European Master in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA)
International networks are becoming more and more important for future landscape architects. Studying abroad offers the chance to become acquainted with the ways other universities work, to discover new countries, to make international friends and to develop professional networks. Many landscape architecture offices are internationally oriented and work on cross-border or international projects and competitions: This work requiring special qualifications.
Most of the European academic networks are student exchange programmes, based on the individual experience of one student visiting another school. EMiLA offers much more than that. The European Master in Landscape Architecture will provide long term networks between teachers and students.
Five of the leading European schools/universities in the field of landscape architecture are currently developing a joint master's programme, the „European Master in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA)“. The network consists of the Edinburgh College of Art / University of Edinburgh, the École Nationale supérieure du paysage Versailles/Marseilles, Amsterdam School of the Arts / Academy of Architecture, the Universitat Polytécnica de Catalunya/Escola Técnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona and Leibniz Universität Hannover. Since 2011, this programme has been supported by the European Union in the scope of the „Lifelong Learning Programme“.
As from winter semester 2012/13, five students of each of the universities mentioned will be offered the possibility each year to spend their 2nd and 3rd semesters of study at two universities participating in the network, while the 1st semester and the master's thesis are completed at the home university.
Qualification and Degree
The curriculum particularly qualifies students for international vocational fields in landscape architecture. The participation of five institutions of higher education with an international reputation guarantees an outstanding education in the field of landscape architectural design.
All the schools/universities of the EMiLA network focus on landscape architectural design and all five work in studios. Beyond this common strength, the philosophy of each school/university adds a specific quality to the teachings. The school at Versailles and Marseille is characterised by the work on the specificity of the place and a special strengths in landscape representation. Hannover works on the interface of landscape architectural design and research. Edinburgh focuses on the connection of landscape architecture and arts. Amsterdam approaches design from the conceptual level and offers interdisciplinary studios with urban planning and architecture students. The Academy also combines the education at school with practical work in a landscape architecture office, which is recognized as study activity. Barcelona focuses on the integration of local urban design tradition to the contemporary trends of landscape architecture and their application to mediterranean arid environments. The EMiLA curriculum allows that students can benefit of all these expertises within one curriculum.
At Leibniz Universität Hannover, the curriculum agreed upon between the universities has been embedded as specialisation into the existing master's study programme in landscape architecture. The graduation certificate for the M.Sc. Landscape Architecture additionally specifies the specialisation of „European Master in Landscape Architecture (EMiLA)“.
Besides the unique chance to develop an individual profile by selecting home and exchange institutions, two EMiLA modules offer particular qualifications for a subsequent professional activity in an international context: Through an e-learning module taken by EMiLA students of all five institutions in the 2nd semester, specific knowledge on European landscape architecture. Another module is the Summer School held in the 3rd semester, where the total of 25 EMiLA students and lecturers of the five schools/universities meet to work jointly on topics of European relevance. International guests from the USA or Asia bring new points of view. Since 2009, these workshops have been held in Hamburg (D), on the Orkney Islands (UK), in Drenthe (NL), in Catalonia (ES), in Haute Normandie (FR) and the Middle Ammerland (D).
Further information about the network on the common EMiLA-website: www.emila.eu
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