NIGK13006U  Landscape Film

Volume 2017/2018

MSc Programme in Landscape Architecture


This course is an advanced design studio.

The course explores the landscape architectural design process through the use of film media.

The aim of the studio is to enhance the landscape architectural student’s ability to perform as an design entrepreneur with the film media.The studio focuses on how film can be applied to enhance and contribute with new aspects to the architectural design process.

Film emphasize time, sound and context as key subject for the landscape architectural agenda and innovation. Hence the landscape film studio is realized as methodological investigations in the landscape design process. 

The studio train the student in rethinking parameters and scope of the landscape architectural methodology through the media used. Landscape film studio explores a particular subject every year that challenge contemporary practice and investigate possible innovation strategies.

The film media is studied in workshops for capacities of registration, analysis and communication of landscape architectural agendas. How the film media can generate or empower new values in landscape architectural design. A design project integrating film or spanning from film is expected as a final result.

Landscapefilm studio is work intensive.

Learning Outcome

The main objectives of the studio are to provide different academic and artistic competence for understanding of time, space and landscape. It focuses on the film media's effects on the perception, reflection, development, design and representation of space in the landscape architectural practice. 

The aim of the studio project itself is to gain insight into
(1) the theoretical discourse on time and space
(2) the role/significance of film versus classic architectural design tools (drawing, models, diagrams, notations, photography)
(3) possible filmic methods of registration and communication through experimental exercises and
(4) a filmic research by design-based project  dialogue with a specific context, forum, situation or methods/tools. 

Through readings and discussions the student will learn about innovation strategies and the film media's relations to landscape architecture. The student is introduced to basic film registration techniques and the newest research within the field. Analogous the student learns about time and the representation of spatial dynamics as a key element of the landscape architecture.

Through a design project the student learn how to use film in a spatial design practice. Additionally the student is to learn to argue for a landscape architectural agenda with or within a specific 'filmic' methodology. 


The course focuses on how time can be highlighted as a value in the skills and projects available for the landscape architect. The skills obtained include
a) the ability to frame, analyse, formulate and debate arguments, strategies and systematic thinking in landscape architecture - in relation to time, film and spatial aspects.
b) the student obtains methodological skills by exploring, developing and testing the film camera in a concrete project design setting.

- To describe, conceptualise, discuss and apply knowledge of innovation in landscape architectural related media and methodologies; Predominantly film in combination with drawings, text, visualisations, diagrams, models.

- To perform innovative through a focus on capturing time dynamics through film in a specific landscape designproject
- To show and communicate a critical and reflective view on methodologies and entrepreneurship in the field of landscape architecture.

Please see Absalon.

Following competences are needed to be able to follow the course: Spatial understanding, strategic design knowledge and reflective thinking, solid user of adope programs
This is an advanced design studio at graduate level.

The studio does not restrict itself to specific theoretical positions, themes or platforms in the landscape architectural field. Focus is on investigating a specific filmic methodology within or in relation to landscape architecture: How landscape architects may capitalize further on film in working with living and dynamic spatial contexts - like habitats, seasons, urban development and climatic conditions. How a film perspective can lead to new knowledge about spatial surroundings in the design proces.

Landscape film studio takes off with readings of basic innovation as well as the new field of landscape film literature. Throughout the studio the subject is addressed in innovation-minded workshops, which focus both on media, production and outcome issues, - on methodology, design process and design product.

In the end, the student does a design project that addresses new processes or production models in the attempt to capitalize on film and time. The design project is examined for its innovative value: How the proposed design project capitalize or gain from the use of the film media.

Innovative external professionals will be invited to present their methodologies to qualify the studio subjects. These invited lectures are to work as possible role models for the students.

The studio will be taught through small group works/individual work.

The student is expected to participate in intensive design studio group work. The student is expected to read and prepare for presentations and discussion of the studio literature. The student is to expected to explore new media creatively.
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, Udarbejdes løbende gennem kurset
Oral examination, 30 minutes
The 30 minute oral examination is based on reviewing the exam hand-in.
Exam hand-in is at least one film, approximately 3 Posters, at least one model and a A4 process portfolio.

The A4 process portfolio is prepared as a documentation of student work with the film media through the course, while the final film, 3xA0 project design panels and model are prepared in the latter half of the course. A combined grade is given after the oral examination.
Without aids
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
The examination will be conducted by two internal examinators. One is the course responsible.

Re-submission of exam hand-ins (Film, posters, model(s) and portfolio), oral exam, 30 minutes. The oral examination is based on review of the film, design project panels and the process portfolio. A combined grade is given after the oral examination.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 10
  • Practical exercises
  • 25
  • Project work
  • 151
  • Guidance
  • 10
  • Exam
  • 10
  • Total
  • 206