Compare the programme in Wageningen
Forest and Nature Conservation zooms in on an aspect of
the spatial environment: forest and nature areas. Landscape Architecture and Planning takes a broader angle by including agricultural areas, infrastructure, recreational areas and urbanised areas.
Urban Environmental Management allows students to study
the environment and to address sustainability issues in an urban setting. Landscape Architecture and Planning focuses more on the planning and design of urbanised and rural areas and tries to prevent the occurrence of environmental problems through innovative plans and designs.
International Land and Water Management focuses on land, water and international development problematics with an emphasis on developing countries. Landscape Architecture and Planning is more integrated and focuses on the problematics of western metropolises.
Geo-Information Science is a research study programme aimed at gathering and using geographic data. Landscape Architecture and Planning uses that data as input for landscape design and planning.
Compare the programme with other universities
Architecture, Urbanism & Building Sciences (Delft University of Technology).
Both study programmes deal with the problems of large metropolises, but each from their own perspective. TU Delft uses the urban sciences perspective, whereas in Wageningen, the life sciences perspective is applied with knowledge of the living landscape. TU Delft offers a track in landscape architecture, and has its roots in urbanism, while Wageningen has its roots in the green environment.
Urban and regional planning (Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Groningen, Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam).
The most important difference is that Wageningen places more emphasis on the spatial dimension of problems and solutions. Planning of the landscape is supported by knowledge from both the social and natural sciences regarding the use and functionality of the landscape.
Landscape Architecture (Academie van Bouwkunst in Amsterdam).
The Amsterdam programme emphasizes the artistic and aesthetic quality of landscape designs. This is also important in Wageningen, but here we also emphasise the scientific basis of a design’s structure fed by knowledge from the social and natural sciences. The study programme in Amsterdam is a 4-year part-time programme that needs to be combined with a landscape designer job, whereas the Wageningen programme is 2 years full time.
You can find more detailed information about all the landscape architecture programmes within the Netherlands through the Dutch School of Landscape Architecture.