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Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Studies 園境學文學士

BA(LS)

Short DescriptionUpdated

The Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Studies [BA(LS)] is an internationally recognised undergraduate degree offered by the Division of Landscape Architecture. Our programme delivers a broadly comprehensive education in the landscape architecture discipline. We teach the knowledge, concepts and skills required to respond creatively, professionally and ethically to the urgent social and environmental challenges faced by our cities and regions today. Students graduating from our BA(LS) programme may continue their studies in the professionally-accredited Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) programme at HKU, or apply for study in some of the world’s top postgraduate programmes.

Landscape architecture is an increasingly critical discipline that binds a core capacity in design and planning with fluency in ecology, civil engineering, and geography. This interdisciplinarity extends back to landscape architecture’s origins, where the profession and its antecedents engaged with the challenges of human settlement and environmental risk; planning for health, recreation, and conservation in the industrialising city; and remediating the landscapes of pollution that followed. Landscape architecture today faces challenges of rapid urbanisation, resource depletion, climate change, rising sea-levels, and declining biodiversity. Whether you end up engaging with a corporate client, informing a government body, or participating with an environmental non-profit, our degree will give you the critical, creative, and intellectual tools to advocate for just and sustainable change moving forward.

The BA(LS) education centres on the design studio — a collaborative and intense environment where you work closely with your instructors on guided research and design strategies for a wide range of real-world and theoretical problems. The studio builds your strengths in creative speculation, critical thinking, analytical methodologies, and iterative problem solving. You will become adept at geospatial analysis, confident with digital tools and fabrication processes, and experts in a range of graphic media. Outside of the design studio, you will take courses in landscape technology and ecology, the international history and core theories of landscape architecture, and visual communication.

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Programme Website

RequirementsUpdated

  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Same as General Entrance Requirements

Candidates are required to take part in the Aptitude Exercise, a short exercise designed to allow candidates to express their creativity and independent thinking. The criteria measured by the exercise include critical analysis, creative problem-solving, and self-organization. The exercise proposes a new question every year and is completed at home and submitted as a digital upload through the programme website. Instructions for taking part in the Aptitude Exercise will be sent to all potential candidates via e-mail and posted on the programme website.

Candidates are required to submit a portfolio of creative work (which may include drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, creative writing, video, multi-media work). Instructions for portfolio submission will be sent to all potential candidates via e-mail and posted on the programme website.

Core Subjects Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 1 SUBJECT (EXCLUDING APPLIED LEARNING, OTHER LANGUAGE) 3
ANY 1 SUBJECT (EXCLUDING APPLIED LEARNING)3 3
Or
ANY 1 SUBJECT (EXCLUDING APPLIED LEARNING, OTHER LANGUAGE) 3
MATHEMATICS EXTENDED MODULE 1 OR 2 3

Remark:

  1. "Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education” is referred to as “HKDSE”.
  2. "Attained with Distinction" obtained prior to 2018, or "Attained with Distinction (I)" or "Attained with Distinction (II)" obtained in or after 2018, in Applied Learning subjects (other than Applied Learning Chinese) will be used as additional supporting information. In the meantime, student learning experiences in Applied Learning subjects may be considered within the context of other learning experiences in their application.
  3. Other Language subjects will be used as unspecified elective subjects. The minimum requirement is Grade E.

Calculation of scores for applicants with more than 1 sitting in HKDSE Examination

In general, most of the programmes offered by HKU consider the best results achieved by candidates in different combination of sittings, except for a few programmes which only consider the latest results.  Few programmes may also impose a penalty on HKDSE repeaters.  Please refer to https://www.hku.hk/dse for details.

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100

Contacts

Faculty of Architecture

Email: faculty@arch.hku.hk

Tel: 3917 2149

Statistics

Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2022 31 53 73 142 141 440
2021 31 39 68 128 148 414
2020 45 33 57 128 141 404
2019 37 45 93 136 174 485
2018 53 61 117 198 209 638
2017 94 69 97 182 186 628
2016 56 50 126 168 207 607
2015 59 63 115 207 272 716
2014 95 48 120 217 274 754
2013 157 95 203 320 392 1167
2012 70 78 167 249 331 895

Offer Statistics (as at the Announcement of the Main Round Offer Results)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2022 3 0 0 0 0 3
2021 7 0 0 0 0 7
2020 7 0 0 0 0 7
2019 7 0 0 0 0 7
2018 8 0 0 0 0 8
2017 11 0 0 0 0 11
2016 10 0 0 0 0 10
2015 9 0 0 0 0 9
2014 14 0 0 0 0 14
2013 9 0 0 0 0 9
2012 11 2 0 0 0 13