Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

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The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) program is a professional undergraduate degree that combines design and science. It is the only accredited undergraduate landscape architecture program in Canada and it has an established international reputation for producing highly skilled landscape architects.

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program is offered and administered by the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.

What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture is a profession that combines art and science to design attractive, functional and sustainable outdoor spaces. Landscape architects work collaboratively with other professionals to plan, design and manage public spaces such as urban plazas, parks, conservation areas and golf courses. Landscape architects are also involved in tourism planning and sustainable community design. They balance human use and enjoyment with environmental health to conserve our outdoor spaces for generations to come.

One of a Kind in Canada

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) program at Guelph is fully accredited by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA), and is the only accredited BLA program in Canada. Accreditation by the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects is recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), enabling our graduates to enter into professional landscape architecture associations across North America. 

Admission Requirements

Ontario students applying to the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program require 4U English; five additional 4U or 4M courses. Applicants are also required to submit a Background Information Form.

Full information on admissions requirements can be found here in thew Undergraduate Calendar

Important Note: Offers of admission into the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program are sent out during our third round of offers only. There is no early admission to this program. This is due to the time required to score and rank Background Information Forms.

Sample First Year Courses

Semester 1

  • Humans in the Natural World
  • Design and Communications Studio
  • History of Cultural Form I
  • One of: Introduction to Anthropology; Introduction to Philosophy; Introduction to Psychology; Introduction to Sociology
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • Design Studio
  • Planting Design
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Philosophy of the Environment
  • Elective

Full course descriptions and a listing of second, third and fourth year courses, check out the Undergraduate Calendar.

Life as a BLA Student

Sometimes the best way to learn about a program is through meeting a current student. Read about student experiences through the following profiles: 

Career Opportunities

  • Landscape architect
  • Urban design/community design facilitator
  • Environmental design and remediation consultant
  • Resort, destination and attractions designer

Academic Advising

When you get to the University of Guelph, our program counsellors and faculty advisors are here to help you succeed. Program Counsellors can help students navigate specific degree program requirements and regulations, as well as the specializations within the degree program. Faculty Advisors are also available and have specialized expertise in the degree program specializations (major, minor, area of concentration or emphasis).

For more information on academic advising visit the Program Counselling & Advising page or the Undergraduate Academic Information Centre website