Course summary

The only progressive garden design course in the UK to follow the growing year of January to December

The KLC Garden Design Diploma is a uniquely tailored course designed to prepare students for a career in the garden design industry. The one-year course combines practical hard landscaping and gardening skills, plant science and creative design principles in a part-time format, with two full days at school (Wednesday & Thursday) and an average of 20 hours additional study required outside of class each week.

Open days

Join us at our next open day and speak with course advisors, course leaders and alumni. See current students work and have all your questions answered to find out which course and study mode is best suited to you.

Register for our Open Day on 22 June 2019

Great reasons to apply

  • A comprehensive and practical qualification in garden design to launch your new career
  • Learn garden design, horticulture and business skills with exclusive practical garden sessions at Hampton Court Palace
  • Small class sizes with close teaching faculty support from a very industry connected teaching faculty of practising designers
  • Graduates are in demand to work with prestigious designers and KLC has produced many show garden winners.

Student gallery

  • CFS Behind The Scenes Tour
  • Eve Hacking Final Master Plan
  • Eve Hacking RHN Key Visuals
  • Garden Design Planting Plan
  • Garden Diploma Model Creation
  • Garden Plan, Elevation and Cross Section
  • Garden Sketchbook Development
  • Hampton Court Gardens
  • Hampton Court Palace Workshops
  • Joe Brimson Residential Garden Concept Visual
  • KLC Garden Diploma Project
  • KLC Garden Exhibition and Awards

Course details

 

The KLC Garden Design Diploma is a uniquely tailored course designed to prepare students for a career in the garden design industry. This one-year course combines practical hard landscaping and gardening skills, plant science and creative design principles in a part-time format, with two full days at school (Wednesday & Thursday) and an average of 20 hours additional study required outside of class each week.

Image of Hampton Court Palace

KLC Garden Design Diploma student's have exclusive access to their own garden at Hampton Court Palace

The KLC Garden Design Diploma is the only garden course in the UK with exclusive access to the 20 Century Garden at Hampton Court Palace, KLC students have the opportunity to undertake practical horticultural sessions in one of the most historically rich gardens in the country.  Each year this garden is carefully crafted by KLC students, creating a landscape unique to each graduating class.

Throughout the course students are trained to think like a designer, as well as expand their horticultural knowledge, gaining valuable knowledge and insight through visiting talks from industry leaders.  Students graduate with a respected qualification, an impressive portfolio of work and the skills and confidence to work on professional design projects.

Alumni from this course have gone on to exhibit and win medals at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, as well as being employed by established designers such as Andy Sturgeon, Marcus Barnett and John Nash. Our most recent alumni win was Matt Child's amazing triple win at RHS Hampton Court Flower show 2018 with his B&Q Busy Lizzie Garden achieving a Gold Medal, 'Best in Show' and 'Best in Construction'.

 

Contact us

To register your interest and receive information and updated about studying at KLC please complete this form.

If you can't find the information you are looking for or to ask a question, please contact our Admissions team on 020 7376 3377
 

Course Dates

Start Date
15 January 2020 to 26 November 2020

Qualification
KLC Diploma Garden Design

Duration
1 Year

Progression
Entry to garden design industry/entrepreneurial opportunities

Study Hours
2 days a week (Wednesday & Thursday), plus 20+ hours per week outside of class

"Overall this course has given exactly what I required and more, providing the perfect foundations for a career in garden design, and giving me the ability and confidence to deliver exceptional design work, but most of all it has been great fun!" Sebastian Jans

Course units

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.

"The quality of the course, the knowledge of the tutors, the variety of projects offered, the network and the exposures to the major Garden-Design-related events is just phenomenal!" Noemi Mercurelli

How to apply

Entry onto the course is by interview only, so please complete the Request an  or call our Admissions team to book your appointment.

To prepare for your interview, you will be asked to complete the following:

  • Interview forms, including education and career history
  • A garden based creative exercise 
  • A multiple choice spatial awareness test.

Computer-aided design is a key part of this course; therefore applicants must be computer literate and able to confidently use their personal laptop.

Please contact our Admissions Team on 020 7376 3377 or info@klc.co.uk if you need any further information or advice about the Entry Requirements for this course.

Request an interview  >
 

Entry requirements

No previous experience in garden design or horticulture is required for this course; we simply ask that you have a passion and a drive to learn more about this exciting field of design!

Please note we are unable to take international applicants for this course, as it is not supported by any study visas.

Fees and Funding

Home/EU/International fee

£9,745.00

An Instalment Plan is available for this course

Instalment Plan

Course start date: 15 January 2019

Enrolment fee: £1,550.00 inc VAT non-refundable but deductible from the overall fees.

Followed by 3 payments of: £2,833.33 inc VAT

  1 November 2019  £2,833.33 inc VAT
  1 January 2020  £2,833.33 inc VAT
  1 April 2020  £2,833.33 inc VAT

PLEASE NOTE:

  • VAT will be charged at the rate in force at the date payments are made which may increase the total fees quoted if the VAT rate changes.
  • Please make a careful note of our refund policies, so that you are clear about what you might expect in the event of cancellation.

Funding

There are a number of funding options available and it can be complicated establishing the most appropriate route for you, so if you would like any advice then please do not hesitate to contact our Registrars by telephone (020 7376 3377) or email (registrar@klc.co.uk)

Garden Funding Options graphic


Personal Education Loan
There are many different companies offering personal loans, including some that specialise in private education loans which have a reduced repayment through the duration of your course.

Please note that we are unable to accept the 24+ Advanced Learner Loan for our courses.

Alumni and careers

Alumni

Diploma Garden Design students leave KLC with a broad and industry-ready knowledge of garden design and planting. The skills acquired equip graduates to become versatile and individual designers much in demand by the industry.

Careers

KLC’s dedicated Careers Service is available to all qualification students and alumni. We try to maintain a close relationship with our graduates; to assist them with their progress in the design industry wherever possible. Out of the Diploma Garden Design students who used the Careers Service in 2017, 100% are now working in the industry.