Garden Design Course - Postgraduate (Classroom)


Start Date:  February 2019
Price:  £ 2,400 (easy-pay plan available)
Average Study Duration:  9 months
Assessment:  15 practical assignments
Course Type:  Classroom-Based
Level:  Equivalent to level 4 on the RQF
Recognition:  International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC)
Entry Requirements:  Must be 18 years of age or older.
Work Placements:  Graduates of this course are eligible for a one month work placement at a garden design company. All placements are in the greater London, Manchester and Edinburgh areas.

Postgraduate course in Garden Design


The Postgraduate Diploma Course in Garden Design offers you an in-depth and technical knowledge of this compelling profession, giving you everything you need to start your own successful garden design business. The course covers such subjects as: setting up your business; managing a garden design project; planting essentials and all the technical information you will need to keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry.

The classroom-based postgraduate 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 postgraduate course takes place over an eight month period with either fifteen full-day Saturday classes from 09:30 to 16:30 or thirty evening classes from 18:30 to 21:00.

Throughout the course you will complete fifteen 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 (Edinburgh Napier University).

Deadline for enrolment: 10th of December 2018.

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London Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  15  Full DaysView Schedule  
Tuesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  30  EveningsView Schedule  
Manchester Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  15  Full DaysView Schedule  
Tuesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  30  EveningsView Schedule  
Edinburgh Classes
Saturday Classes  (Full Day) Starts  15  Full DaysView Schedule  
Tuesday Classes  (Evening) Starts  30  EveningsView Schedule  

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The History


The first module in the Postgraduate Course in Garden Design 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


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


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 Styles
  • Mediterranean Style
  • Modern or Architectural Garden
  • Fragrance Garden
  • Wildlife Garden
  • Vegetable Border Garden
  • Rockeries
  • Japanese Garden

Assessment & Presentation


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

The Business


The fifth module in the Postgraduate Course in Garden Design covers the steps you will need to take to start your own successful garden design business. Topics are as follows:

  • Business Essentials
  • Getting Started
  • Pricing and Selling Your Services & Products
  • Customer Service
  • Day-to-Day Operations
  • Working from Home
  • Business Supports, Information, and Entitlements

Plant Science


The sixth module in the Postgraduate Course in Garden Design covers the plant sciences. Garden design is an art, a craft and a science. The truly competent garden designer should be proficient in all three elements. Topics are as follows:

  • Structure and Function of Plant Cells
  • The Power of Flowers
  • Plant Physiology: How Plants Work
  • Breeding and Genetics
  • Soil and Water
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Diseases and Pests
  • Weeds in the Lawn and Garden
  • Environment and Ecology of the Garden