reflects the values, skills, and knowledge acquired over the course of study. A grade of “C+” is required to successfully complete a course. Students must maintain an average of “B” to receive the certificate. Courses must be taken for letter grade to count towards the certificate.

Estimated Cost

Candidacy Fee $300.00
Estimated Program Tuition $24,840
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials $5,000.00
Estimated Total Cost $30,140


Contact: Melissa McDonald, (310) 825-9414 or mmcdonald@unex.ucla.edu

Open Enrollment or Apply for Admission?: Restricted
VA Approved?: Yes
Federal Financial Aid Available: Yes
Level of Support (Graduate/Undergrad): G
Maximum quarter/terms of support: 13
Meets I-20/ F1 Visa requirements: Yes
TOEFL/IELTS Score Required: 100/7.0
Estimated Duration (Full-Time pace): 13 quarters
Valid quarter starts for full-time study _Summer _Fall
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): 13 quarters
Internships Available: No
Program ID: CF004

Four Year On-time Completion Rate: 37%

2012-2013 Information: (for 4 year program)

Number of students completing program: 9
Number of students completing on time: 4
Title IV median loan debt: $41,686.00
Private loan median loan debt:

The occupations that this program prepares students to enter are listed below. To view the occupational profile for each of these occupations click here and enter the SOC code.

Occupation Name SOC Code
Architectural Drafters 17-3011.01
Chief Executives 11-1011.00
City and Regional Planning Aides 19-4061.00
Construction Managers 11-9021.00
Foresters 19-1032.00
Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1043.00
Geographers 19-3092.00
Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists 15-1099.06
Landscape Architects 17-1012.00
Municipal Clerks 43-4031.02
Transportation Planners 19-3099.01
Urban and Regional Planners 19-3051.00