Drawing on the European Landscape Convention and other instruments, this MA explores the complex interrelationships that exist between built heritage, planning, design and landscape in different places. Anticipating, managing and making decisions about the character of our cities, neighbourhoods and rural areas are difficult challenges everywhere in the world. Also, these decisions are often made within the kind of technical, political and bureaucratic processes that many communities, developers and even specialists find difficult to engage with. Graduates of this MA programme will become effective and persuasive participants within these processes: their real-world and cross disciplinary skills and competencies will help to ensure that the decisions made about built environments, heritage and landscape assets everywhere will be more robust and sustainable.
This programme covers the three main subject areas (Landscape, Built Heritage and Design) through a set of inter-connected teaching modules framed by a solid framework of spatial planning subjects that give it a practical, decision-making focus.
The landscape component (which, for this MA, embraces both urban and rural settings) draws on technical, cultural, aesthetic and procedural perspectives as a basis for teaching and learning. The core modules address landscape context, character, open space and change at both the strategic scale (city, city- region, rural district) and at the local level (neighbourhood, site, open space). Built heritage and design are addressed through problem-solving based modules that cover urban design and conservation as well as a range of skills that cover effective communication, presentation and engagement.
These are complemented by a set of planning modules that address city planning contexts, rural planning contexts, the legal planning processes that govern decision-making about landscape and a range of optional modules from cultural geography, ecology and architecture.
Why Choose This Course
This MA is rather unique in that, rather than focusing on specialist understandings of individual landscape and design topics, it takes a broad approach to the subject in real-world, decision-making contexts. It is suitable for early-career graduates from a wide variety of subject areas and it is particularly relevant now that the European Landscape Convention has widely been adopted. Citizens with a general interest in heritage and the environment would also be welcome and, with certain modules being offered on a stand-alone basis, it will also appeal to established practitioners who have continuing professional development needs in this emerging area.
Students who complete this course will know how various stakeholders can address issues of landscape change in effective ways and be comfortable with the basic principles of conservation, protection and preservation of built heritage. As a key principle they will also have a rounded sense of how new development can respect the character, traditions and quality of existing places while - in appropriate circumstances - facilitating change, improvement and development.
In the final semester, drawing on the learning progression of the other modules, a major research project / dissertation focusing on a real-life practical case study is carried out. Students who wish to leave the programme without completing the dissertation may, if they have passed all of the taught modules, opt to be conferred with a UCC Higher Diploma in Landscape, Built Heritage and Design.
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Students who pass Part 1 (including those who pass with an aggregate score of less than 50%) may exit the programme and be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape, Built Heritage and Design.Students who progress to Part 2 but neither pass nor complete Part 2 may also be conferred with a Postgraduate Diploma in Landscape, Built Heritage and Design.