Informatie over minors
Landscape ArchitectureMinor
Minor name EN Landscape Architecture
Minor name NL Landschapsarchitectuur
Education Garden and Landscape Design
Professional competencies:
1.     Spatial Strategy
2.     Design
3.     Technical design
Generic competencies:
7.     Project and Process
8.     Research abilities
11.   Self-regulation and personal development
Learning goals
General learning goals of the minor are described here. For specific learning goals per module see ‘Module descriptions’.

The student will:
  • get acquainted with the profession of Landscape Architecture as practiced in The Netherlands;
  • develop knowledge and skills on the design of urban and rural spaces and landscapes;
  • learn to use different methods for spatial analysis and design;
  • develop his/her graphic visualization abilities;
  • develop his/her knowledge on important social issues connected to the profession.
In the winter semester of the third study year (September-February) an international (English spoken) minor program is offered for Erasmus students. During this semester the student focuses on two main projects and a 'toolbox'-module. The main modules are two landscape design modules that focus on different scale-levels; the first module focuses on the scale of a specific site in an urban context. The second on the regional landscape scale. This way the minor offers two different angles on how the landscape architecture profession is practiced in the Netherlands. The toolbox module offers students extra tools and exercises, adding to the minor specific knowledge and capabilities, that are valuable for the landscape designer today.
Besides fieldtrips connected to the assignments, we organize two additional field trips for foreign students to explore the Dutch landscape. In the first weeks,  lectures will be given by Dutch Practitioners of the landscape architecture profession. These lectures offer inspiration for the design courses. After one semester in the Netherlands the Exchange student will have a better understanding off the Dutch landscape as well as the landscape architecture profession in the Netherlands.
Module descriptions The three constituent parts of the minor are described here:
The first module, 'Design and Inspiration' (Sept.-Nov., 7 EC), focuses on discovering the core of the Landscape Architecture profession. In a combined studio, Dutch and Erasmus students will work on a design project for a specific site. This studio is organized around seven key topics that are essential for the designer; 'sensing', 'imagining', 'digging', 'exploring', 'shaping', 'materializing' and 'representing'. The module focusses on discovering your personal style, enhancing creative and divergent thinking, understanding the design process and developing a self-conscious attitude as a landscape designer. Students will make a design proposal for a project site of an intermediate scale in an urban or suburban (urban fringe) context. Each student makes his/her own design proposal, but some parts are in small groups. Working 'on-site' on several occasions, is a specific characteristic of this module.
Learning goals:
  • discovering your own identity as a designer;
  • enhancing your ability for creative thinking and working;
  • developing of an ‘designerly approach’ towards design projects;
  • structuring your design process;
  • conscious and informed application of materials and techniques;
  • attractive and effective communication of the design.
Parallel to this module (Sept.-Nov., 7 EC) students will take part in three different Toolbox-classes, in which different tools for designing in the (sub-)urban context will be offered; 'Graphic representation techniques' (focusing on the use of 3D-software; SketchUp and Autocad), 'Modelling & Design' (M@d), and 'Sustainable Water Solutions for cities'. Besides this program it’s possible to learn more about computer programs as AutoCad, Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator (on an individual basis).
Learning goals:
  • enhancing knowledge and skills on the respective topics.
The second project, 'Strategic Design' (Nov.-Jan., 14 EC) focusses on making a master plan (group) and design elaboration (individual) for a larger rural area (regional and local scale), as well as conducting an accompanying research (group). The assignment is strongly connected to a range of the following global topics; the effects of climate change, biodiversity, transition of agricultural landscapes, feeding the planet, energy transition, closing of cycles of water, nutrients and materials, etc.. Students work in 'offices' to explore the future development of an area. When possible, a real client and stakeholders are involved in the project. Strategic and integral planning, design of processes and visualizing future developments are important aspects of the assignment. The 'offices' will also conduct a research related to the assignment, that will be graded separately.
