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Landscape Architecture

The study of landscape architecture was founded based on the spatial and social needs in the Republic of Croatia. The time we live in is marked by the rising human needs for space, which influence the changes and the loss of value of landscapes. In order to solve many spatial problems and express our care for the environment, it is necessary to have a broad education in the area of social sciences and processes that influence the changes in landscapes. Therefore, this study is interdisciplinary, especially in the sense of organizing the lectures. The knowledge on which the activities in landscape architecture are based have been taken from many areas such as: natural, ecological; socio-economic; technical, and planning disciplines. This is why professors from other Faculties from the University of Zagreb and the Biotechnical faculty from the University of Ljubljana participate in this program.

Bachelors of landscape architecture are adequately trained in disciplines that provide important knowledge for spatial planning, natural and cultural heritage protection, and environmental protection. In the area of landscape formation, important knowledge includes the formation of new landscape structures and the restoration of damaged and polluted landscapes. Professional goals of the study are to develop cognitive and artistic abilities in the areas of landscape formation and landscape planning. Landscape formation represents the spatial distribution of landscape elements, and their physical determination in order to achieve functional, ecologically balanced and esthetical structural units. Landscape planning includes the knowledge of natural values and determination of the measures for their protection.

In the educational sense, the goals of the study are: to gain knowledge of how to identify and recognize the needs of people in the open space; to master the artistic skills needed to visualize the objects of landscape architecture; to master the process of forming different typologies of landscape structures, such as house gardens, children playgrounds, parks and residential environments, public institution environments, public squares, recreational and sports areas, graveyards and motorways, etc.; to gain insight in the methodology of urban and landscape planning through practical application; to develop the awareness of environmental protection, and the protection of natural and cultural heritage; to acquire practical and theoretical knowledge about the protection and the restoration of historical objects.

During the first year of their studies, students gain basic knowledge in the area of botany, mathematics and informatics. During their second and third year, students acquire specific knowledge and skills in the area of landscape formation and landscape planning. In addition to theoretical concepts that are covered during these lectures, the focus of the study is on seminars and individual projects, which encourage the development of design skills. In the fifth semester, they work in project teams consisting of five students, thus developing the ability of team work and project management. There is also a compulsory practical work lasting for 2 months and field lectures, whose goal is to familiarize with natural characteristics, open-space sketching and gather knowledge on landscapes and cultural heritage. In their sixth semester, students write their final thesis. Public defence is a pre-condition for the completion of this study.

Bearers of this qualification are authorized to use the legally protected university degree of Bachelor (baccalaureus) in Engineering of Landscape architecture and perform professional tasks in the area of qualification. Bachelors acquire knowledge and skills for solving tasks of medium complexity in the area of landscape formation. The focus is on perfecting the skills of drawing and computer skills, composing the technical base (structure of landscape), determining natural and cultural characteristics of landscapes and the knowledge of administrative and legal procedures; designing simple objects for landscape decoration; making plans of planting and site plans of landscape construction works; composing lists of works and bills of materials and costs. Employment is not necessarily limited to the area of landscape architecture.

After completing this undergraduate study program, students gain the right to enrol into any of the thirteen graduate programs at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, under the conditions valid for each study program. Students also gain the right to enrol into any other University in Croatia and abroad under the conditions set by the relevant institutions.

1. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 30,5
Sati nastave
6 Botany (26596)
Mihaela Britvec
60
(26+30+4)
6 Drawing 1 (144016)
Renata Waldgoni
60
(8+48+4)
6 Geomorphology with basic geology (26617)
Kristina Krklec
60
(35+20+5)
6 Architectural design basics (144019)
Stanko Stergaršek
60
(30+20+10)
6 Introduction to landscape design 1 (169228)
Goran Andlar
60
(24+26+10)
0,5 Physical education and health 1 (161189)
Romana Caput-Jogunica// Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

2. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 30,5
Sati nastave
6 Drawing 2 (144705)
Renata Waldgoni
60
(8+48+4)
3 Phytocenology (144021)
Ivana Vitasović Kosić
30
(14+14+2)
3 Landscape ecology (26260)
Zlatko Mihaljević
30
(18+0+12)
6 Landscape pedology (144022)
Stjepan Husnjak
60
(34+20+6)
6 Art history (26397)
Miljenko Jurković
60
(50+0+10)
6 Introduction to landscape design 2 (144023)
Iva Rechner Dika
60
(20+30+10)
0,5 Physical education and health 2 (161190)
Romana Caput-Jogunica // Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

3. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 30,5
Sati nastave
6 Geodesy and spatial data (144024)
Siniša Mastelić Ivić
60
(28+28+4)
6 Visual analysis and plastic design (144025)
Renata Waldgoni
60
(8+48+4)
6 Open space design 1 (144026)
Petra Pereković
60
(20+29+11)
6 Introduction to urban planning (86375)
Nenad Lipovac
60
(15+39+6)
6 Park dendrology 1 (144000)
Ksenija Karlović
60
(30+14+16)
0,5 Physical education and health 3 (161191)
Romana Caput-Jogunica// Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

4. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 30,5
Sati nastave
6 Remote sensing in landscape study (144027)
Dubravko Gajski
60
(28+32+0)
6 Landscape construction (169229)
Petra Pereković
60
(30+24+6)
6 Open space design 2 (154265)
Petra Pereković
60
(20+25+15)
6 Park dendrology 2 (144030)
Ksenija Karlović
60
(15+25+20)
6 Basics of spatial planning (86379)
Aleksandar Lukić
60
(30+0+30)
0,5 Physical education and health 4 (161192)
Romana Caput-Jogunica// Sanja Ćurković
30
(0+30+0)

5. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 18
Sati nastave
6 Basics of landscape planning (26360)
Sonja Butula
60
(22+8+30)
6 Evolution of landscape design (154266)
Iva Rechner Dika
60
(35+19+6)
6 Urban landscape design (169230)
Ines Hrdalo
60
(18+14+28)
ECTS Izborni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: min. 12
Sati nastave
6 Agroclimatology (169754)
Ivana Šestak
60
(42+14+4)
3 English language 1 (144576)
Tina Kužić
30
(15+15+0)
3 AutoCAD basics (169231)
Lucija Blašković
30
(15+12+3)
3 Mathematics (154269)
Marina Ninčević
30
(30+0+0)
3 Principles of plant physiology (26408)
Milan Poljak
30
(20+5+5)
6 Planting plan and application of plants in landscape design (154268)
Petra Pereković
60
(30+30+0)
6 Rural and Urban Sociology (26434)
Nataša Bokan
60
(30+4+26)

6. SEMESTAR

ECTS Obvezni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati: 12
Sati nastave
3 Professional project - Landscape Architecture (144037) 0
(++)
3 Traineeship - Landscape architecture (144036) 0
(++)
6 Bachelor thesis - Landscape architecture (131666) 0
(++)
ECTS Izborni predmet
=> Broj ECTS bodova koje je potrebno odabrati:
Sati nastave
6 Constructions and materials in landscape architecture (154277)
Stanko Stergaršek
60
(30+10+20)
6 Landscape typology (144035)
Goran Andlar
60
(10+50+0)
6 Landscape and environmental conservation (26534)
Sonja Butula
60
(26+0+34)
3 Developing rhetorical skills (26216)
Gordana Varošanec Škarić
30
(6+0+24)
3 Horse riding (143846)
Jelena Ramljak
30
(8+20+2)
6 Care and maintenance of green surfaces (144033)
Miroslav Poje
60
(28+10+22)
3 Basics of sport and ornamental grasslands (144009)
Krešimir Bošnjak
30
(23+3+4)
3 Swimming (143851)
Romana Caput-Jogunica
30
(4+22+4)
6 Agriculture and environment (116376)
Milan Mesić
60
(40+16+4)
6 Importance of plant nutrition in landscape architecture (86040)
Mirjana Herak-Ćustić
60
(44+10+6)

