The Design Dissertation is designed specifically for Landscape and Garden Design, Landscape Architecture, and Garden Design, Restoration and Management students. It enables students from each discipline to gain experience in research by undertaking a substantive project exploring specific issues relevant to each course and their own interests in landscape. The dissertation is designed to develop independent learning, self-reliance, work planning skills and a professional approach to study and work. Design students develop their understanding of their degree subject
specialism through a project that responds to social, cultural, economic, historical and landscape/architectural contexts relevant to their chosen site and field of research. They consider the importance of biodiversity, ecological and sustainable approaches to design through site analysis and other evaluative processes. Students apply the results of their investigative research to a landscape design project through to a fully resolved design project which will synthesise contextual, theoretical or conceptual ideas and develop their communication and presentation skills to produce a portfolio of high standard drawings and models expressing their design ideas.