Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

Create the future of sustainable environments.

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Are you ready to embrace complex environmental challenges? Are you an innovator with a creative spirit?

If so, landscape architecture is for you. Become a leader in the design profession where art, science and social justice connectand discover vast possibilities.

The Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA) is a four-year professional degree program that prepares you to become a successful, licensed landscape architect.

Our robust, studio-based curriculum is taught by award-winning faculty and designed to fully engage your artistic, analytical and inventive self.

What You'll Learn

In the BLA, you’ll learn:

  • Landscape design history, theory and criticism
  • Design processes and methods
  • Professional communication
  • Advanced technologies and tools
  • Urban landscape ecology
  • Sociocultural design factors
  • Site engineering, construction and design implementation
  • Professional practice policies, procedures and ethics
  • Social justice and design for all

You’ll graduate ready to thrive in a profession of increasing importance in the face of climate change and growing urban populations.

The BLA program prepares students to be creators and innovators who can address complex issues facing our most challenging social and environmental problems through site and global design solutions.

Lauri Macmillan Johnson, Director, School of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Curriculum & Courses

Landscape architecture students and professor

The BLA offers a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum with dynamic core and elective courses that prepare you for professional practice as a licensed landscape architect.

We also offer an accelerated BLA path into our master’s programs.

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Admissions & Cost

Sonoran Pentapus

Application Deadlines

Now admitting students for Fall 2020 enrollment!
March 2: Priority Deadline
July 15: First-Year Student Final Application Deadline  EXTENDED
July 15: Transfer Student Application Deadline

Program Two-Semester Annual Cost

In-state tuition and fees:
$12,600 tuition + $1,590 fees
Out-of-state tuition and fees:
$36,600 + $1,590 fees
Subject to change. Fees may vary by year in program.

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Career Outlook

MLA students in the field

Demand for trained landscape architects is high and growing in Arizona and the nation. Graduates can expect to work with allied professionals such as architects, ecologists, engineers and urban planners to design public and private outdoor places.

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The CAPLA Student Experience

Studying design is unlike any other collegiate experience. You’ll find community not just with fellow students but also with faculty thanks to our proven studio structure.

And studying design in Tucson is unlike any other design experience, thanks to our Sonoran Desert laboratory, ecological sense of place and CAPLA’s state-of-the-art facilities.

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Ready to create the future of sustainable environments?

Learn more about the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture by contacting Luis Zozaya, recruitment and outreach coordinator, or begin your application now:

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Header image by Kenneth Kokroko, created when he was a landscape architecture student at CAPLA.