Portfolio instructions for applying to Landscape Architecture – master’s programme, 2019
A portfolio is a collection of samples from projects, assignments or other work that have been carried out during previous education or previous professional activity. The submitted portfolio should include examples from three (3) projects or assignments that illustrate – using both text and images – the student’s ability to design and plan a landscape. The balance between the amount of texts and images depends on the treated subject. The works must be correctly referenced and the role of the student in the project that is being presented must be clearly visible or described. A jury assigned by SLU will consider the portfolio according to following aspects:
The relevance of the treated subject – has the student worked with questions relevant for landscape architecture?
The presented projects should focus on landscape. The landscape can be represented in different scales and can include both urban and rural situations. Examples of landscapes are gardens, parks, cemeteries, squares, streets, residential areas, cities, recreation areas, municipalities, regions and the systems they may be a part of. Treated landscape should be put in a context that explains how it relates to its surroundings. The projects should address issues and questions in landscape architecture that can be linked to the areas and places described.
The level of knowledge – has the student handled the subject in a relevant theoretical framework?
The projects should demonstrate your ability to design, plan and/or manage landscapes. Both visualizations and the text should show how experienced you are in the processes that can be related to these activities. Reflection and theoretical connection are valued.
The skill of the work – has the student presented an ability to handle the project or assignment in words as well as visually, and also shown the ability to independently and satisfactorily use digital tools?
The projects in the portfolio must be presented through texts as well as graphics, plans, sections, and/or other visualizations; all presented materials must have been created by you. The visualizations and layout should be coherent and logical for each project. The content should convey a clear message.
You will be judged on your ability to prepare visualizations, including using digital tools. Your projects must express your abilities to explore, sketch, present and communicate your ideas through several different media such as; pen/pencil/crayon drawing, CAD, Photoshop and InDesign. It’s an advantage if you can show abilities in model making, Sketch-Up and GIS. Feel free to use and explore materials like photos of models etc. For all visualizations, please include a description of the techniques and materials (i.e. computer program, cardboard, etc.) that were used.
The portfolio format
Your portfolio must be submitted as a pdf file (please check that your portfolio can be accessed on computers other than your own). The format should be in landscape A3 and comprise a maximum of 16 pages. Submitted portfolios will be printed in order to be assessed, so ensure that your document is formatted correctly.
You must write your name and application number from universityadmissions.se on the portfolio but no more information about yourself is required (no CV).
The portfolio should be submitted via e-mail (as a PDF file, max 60MB) to the e-mail address: PortfolioLAM@slu.se
Write in the e-mail’s subject field: Portfolio LAM
To prevent plagiarism, accepted portfolios may be published to SLU’s webpage.
Note: Application for Swedish students at www.antagning.se is open between 15th of March and 15th of April 2019 (also deadline for submitting portfolio).
We wish you good luck!