Learning goals:
  • developing a critical attitude towards problems like climate change, energy, food production, social issues and being able to deal with these issues in a design assignment;
  • develop a vision and design proposals on different scale levels and being able to see the connection between these levels (national, regional, local) and with the factor time (past, present, future);
  • being able to visualize possible future developments over a time period of ten, twenty and fifty years;
  • being able to design with processes;
  • doing research that supports the design process;
  • working on an interdisciplinary project (dealing with water, ecology, urban development, agriculture, energy transition, etc.) and being able to incorporate knowledge from other professional fields in the design proposal;
  • being able to work in an international group setting.
Extra subjects for broadening the knowledge (Sept.- Jan., 2 EC): workshop week, excursions Dutch Landscape (2) and evening lectures from professionals in the field of landscape architecture (or related).
Target group This minor is open for Erasmus Exchange students from Bachelor and Master studies abroad, in the field of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design, Urban Planning and Architecture (as well as for Dutch students from outside our university). For our own design students of Garden and Landscape Design, the modules that constitute the minor are part of their regular design curriculum.
Added value The added value for External students exists in the fact that they will expand their ‘scope’, knowledge and expertise on the field of Landscape architecture in the Dutch context, in combination with the experience of working in an international setting.
Dutch landscape architecture and the Dutch approach towards landscape design are renown all over the world. The way the Dutch shaped the landscape is unique. The minor offers the possibility to get acquainted with and understand the way in which the different landscapes in the Netherlands came to be. After one semester in Velp students will see that different rural and city landscapes deal with different problems that require different design approaches and solutions. For exchange students, this experience can work as a mirror for evaluating the usual approach towards and interaction with the landscape in their home country.
Work forms and course load
Dependent on the module. Activities and work forms are: Assignments, design studio's, lectures, theory, workshops, excursions. Guidance is relatively intensive in the first period (2-2,5 day/week) and less intensive in the second period (1-1,5 day/week). Course load is 40 hours per week.
Assessment scale Grade 1-10 (in 1/10 of a point). To pass the minor all separate assessments should be passed with a minimum of 5,5.
Design & Inspiration:
  1. Design Proposal: individual design proposal (posters, models, etc.) and oral presentation, in combination with process work book (sketches, reflections, plan explanation, pictures, etc.).
Tool box:
  1. Assessment Tool 1, Graphic techniques (work book);
  2. Assessment Tool 2, Modelling and Design (M@d) (3D scale model and oral presentation);
  3. Assessment Tool 3,  Sustainable urban water systems (report).
Strategic Design:
  1. Research report;
  2. Design report, posters, maps, presentation.
Supplementary assignment:
  1. Taking part in workshop week, organized lectures and excursions Dutch Landscape (2).
Literature Recommended literature:
Oles, T.; Go with me, 50 steps to landscape thinking. Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, 2014;
Vlug, J.A. et al, (2013). The need for Design. Velp: Hogeschool van Hall-Larenstein. ISBN: 978-90-817426-7-2. (available at institute, T&L, VHL).
Minor coördinator Adrian Noortman. Email:
Contact person for information Adrian Noortman. Email:
Language The minor will be in English. Lectures will be in English as much as possible. Individual tutoring and guidance will be done in English for foreign students, but will also be done in Dutch when only Dutch are present (f.i. in small groups). Some lectures may be in Dutch.
Study points (credits) 30 EC
Education type Full time
Education period First term (Sept 2021-Jan 2022), period 1 and 2
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Mandatory contact hours Students are supposed to attend all scheduled classes and lectures.
Entry requirements
Two years of bachelor course in Landscape Architecture, Architecture or Urbanism (or comparable). Experience with landscape Design Projects.
Documents to be handed in See ‘enrollment’.
Capacity/waiting list Not applicable.
Contactpersoon ARJ Noortman (tel: 0263695529, email:
Coordinerend onderdeelVan Hall Larenstein
Minor Landscape Architecture English 2021
Minor Landschapsarchitectuur Nederlands 2021