Garden Design Course - Diploma (Classroom)
Classroom-Based

Classroom-Basedcourse

Start Date:  May 2018
Price:  £ 1,750 (easy-pay plan available)
Duration:  6 months
Assessment:  10 practical assignments
Course Type:  Classroom-Based
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.

The classroom-based diploma course covers the same topics as the home study course but with the added benefit of live classes conducted by our expert tutors. This blended learning approach ensures that you receive the optimum support and knowledge with the least amount of disruption to your working schedule.

The classroom-based diploma course takes place over a six month period with either ten full-day Saturday classes from 09:30 to 16:30 or twenty evening classes from 18:30 to 21:00.

Throughout the course you will complete ten practical assignments. Our aim is for students to receive as much guidance and support during the tutorials as possible so that they will be able to plan their assignments in class and complete them at home.

You can choose to enrol for either the evening or full-day Saturday classes in London (Westminster University), Manchester (Salford University) or Edinburgh (University of Edinburgh).

Deadline for enrolment: 20th of April 2018.

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London Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  10  Full DaysView Schedule  
Thursday Classes  (Evening) Starts  20  EveningsView Schedule  
 
Manchester Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  10  Full DaysView Schedule  
Thursday Classes  (Evening) Starts  20  EveningsView Schedule  
 
Edinburgh Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  10  Full DaysView Schedule  
Thursday Classes  (Evening) Starts  20  EveningsView Schedule  

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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