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Landscape Architecture

Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
Krajinska arhitektura
Cultural Heritage Area
Safeguarding and preservation
Programme description

The study of landscape architecture is of a specifically interdisciplinary nature, which means that the knowledge on which it builds its activities draws on numerous fields. A landscape architect is therefore suitably educated in disciplines that provide the knowledge required for planning the use of space, protection of nature and designing the landscape, such as:

  • Natural history, ecological geology, pedology, meteorology, botany, physical geography, general and landscape ecology, phytocenology, hydrobiology
  • Socio-economic and culturological philosophy with logic, ecological psychology, spatial sociology, municipal economics, spatial planning law, history of architecture, development of settlements, development of landscape design
  • Technical geodesy with aerophotogrametrics, building and landscape techniques, statistics, computer studies, water regulation
  • Design and planning drawing, three-dimensional design, planning open spaces, landscape design, planning urban landscapes, bases of architectural and urban project planning, regional planning, revitalization of the countryside.
Is the programme a joint degree programme?
Double degree
Joint delivery
Qualification provider
Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Name of the qualification (English)
Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture
Name of the qualification (Original language)
Diplomirani inženir krajinske arhitekture (un) / Diplomirana inženirka krajinske arhitekture (un)
Education category (HE/VET/HE-VET)
Higher Education (HE)
Education format
Programme Type
Initial E&T
Academic degree
One time event or regular basis
Programme takes place on a regular basis
The programme starts every year in the autumn
Last time it the programme took place (start date)
Number of annual graduates of the programme
Statistics / Formal status
Core function
Preservation and Safeguarding
ESCO - Occupation
2162 Landscape Architects
National Occupational Classification (NOC) in original language
2162 Krajinski arhitekti / Krajinske arhitektke
Does the programme lead to a regulated profession?
ISCED level of programme
600 Bachelor's or equivalent level, orientation unspecified
ISCED field
0731 Architecture and town planning
Characterization of the E&T programme
Credit system
ECTS credits
Student work load (hours)
Contact hours
Study format
Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

Access to the academic study programme Landscape Architecture is granted to candidates who have: 
a) completed the general Matura,
b) b) completed the vocational Matura in the following secondary school programmes: arrangement technician, economic technician, electrical technician, pharmaceutical technician, photographic technician, gastronomy and tourism technician, geodetic technician, geotechnician, forestry technician, construction technician, graphic technician, horticulture technician, chemical technician, agribusiness technician, marine engineering technician, woodworking technician, logistics technician, media technician, metallurgical technician, conservation technician, environmental technician, navigation technician, early childhood education technician, mechanical technician, electronic communications technician, biomedical laboratory technician, mechatronics technician, design technician, computer technician, glass technician, security technician, creator of fashion clothing, veterinary technician, food and nutrition technician, and an examination in the general Matura subject Mathematics; if the candidate has completed the examination in Mathematics already within the vocational Matura, then he shall complete an examination in any other general Matura subject; the chosen subject must not be a subject already completed within the vocational Matura,
c) completed a four-year secondary school programme prior to 1 June 1995. 

All candidates shall complete a test of special talent. A completed test is valid one year only.

Teaching language
Programme learning outcomes

The qualification holder will be able to:

(general competences)

  • analyse and synthesise,
  • demonstrate mastery of basic knowledge,
  • demonstrate openness to basic knowledge in the profession,
  • demonstrate mastery of elementary numeracy,
  • obtain information from various sources,
  • process information (including GIS, CAD),
  • solve problems,
  • make decisions,
  • organise and plan (for everyday use, not in the sense of spatial planning),
  • be critical and self-critical,
  • work in a team,
  • establish contacts, communicate, show tolerance to others,
  • apply knowledge in practice,
  • learn,
  • adapt to new conditions (situations),
  • work independently,
  • design and manage projects,
  • show initiative and enterprise,
  • show a commitment to quality,
  • show a desire for success,

(subject-specific competences)

