Art & Design

University unveils new design degree

University unveils new design degree

Expanding on its offer of programs that may lead to rewarding careers, the NewSchool of Architecture & Design is introducing a masters degree in landscape architecture.

The program is scheduled to begin in the winter term and is designed to meet growing demand for qualified professionals in this fields.

“[This degree], along with the newly approved program in Digital Media Arts, significantly [adds] to the depth and scope of NewSchool’s growing portfolio of programs,” says Dr. Steve Altman, the institution’s president.

“We can provide new opportunities for students to pursue their educational objectives, and be of greater service to the region,” he adds.

The program’s curriculum enables students to explore the fields of urban redevelopment, brownfield restoration and urban ecology. It is also closely linked to NewSchool’s NAAB-accredited architecture programs, allowing for collaboration between landscape architecture students and the architecture program in areas such as urban issues, architectural history and theory, sustainability and urban design.

Course focus includes urban landscape architecture, eco-urban interface as well as the design of and advocacy for parks, plazas and plantings within urban boundaries.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for landscape architects will grow faster than the average for all occupations, at 16 percent, until at least 2016, and the U.S. News & World Report designated landscape architecture as one of the top 30 careers in 2009.

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