Garden Design Course - Diploma (Home Study)
Home Study

Home Studycourse

Start Date:  Can be started at any time
Price:  £ 600 (easy-pay plan available)
Average Study Duration:  6 months
Assessment:  10 practical assignments
Course Type:  Home Study
Level:  Equivalent to level 3 on the RQF
Accreditation:  International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC)
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.

Diploma course in Garden Design

The Diploma Course in Garden Design will give you an in-depth grounding in the basics of garden design while also teaching you the techniques needed to launch a professional career in this stimulating field.

Throughout the course you will complete ten practical assignments designed to give you the experience to confidently enter the professional world of garden design. Assignments can be completed at any time within a maximum time frame of three years. Most students complete the course in six months.

Can be studied as a stand-alone course.

See below for a full list of topics covered »

Diploma Course Study Contents:

  • Welcome Email - from the course director
  • Recommended Materials & Supplementary Reading List
  • Initial Assignments and Submission Requirements
  • All Course Content & Instructional Videos

The History

Overview

The first module offers an in-depth look at the history of garden design, covering the ways in which gardens evolved through time and how this influences the way we design today.

  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt
  • Persia (Iran) Persian Empire
  • Greece
  • The Roman Epoch
  • India
  • China
  • Japan
  • Spain
  • Monastery and Castle Gardens
  • The Italian Renaissance
  • The French Tradition
  • English Traditions

The Principles

Overview

From plant selection to selecting colour schemes, our second module offers you the principle components that form the garden designers craft. Starting with the Principles of Garden Design, you will study the following:

  • Balance and Proportion
  • Unity and Repetition
  • Movement or Rhythm
  • Contrast
  • Colour
  • Focal Points
  • Simplicity
  • Know your Materials
  • The Seven Principles of Plant Selection

The Elements

Overview

In the third module we take an in-depth look at some of the most important elements within a professionally designed garden. From outdoor floors to garden themes this book deals with many of the most important elements you will require when designing your outdoor rooms. Starting with garden floors, you will study the following:

  • Path and Patio Planning
  • Decks
  • Living Floors
  • Lawns
  • Garden Walls
  • Living Walls
  • Hedges and Shelterbelts
  • Seaside Themes
  • Cottage Style
  • Mediterranean Style
  • Modern or Architectural Garden
  • Fragrance Garden
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Vegetable Border Garden
  • Rockeries
  • Japanese Garden

Assessment & Presentation

Overview

This practical module covers all you need to know about how to go about assessing a client's wishes and needs, and how to make effective presentations of your ideas to them. You learn how to prepare simple base plans at first, building up to a Concept Drawing then a final Working Plan.

  • The Garden Area
  • Steps to Effective Measuring
  • What's Above, What's Below?
  • Existing Plants and Trees
  • Recording Sun and Shade
  • Factoring in Hardiness and Microclimates
  • Soil Conditions
  • Ph Levels
  • Client Questionnaire
  • Drawing Tools
  • Creating a Base Plan
  • Title Block
  • Bubble Plan
  • Landscape Symbols
  • Concept Drawing and Working Plan