This course has been specifically designed for students who want to gain a recognised vocational qualification in order to follow a career in this exciting, dynamic and inspirational field, but need to fit their studying around existing work and family commitments.
Open Learning Diploma in Garden Design
24 pieces of project work including domestic projects, a commercial project and a show garden
Average time taken to complete the course is 18-24 months, allowing 12-15 hours a week – although there is no time limit* for completing the course
* The first set of work must be submitted within 18 months of enrolling
The course covers every aspect of garden design and by submitting project work in the post for assessment students will work towards attaining a Diploma from the comfort of their own home. There is no time limit, although the average time taken to complete the course is 18-24 months.
The course is divided into small, manageable sized modules so that studying is easy to fit in around your other commitments. Self-assessed tests and exercises are scattered through the text, bringing the subject alive. Practical case studies are also provided throughout many of the modules, so that students can see how the lessons are applied to real-life situations.
Students work from a combination of printed and online material, and are supported by KLC’s tutor team. The printed course material is illustrated in colour throughout, user friendly and presented in a study folder.
Certain sections of the course will steer students to the student support section of the KLC website where additional study information, project briefs and special updates can be found. The student support section also acts as a platform for further research and allows students’ interaction with their peers via the student forum, as well as access to their own personal records.
The business aspect of running a design practice is given a high priority and students will learn how to run all aspects of a professional job. By the time they have completed the course, they will not only have been awarded a respected qualification but will also have built up an impressive portfolio to show to prospective employers and clients.
Our friendly and professional tutor team is on hand to help with any queries on project work – emails are usually answered within one working day. All our tutors are garden designers themselves, so students can gain first-hand knowledge from practicing professionals. At the end of the course, KLC can give advice on CVs, portfolio presentation and career direction.
The couse includes:
No prior experience is necessary - just commitment and enthusiasm. Enrol with complete peace of mind with our money-back guarantee – you have 28 days to examine the course material, in which time you can cancel the course and have all fees paid refunded as long as you return the study materials in pristine condition.
Project work is submitted at the end of each of the six sections, and relates to the modules within that section. Work includes taking a site survey and analysis; preparing a client brief and concept boards; working out functional layout plans; drawing and colour rendering plans, planting plans, elevations, section/elevations, sketch perspectives, axonometric and construction drawings; sourcing hard landscaping materials, dealing with difficult sites, and understanding and planning garden lighting.
The course also gives an understanding of plant biology, plant nomenclature, and gardening practice, as well as an overview of garden history, including contemporary gardens.
Students are required to work on a History of Garden Styles notebook, and also keep a sketchbook which is submitted twice during the course.
The second half of the course is designed to push the student’s creativity and learning even further with a commercial project, a show garden plan and a final domestic project.
Both visual and verbal presentation skills are developed throughout the course, and the final section deals with professional practice, from building up a CV and portfolio to starting a business.
Enrol today and you have 28 days to examine the course material, in which time you can cancel the course and have all fees paid refunded.
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