The field of landscape architecture is a multidisciplinary profession that weaves design, environmental systems and sustainability, construction knowledge as well as land and water conservation together to influence place making and create designed outdoor living spaces. The Landscape Architecture Certificate is a rigorous 3 year evening and weekend program sequence tailored for the working person. 

The curriculum provides design methodology, technical knowledge and land stewardship which is applied to actual sites within the Los Angeles area. UCLA Extension's Landscape Architecture program curriculum is approved by the California Architects Board Landscape Architects Technical Committee to meet the education requirements for licensure in California. 

Landscape architects practice in private firms, multidisciplinary firms, park agencies, city and urban planning offices, natural resource planning agencies and offices, as well as many other fields. Our classes are taught by practicing landscape architects as well as industry professionals providing a unique educational experience and perspective from those who not only 'talk the talk, but also walk the walk.' 

The Landscape Architecture Certificate at UCLA Extension is a graduate level program, therefore students must earn a "c+" or better in each course and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or greater to successfully complete the program.

Establishing candidacy in the certificate program is required in order to receive the certificate. Students must establish candidacy prior to enrolling in the second quarter of the program. As a candidate, students will have exclusive access to a set of resources & benefits including: 

  • Academic advising as needed.
  • Priority spot on waitlists over non-candidate students.
  • Access to job listings as a benefit just for Certificate students.
  • Resource Library featuring reference books, product samples, literature, and periodicals. 
  • Tuition Credit available in exchange for duties performed as a Teaching Assistant or Librarian.
  • BruinCard available for a $10 fee, for the duration of the program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    111 units alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to the Landscape Design Professions
  • Design Graphics: Drafting and Drawing of the Built Environment
  • Design Graphics: Communication for Site Analysis, Conceptual and Site Design
  • Design Graphics: Digital Rendering and Presentation Drawings
  • Landscape Design: Site Design Basics
  • Landscape Design: Site Design
  • Landscape Design: Advanced Site Design
  • History of the Designed Landscape
  • Landscape Design: Environmental Analysis and Planning

                                  English Language Requirements

                                  You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                  • Minimum required score:


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                                  Academic Requirements

                                  • Create a student profile, apply to your certificate program, and pay the candidacy fee
                                  • Navigate to the International Student Certificate Program Application and submit when all pages are complete
                                  • Pay international student fees.  You will be prompted to pay the international student fee when you submit your completed application. You will pay the remaining international student fees via the links on the international student fee page.
                                  • Send required documents to the International Student Office

                                  Tuition Fee

                                  • International Applies to you

                                    26300 USD/full
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 26300 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
                                  • National Applies to you

                                    26300 USD/full
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 26300 USD for the full programme and a duration of  .
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                                  Estimated Total Cost: $32,100

                                  Living costs for Los Angeles

                                  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
                                    Living Costs

                                  The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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