  • identify/define problems in spatial regulation,
  • show a capacity for visualisation (conceptions of space),
  • show a capacity for abstraction (recognise a general pattern in a mass of phenomena, in the complexity of space),
  • project space onto a two-dimensional plane,
  • make a (cartographic) representation of space (using various presentation techniques),
  • show a capacity for generalisation,
  • simultaneously understand and work with various criteria (in cartographic and graphical representations),
  • demonstrate holistic understanding of a landscape (character, typology),
  • evaluate a space and its components (demonstrate the ability to attribute different values to a space and its components),
  • carry out spatial planning,
  • demonstrate understanding of the theoretical foundations of artistic creativity,
  • recognise artistic creativity in a developmental context,
  • identify the laws and development of settlement in a space and its spatial planning and social implications,
  • apply legal principles to the regulation of space and the protection of the environment,
  • incorporate legislation from the field of spatial planning, landscape and environmental protection into their professional activity,
  • use modern bio-engineering methods in landscape planning,
  • identify and evaluate degradation of the environment as a landscape regulation issue,
  • identify indigenous plant species in the natural environment,
  • map the habitats where indigenous plant species are found,
  • use a taxonomy of plants,
  • recognise plant species that are used in plantations (ornamental plants) and their use with regard to their characteristics,
  • design (create) plantations (functional, ornamental) of (ornamental) plants in a space,
  • identify ecosystems or parts of ecosystems in the natural environment (communities, ecosystems, habitat types),
  • identify phenomena in the physical world (geomorphological and pedological phenomena, erosion dynamics, geological phenomena, water and climate/meteorological phenomena, etc.)
  • demonstrate understanding of the general laws of nature (e.g. evolution/succession, circulation of materials and energy, other processes in the ecosystem, etc.),
  • demonstrate understanding of the technical bases of planning infrastructure installations in the environment,
  • make sketches/freehand drawings,
  • demonstrate a capacity for artistic expression (in various media),
  • undertake graphic design – elaborate graphic presentations or solutions,
  • address problems from the field of landscape engineering: plan pergolas, pavements and paths, walls, drainage, ground design (relief), etc.,
  • demonstrate understanding of and evaluate the historical achievements of landscape (garden) design,
  • plan the renovation of historical structures,
  • apply general concepts, methods, etc. to specific problems (adaptation to context),
  • work with a computer (automated planning, processing of images and texts, statistical data, use of spatial information systems), process (spatial) information,
  • show capacity for creative searching (the ability to be creatively curious),
  • generate a landscape form (with natural characteristics and taking into account design starting points),
  • cooperate with experts from related fields: agriculture (horticulture), forestry, water management, acquisition of mineral resources, production of energy, land surveying, environmental protection,
  • lay out play areas for children and spaces for recreation and sport,
  • demonstrate understanding of the links between landscape design and social and economic development,
  • demonstrate understanding of the fundamental principles of the cultivation and production of ornamental and woody plants,
  • apply methods of arrangement and comparison of numerical data,
  • apply a complete analysis of functions and basic methods of optimisation and demonstrate understanding of the basics of probability theory,
  • carry out statistical data processing,
  • demonstrate understanding of the mutual connections between technologies and social and environmental questions,
  • demonstrate understanding of theories of wider erosion-related issues and erosional geomorphology as a basis for optimal engineering decisions,
  • use plant material for bio-engineering purposes,
  • apply the principles of safe, economical, environmentally friendly and reliable addressing of erosion problems and soil degradation problems,
  • demonstrate understanding of the principles and fundamental bases of modern biological engineering methods,
  • integrate knowledge from various fields (geomorphology, forestry, civil engineering, economics),
  • practically address complex real-world problems in the fields of erosion, renaturation and recultivation.
Is there a mandatory (external) practical training?
Mode of delivery of education / training
Required qualification of teachers/trainers in the core subjects

Teaching staff must provide proof of fulfilment of the quantitative and qualitative criteria for election to the title or recognition of the title in accordance with the criteria for election to the titles of professors, research assistants and assistants at the University of Ljubljana.

Quality assurance obligations of the programme/institution
Description of quality assurance obligations of the programme / institution

The system of quality at the University of Ljubljana (UL) is founded on valid standards, regulations and recommendations from the authorities responsible for ensuring the quality of higher education on the national and international levels. In accordance with the established standards, systems of quality are based on a closed feedback loop, with clear processes of identifying objectives and priorities, planning measures and operation, implementing planned activities and monitoring and evaluating activities and measures implemented, including an assessment of the effects, which serves as input information for a new cycle of planning.

With the aim of monitoring and improving the quality of study programmes, regular self-evaluation is carried out for each active study programme. Self-evaluation of study programmes serves to ensure the quality of programme provision, and to monitor the current relevance and sustainability of the individual study programme.

Tuition cost

Citizens of Member States of the European Union may be charged tuition fees (11.000,00 EUR per year) for full-time studies:

• if they have already obtained at least an equivalent level of education;
• if they want to change their study program and have previously repeated a year or changed their study program at the same level of study;
• foreign citizens from non-EU countries and countries with which Slovenia has not signed a bilateral agreement.

Notes, comments

Available enrolment slots: 30 slots for full-time study, 3 slots for Slovenes without Slovene citizenship and foreigners and 2 slots for parallel studies.