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60 701 Pre-diploma for landscape architecture

Full course name in Norwegian Bokmål: 
Pre-diplom for landskapsarkitektur
Course code: 
60 701
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2024 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2024 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Person in charge
Zaccariotto Giambattista
Required prerequisite knowledge

Admission to AHO, and successful completion of 60 ECTS master level studies. The course is mandatory for students on the International master of Landscape Architecture in their third semester.

Course content

The pre-diploma at AHO is an independent research task on a theme chosen by the student. In consultation with the course teacher the student is to produce a written and illustrated report that details a topic to be studied, an approach or methodology, a spatial programme and a plan of work. This report is the foundation of the diploma work. 

Learning outcome


  • Understanding of the complexity of a chosen landscape or urban topic and site.
  • Understanding of the ecological, social, cultural and technological conditions that govern urban or landscape design work.
  • Awareness of the chosen topic’s historical, societal and theoretical issues and its methodological consequences.
  • Understanding of one’s own individual position with the discipline.
  • Awareness of relevant research methods and techniques.


  • An ability to frame artistic and scientific research.
  • An ability to communicate ideas and plan work.
  • Ability to undertake individual research and analysis connected to a chosen topic.
  • Ability to formulate a research question.
  • An ability to self-evaluate and discuss research outcomes.

General competence:

The ability to formulate an individual landscape architecture project description. 

At the end of the course, the students will have acquired the necessary knowledge about a topic, related design questions, site, context and discourse to proceed with the independent diploma work in Landscape Architecture.

Working and learning activities

Learning activities include:

  • Introductions
  • Individual guidance
  • Group discussions and peer reviews
  • Interim presentations
  • Final presentation

Working activities include: 

  • Guideline with literature review
  • Precedents and reference projects review
  • Typological and scale studies
  • Analytical mapping
  • Interview methods and research ethics
  • Written topic description
  • Report layout and design


 Students are expected to be in class on Tuesdays.

Mandatory courseworkCourseworks requiredPresence requiredComment
Annet - spesifiser i kommentarfeltet Not requiredSubmissions (Moodle) of mid-term deliverables.
Obligatoriske arbeidskrav:
Mandatory coursework:Annet - spesifiser i kommentarfeltet
Courseworks required:
Presence required:Not required
Comment:Submissions (Moodle) of mid-term deliverables.
Form of assessmentGroupingGrading scaleComment
ReportIndividualPass / failThe course is an individual research assignment with group discussions and interim presentations. It concludes with a pre-diploma report.
Form of assessment:Report
Grading scale:Pass / fail
Comment:The course is an individual research assignment with group discussions and interim presentations. It concludes with a pre-diploma report.