Objective

Based on current scientific knowledge in the field of design, planning and management of landscapes as well as on contemporary teaching process, students will be able to acquire competencies needed for various landscape architecture jobs. This includes acquisition of competencies on the landscape protection, preservation and promotion of natural and cultural heritage, protection of natural resources through rational land use, protection and restoration of historical objects as well as designing and construction of new landscapes.

The objective is to make students qualified for solving increasingly larger, more diverse and more complex human space needs that influence the changes and loss of value in landscape and space, and that require a broad education in different areas (such as natural, ecological, socio-economic, technical , biotechnical and artistic). For this reason, the study is interdisciplinary and six constituent units of the University of Zagreb are involved in teaching activities.

The objective of the undergraduate study is to make students qualified for jobs as associates in: project and planning offices; construction, maintenance and care of urban green areas companies; protection of natural and cultural heritage and the environment institutions; city administrative services, relevant ministries as well as working as officers in professional associations and societies, working independently on less demanding tasks in the field of landscape architecture (according to valid regulations). It also prepares students to be able to continue education at the graduate study level.

 

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1st semester
Botany + + +           +     +    
Drawing 1           +   +           +
Geomorphology with basic geology +                     + +  
Architectural design basics   +       +   + +     +   +
Introduction to landscape design 1 + +   +   +   + +         +
Physical education and health 1                       +    
2nd semester
Drawing 2           +   +           +
Phytocenology     + + +           + + + +
Landscape ecology +     +         +     +    
Landscape pedology +     +     +       + + +  
Art history + +             +     +    
Introduction to landscape design 2 + +   +   +   +            
Physical education and health 2                       +    
3rd semester
Geodesy and spatial data   +                 + + +  
Visual analysis and plastic design           +   +           +
Open space design 1   +   +   +   + +          
Introduction to urban planning + + + +   +   + + +   +   +
Park dendrology 1 +           +         + +  
Physical education and health 3                       +    
4th semester
Remote sensing in landscape study               +   + + +   +
Landscape construction               +       + + +
Open space design 2   +         + + +     +   +
Park dendrology 2       +     +   +     + +  
Basics of spatial planning + +   +             + +   +
Physical education and health 4                       +    
5th semester
Basics of landscape planning +   +             + +      
Evolution of landscape design + + + +       + +     +    
Urban landscape design + +   +   + + + +     + + +
6th semester
Professional project - Landscape Architecture + +   +   + + + +     + + +
Traineeship - Landscape architecture + + + + + + + + +   +     +
Bachelor thesis - Landscape architecture  + + + + + + + + +          

After successful completion of the study program, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize landscape components as parts of a broader environmental system and distinguish existing  from desired state of landscape
  2. Identify spatial and social problems of less complex landscape architecture objects
  3. Know the foundations and basic principles of development and activity in the field of landscape architecture
  4. Interpret information on landscape and apply principles of planning-designing methods specific for landscape architecture
  5. Recognize standardization and optimization as possible approaches for landscape and environment protection
  6. Generate and develop creative alternatives of possible solutions for less complex landscape architecture objects
  7. Plan and design simple landscape architecture objects according to planning, designing and engineering principles, including work organization and realization costs
  8. Implement appropriate manual and computer graphic techniques common in the field of landscape architecture
  9. Recognize and evaluate existing state of less complex landscape objects
  10. Generate the models of landscape as real/physical and value construct
  11. Manage with geographic information system
  12. Develop communication and cooperation with experts from related fields and recognize value of teamwork and interdisciplinary approach
  13. Collaborate in development of planting schemes and landscape-construction works (layout and construction plan)
  14. Orally and graphically present and justify proposed solutions to professionals and general public