A comprehensive and practical qualification in garden design to launch your new career

Diploma Garden Design

Course Details

Term One

Design Project 1         Chelsea Fringe Proposal
Design Project 2         Residential Garden
Research Project 1     Plant Combinations File

The year starts with exploratory design sessions; enabling students to get to know their tutors and classmates and immersing them in sketching and technical drawing workshops, as well as introducing design principles, planting and garden history.

The term continues with training in practical gardening skills such as pruning, training and propagation, as well as planting design and principles, including plans, schedules and using colour. Students are encouraged to develop their creative eye by keeping a plant sketchbook and learning to hand-render their plans and drawings. An overview of the design process is also given, with topics such as surveying a site, taking the client brief and project management all being introduced.

Term Two

Design Project 3         Hampton Court Conceptual Show Garden
Design Project 4         Derelict Space
Research Project 2     Construction File

Focusing on complex design situations and theory, including designing challenging sites, this term progresses students’ knowledge of garden design principles, creativity and concept work. Advanced visual communication techniques are introduced, such as one and two point perspective drawing and computer aided design software, such as SketchUp, Photoshop and Vectorworks Landmarks. A range of inspirational visits and lectures are also included in the course timetable to complement the ongoing projects.

Term Three

Design Project 5         Commercial Project
Design Project 6         Historical Garden

The course concludes with two large design projects, incorporating all of the skills students have learnt so far, as well as further teaching on professional business practice; including specifications, contracts, project management, proposals and costing. Students are also offered portfolio advice and careers workshops to help them get started in the industry. The year then culminates in a final Exhibition and graduation ceremony, with professionals from the garden design industry being invited to view students’ final projects.

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020 7376 3377
  • 16 January - 28 November 201916 January 2019 00.00am 28 November 2019 00.00am
  • KLC Diploma Garden Design
  • 1 year
  • 2 days a week, plus 20+ hours per week outside of class
  • No previous experience necessary, suitable for career changers, applicants must be 18 or over
  • Entry to garden design industry/entrepreneurial opportunities
  • Chelsea Harbour, 503 Design Centre East, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XF+44 (0)20 7376 3377
  • Career Development Loan
£8,975.00
An Instalment Plan is available for this course

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