School of Continuing Education
630 West 169th Street
New York City, NY 10027
Landscape design is a profession that focuses on designing gardens and small, often residential landscapes. Columbia’s Landscape Design program immerses students in the history and theory of garden design, broadens their horticultural knowledge and plant vocabulary, and nurtures their creativity while grounding them technically. Graduates of Columbia’s program enter the profession with a deep understanding of how space and plant materials may be creatively manipulated to express human values and emotions.
Columbia’s Landscape Design program prepares students for careers as landscape designers specializing in residential and smaller-scale projects. By contrast, landscape architecture is a state-regulated profession that generally concentrates on larger-scale, multifaceted projects that often involve a range of engineering challenges.
The rigorous curriculum emphasizes studio work in order to develop students’ technical and design competence and to enable them to begin professional practice upon graduation. Classes are offered in the evening and on Saturday to meet the needs of working professionals or those in career transition.
Facts & Figures
# of Credits Required: 34
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999