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Construction and professional practice — Curriculum

  • “This diploma went well beyond my expectations and opened my mind and my heart to the beginning of a new adventure!”

    Brian Dove, Mauritius

SketchUp training (optional)

SketchUp is used worldwide by design professionals because it creates 3D models quickly and efficiently. You’ll learn the fundamentals, including the Sandbox extension, to create realistic organic shapes and terrain.

Landscape construction theory and practice
We look at construction and specification in landscape and garden design. You’ll be confident about instructing contractors to build a plethora of landscape features — ponds, pools, pergolas, arbours, walls and fencing, paving, drives, steps, drainage, decking and concrete.

Landscape construction

Hard landscape construction, the design detail and creative planning — including the properties of construction materials. We cover working drawings, surveying, levels, drainage, construction details and setting out.

  • “The diploma is much more than a distance learning course… Its use of online technology is an improvement on traditional classroom teaching.”

    Ben Norris

Garden design masterclasses

Exclusive lectures by top designers and artists including John Brookes, Anthony Paul, Luciano Guibbilei and Jilly Sutton.

Country garden design

A chance to put your new knowledge and skills into action. You’ll draw up a proposal for a large country garden.

Business and professional practice

A step-by-step guide from working professionals on how to run a successful business. We cover contract law — the relationship between designer and client, client and contractor — plus how to set up, market and sustain your business for the long term.

Vectorworks training (optional)

Vectorworks now includes cutting-edge features and a new interface. If you have little or no previous CAD experience, this is your opportunity to master the software which is essential for your future career.

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