Hard landscaping 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.
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.
Photographic lectures and a series of hands-on practical exercises. You’ll create professional-quality photos of plants and gardens which you can use for online marketing material and magazines.
Soft landscape form and colour
The relationship between plants and their optimum living environment. You’ll learn plant physiology, form and structure — and you’ll analyse the diverse range of planting styles used by leading designers.
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
Working professionals give you a step-by-step guide on how to run a successful business. You’ll cover the fundamentals of contract law — the relationship between designer and client, client and contractor — plus how to set up, market and sustain a business for the long term.
Computer modelling and Vectorworks training
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.
What kind of assignments will you carry out?
Each assignment brings you further towards a new life as a professional garden designer.
For the full details of what you’ll be doing, see Garden Design Diploma Assignments.